Increasing the prison sentences of four young Jerusalemite men from the village of Esawyeh
March 9, 2016

The Israeli Supreme Court judges decided last Wednesday to increase the prison sentences against four young Jerusalemite men from the village of Esawyeh.

Lawyer Mohammad Mahmoud explained that the Supreme Court approved the appeal submitted by the public prosecution against the District Court’s decision in terms of the prison sentences of four young men. The new sentences were as follows:

  • Walid Daoud Alayan: Adding 14 months to his sentence making it a total of 66 months.
  • Mohammad Kamal Obeid: Adding 16 months to his sentence making it a total of 82 months.
  • Ibrahim Dirbas: Adding 10 months to his sentence making it a total of 52 months.
  • Mohammad Alayan: Adding 6 months to his sentence making it a total of 30 months.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that Mohammad Alayan completed his 2-year prison sentence few days ago and was released.

The young men were arrested in April 2014 and were convicted of throwing Molotov Cocktails towards occupation forces’ and settlers’ vehicles as well as the gas station near the entrance of Esawyeh. They were also charged of setting a synagogue in the settlement of French Hill on fire as well as the nearby military camp and the parking lot of Hadassah hospital.

The District Court sentenced them in September 2015 but the public prosecution appealed the decision and requested to increase the prison sentences after the so-called Minister of Internal Security, Gilad Ardan, advised the general prosecutor to appeal the court’s decision under the pretext of imposing a “light punishment” on them.