Israel arrests 23 year old Muna al-Kurd, iconic leader of Sheikh Jarrah protest

Israeli forces on Sunday arrested the 23 year old activist and journalist Muna al-Kurd from her home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in Jerusalem, Palestine News Agency Wafa reported.

The outspoken activist whose family has been living under the threat of displacement from their house in Sheikh Jarrah, in occupied East Jerusalem, has turned into an icon of the Palestinian struggle against Israeli settler expansion.

Nabil al Kurd, Muna’s father, told Palestine news agency that an Israeli police force savagely raided their home, detained his daughter and handed a notice ordering her brother, Mohammad, who was not at the home at the time of the raid, to turn himself in to the police.

Nabil said Muna was taken to an Israeli police station in Salaheddine Street in the occupied capital.

Three months ago, Muna launched an online campaign under the hashtag #SaveSheikhJarrah to highlight the plight of the homeowners threatened with displacement. In a recent interview, she explained resiliently that “if their families are evicted, the rest of Jerusalem will be taken too”.

This is a developing story