EU rebukes Israel for convicting Palestinian protester
Baroness Ashton in Brussels, July 2010 Israel has called Lady Ashton's "interference" highly improper
The European Union has criticised Israel for convicting an organiser of weekly Palestinian protests against the West Bank separation barrier.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said she was "deeply concerned" about Abdullah Abu Rahmeh, who now faces several years in prison.
She said he was a "human rights defender" committed to non-violent protest.
Israel's foreign ministry described her statement as highly improper.
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Jailed since December, Abdullah Abu Rahmeh was convicted by a military court
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