Lama Khater

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Native name
لمى خاطر
Born (1976-04-18) 18 April 1976 (age 47)
OccupationWriter, political analyst
SubjectsArts, Politics

Lama Khater (Arabic: لمى خاطر) is a Palestinian journalist and writer who comments on human rights and the Middle East. The mother of five children,[1] she has written for many newspapers and websites such as Felestin. Khater is a vociferous critic of Israel and the Palestinian Authority's political stands.[2]


Ramallah Authority's intelligence service arrested her husband, Hazem Al-Fakhouri, many times trying to stop her writing. [3][4] On 24 July 2018 Lama Khater was detained in Hebron by the Israeli army and taken to Ashkelon Prison.[5] On 1 August her lawyer reported she was being questioned for 10 hours a day.[6] Other reports state that her interrogations involved her being strapped to a chair for 20 hours at a time.[7] On 23 August her detention order was extended 7 days for further interrogation. She is accused of incitement and belonging to a prohibited organisation.[8][9] She was held for up to a year due to her reporting, described as "inflammatory" by Israeli authorities.[10]

Khater was again detained October 26, 2023, after the IDF stormed her home in the middle of the night. Her lawyer informed the Committee to Protect Journalists that she had been strip searched and threatened with sexual violence, harm to her children, and deportation to Gaza.[10] Following her release in the 2023 exchange of Israeli hostages for Palestinian prisoners, Khater described explicit threats of rape and use of tear gas in dormitories at Damon prison.[11]

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  1. ^ "Palestinian writer Lama Khater seized from home, subjected to harsh interrogation". 27 July 2018.
  2. ^ Lama_Khater (arabic)
  3. ^ Al-Khalil's intelligence arrests the husband of writer Lama Khater
  4. ^ Lama Khater: My husband hospitalized after PA detention
  5. ^ "Why Israel arrested Palestinian writer Lama Khater". 25 July 2018.
  6. ^ "نادي الأسير: الاحتلال يخضع الكاتبة لمى خاطر لتحقيق قاس لانتزاع اعترافاتها".
  7. ^ "الأسيرة لمى خاطر تخضع للتحقيق منذ 17 يوما متواصلة".
  8. ^ "Palestinian writer Lama Khater's detention extended for the seventh time". 26 August 2018.
  9. ^ "الاحتلال يمدد اعتقال الأسيرة خاطر ويرجئ النظر في قضية الأسيرة العويوي". 29 August 2018.
  10. ^ a b "West Bank: Israeli Forces Detain Prominent Palestinian Journalist and Activist Lama Khater". Coalition For Women in Journalism. 26 October 2023. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  11. ^ Williamson, Lucy (1 December 2023). "Released Palestinians allege abuse in Israeli jails". BBC. Retrieved 11 December 2023.


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