Palestinian Teen Activist Ahed Tamimi Sentenced to 8 Months in Prison
25 March, 2018, 01:45 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
"The treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention remains a human rights priority for the UK".
An Israeli military court has sentenced Palestinian teenage protest icon Ahed Tamimi to eight months in prison for slapping and kicking two soldiers after a plea bargain was reached.
"The conviction and sentencing of Ahed Tamimi is emblematic of how the unresolved [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict is blighting the lives of a new generation who should be growing up together in peace, but continue to be divided", Alistair Burt, Britain's minister for the Middle East, said.
This, B'tselem explains, is because remand hearings are held at the ordinary military court, and, because trial hearings are "very rare" since "the overwhelming majority of the cases are closed in a plea bargain between the defense and the prosecution".
Tamimi's trial began on February 13 behind closed doors at the Israeli military court in the West Bank. She said, according to Haaretz: "The fact that the plea agreement provides for the dropping of all counts of indictment that made her detention possible until the end of legal proceedings possible is proof that Tamimi's arrest in the middle of the night, and that the legal proceedings against her were steps created to settle scores".
Israelis accuse her family of using Tamimi, now 17, as a pawn in staged provocations.
She accepted to plead guilty to four of the 12 charges against her under the agreement, including assault, incitement and two counts of obstructing soldiers, Lasky said.
The teen's mother, Nariman, was also convicted, sentenced to eight months in prison and fined 6,000 shekels. Lasky criticized the block and said "a public trial was the only defense" adding that it was "obvious" that "Tamimi will not be entitled to a fair trial".
At one point in the court on Wednesday, in a sign of the passions involved in the case, an activist slapped one of the prosecutors in the head as he was leaving and was later arrested, an AFP journalist reported.
The case has drawn attention to Israel's military court system, which is used to try Palestinians in the West Bank. Palestinians, while showering Tamimi with praise, asked whether publicising the video might have been counterproductive, by showing the soldiers behaving with restraint, or helpful, by showing that even unarmed resistance can be effective.
The Palestinian territories have remained tense since December 6, when U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Tamimi, 16 at the time of the incident, has been hailed as a hero by Palestinian Arabs who see her as bravely standing up to Israel's "occupation".
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