6 Jerusalem Palestinians sentenced to jail, 4 for Hamas links
Published Wednesday 05/02/2014 (updated) 07/02/2014 15:24
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The central Israeli court in Jerusalem on Wednesday sentenced six Palestinians from Jerusalem to jail time for various crimes including involvement with Hamas, participation in clashes at the Al-Aqsa compound, and attempting to buy weapons.
All of the recently sentenced men have already been kept in Israeli prisons or under house arrest for extended periods of time up to two years without trial.
The head of the Jerusalem Prisoners' Families Committee Amjad Abu Asab said that Yacoub Mahmoud Abu Asab, 42, from Al-Swaana, and Kifah Ibrahim Sarhan, 44, from Silwa, were both sentenced to seven years in prison for their involvement with the Islamist political movement Hamas.
Yacoub Mahmoud Abu Asab was charged with being the head of Hamas in Jerusalem, while Sarhan was charged with being the financial director of the movement in Jerusalem.
They have both been in Israeli custody for the last 27 months.
Ahmad Ibrahim Ulayyan, 38, from Beit Safafa, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for his involvement with the Islamist movement.
He has been under house arrest for several months, and spent 19 months in jails prior to that.
Ashraf Ashur Ashur, 36, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for his affiliation with Hamas. Ashur, from Ras al-Amoud, has been under house arrest for 2 years.
Imad Abbasi, and Ashraf Abbasi, were sentenced for 11 and 13 months respectively for "throwing rocks at al-Aqsa compound, and attempting to buy weapons."
They were both arrested in October last year.
Administrative detention refers to the tactic of keeping a prisoner without charge or trial for extended periods of time, often due to "security" concerns.
Israel routinely uses this tactic on detained Palestinians, even though international law stipulates it only be used in exceptional circumstances.
According to Israeli human rights groups B’tselem, in October 2013 140 Palestinians were being kept in administrative detention in Israeli prisons, down from a high of nearly 1,000 in 2002.