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Published Sunday 07/11/2010 (updated) 09/11/2010 11:54
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Protest leader Abdallah Abu Rahmah appears in an Israeli military court
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court will hold two hearings this week regarding the case of Palestinian protest leader Abdallah Abu Rahmah, who was convicted in August on charges related to demonstrations in the West Bank village of Bil'in.

According to Rateb Abu Rahmah, a fellow member of the Bil'in Popular Committee, Israeli prosecutors will bring appeals in two cases against Abu Rahmah. On Wednesday the court will hear an appeal from prosecutors from a 2005 charge, and on Thursday a hearing will be held on an appeal in which Israel is seeking a harsher sentence against Abu Rahmah for two 2009 charges also related to his activism.

Abu Rahmah was convicted in August on charges of incitement and "participating in an illegal demonstration" for organizing weekly protest marches in Bil'in against Israel's construction of the illegal separation wall on village land.

Abu Rahmah was acquitted of two other charges: stone-throwing and a weapons-possession charge for collecting tear-gas canisters fired by Israeli soldiers at unarmed Palestinian demonstrators.

He was sentenced in October to 12 months in prison, plus 6 months suspended sentence and a fine of 5,000 shekels ($1,390). Israeli soldiers detained Abu Rahmah on 10 December 2010 during a late night raid on his home in Ramallah.

South African human right activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu called on Israel to overturn Abu Rahmah's conviction on behalf of the Elders, a group of international public figures brought together by Nelson Mandela. Members of the Elders, including Tutu, met with Abu Rahmah on their visit to Bil'in in 2009 prior to his arrest.

International human rights organizations including Amnesty International condemned Abu Rahmah's conviction as an assault on the right to freedom of expression. Human Rights Watch called the conviction "the unjust result of an unfair trial."
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1 ) Outsider / EU
07/11/2010 20:52
Almost a year in prison fighting off trumped-up charges; let's face it, he's a political prisoner, as was Mohammed Othman.

2 ) southparkbear / usa
08/11/2010 00:56
and if he loses he should pay all court costs

3 ) Julie / USA
08/11/2010 11:05
"participating in an illegal demonstration" < what the hell is this??? since when is peaceful resistance in the form of marching NOT legal??? israel, really, you should take a class on international law, or at least read the Geneva Convention and UDHR. i'm sure we can find you a tutor if you have cognitive difficulty understanding what the words mean.

4 ) Joop / Netherlands
08/11/2010 15:01
And Ameer Makhoul, Adeeb Abu Rahmah. People who protest the theft of their land will be a little bit tortured and put in prison. Once I was an Israel-supporter. I didn't know nothing.
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