The Elders Monday called on Israel to release a Palestinian leader of the weekly protests in the West Bank village Bil'in, whose prison sentence ended November 18 but has yet to be released.
Abdallah Abu Rahmah was scheduled to appear in front of the Military Court of Appeals on Monday, where military prosecutors have appealed against his release and requested that his sentence be extended, according to the Elders.
Abu Rahmah was convicted of incitement and organizing illegal demonstrations and has served twelve months in prison. He was cleared of two other charges.
Former US president Jimmy Carter said in a press release that, "The Elders believe that his [Abu Rahmah] example of non-violent resistance against the occupation is a model that others should follow.”