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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Amnesty International Condemns Israeli Sentencing of Palestinian Activist

Maan News Agency - Local and international rights organizations slammed Monday the Israeli decision to sentence Palestinian rights leader in Haifa, Ameer Makhoul, to nine years in prison, calling the move political.

Makhoul is a prominent political activist and the general director the Union of Arab Community-Based Associations (Ittijah) and other associations uniting Palestinian and Arab citizens of Israel. He was detained in May on charges of espionage and assistance to the enemy in a time of war, to which he plead guilty.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of life.

Amnesty International, in a statement sent Monday, urged the Israeli authorities to "end their harassment of Palestinian human rights activists," and condemned the prison term handed down to Makhoul....
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