Many Palestinian families are facing eviction from their homes after a court order which has resulted in leading to widespread protests in the city.
(Image: Instagram/Maisa Abd Elhadi)
Baghdad Central star and Palestinian actress Maisa Abd Elhadi was reportedly shot by Israeli forces during a protest in Haifa last week. The actor on Thursday (May 13) took to social media to inform that she is “recovering and feeling much better”.
Many Palestinian families are facing eviction from their homes after a court order which has resulted in rising tension in the city, leading to widespread protests. Maisa penned an emotional note on her Instagram handle narrating her ordeal. In the post, the actor talks about how she took part in a ‘peaceful protest’ in Haifa when Israeli soldiers began firing grenades at the protestors.
“On Sunday I took part in a peaceful protest in Haifa, we were chanting, singing, expressing our anger using our voices. I personally was chanting and filming the events taking place. A short while after the protest began, the soldiers began firing stun grenades and gas grenades and I realised that things are beginning to escalate. I stood on the sidewalk, in a place that seemed safe, I was alone and my back was facing the soldiers as I was filming the Palestinian flag over the Bahaai Gardens – in short, did not pose a threat to anyone,” Maisa wrote in her Instagram post.
The actor further wrote, “I began to march towards my car and I heard a very loud boom very close to me and I felt that my jeans got torn! That is the first thing I felt! I tried to continue walking but I couldn’t, and I realised that the blood is spilling from my leg and that my skin is torn apart.”
Maisa goes on to say that the condition of her leg was very bad and she was screaming in pain, terrified by the sight of her leg and “by the sight of the young boys and girls facing the Israeli forces in the streets all by themselves.” The actress was helped by some who were present on site.
“The police and the occupation forces do not hesitate to attack or kill any Palestinian regardless of whether he/she poses a threat or not. This is not the first time the police and the army assault us in peaceful protestors. I had no doubt that as a Palestinian I am constantly facing immediate threat, but this time it became clear that we are at the war front and the only thing is separating us from death is luck,” the actor concluded.
Maisa has also shared pictures of the injured leg and her getting treatment for it. The actor has been pretty vocal about the ongoing Istrael-Palestinian conflict and regularly posts videos of protests in the area.
The actor had recently starred in the Palestinian 2020 Oscar submission Gaza Mon Amour, Sameh Zoabi’s comedy ‘Tel Aviv On Fire’. Maisa was also a part of Netflix original ‘The Angel’ and Channel 4 series ‘Baghdad Central’.