Three of the journalists ofÂ Sanabel radio stationÂ in al-Khalil wereÂ sentenced by the Israeli occupationâs Ofer military courtÂ on 23 November. Montasser Nassar, 28, and Nidal Amer, 24, were each sentenced to 22 months in prison, while Mohammed Omran, 27, was sentenced to 16 months in Israeli occupation prison.
The three were seized along with Ahmed Samih Darwish, 24, and Hamed Khaled Namoura, 25, from the headquarters of Radio Sanabel in al-Khalil in a violent raid on the station on 31 August 2016. The stationâs equipment was confiscated and it was closed by military order for three months. All five of the journalists from Sanabel are from the town of Dura in al-Khalil.
The five journalists were accused of âincitementâ for broadcasting songs, interviews and programs about the Palestinian uprising, resistance, Palestinians killed by the Israeli occupation and supporting Palestinians revolting against occupation. Omran was also the correspondent ofÂ Asra Voice radio within Sanabel, focusing on the struggles of Palestinian prisoners.
Darwish and Namoura continue to face a military court. The five are among dozens ofÂ Palestinian journalistsÂ held in Israeli prison for their activities in reporting on and amplifying the voices of Palestinians in resistance to occupation.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.