Sama’ Abdulhadi released on bail following arrest over West Bank event

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Sama Abdulhadi is now back with her family following an arrest on 27 December.

Palestinian DJ Sama’, aka Sama Abdulhadi, has been released on bail after an eight-day detention in a Jericho jail. She was arrested by Palestinian authorities on 27 December after playing at a private event at the Nabi Musa historical site, which is believed by many to house the tomb of the prophet Moses. Abdulhadi was pre-recording a five-hour solo performance as part of Beatport’sResidency” series in the courtyard of a hostel on the property.

Abdulhadi’s arrest resulted in international support from artists and producers as well as fans. An online petition calling for her release gained over 100,000 signatures.

In a new statement, Abdulhadi said, “I am safe and well and would like to thank everybody who has spoken out in support of my situation and called for my immediate release. I am overwhelmed by the support from my fellow musicians, artists, activists and the entire music community. I want to thank anybody and everybody who has made me feel so supported. At this moment, I just want to spend time with my family.”

The statement also confirms that Abdulhadi was released on bail by PA court order on the basis of a cash bond of 500 Jordanian Dinar bail. Abdulhadi is also not allowed to leave Palestine at this time and may be investigated further on the charges of “desecrating a holy site and religious symbols” and “violating Covid-19 emergency measures”. She faces up to two years of imprisonment if indicted, though she has not been indicted yet and is awaiting the Attorney General’s decision on whether the charges will be pursued.