Palestinian DJ Sama ‘Abdulhadi was released on bail after spending eight days in a Jericho Prison.
The Palestinian Authority ruling is under investigation for “desecrating a holy place and religious symbols and violating COVID-19 emergency measures”.
Sama ‘recorded her set for Beatportseries The residence in a courtyard within Maqam Nabi Musa in the West Bank, when the private event with a total of 30 friends and workers was prematurely closed by a group of demonstrators.
Despite receiving written permission to perform from the director general of the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Sama was criticized for playing techno in a religious venue and was eventually arrested. More about the situation here.
A petition soon appeared on Change.org, attracting more than 100,000 supporters. The page reads, “Sama Abdulhadi will be scapegoated and held accountable for a crime that did not take place and that she certainly did not commit.”
Sama ‘shares her own statement about Beatport:
I am safe and in good shape and I would like to thank everyone who spoke out for my situation and asked for my immediate release. I am overwhelmed by the support from my fellow musicians, artists, activists and the entire music community. I would like to thank everyone who made me feel so supported. Right now, I just want to spend time with my family.
Listen to their powerful Boiler Room set from 2018 below.