Pales­tinian gets life for in­cit­ing killings of Jews

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

VIENNA — An Aus­trian jury has con­victed a Pales­tinian man on ter­ror­ism-re­lated charges for in­cit­ing fel­low rad­i­cals to kill Jews in Jerusalem. The 27-year old man — un­named due to Aus­trian pri­vacy laws — also was found guilty on Monday of be­long­ing to a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion due to his af­fil­i­a­tion with Ha­mas mil­i­tants who have ruled Gaza since seiz­ing it in 2007.

He was sen­tenced to life in prison.

The six-mem­ber jury de­liv­ered its ver­dict af­ter pros­e­cu­tors pre­sented ev­i­dence that the man called on oth­ers through so­cial me­dia to kill vic­tims in Jerusalem. They cited his state­ments ex­press­ing pride in be­ing a Ha­mas mem­ber, and noted that he had served a nine-year prison sen­tence in Is­rael for mil­i­tant acts against the Jewish state. De­fence lawyers are ap­peal­ing.

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