As Rami Shehadeh from Shfar’am is still incarcerated, the Central Occupation Court in Haifa, in the occupied Palestinian interior, decided on Thursday morning to rule on his appeal of the Magistrate’s Court’s conviction for his role in the Gift of Dignity events in May 2021. two years of house arrest.
Shehadeh was found guilty of attacking a police officer in February and was given a sentence of 12 months in prison, a 2,000 shekel fine, and compensation to a member of the occupation police.
Maher Telhami, the attorney chosen to represent Shehadeh, claimed that although though the Gift of Dignity’s events took place two years ago, the legal decisions and verdicts are still harsh as if all the protesters were being punished by being exacted vengeance on.
“It has become very clear that the verdicts against the Gift of Dignity detainees were prepared in advance,” said political activist Murad Haddad of Shfaram, “and the court’s identification with the police’s allegations is clear, although the police lie is clear and all evidence points to that.”
“I am not hopeful about the Central Court,” he continued, “since it is obvious that the rulings in the Hiba al-Karama affair are political.
Since their arrest in the Gift of Dignity in May 2021, which erupted in defense of Al-Aqsa Mosque and against the aggression against the Gaza Strip and the people of Sheikh Jarrah, dozens of young men are still missing and have not been put on trial.