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Israeli court sentences Palestinian activist Munther Amira to 6 months

March 13, 2018 10:45 P.M. (Updated: March 15, 2018 9:29 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Ofer Military Court sentenced Palestinian activist Munther Amira to six months of prison on Monday.

Amira, the head of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC) in the occupied West Bank, was arrested during peaceful protests in late December.

Amira’s brother, Ghassan, told Ma’an that the court sentenced Amira to six months of jail in addition to a suspended sentence of five years and a fine.

He added that the suspended sentence includes 3 suspended years if Amira is detained during any activity after his release and five years if he is detained during a protest.

As he was arrested, Amira, along with dozens of Palestinians, were demonstrating against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and the arrest of 17-year-old activist Ahed Tamimi, who had been detained one week prior.

Video of Amira’s arrest shows the activist standing at the front of protests, holding a sign in support of Ahed Tamimi, when a group of Israeli officers ran out from the military base and grabbed him.

The Israeli prosecution brought 12 charges against Amira, among them throwing stones, organizing and participating in unpermitted marches, and throwing an incendiary device towards soldiers, the latter referring to when Amira threw back a tear gas canister that was shot at him by Israeli forces while he was peacefully demonstrating.

Amira was prosecuted in a military court that has over a 99 percent conviction rate against Palestinians.

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