Algerian court convicts Berber activist for 2014 remarks
His lawyer, Kouceila Zerguine, said on Facebook that he will appeal.
Yezza, who lives in France, was arrested on 16 July at the airport in Biskra as he tried to return home after attending his father's funeral.
In 2014 Yezza denounced "Islamo-Arab violence" against Mozabites, a Berber ethnic minority centred in Ghardaia.
Ghardaia has seen a number of fierce clashes between Chaamba Arabs and Mozabite Berbers in recent years owing to competition over scarce jobs, land and housing.
The communities are also divided along religious lines - Sunni Arabs and Ibadi Berbers.
Tensions first arose in the 1960s when Arab Bedouin tribes were encouraged to settle in Berber-majority areas such as Ghardaia, and clashes between the two communities continue to erupt frequently.
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