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Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi Sentenced To Eight Months In Prison

Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi Sentenced To Eight Months In Prison

In Israel, a military court reached a plea deal Wednesday with Ahed Tamimi, a 17-year-old Palestinian girl who became a hero to Palestinians after viral video showed her slapping a soldier near her family's home in the occupied West Bank.

17-year-old Ahed has been arrested in December when two soldiers blocked the way of her home in the village of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank while she and her cousin approached them and started pushing them to move away. She and her mother Nariman were both sentenced to 8 months in Israeli prison. Education Minister Naftali Bennett suggested at the time that the women involved "should finish their lives in prison".

When asked why she accepted the plea deal, Lasky said that "when they chose to keep her trial behind closed doors, we knew that we were not going to get a fair trial", reported the BBC. She was also fined $1,430 (€1,157). Nariman will serve eight months, and Nur was sentenced to time served.

"There is no justice under occupation", Tamimi told reporters after the sentence was announced. They were also fined.

A plea deal for Nariman Tamimi would also be for eight months in jail including time served, she said.

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. Why were the actual terms of the plea bargain that Tamimi accepted omitted by most of the mainstream media?

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About 350 Palestinian children are now in Israeli detention, the human rights group said. Approximately 70 percent of convictions for minors in military court end in plea bargains, pushing the percentage of total minors convicted in military courts to an astounding 95 percent.

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 Tamimi family are among villagers who fight for their land rights with Israeli settlers. Azaria did not slap anyone, but he did shoot and kill Abedel Fattah Sharif, a Palestinian who was shot and wounded on the ground, posing no threat to anyone, after attacking soldiers with a knife just minutes earlier in Hebron's Tel Rumeida neighborhood. Ahed Tamimi has participated in such marches from a young age, and has had several highly publicized run-ins with soldiers.

Ahed Tamimi's supporters see a fearless girl who struck the soldiers in anger after having just learned that Israeli troops seriously wounded a 15-year-old cousin, shooting him in the head from close range with a rubber bullet during nearby stone-throwing clashes.

Right-wing Israelis accuse Tamimi's family of using the white-skinned, blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl for propaganda stunts.

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