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Palestinian gets life sentence in Austria for inciting killings of Jews

Proclaimed Hamas member, 27, found guilty of belonging to terror group, calling for murders in Jerusalem

Palestinian children greet fighters from the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of  Hamas terror group in the streets in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis on July 20, 2017. ( AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB)
Palestinian children greet fighters from the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas terror group in the streets in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis on July 20, 2017. ( AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB)

VIENNA — An Austrian jury has convicted a Palestinian man on terrorism-related charges for inciting fellow radicals to kill Jews in Jerusalem.

The 27-year old man — unnamed due to Austrian privacy laws — also was found guilty on Monday of belonging to a terrorist organization due to his affiliation with Hamas, the Palestinian terror group that has ruled Gaza since seizing it in 2007.

He was sentenced to life in prison.

The six-member jury delivered its verdict after prosecutors presented evidence that the man called on others through social media to kill victims in Jerusalem. They cited his statements expressing pride in being a Hamas member, and noted that he had served a nine-year prison sentence in Israel for terror acts against the Jewish state.

Defense lawyers are appealing.

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