Monday, June 29, 2009

he was greeted warmly by Palestinians near and far.

"True or not, Mr. Nawi is now in trouble. Having spent several short stints in jail for his activism over the years, he now faces the prospect of a long one. He is due to be sentenced Wednesday for assaulting an Israeli policeman two years ago during a confrontation over an attempt to demolish Palestinians’ shacks on disputed land on the West Bank. The policeman said Mr. Nawi struck him during that encounter. Mr. Nawi denied it, but in March a judge convicted him." (If he was not an Israeli, he would not have been featured in the New York Times, of course). (thanks Olivia)