Palestinian Teen Who Slapped IDF Soldiers Sentenced To 8 Months In Jail

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Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi (R) enters a military courtroom escorted by Israeli Prison Service personnel at Ofer Prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teen who was found guilty of slapping and kicking a pair of IDF soldiers, was given an 8-month prison sentence and a fine of 5,000 NIS. The case turned the 17-year-old girl into a Palestinian hero and attracted international attention.

Tamimi’s lawyer, Gaby Lasky, said Tamimi agreed to the sentence as part of a plea deal with prosecutors that allowed her to avoid more serious charges that could have imprisoned her for years. Under the deal, she is due to be released in the summer.

Lasky called the legal proceedings a “farce.” She said “they are trying to deter other Palestinian youth from resisting occupation as Ahed did.”

In addition to the infamous incident in December 2017, Tamimi also plead guilty to two two other instances in which she assaulted soldiers as a protestor, and/or incited violence against soldiers.

In addition, Nariman Tamimi, Ahed’s mother, and Nur Tamimi, Ahed’s cousin, were found guilty of incitement to violence, disrupting a soldier during his work and aiding and abetting the assaulting of an IDF officer.

Ahed, has been lauded a hero in the Palestinian news and on the streets. She is being seen as a hero on the Streets of the Palestinian Authority.

During the proceedings of the hearing, a big supporter of Ahed’s came up and slapped the IDF prosecutor in the face during the debate. Police and rescue services were dispatched to the court and police have apprehended the suspect and are holding her for questioning.

“No justice under occupation and we are in an illegal court,” Tamimi said to reporters in court.

“Ahed will be home in a few months, but Israel is putting this child behind bars for eight months for calling for protests and slapping a soldier, after threatening her with years in jail,” said Human Rights Watch Middle East Director Sarah Leah Whitson.

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(AP / YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)