Palestinian man arrested for naming baby after Morsi

Abdel Halim Ghannam, 37, of the Jalazoun refugee camp north of Ramallah, was summoned for interrogation; man's wife says baby name behind arrest.

January 23, 2014 17:12
man and baby

Abdel Halim Ghannam, 37, and his son.. (photo credit: ABDEL HALIM GHANNAM'S FACEBOOK PAGE)


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A Palestinian man who named his son after deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was arrested on Wednesday by the Palestinian Authority General Intelligence Service in Ramallah.

Abdel Halim Ghannam, 37, of the Jalazoun refugee camp north of Ramallah, was summoned for interrogation, his wife said.

He was released from detention on Thursday afternoon following protests by his family and human rights organizations.

The wife said that PA intelligence officers told the family that Ghannam was arrested for naming his son after Morsi.

Ghannam, a father of three, had previously served seven years in Israeli prison for security- related offenses.

His family condemned the decision to arrest him for simply naming his son after the ousted Egyptian president. “Isn’t it enough that he had already spent many years in Israeli prison,” asked Ghannam’s mother.

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