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A Palestinian man who clicked “Like” on a Facebook status criticizing a
Palestinian Authority official has been sentenced to six months in
Anas Ismail, 29, of Salfit, near Nablus, was found guilty of
“libel and slander.”
Ismail is the second Palestinian to be imprisoned
for Facebook activities in the past few days.
He was sentenced to prison
on the same day another PA court in Bethlehem sentenced Palestinian journalist
to one year in prison for sharing a photo on Facebook that compared PA President
Mahmoud Abbas to a villain and the spy of French colonial authorities in a
Ismail said that the PA’s Preventive Security force
detained him for 17 days before he was sentenced to six months in
He said he was accused of clicking “Like” on a status that called
for sacking former PA Communications minister Mashhour Abu Daka.
told the West Bank-based Wattan TV station that he had been summoned for
interrogation 10 times in the past six months because of the “Like” on
He pointed out that he had been sentenced in absentia last
His lawyer, Wajdi Amer, said he would appeal the verdict on
Noting that the verdict had been passed down in absentia, the
lawyer said that his client had not been given the chance to defend himself in