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Killers of the Henkin couple.

The Palestinian Authority arrested a journalist from the Ma’an News Agency on Sunday, on charges of “slander, inaccurate reporting, reporting facts that run counter to national responsibility, violating journalistic ethics, and harming national unity.”

In short, the Ramallah-based PA government practically threw the book at Ma’an television network journalist Salim Sweidan.

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The hysterical frenzy came in response to Sweidan’s report that the PA collaborated with Israel on the arrest of the suspected murderer of Rabbi Eitam and Na’ama Henkin last October 1 in Samaria.

According to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet/Shabak), the Hamas terrorist organization was behind the cold-blooded killing. The murder took place before the eyes of the couple’s four young children, who were in the back seat of their vehicle at the time. The Henkins were shot to death in their car while driving near the Jewish town of Itamar.

The Ma’an network reported that PA officials were involved in the subsequent arrest of the Hamas operatives who carried out the attack.

Five suspected members of the terror cell involved in the attack were arrested in a joint operation by the IDF, Israel Police and the Shin Bet within 24 hours of the murder.

To their credit, Ma’an journalists condemned the arrest, and commented that Sweidan was not the source of the reported information. The news agency issued a statement saying, “The Palestinian security services should have denied the report instead of arresting journalists.” Ma’an has called on international and human rights groups to intervene to bring about Sweidan’s release.

The journalist reportedly suffers from high blood pressure and is in poor health.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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  1. Can’t even tolerate a free press The PA and their fellow. Muslim terrorists are going to have to catch up to the Democratic society in Israel, the only way to peace and personal freedom is annexation of Judea and Samaria those Arabs who cannot adjust will have to move to the Palestinian state of Jordan, I believe the prosperity, human rights, and economic growth will bring the Arab community to work with Israel to develop a diverse society seen throughout Israel.

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