Israeli who joined Fatah sentenced

57-year-old Oursan Asad gets 7 years in prison for aiding enemy.

A Fatah gunman in Nablus (photo credit: AP)
A Fatah gunman in Nablus
(photo credit: AP)
The Nazareth District Court on Sunday sentenced an Arab Israeli who joined the Fatah movement to seven years in prison and to pay a fine of NIS 25,000.
The man, 57-year-old Oursan Asad, was convicted for aiding and abetting an enemy during a war and conspiring to aid an abet an enemy between 1989 and 1990.
Asad lived in Israel until 1971, when he defected to Lebanon and joined Fatah. By 1989, he was living in Algeria and taking part in the planning of terrorist attacks against Israel, as well as gathering intelligence on Israeli targets. He also played a central role in recruiting and training new Fatah members - among them many Arab Israelis.
He oversaw four attempted bombings in Nahariya and the Haifa area, all of which were thwarted by security forces.
Asad was arrested at the Sheikh Hussein border crossing between Jordan and Israel when he declared his Israeli citizenship as a means of getting through.
When reading out the verdict, the judges stressed that the severity of Asad's crimes stemmed from his Israeli citizenship. They further condemned his recruitment of Arab Israelis to the Fatah movement, then a fledgling Palestinian nationalist group which frequently used terrorism to achieve its objectives. His actions, they said, defied the passage of time.