JERUSALEM (TND) — A journalist who was arrested by Israeli police for Facebook posts about Hamas terrorists’ Oct. 7 invasion of Israel is no longer doing work for NBC News, a spokesperson confirmed Monday.
Mirvat al-Azzeh was booked on suspicion of inciting terrorism and identifying with a terrorist organization last week, according to the Jerusalem Post.
It’s killing me, it’s a black comedy, the old woman looks happy, a bit of action before she dies,” the 45-year-old freelance producer posted in response to a woman’s kidnapping, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz. “Sirens all the time, the Jews are hiding and the Arabs are out drinking coffee on their balconies.”
In another remark, al-Azzeh felt like she was “watching a movie where the director is Palestinian and the protagonists are from Gaza.”
“These are very serious offenses during a time of declared war when the respondent lives and makes a living in the same country that is under attack and yet chooses to incite and glorify the horrible acts committed against civilians,” a Jerusalem police spokesman told the Jerusalem Post.
Al-Azzeh supposedly “arrived ready for arrest” without her phone. She had phone numbers jotted on her leg, according to police.
Investigators asked the journalist about her work, according to her defense attorney. Al-Azzeh reportedly “cooperated fully.”
Even when she did not have a phone, which is the main tool, she said, ‘Indeed, these are my posts,'” her attorney stated, according to the Jerusalem Post. “There is her statement – that is why I believe that the investigation has exhausted itself.”
Al-Azzeh’s lawyer asked the court to release her under whatever conditions it believed were appropriate, citing the freelancer is from a “respectable family.” Officials extended her detention four days longer.
An NBC News spokesperson told The National Desk (TND) al-Azzeh no longer works for the news giant, and that it was unaware of the journalist’s posts when she was hired four weeks ago.
The investigation of Ms. Azza [sic] is unrelated to NBC News. It is based on her personal Facebook posts that predate her time with us as a freelancer,” the spokesperson told TND. “She will not be contributing to our coverage going forward.”
Al-Azzeh’s arrest coincides with concerns about pro-Hamas sentiment in the U.S., where college professors have been facing consequences for sharing such opinions on social media.
Emory University recently cut ties with a professor after she wrote on Facebook “glory to all resistance fighters,” “no peace on stolen land” and “we will pay For israel [sic] slaughter.”
Meanwhile, Cornell University professor Russell Rickford took a leave of absence for describing Hamas terrorists’ attacks as “exhilarating” during an off-campus rally.