Rights group slams Israeli court system over Tamimi's conviction

25 March, 2018, 00:55 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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The video, viewed millions of times on social networks, prompted an outcry from the Israeli public at the supposed humiliation of a heavily armed soldier, tasked with enforcing his nation's military rule over Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank, backing away from a physical confrontation with a 16-year-old girl. "The fact that a child will be jailed for 8 months for slapping a soldier whose troops just shot her 15 year old cousin in the face is extreme, but in the context of the 99% conviction rate in the Israeli military court system and right-wing incitement against Ahed, this compromise by the Israeli military shows they have chose to back down in the face of growing pressure to release Ahed", the statement said.

Tamimi's Israeli lawyer, Gaby Lasky, said she 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.

Tamimi's family have a long history of struggles with Israeli forces.

Tamimi was arrested four months ago after she was filmed slapping and shoving IDF soldiers in her West Bank village of Nebi Saleh. An appeal to open the courtroom was rejected last week.

According to the Times of Israel, Judge Gilad Peretz wrote that 'he did not feel that he had the authority to overrule the court's original decision on February 13, ' adding the judge's opinion on holding the teenage activist's trial behind closed doors 'is in the best interest of the minor'.

- Liam O'Hare (@Liam_O_Hare) March 21, 2018 Ahed Tamimi will serve 8 months in jail for slapping a soldier on her property after soldiers shot her cousin in the face. Lasky said Nariman was also seeking an eight-month plea bargain.

The teenager told reporters in court there is "no justice under occupation and we are in an illegal court".


Both Ahed Tamimi and her mother were ordered held in custody throughout their trials, while Nour Tamimi had been freed on bail.

The Israeli military court where Ahed Tamimi was being tried accepted the deal between her and prosecutors in the case that has drawn global attention. He said his daughter spends her days reading and doing school work, focusing on her English studies.

"The treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention remains a human rights priority for the UK". Nour Tamimi, the teen's cousin who was arrested as well after appearing in the controversial video that led to Ahed's arrest, was sentenced to five months.

Under the deal, she is also being fined the equivalent of about £1,000.

On the 6 December, US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, causing widespread controversy and anger across the world.

Ahed Tamimi, who comes from a family of prominent activists, has been involved in a series of previous incidents, with older pictures of her confronting soldiers widely published.

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