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Israeli military court sentences Hebron man to life imprisonment

Oct. 29, 2013 5:28 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 30, 2013 11:34 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israel's Ofer military court on Tuesday sentenced Hussein Ali al-Qawasmeh to life imprisonment, a prisoners group said.

Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights said that al-Qawasmeh, 39, was detained on May 28, 2011, for planning to carry out an operation in Jerusalem to kidnap Israeli soldiers.

After sentencing was announced, he said to the judge: "I do not regret anything. You stole my homeland, killed my brothers, sisters, and you expect that I will dedicate a bouquet of flowers for you?" the group said.

Al-Qawasmeh's two brothers were killed by Israeli forces and another brother, Ziyad, is serving a 14-year prison sentence in an Israeli jail.

Another brother, who was not identified, was released in the Shalit prisoner swap deal in 2011 and deported to the Gaza Strip.

Al-Qawasmeh, a resident of Hebron in the southern West Bank, has spent a total of 11 years in Israeli jails.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank forms a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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