Arrested Palestinian DJ freed on bail

Palestinian Authority police arrested Sama Abdulhadi, 30, on Sunday, the day after she performed at Nebi Mussa, the traditional burial place of Moses under Islamic tradition.
Palestinian Authority police arrested Sama Abdulhadi, 30, on Sunday, the day after she performed at Nebi Mussa, the traditional burial place of Moses under Islamic tradition.
  • Palestinian DJ Sama Abdulhadi has been released on bail.
  • The "Palestinian Techno Queen" was arrested on 27 December for performing at a religious burial place.
  • According to the DJ's father she was released on $3500 bail on Sunday following an online petition.


A prominent Palestinian disc jockey arrested after a dance event at a Muslim religious and cultural site last week has been freed on bail, her father said on Monday.

Palestinian Authority police arrested Sama Abdulhadi, 30, on 27 December, the day after she performed at Nebi Mussa, the burial place of Moses under Islamic tradition, near the city of Jericho.

Initially denied bail, according to her parents, Palestinian rights groups demanded her freedom along with 100 000 signatories to an online petition.

Her father, Saad Abdulhadi, told AFP that she was released on Sunday evening after payment of a $3500 guarantee to attend a future court hearing, whose date has yet to be fixed.

She is banned from travelling in the meantime, he added.

Sama Abdulhadi is considered by many to be the first Palestinian woman to have become a professional disc jockey and Israeli daily Haaretz has called her the "Palestinian Techno Queen".

Video of the electronic music event posted on social media showed men and women dancing together at the gathering, sparking public anger and accusations of desecration of the site, where there is a mosque.

At the request of Palestinian prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh, a commission of enquiry was set up "to determine what happened at Nebi Mussa".

Saad Abdulhadi said that his daughter had official permission to stage the event at Nebi Mussa, which is also a tourist site.

He said that the police crackdown was ordered to placate conservative public opinion.

"Unfortunately, the arrest of my daughter was decided to please the street," he said.

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