Prominent Israeli left-wing activist Jonathan Pollak was given a three month prison sentence and a NIS 1,500 fine for illegal assembly on Monday, for taking part in a bike protest against the Gaza Siege in January 2008.
Pollak was the only one of the 30 riders in the "Critical Mass" protest in downtown Tel Aviv to be arrested, a fact he has attributed to his prominence as an activist. The 28-year-old Tel Aviv native is one of the founders of the Anarchists Against the Wall and is one of the most well-known members of the Israeli radical left.
During his hearing, Pollak refused the judge's requests that he agree to community service, later arguing that it wasn't necessarily a lighter sentence and would require his cooperation with the proceedings against him. After his sentencing, Pollak refused to pay the NIS 1,500 fine.