Israel Sentences Ahed Tamimi To Eight Months in Prison

Her mother and cousin also reached plea deals, receiving eight months and 16 days, respectively.

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

According to Lasky, Tamimi had agreed to plead guilty to four of the 12 charges she faced, including assault, incitement, and two counts of obstructing soldiers.

Asked why she recommended that her client accept the deal of by the IDF West Bank prosecution, attorney Gaby Lasky said that "When the court made a decision to carry out Ahed's trial behind closed doors, after a lot of discussions had taken place in the public already, we understood that there was no chance that Ahed would receive a fair trial".

Lasky said the jail term included the time Tamimi has spent in detention since her arrest in December.

Tamimi confronted a pair of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers outside her family home in the occupied West Bank last December just moments after learning a solider had shot her 15-year-old cousin in the face.

The video of Azaria's crime was recorded by Imad Abu Shamsiyeh, a Palestinian shoemaker who documents the activities of Israeli troops in Hebron.

An Israeli military court ruled on Sunday that proceedings in Ahed's case were to be held behind closed doors, rejecting her appeal for a public trial on the basis that it was for "the minor's benefit".

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She told reporters on Wednesday before the court accepted the agreement that "there is no justice under occupation and this is an illegitimate court". A year after the incident, the military prosecution closed the case and decided that Shomer would not be put on trial.

"By sentencing Ahed to eight months in prison the Israeli authorities have confirmed yet again that they have no regard for the rights of Palestinian children, and have no intention to reverse their discriminatory policies".

"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. He argued that holding the trial in secret would be in the best interests of the teenager, though her family and lawyer said it was not.

Human Rights Watch also condemned the sentencing.

The United States may be delaying the presentation of an upcoming peace proposal for Israelis and Palestinian due to strong Palestinian opposition.

"The occupation forces continued in their policy of arrest of Palestinian children, denying protection due to them by more than 27 worldwide conventions", according to a report by the Palestinian human rights organization Addameer.

Eshteiwi stated that the Palestinians will continue to protest the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation, its colonies and Annexation Wall, and will fight for their legitimate rights, until liberation and independence, and establishing a sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

  • Megan Austin