Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi Sentenced To Eight Months In Prison

Saul Bowman
March 25, 2018

Tamimi's lawyer, Gaby Lasky, said the sentence would include four months already served and a fine of 5,000 shekels (£1,017).

When her trial began in February, she faced 12 charges, including aggravated assault, however, 8 were dropped as part of the plea deal. "Nothing she did warrants her continued imprisonment and she must be released immediately".

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has criticised Israeli authorities' actions in the case, while the European Union has expressed concern over Israel's detention of minors, including Ahed Tamimi. She can be the megaphone of the hundreds of Palestinian children who remain locked up with little attention paid to them.

The trial, set to resume Wednesday in a West Bank military court, is expected to drag on for months, Tamimi said.

"When they chose to keep her trial behind closed doors, we knew that we were not going to get a fair trial", Lasky told AFP in describing her reasons for seeking a plea bargain.

The prosecution had listed 41 potential witnesses, meaning that Tamimi would have to stay in prison during a lengthy trial that would likely stretch longer than the sentence agreed to in the plea bargain, Lasky said. He wrote that Lt. Col. Lieberman's decision perfectly reflects the changes made in legislation and through case law "to best realize the interest of safeguarding the minor facing criminal proceedings".

Nariman Tamimi was arrested one day after Ahed and later charged with "incitement" for filming and publishing Ahed's now famous incident with the soldiers who were raiding her hometown of Nabi Saleh, in the central occupied West Bank. The girl's mother, Nariman, was convicted of incitement for sharing the recording online, and also sentenced to eight months in prison. After she is released from her latest incarceration, Tamimi will nearly assuredly strike again. Video of the incident went viral after Tamimi's mother shared it on Facebook. "They want to deter other Palestinian youth from resisting occupation", Lasky said.

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

According to figures released by the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs today, Israeli occupation forces have expanded their arbitrary arrests of Palestinian children over the past few years and have increased their frequency. The Israeli military confirmed the details of the deal.

Israel overhauled its military court system in 2009, creating separate military courts for minors that officials said were aimed at improving the protection of children.

The former director of B'Tselem, Jessica Montell, pointed out on Twitter that Thursday's print edition of Haaretz reported Ahed Tamimi's harsh sentence alongside another court's ruling that Daniel Cohen Shor, a young Israeli who took part in the vicious beating of a Palestinian man, would only be punished with community service.

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