20 January 2020

Israel jails Palestinian over Facebook ‘incitement’

KONFRONTASI - An Israeli court has handed down an 18-month jail term to a Palestinian man over his posts on the social media website Facebook.

Misbah Sbeih Abu Sbeih, 38, was sentenced to one year in jail and received a six-month suspended sentence for what the court in al-Quds (Jerusalem) described as using Facebook as a mode of "incitement," Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported on Thursday.

Abu Sbeih’s phone was also confiscated as the tool used for the crime, the report said.

Palestinian people are regularly arrested by Israeli forces for posting on Facebook.

Another Palestinian man, identified as Tareq Qurd, was detained on June 30 shortly after he was freed from jail following a six-month detention for similar charges.

This comes as Israelis routinely and overtly spark violence against Palestinians via their posts on social media, without being prosecuted.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has also arrested Palestinians over Facebook posts critical of the PA and the Palestinian security services over the past few months.

Thousands of Palestinians are reportedly incarcerated in Israeli jails and detention camps. Many of them are being held under the so-called administrative detention, which is a manner of imprisonment without trial or charge, allowing Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed indefinitely.

There have also been many reports about the deteriorating health of Palestinian prisoners held inside Israeli prisons.[ptv]



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