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Israel sentences 5 Palestinian teens to 2 years in jail

June 25, 2014 4:57 P.M. (Updated: June 27, 2014 1:13 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court sentenced five Palestinian teenagers to up to two years in prison on Wednesday, family members said.

Families of the teens told Ma'an an Israeli judge convicted the teens of "throwing a Molotov cocktail in the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood (of East Jerusalem), and throwing rocks at Israeli vehicles, injuring an Israeli child."

The sentences were as follows:

1. Suhaib Affanah -- 24 months in prison, fine of 8,000 shekels ($2,325)

2. Muhammad Mahmoud Attun -- 22 months, fine of 6,000 shekels ($1,744)

3. Ahmad Muhammad Abu Abed -- 21 months, fine of 6,000 shekels

4. Mahmoud Nasser Abu Abed -- 18 months, fine of 6,000 shekels

5. Luay Hamada -- 18 months, fine of 2,000 shekels ($581)

A 2013 report by Defense for Children International -- Palestine said that "any Palestinian 12 years and older who throws an object, including a stone, at traffic or at a moving vehicle with the intent of causing harm to the vehicle or its passengers could face up to a 20 year sentence under Israeli Military Order 1651."

"Palestinian kids, whether they throw stones or not, must be judged impartially," lawyer Adnan Rabi said in the report.

The report noted that "Israeli settlers are rarely prosecuted for stone-throwing and impunity persists throughout the West Bank for acts of settler violence."
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