Monday, May 23, 2011

Israeli court sentences teen to 6 months

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israel's military judges on Monday issued a six-month jail sentence to a teenager from Bil'in village near Ramallah.

Amjad Ayed Abu Rahma, 15, was sentenced at Ofer military court near Ramallah, local activists said.

He was detained in January for participating in Bil'in's weekly non-violent protests against the separation wall.

Villagers have demonstrated every Friday since 2005 to protest against the wall, which runs deep inside the West Bank and confiscates around 60 percent of Bil'in's land.

The village has become a symbol of non-violent protests in the West Bank, and hosts annual conferences on non-violent resistance.

The Israeli military regularly shuts down the rallies, firing tear-gas canisters and sound grenades, and conducts frequent night raids to detain teenagers and protest organizers from the village.