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Multiple life sentences for Palestinian militia founder Nasser Awais

An Israeli court on Monday sentenced a Palestinian militia leader to 14 terms of life in prison, plus 50 years, for orchestrating several shooting and bombing attacks on Israelis in the past 31 months of fighting. The defendant, Nasser Awais, 33, is the most senior Palestinian convicted by an Israeli civil court since the current round of violence began in September 2000. Most suspected militants are tried by Israeli military tribunals. Israeli prosecutors have said Awais is a top aide to Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian uprising leader currently on trial in Israel. Awais is a co-founder of the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, a militia linked to the ruling Fatah movement. Awais and four other Fatah activists in the West Bank founded the militia shortly after September 2000. Four of the founders are in Israeli jails, and one has been killed in an arrest raid. Full Story

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