Name: Alaa Jaber Ali Al-Titi
Date of birth: 16 July 1982
Residence: Arroub refugee camp- Hebron
Marital status: married with two children
Education: BA of Media and Television
Profession: reporter at Al-Aqsa TV.
Date of arrest: 21 January 2015
Legal status: remanded until trial
Place of detention: Ofer prison
On Wednesday 21 January 2015, Alaa’s family woke up at 3:30am to the sounds of bombing in the building they live in; the occupation forces exploded the building’s main door and raided the house of Alaa’s parents, they held all of the family members in the first floor and then tried to raid Alaa’s home but his sister stopped them and convinced them not to bomb the door so his children won’t get scared. The soldiers entered Alaa’s house, arrested him and immediately took him to Gush Etzion Detention Center where he was subjected to quick interrogation before being transferred to Ofer prison. Alaa received a list of charged and is currently remanded until trial.
The military prosecution at Ofer presented a list of charges against Alaa Al-Titi which included two main items: affiliation with an “illegal” organization where the military prosecution based this accusation on the fact that Al-Titi works as a reporter at Al-Aqsa TV (the occupation authorities claim that this channel is affiliated with Hamas, and that Al-Titi covered various stories about Hamas during his work. The second item accused Al-Titi of applying to provide his services to Hamas (“illegal” organization) while he was working at Al-Aqsa TV.
The military prosecution deny Al-Titi from his right to work freely, the prosecution try to criminalize Al-Titi’s profession as a journalist in order to prevent him from exposing the daily crimes practiced against Palestinians by the occupation forces. This violates Article 23 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment”. The prosecution didn’t mention any details about Alaa’s reports at Al-Aqsa TV to prove that he committed an offense by making these reports. The prosecution also denied Alaa from his freedom of expression which violates items 1 & 2 of article 19 of The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which guarantee every individual’s right of expressing their opinions freely and confirm that individuals are entitled to receive, criticize and transfer information in the method of their choice.
Al-Titi was arrested six times by the PA, and was summoned more than 30 times to be interviewed by the PA forces, the prosecution accused him by “ incitement”. Each time Al-Titi was detained for a short period of time and then released, his experience with PA arrested ended when he was proved innocent after 38 hearings.
Alaa Al-Titi the journalist:
Alaa started working at Al-Aqsa TV as a reporter in 2006, but his work was interrupted by the continuous arrests that he suffered from which forced him to work in more than one field, when he was proved innocent by the PA he was able to get back to his work as a reporter.
Al-Titi’s family consists of his wife Haya Hamad who has a diploma in business and is enrolled in AlQods Open University to get a BA in English, his daughter Celine (5 years old), and his son Ahmad (3 years old). To this moment Al-Titi’s family wasn’t able to get a permit to visit him, the occupation claims that the permit has to go through a long “security” procedure.
It should be mentioned that this Al-Titi’s third arrest, he was arrested in 2002 where he received a two year sentenced but was released after a year and a half in the prisoners exchange deal in 2004, he was also arrested in 2006 and received a year sentence.
Al-Titi’s family has a long history of suffering from detention, two of his brothers are currently detained and four others were released after serving their sentences.