Israeli court sentences Palestinian lawmaker to 17 months in jail
The Israeli Ofer military court on Monday sentenced the Palestinian MP Mohamed Abu Teir to 17 months in jail and a fine of 8,000 shekels, along with a 30-month suspended sentence.
The sentence was slapped by the occupation authorities against Abu Teir after he had spent 11 months in administrative detention, with neither charge nor trial.
65-year-old Abu Teir was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces on January 27, 2016. He had spent a total of 34 years in Israeli lock-ups.
In 2006 he was elected as a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. The occupation authorities banned him from Occupied Jerusalem on allegations of anti-occupation activism.
MP Ahmad Atoun, also banned from Occupied Jerusalem, slammed the arbitrary sentence issued against Abu Teir, saying it makes part of a preplanned Israeli campaign against Occupied Jerusalem and its anti-occupation icons.
“The Israeli occupation has not only bereaved Jerusalemite lawmakers of their IDs and banned them from the holy Jerusalem City; it has also been sending them to jail in an attempt to squash anti-occupation and anti-Judaization voices,” the lawmaker further stated.
(Source / 13.12.2016)