A Palestinian woman arrested for allegedly planning a terrorist attack was released on Friday following an Israeli court’s decision to not seek a harsher punishment for her.
The woman, identified only as Adel, was arrested in August on suspicion of making a terror attack.
An Israeli court decided that the woman’s alleged plans were not credible, but the Palestinian Authority (PA) has appealed against the ruling.
Israel had sought the woman to face a longer sentence after a video of her allegedly making threats of attacks against Israel was posted on Facebook and circulated widely in the West Bank.
A video posted by a Palestinian activist on YouTube in August, which was widely circulated in the Palestinian territories, showed Adel allegedly saying: “I will hit you with my rifle.
I will kill you.
I have a knife in my hand, I have an explosive belt and I am in the territory.”
The video sparked a massive outcry from Palestinian activists and led to the Israeli military ordering Adel’s release.
She was released after three days of questioning and was transferred to the West Ramallah detention center, where she remains under administrative detention.
The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) welcomed the decision, saying that Adel had been held in administrative detention for more than six months and had received inadequate protection, including medical treatment.
According to the PPS, Adel was arrested on August 24 while she was attending a party in the village of al-Arak in the southern West Bank district of Ramallah.
Adel has been accused of planning a terror strike, and she has been charged with committing a terror act and planning an attack, as well as “incitement to commit a terror crime”.
The PPS said that Adal had been arrested for her alleged role in the terror attack in which three Israelis were killed, and was sentenced to three years in prison on August 26.
“The court in Ramallah decided not to seek a longer term, but Adel continues to be held in a special administrative detention facility for administrative purposes,” the PFS said.
The PPS noted that Adele Al-Khatib, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, has also been charged.
“After Adel spent six months in administrative prison, the court decided to allow her to be released from administrative detention and transferred to another facility,” the group said in a statement.
“We hope that Adela will be released soon and that the Palestinian community can finally welcome her in the spirit of reconciliation.”
In August, Israeli forces arrested Adel and another man after a woman, who had been detained on suspicion for a similar incident, filmed the incident.
The video went viral on social media and led Israeli authorities to open an investigation.
In October, Israeli authorities launched a criminal investigation into the Palestinian security official who allegedly carried out the arrest of Adel.