Since we reported on the news of Palestinian DJ Sama’ being detained she has since been released on bail. The techno activist has spent the last 8 days in a Jericho jail due to her part in the Beatport stream event at the Palestinian heritage site Maqam Nabi Musa. As the act has been deemed to have desecrated the religious site she was detained with a further 15 days added to her incarceration.
This story made worldwide news instantly and as a result of an outpouring of support from all corners of the electronic music world. This support was compounded via the staggering number of signatures that amounted to over 101,000 when the petition closed. Being freed on bail does not mean that Sama’ is in the clear as Abdulhadi still faces up to 2 years in prison if indicted. In the meantime, Sama’ is in the arms of her family and is awaiting further information from the attorney general.
Sama’ Abdulhadi had the following to say in a Beatport statement…
“I am safe and well and would like to thank everybody who has spoken out in support of my situation and called for my immediate release,” she said in a statement. “I am overwhelmed by the support from my fellow musicians, artists, activists, and the entire music community. I want to thank anybody and everybody who has made me feel so supported. At this moment, I just want to spend time with my family.”