Rights groups accuse Israel of 'discriminatory policies' as Ahed Tamimi sentenced

25 March, 2018, 01:37 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Palestinian men evacuate an injured protester during clashes with Israeli troops along the border fence near Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip

The Guardian - A 17-year-old Palestinian girl who was filmed slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers outside her home has accepted a plea deal under which she will serve eight months in prison, her lawyer has said.

Tamimi, who was 16 at the time, was later arrested and indicted on 12 charges, including assault of an Israeli soldier, and charges related to other incidents going back to 2016, when she allegedly threw rocks, threatened and assaulted Israeli forces.

In the video, Israeli soldiers largely avoid reacting to Tamimi besides swatting her hand away.

The teen's mother, Nariman, was also convicted, sentenced to eight months in prison and fined 6,000 shekels.

The agreement was reached, the daily added, at a Wednesday session of al-Tamimi's ongoing trial, which is being held behind closed doors. Ms Lasky called the legal proceedings a "farce".

An anti-occupation Israeli NGO said this week that Palestinian minors suffer a "systematic violation" of their rights under the Israeli military juvenile court system.

The Israeli military court where Ahed Tamimi was being tried accepted the deal between her and prosecutors in the case that has drawn worldwide attention. Hundreds of Palestinian children "remain locked up with little attention on their cases", she added.

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"The fact that a child will be jailed for 8 months for slapping a soldier whose troops just shot her 15 year old cousin in the face is extreme, but in the context of the 99% conviction rate in the Israeli military court system and right-wing incitement against Ahed, this compromise by the Israeli military shows they have chose to back down in the face of growing pressure to release Ahed", the statement said.

The incident took place on the same day that one of Ahed's other cousin, 15-year-old Mohammad Tamimi, was hit in the head at close range by a rubber bullet fired by an Israeli soldier and sustained serious injuries.

The Tamimi family is known for its unarmed resistance to Israel's encroachment on their village of Nabi Saleh. Her mother, Nariman, and a cousin were also arrested. The Tamimi family are among villagers who fight for their land rights with Israeli settlers.

Tamimi has been hailed as a hero by Palestinians who see her as bravely standing up to Israel's occupation of the West Bank has already spent 3 months in an Israeli prison and so is expected to be free in July. This week a military parole board ordered Azarya's release after serving two-thirds of his sentence. The Israeli military confirmed the details of the deal.

Meanwhile, David Muial was sentenced to community service on Wednesday after participating in the lynching of Eritrean asylum seeker Haftom Zarhum in October 2015.

Israel refused to recognize Zarhum as a "terror victim" on grounds that he had entered Israel illegally, preventing his family from claiming compensation.

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