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EU ´concerned´ over conviction of Palestinian (AP) Associated Press) DIAA HADID JERUSALEM, ISRAEL 05/22/12 12:57 pm ET)
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JERUSALEM – The European Union says it is "concerned" over Israel´s conviction of a prominent Palestinian protest leader.
An Israeli military court on Sunday convicted Bassem al-Tamimi, 45, of urging youths to throw rocks at security forces and of leading illegal demonstrations, based on the testimony of a 15-year-old.
Al-Tamimi led protests in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh for years against Israeli policies. The protests often turn into clashes between rock-throwing youths and Israeli forces firing tear gas.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement Tuesday that the minor was interrogated "in violation of his rights."
The EU considers al-Tamimi a human rights defender. Ashton said Israel should allow people to protest peacefully. (© 2012 The Associated Press 05/22/12)
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