Palestinian Professor Sentenced to Seven Months for Incitement to Violence

Palestinian militants of Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a group linked to the Fatah movement, stand on scaffoldings as they demonstrate their skills during a training in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip, on September 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB (Photo credit should read SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)

The Times of Israel reports: Palestinian astrophysics professor accused of inciting violence was sentenced to seven months in prison on Sunday by an Israeli military court, a Palestinian NGO said.

Imad Barghouthi, 52, was arrested in April and imprisoned without trial for an initial three months, under a controversial Israeli procedure known as administrative detention, which allows for a suspect to be held in custody without being charged.

Israeli authorities assert that Barghouthi has ties to the Hamas terror group and he has been accused of inciting violence against Israel

His lawyer said he was arrested for comments posted on his Facebook page. He appealed after his arrest to an Israeli military court, which in May ruled that he should be freed.

However, military prosecutors opted to put him on trial, leading to his sentence on Sunday.

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