American citizen Samaher Esmail arrested by the IDF in the West Bank

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The arrest of an American woman this week by the Israeli Defense Forces in the West Bank has caused an uproar in the United States.

Samaher Esmail was arrested on Monday for “incitement on social media” during an operation in the Silwad town area, the IDF told The Washington Post on Wednesday.

“Suspects arrested in the campaign have been transferred to the security forces for further questioning,” the IDF said, without providing more details about Esmail’s alleged social media activities.

Representative Troy A. Carter (D-La.) said he was “extremely concerned” about the detention of Esmail, a resident of Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District.

“I have been in contact with the American Embassy and the State Department to ask why an American citizen is being held. I am praying for her safety,” he said said Tuesday in a social media post.

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On Wednesday, the State Department told the Post that it was seeking additional information and that it was aware that a US citizen had been reported in the West Bank. He declined to share more details, citing privacy concerns.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a statement Wednesday that it had written to the State Department and the US Embassy in Jerusalem requesting that they request Esmail’s immediate release.

“As an American citizen, Samaher Esmail deserves the full protection and support of her government,” the civil rights group said.

Esmail’s family told the Associated Press that Israeli forces broke into the 46-year-old’s home in the West Bank on Monday and dragged her out of bed. On Wednesday, they said they don’t know where she is. The Post could not immediately confirm the condition of Esmail who was arrested.

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