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Top Palestinian DJ detained as party at Muslim holy site sparks angry scenes and scapegoating claims

December 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A leading female Palestinian DJ has been remanded in custody for 15 days after she was arrested by Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces for performing at a party at a Muslim holy site, leading to claims of official over-reaction to an event that sparked furious scenes over the weekend.

(CNN)A leading female Palestinian DJ has been remanded in custody for 15 days after she was arrested by Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces for performing at a party at a Muslim holy site, leading to claims of official over-reaction to an event that sparked furious scenes over the weekend.

PA security forces detained DJ Sama Abdul Hadi and several others at the party on Saturday at Nabi Musa, the site where Moses is believed to be buried, which lies in the West Bank between Jerusalem and Jericho.

Hadi Mashal, a lawyer representing Abdul Hadi, told CNN she is being charged for violating article 275 of the Palestinian penal code, which criminalizes the "desecration" of holy sites or symbols done with the intent to insult a religion or particular group.

Saad Abdul Hadi added that his daughter had been commissioned by a Paris-based production company to perform at a number of Palestinian historical sites, and had received permission from the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, which is responsible for the bazaar at Nabi Musa, unlike the site's mosque which is handled by the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

In an interview with Palestinian radio station NAS Radio, Hussam Abu-Alrub, the deputy minister of religious affairs, stated that it was his ministry who was responsible for the Mosque, and yet no permission was taken to hold any event inside it.

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