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Father Who Dressed Kids as Suicide Bombers Loses Appeal

A Palestinian asylum seeker in Berlin, who dressed his three children as suicide bombers during a demonstration in 2002, lost his case on Wednesday in a Berlin appeal court, which upheld his five-month suspended sentence. A lower court had convicted the 35-year-old from Lebanon in November 2002 for endorsing suicide attacks. At a pro-Palestinian demonstration in April two years ago, the man was photographed holding his fingers in a victory sign while carrying his young daughter on his shoulders who wearing a fake dynamite belt. The photograph sparked international outrage. "That goes far beyond the right of freedom of expression," the appeals court judge said on Wednesday. The man, who has been living in Berlin for the past four years, has apologized and said he wanted to draw attention to the plight of Palestinians through his action. It is unclear whether his lawyer will appeal the latest sentence.