Friday, April 28
Latest News
  1. Israeli forces injure, detain several Palestinians in clashes
  2. European parliament members stage solidarity sit-in
  3. 500 Islamic Jihad members and leaders declare 24-hour hunger strike
  4. Israel sentences Palestinian lawyer to 7.5 years in prison
  5. IPS transfers 40 hunger-striking Palestinians on 11th day of strike
  6. Israeli forces demolish 3 settler outpost structures in Ramallah
  7. PA cuts electricity payments to Gaza
  8. Israeli forces detain 16 Palestinians in West Bank raids
  9. Israeli settlers open fire on Palestinian protesters in al-Bireh
  10. Israel indicts 15 Palestinian minors accused of throwing stones

Palestinian sentenced to 18 months jail for Facebook posts

July 9, 2015 8:39 P.M. (Updated: July 17, 2015 11:42 A.M.)
(AFP/Juan Mabromata, File)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court in Jerusalem on Thursday sentenced a Palestinian man to 18 months in prison for allegedly using the Facebook for "incitement" to violence.

Misbah Sbeih Abu Sbeih, 38, was given a one year sentence as well as a six-month suspended sentence for incitement, and his phone was confiscated as the tool used for the crime, according to head of the Jerusalem detainees' families committee Amjad Abu Asab.

Abu Sbeih was detained by Israeli forces on Jan. 12, 2015, during a court hearing for his son Ezzedin.

Over the last year, a number of Palestinians have been detained by Israeli forces for posts on Facebook.

In December last year, eight Palestinians were convicted of "incitement via Facebook."

Their indictment said that Israeli intelligence had monitored the men's Facebook postings since June 2014, after three Israeli settlers were kidnapped and killed in the occupied West Bank.

The intelligence said that their online comments had raised tensions across Jerusalem and encouraged acts of "terrorism."

They cited in particular postings on the murder of 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, who was kidnapped and killed by a group of Jewish extremists in July, as well as on a spate of Palestinian attacks on Israeli military and civilians that mostly took place in occupied East Jerusalem.

Israelis on social media routinely and openly incite violence against Palestinians, especially during heightened periods of tensions such as last summer's military offensive on Gaza, but none have yet faced prosecution.

In recent months, the Palestinian Authority has also arrested Palestinians over postings on Facebook that have been critical of the PA and the Palestinian security services.
Comments
spb / usa
it's time to FaceAbook
10/07/2015 01:20
Colin Wright / USA
It's reassuring that Israel doesn't suppress EVERYONE'S freedom of speech in this way:

'...Israelis...routinely and openly incite violence against Palestinians...but none have yet faced prosecution...'

Jews are free. Isn't that nice?
10/07/2015 01:56
Robert Chapman / USA
Colin,you are absolutely right
16/12/2015 00:36
Send Comment
Name:
Country:
Comment:(300 chars)
Send
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2017