Israel imprisons Palestinian ex-mayor for aiding Hamas Joe Shaulis at 1:08 PM ET
[JURIST] The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] announced Tuesday that a military court had sentenced a former West Bank mayor to six years in prison after finding him guilty of belonging to and assisting the militant group Hamas [JURIST news archive; CFR backgrounder]. Former Mayor Hatam Ridah Jarrar (also "Grar"), of the city of Jenin, was convicted last week of membership in a terrorist organization. An army statement quoted the court's sentence as saying that Jarrar had used his position to aid Hamas [Reuters report]. According to the statement, the court treated Jarrar's status as an orthopedic surgeon as an aggravating factor [AFP report] in sentencing because he was "expected to save human lives." Jarrar also must serve three years' probation. Ha'aretz has more.
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