BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police briefly detained a Palestinian citizen of Israel at Tel Aviv University on Monday after finding leftist posters and flags in his dorm room.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement that police had received several complaints regarding “strange noises” and “repeated disturbances” coming from a room in one of the university dormitories.
Police officers searched the room, only to find a flag of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), as well as pictures of Che Guevara, slain Palestinian intellectual Basel al-Araj, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, and PFLP leaders such as Ahmad Saadat and George Habas.
Rosenfeld said that police then detained the man who had rented the dorm room, identifying him as a 26-year-old Palestinian with Israeli citizenship from northern Israel.
The spokesman reported that the Palestinian was interrogated and later released, adding than an investigation was still ongoing in the case.
Israel considers the PFLP, a prominent leftist Palestinian political party and resistance movement, to be a terrorist group.
Israeli authorities have claimed that a wave of violence that peaked in the fall of 2015 was caused largely by “incitement” among Palestinians, notably through social media or expressions of support towards groups or individuals opposing the Israeli occupation.
Palestinians have instead pointed chiefly to the frustration and despair brought on by Israel’s nearly 50-year military occupation of the Palestinian territory and the absence of a political horizon as reasons for the outbreak of violence. Many Palestinians have also pointed out that Israeli violence has continued to shape everyday life in the occupied territory, regardless of any recent “upticks” in clashes or attacks.
Israeli forces have raided bookstores, print shops, and media institutions in the occupied West Bank in past months over allegations that the businesses were inciting violence against Israel.