Israeli Druze Sentenced to 8 Months in Prison for Violence on Naksa Day

A 37-year-old resident of Majdal Shams was convicted of wounding a policeman on June 5, when thousands of Syrians tried to breach the border with Israel.

Eli Ashkenazi
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A Nazareth court sentenced a Majdal Shams resident to eight months in prison for hurling rocks at Israeli security forces on Naksa Day, June 5th. The resident of the northern Druze village, 37-year-old Nasser Shaer, was also fined 2,500 shekels.

Majdal Shams, located on the border with Syria, has become the flash point in recurring Israeli-Palestinian skirmishes both on Nakba Day last month as well as Naksa Day, which marked 44 years since the 1967 Six-Day War.

Protesters in Syria throwing stones at the Israel Defense Forces at town of Quneitra on Naksa Day, June 5, 2011.Credit: IDF Spokesman

Hundreds of Syrians amassed on the border on Naksa Day and tried to breach the fence. Syria reported that 23 people were killed in the clashes, but the IDF disputed that number, saying that it is likely exaggerated and there is no way to verify it.

Earlier last month two other residents of Majdal Shams were indicted for aggravated assault of a public servant and disorderly conduct.

Shaer was convicted of throwing rocks, one of which injured a police officer who needed medical treatment. The judge stated in the verdict that even though Shaer pleaded guilty and expressed remorse, Israel is "facing a serious and unusual situation. The state of Israel has been surrounded by enemies from the day it was created, and has to fight every day and every minute for its existence."