Palestinian activist and community leader in Jerusalem, Nasser Abu Khdeir, was sentenced by the Israeli Central Court in Jerusalem to 16 months in prison on Thursday, 25 January.

From Shuafat, Abu Khdeir is a prominent leader in Jerusalem and has spent 15 years in Israeli prison. Most recently, he served five and a half years in Israeli prison for membership in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. He is married to fellow activist and former prisoner Abeer Abu Khdeir and has five children.

Abu Khdeir is a member of the General Secretariat of the National People’s Congress and a lecturer at Al-Quds University.

He was imprisoned from:
17 October 1977 – 18 April 1978
1 April 1981 – 10 March 1986
16 October 1994 – 24 May 1995
21 February 2001 – 17 June 2002
14 December 2003 – 9 June 2004
7 June 2005 – 16 March 2006
15 April 2011 – 13 October 2016

During his periods of imprisonment, he participated in multiple collective hunger strikes and protests during this time, including the 2011 strike against isolation; the 2012 Karameh hunger strike,  the 2016 strike in solidarity with Bilal Kayed during his 71-day hunger strike, and the 2017 collective hunger strike.

Abu Khdeir has also extended his time and support to international activists in solidarity with Palestine, discussing the situation of Jerusalem, Palestinian politics and history and the current situation with many internationals traveling to Palestine.