to prison after charging them with throwing Molotov cocktails at Israeli settler cars in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina.


The Head of the Jerusalem Committee for Families of Prisoners Amjad Abu Assab said in a statement that the central court judge sentenced 20-year-old Wisam Mohammad Salah Kastero to ten years in prison, including a 15,000 shekel ($3,994) fine, while his brother 18 year-old Nour al-Din Kastero was also sentenced to five years in prison. The other prisoner, 18-year-old Ahmad Azmi Hamouda was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined with 10,000 shekels ($2,663).The Kastero brothers and Hamouda were detained a year ago after throwing Molotov cocktails at Israeli settler vehicles reportedly in response to the arson attack on the Dawabsha family last year, which killed the entire immediate family with the exception of five year old Ahmed Dawabsha who was left with severe burns all over his body. Palestinians are routinely imprisoned for throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles, with Israeli authorities passing harsh penalties for stone-throwers in recent years. In 2015, legislation was passed in the Israeli Knesset allowing sentencing for up to 20 years for a someone convicted of throwing stones at vehicles if intent could be proven. However, the law allows the Israeli state to imprison someone for up to 10 years without proof of intent. Meanwhile, Israelis who throw stones are rarely detained or prosecuted.In November, Israel established legislation sentencing Palestinians to a minimum of three years in prison for the act of throwing a stone at an Israeli. Included in the legislation are provisions allowing Israeli authorities to strip stone throwers of their state benefits and canceling access to national health insurance and social services for the families of the accused.While Palestinians face severe consequences for any attacks on Israeli settlers or their properties, Israelis are rarely reprimanded for attacks on Palestinians. In 2015, 221 settler attacks on Palestinians and their properties were reported, with 75 being reported since the start of 2016, according to UN documentation.