Arab-American Sentenced for Funding Muslim Radicals
JERUSALEM (AP) _ An Arab-American accused of funneling money to Muslim activists in the occupied territories pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months in prison, the army announced today.
Mohammed Jarad, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Chicago, also agreed to leave the territories when he is freed.
He and another Arab-American were arrested Jan. 25. With time already served, Jarad is due to be released next month.
Israel accused Jarad, 36, and Mohammed Salah, 39, of Bridgeview, Ill., distributing funds to Hamas activists in the Israeli-occupied territories. Israel said the money was to help rebuild the outlawed fundamentalist group after Israel deported more than 400 suspected Hamas activists last December.
Salah’s trial is scheduled for next week, the army said.
Jarad pleaded guilty in a deal reached with military prosecutors on June 6, the army said, but didn’t explain why the announcement was delayed.
Jarad, who suffers from congenital heart disease, had previously denied ties with Hamas.