“Most of my writings aim to improve the performance of the government. I also write a lot about women’s rights. Indeed, there’s corruption and our institutions are rotten to the core. We saw many cases of administrative corruption even during the battle to curb the spread of the coronavirus. I’m not against the PA; I’m only against rampant corruption.”
Asked if she would now be more careful in her writings, Harhash replied: “I won’t allow anyone to intimidate me. If they sense I’m afraid, that means they won. The status of the Palestinian media is sad. We’ve reached the point where people and journalists are afraid to express their opinions.
“Sometimes I think to myself that we’ve become worse than some of the Arab regimes. The only thing that bothers me is that my daughters are still in a state of panic because of the attack on my car. But I’m determined to pursue my work because that’s my duty as a journalist who cares about good government and freedom of expression.”
The social media platform recently removed a post by the model Bella Hadid celebrating her Palestinian heritage. According to Hadid, Instagram deleted a photo she’d shared of her dad’s US passport, which listed his birthplace as Palestine; Instagram said it violated “community guidelines on harassment or bullying” and noted the platform doesn’t allow “hate speech”.
“Are we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram?” Hadid demanded. “This, to me, is bullying. You can’t erase history by silencing people.”
According to Facebook, which owns Instagram, the post’s removal had nothing to do with Palestine – rather, the platform doesn’t allow people to put personal information online. (That way, anyone could take your data, not just Facebook!) However, as the passport number was blurred out, Instagram acknowledged the post was mistakenly deleted.
Jerusalem /PNN/ The ambassadors of 11 European countries have warned the Israeli regime that its planned annexation of the occupied West Bank is a “clear violation of international law” that would have “grave consequences” for the regime.
Envoys from the UK, Germany, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, and Finland as well as, notably, the European Union (EU) presented their formal objection to the plan on Thursday, a Channel 13 report said, according to the Times of Israel.