NBC Journalist Arrested In Israel For ‘Inciting Terrorism’

A journalist with NBC was arrested in Israel Thursday for allegedly inciting terrorism and affiliating with Hamas.

Marwat Al-Azza, a 45-year-old Palestinian freelance journalist, was arrested after she posted on her personal Facebook account regarding the attack on Israel on October 7.

Al-Azza allegedly mocked the kidnapping of an elderly Israeli woman in Gaza. She wrote on her account, “It’s killing me, it’s a black comedy, the old woman looks happy, a bit of action before she dies.”

An NBC News spokesperson reported that the investigation involving Al-Azza is unrelated to the media outlet, but based on her personal Facebook account. They also reported being unaware of her posts before working with her.

With the amount of antisemitism occurring due to the war, Israel is taking Al-Azza’s posts seriously.

“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,” said a representative from the Israel Police at a hearing in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court.

Al-Azza’s attorney reported that she has been cooperative with the police.

“She did not try to hide, saying ‘I had a hacker.’ Even when she did not have a phone, which is the main tool, she said, ‘Indeed, these are my posts,’ and this eliminates a thousand disruptive actions,” said her attorney. “There is her statement—that is why I believe that the investigation has exhausted itself. I ask that she be released under whatever conditions the court deems appropriate. She is from a very respectable family.”

Al-Azza’s arrest comes as more Western news outlets are facing criticism over hiring Palestinian journalists to cover the Israeli-Hamas war.

CNN recently severed ties with freelance photojournalist Hassan Eslaiah after a selfie with a Hamas leader resurfaced on his social media account.

Al-Azza has yet to be released.