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Palestinian detainee sentenced to 4 life terms by Israeli court over alleged shooting

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The file photo shows Palestinian detainee Asem al-Barghouti.

An Israeli court has sentenced one Palestinian detainee to four life terms in prison over alleged involvement in shooting and murder, a report says.

On Wednesday, Israel’s Ofer military court gave Asem al-Barghouti, 34, a resident of Kobar Village north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, four life sentences over shooting and murder charges, the Palestinian Information Center reported on Thursday.

Barghouti was arrested in January last year and accused of conducting a shooting attack on a bus stop near the outpost of Givat Assaf on December 13, 2018, and of assisting his brother Saleh in a shooting attack on a bus stop near the Ofra settlement four days earlier.

He was convicted in the murder of two Israeli troopers and a settler in November last year. He also faced charges of the attempted killing of a dozen Israeli soldiers and settlers during the same attacks.

Barghouti had previously spent 11 years behind bars in a number of Israeli prisons on charges of being a member of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas, before he was released in April 2018.

The detainee’s father spent a total of 26 years in Israeli prisons, and his brother, Saleh, was assassinated by Israeli forces in 2018 over a purported shooting attack on Israeli troops and settlers in the vicinity of Ramallah.

More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly held in Israeli jails. Hundreds of them have apparently been incarcerated under the practice of “administrative detention,” a policy under which Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli detention centers without trial or charge.

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