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Palestine: Israeli military court sentences cartoonist to five months in jail & arrests

Israeli military court sentences cartoonist to five months in jail

JENIN, (PIC)– The Israeli military court in Salem, north of Jenin, has sentenced Palestinian cartoonist Mohammed Sabana to five months imprisonment on the charge of contacting “hostile parties”.

Family members told the PIC reporter on Saturday that the court passed the sentence on Friday and charged Sabana with making such contacts during his visit to Jordan.

They said that the charges were unfounded, adding that the sentence was illegal and proved the summary trials conducted against Palestinian citizens.

The relatives affirmed that Sabana was not involved with any political party or organization and was just an activist who employs his cartoons in exposing the Israeli occupation’s crimes.

Sabana was arrested on his return from Jordan last February and held for interrogation. His brother, Thamer, was also detained for his pro-prisoners’ activities.

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IOF soldiers arrested 77 Palestinians last week

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– A Palestinian human rights committee, concerned with the Palestinian prisoners’ affairs, has revealed that the Israeli occupation forces had arrested during the past week 77 Palestinians from the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem.

“Prisoner’s Friends” Committee reported in a statement on Saturday that during the period between March 30 and April 5, the occupation troops have stormed houses of detainees and set up military checkpoints on main roads.

According to the Committee’s report, the Israeli Magistrate Court in Jerusalem decided to release ten Jerusalemites on bail of 500 shekels each along with a commitment not to approach Bab Al-Amud suburb in occupied Jerusalem for 20 days.

The report added that during the past week the occupation authorities have postponed the trial of a number of prisoners, turned down appeals, and extended the administrative detention of a Hamas cadre.

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IOF soldiers detain four Palestinians including 10-year-old child

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) nabbed three Palestinians in Al-Khalil city including a ten-year-old child and a young man in Bethlehem at dawn Saturday.

Palestinian security sources told Quds Press said that the soldiers detained Abdulhadi Abu Snene, 10, from Jabal Al-Rahme area in Al-Khalil.

They said that two young men were arrested near the Ibrahimi mosque in the Old City of Al-Khalil.

IOF soldiers also arrested a young man in Aida refugee camp to the north of Bethlehem after breaking into his father’s home.

Meanwhile, medical sources said that 30 citizens were wounded in the confrontations in Al-Khalil on Friday between IOF soldiers and Palestinians protesting the death of prisoner Maysara Abu Hamdiya in Israeli custody. They said that the injuries were due to the IOF soldiers’ use of rubber bullets and teargas to disperse the protestors.

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