“Palestinian Gandhi” Issa Amro Convicted In Israel
Jan 8, 2021 – – IMEMC News
The Israeli military court announced today its guilty verdict against Palestinian Issa Amro, in what human rights advocates have called a “campaign of persecution” against a nonviolent community organizer.
by Kathryn Shihadah
On Wednesday morning, an Israeli military court handed Palestinian human rights activist Issa Amro a guilty verdict on 6 of 16 counts. Charges are related to his nonviolent protests and organizing against the Israeli occupation.
Middle East Eye reports that Amro, who was recognized by the United Nations as “Human Rights Defender of the Year” in 2010, was convicted on 3 counts of “participating in a rally without a permit,” 2 counts of “obstructing a soldier,” and 1 count of “assault.”
Amnesty International has characterized the charges as “baseless,” and part of a “campaign of persecution” against Amro.
The obstruction charge relates to a sit-in protest in 2012; the assault charge refers to a case that had already been closed, in which he allegedly shoved a soldier in 2010.
As If Americans Knew reported earlier, Amro’s trial has been ongoing since August 2016. (...)