Why are Palestinians afraid of Israel?

The latest Palestinian Authority (PA) minister to be detained in Israel, who also happens to be a member of the PLO, has been charged with incitement and inciting hatred.

The charge carries a maximum five-year jail term and up to three years of probation. 

Abbas al-Zayani, head of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was arrested on December 7, 2017 in the West Bank city of Hebron and held in custody for nine days. 

He was charged with “incitement against Israel” and inciting “hatred against Jews, Arabs, and Christians” by making statements on social media, The Times of Israel reported. 

Al-Zaryani is the second Palestinian minister to face Israeli charges in less than a month.

On December 13, a Palestinian was charged with inciting “hate speech against Jews and Arabs” by sharing videos on social networks of Palestinian children celebrating the death of a Jewish man and a Palestinian teenager being burned alive by Israelis. 

On February 7, another Palestinian was arrested for allegedly “inciting hatred against Israel”. 

On December 1, the Israeli Supreme Court granted an appeal for Al-Zahraa’s release, the Jerusalem Post reported.