Palestinian teen gets prison for slapping Israeli soldier

On Wednesday, Tamimi signed a plea deal in Israeli military court and will serve eight months in prison, including three months time served.

The British government on Friday criticized Israel over its jailing of Palestinian Arab children, following the sentencing of a Palestinian Arab teenager Ahed Tamimi who was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier in the village of Nabi Saleh. In addition, the teen also received a fine of 5,000 shekels.

Amnesty International said after Tamimi's conviction that her sentence was at odds with international law and showed that Israel had no regard for the rights of Palestinian children.

Ahed Tamimi was arrested on 19 December 2017 after her mother, Nariman Tamimi, also a prominent activist, posted the footage of her altercation with Israeli soldiers online.

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

The agreement, that was closed during resumption of closed trial in military Court of Ofer and that was approved last night by court, includes commitment of minor to acknowledge guilty of assaulting Hebrew soldier, to incite violence and two more charges For disturbing course of army's activities.

"It seems like it finally dawned on them that there's something shameful about the proceedings against [Ahed], and that it is better to hold a secret trial rather than make public this legal farce", Ahed's lawyer Gaby Lasky told The Electronic Intifada prior to the ruling.

On Thursday, spokesperson for Abbas's ruling Fatah faction Osama Qawassmeh said any future Palestinian leader taking part in the plan would be accepting a "deal of shame".

But Tamimi, whose family is well known for its protests against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, also quickly became a symbol of how harshly the military justice system can treat young Palestinians.

Ahed Tamimi and her mother Nariman.

Just this week, on eve of trial, NGO B´Tselem presented a report in Jerusalem in which it denounces disprotection of se minors and violation of ir rights in Israeli military courts in which y are judged. "Hundreds of Palestinian children remain locked up with little attention on their cases".

Human Rights Watch criticized Ahed Tamimi's pretrial detention, calling it "both a violation of global law and unnecessary".

The women of the Tamimi family, who dared to resist occupying soldiers in their yard by fists and words alone, will sit in jail for longer than Shomer, longer than the soldiers who killed Samir Awad, and only a slighty less than Elor Azaria.

The United Nations Human Rights Commission has criticised the decision by the Israeli court to sentence Ahed Tamimi.

Ahed Tamimi is the more aggressive of the two in the video.

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.

  • Jon Douglas