Palestinian Arab who once served a 9-year sentence in Israel for terrorist acts, was found guilty in Austria of belonging to Hamas, a terrorist group, and his unlawful use of social media by urging fellow Palestinians to kill Jews in Jerusalem.
By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
A Palestinian man in Austria has been sentenced to life imprisonment after an Austrian jury convicted him on terrorism-related charges for inciting fellow radicals to kill Jews in Jerusalem.
The 27-year-old man, unnamed due to Austrian privacy laws, was also found guilty on Monday of belonging to a terrorist organization due to his affiliation with Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since seizing it in 2007.
The six-member jury delivered its verdict after prosecutors presented evidence that the man called on others through social media to kill Jews 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 terrorist acts against the Jewish state.
The defendant’s attorneys said they plan to appeal the verdict.
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