British man sentenced to prison over wearing pro-terrorist T-shirt

Al Jayoosi was spotted wearing a pro-terrorist T-shirt on June 8 and 9. He stood trial on December 17.

34-year-old Feras Al Jayoosi was spotted wearing a T-shirt supporting the military wing of the Palestinian Hamas organisation (Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades) and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group on June 8 and 9 in the Golders Green municipality in London. He was brought to court on Friday, December 17, and was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison. He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of community service and to pay £288 (approximately €340) to the magistrate court, reports The Jerusalem Post.

Al Jayoosi was reported to have autism and Asperger’s syndrome, which reduced his culpability. According to the chief magistrate of the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, the defendant received multiple warnings not to align himself with such organisations, adding that the prosecution is not about supporting the cause of Palestinian people, but “about supporting organisations that believe the way to solving the problem is in ways that are violent and that we should all abhor.”

Last month, the United Kingdom declared Hamas a terrorist group in its entirety. Under the terrorism act of 2000, the military wing of Hamas has already been considered a terrorist group.

Since the Israel-Gaza war last May, antisemitism is reported to have grown with 365% in the UK.