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Palestinian/ Israeli update 3/04/2016..Israel demolishes 41 Palestinian homes in West Bank

Friday, March 4, 2016 19:27
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Israel jails Palestinian journalist for “incitement” | The Electronic Intifada

An Israeli military court sentenced a Palestinian journalist to 11 months in prison on Monday for alleged incitement.

Ahmad Hamad al-Betawi, an editor with Quds Net News Agency, had been awaiting trial since he was arrested last June for allegedly violating bail conditions on which he had been released from a previous arrest in February 2014.

Israeli military prosecutors had accused al-Betawi, 35, of using his work to incite against Israel’s occupation, according to a statement released by the Palestinian Prisoner Center for Studies.

The center also said that al-Betawi was charged with advocating “Palestinian nationalistic causes,” including prisoners’ rights.

In addition to serving time in prison, al-Betawi must pay a $500 fine.

When he was first arrested, al-Betawi was reportedly prevented from being accompanied by a lawyer during court sessions.

Al-Betawi was arrested in the middle of the night on 1 June from his home in Nablus, in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli army raided his home and confiscated his phone and laptop.

Attacks on journalists

Al-Betawi joins a growing list of journalists who have been detained in relation to their work.

Thirty-three-year-old journalist Muhammad al-Qiq, who ended his historic 94-day hunger strike last week, was placed under administrative detention after being interrogated extensively about his work.

In January, Mujahid al-Saadi, a reporter for Palestine Today from Jenin, was arrested. A month later he was accused of “aiding the enemy”.

Also arrested in January were Mahmoud al-Qawasmeh, a sports reporter for Radio Hebron, and Muhammad Qaddoumi, a political commentator and head of the Hamas bloc at Birzeit University.

Since last summer at least nine Palestinian journalists have been arrested and either placed under administrative detention or sentenced to serve time behind bars.

Administrative detention is the Israeli practice of detaining Palestinians for prolonged periods without charge or trial. It has been universally condemned by human rights organizations as a violation of fundamental rights.

In recent months, an increasing number of Palestinians have been charged with “incitement” for their media work or posts on social media.

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