The Israeli Ofer military court on Monday sentenced the Palestinian MP Mohamed Abu Teir to 17 months in jail and a fine of 8,000 shekels, along with a 30-month suspended sentence.

Israeli court sentences Palestinian lawmaker to 17 months in jail

The sentence was slapped by the occupation authorities against Abu Teir after he had spent 11 months in administrative detention, with neither charge nor trial.

65-year-old Abu Teir was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces on January 27, 2016. He had spent a total of 34 years in Israeli lock-ups.

In 2006 he was elected as a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. The occupation authorities banned him from Occupied Jerusalem on allegations of anti-occupation activism.

MP Ahmad Atoun, also banned from Occupied Jerusalem, slammed the arbitrary sentence issued against Abu Teir, saying it makes part of a preplanned Israeli campaign against Occupied Jerusalem and its anti-occupation icons.

“The Israeli occupation has not only bereaved Jerusalemite lawmakers of their IDs and banned them from the holy Jerusalem City; it has also been sending them to jail in an attempt to squash anti-occupation and anti-Judaization voices,” the lawmaker further stated.