Israeli military court sentences Hebron man to life imprisonment
Published Tuesday 29/10/2013 (updated) 30/10/2013 11:34
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.