Lebanon sentences four people to prison for ties with Jews or Israel


Dr. Jamal Rifi, Amin Muhammad Mari Baydoun, Marc Charbel Tanios, and Lebanese political opponent Kinda el-Khatib were sentenced to prison for working or communicating with Jews or Israelis. A prominent physician in Australia, Jamal Rifi from Lebanon, was sentenced in absentia to ten years in prison in Lebanon for the crime of “normalization with Israel,” VOA and Albawaba reported on Wednesday. Dr. Rifi works with Sydney’s Jewish Community on a charity program that organizes treatment for Palestinians in Israeli hospitals. The program trains Palestinian medical workers and helps transfer sick children from Gaza and other Palestinian areas to Israeli hospitals. They have also helped during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing ventilators to the Palestinian health system. Dr. Rifi’s brother, Ashraf, is a former justice minister in Lebanon and informed him of the sentencing because of his association with the Jewish organizations in his charity work.

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