Al-Azza's arrest came after government authorities found and read social media posts she had written about Hamas' attack against Israel on Oct. 7, including one where she glorified the kidnapping of an elderly woman, saying she looked "happy" when the heinous act took place.
"These are very serious offenses during a time of declared war when the respondent lives and makes a living in the same country that is under attack and yet chooses to incite and glorify the horrible acts committed against civilians," a police spokesperson reportedly stated in court.
Reports indicate that Al-Azza cooperated with authorities, and has said the posts have been correctly linked to her.
"This is a normative woman, engaged in journalism, and her role is very important to everyone," said her defense attorney. "She was asked in her investigation about her work. I believe that in the things attributed to her, she cooperated fully."
Fox said that Haaretz news reported that Al-Azza, on October 7, posted to Facebook in regards to an elderly woman who was captured and taken away by Hamas, "It’s killing me, it’s a black comedy, the old woman looks happy, a bit of action before she dies."
Other posts of hers include, "Sirens all the time, the Jews are hiding and the Arabs are out drinking coffee on their balconies," and "I feel like I’m watching a movie where the director is Palestinian and the protagonists are from Gaza."
An NBC News spokesperson provided a statement to Fox News, saying that the "investigation of Ms. Azza is unrelated to NBC News."
"It is based on her personal Facebook posts that predate her time with us as a freelancer," the spokesperson claimed. "We were not aware of those posts before we engaged Ms. Azza four weeks ago. She will not be contributing to our coverage going forward."
Al-Azzeh had a hearing on Nov. 17, during which her detention was extended for another four days, reports the New York Post.
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