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  7/14/2013, Av 7, 5773

30 Months for Hamas Lawmakers who Hid in Red Cross HQ


The Jerusalem District Court announced, Sunday that it has imposed 30-month sentences on two senior Hamas members who took refugee inside the Red Cross's eastern Jerusalem offices for a year and a half, according to Agence France PresseAs part of a plea bargain, former Palestinian Authority (PA)
minister for Jerusalem Affairs Khaled Abu Arafeh 
and Mohammed Totah of the PA's Legislative council admitted to charges of membership in a terror organization and being outside the PA without permits.

The two barricaded themselves inside the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Shim'on Hatzaddik (Sheikh Jarrah) neighbourhood on July 1, 2010 and were arrested on January 23, 2012. According to police, the two men both had their Israeli identity cards revoked 18 months before their arrest, meaning they were not legally entitled to be in the city. The sentences were issued on Thursday, but the court only distributed news of the decision to the media on Sunday.