Rights group slams Israeli court system over Tamimi's conviction

Mahmoud Abbas

An Israeli military court has reached a deal with jailed Palestinian teen under which the 16-year-old will serve eight months behind bars, Israeli daily Haaretz reported Wednesday.

The lawyer of young woman, Gaby Lasky, has agreed this Wednesday with military prosecutor's office closure of her defendant in exchange for her pleading guilty to four of twelve charges she initially faced and paying a penalty of 5,000 shequels (1,164 euros).

Tamimi was reportedly upset at the time of the incident because her 15-year-old cousin had been seriously injured after being shot in the face with a rubber bullet during a recent protest.

However, Tamimi's much shortened prison stay - she will be given credit for time served, leaving her with only five months on her sentence - in no way diminishes her image as the symbol of Palestinian resistance.

"Ahed Tamimi, a teenage Palestinian girl who slapped a machine gun-toting Israeli soldier that came to her house as part of an occupying army, will spend eight months in Israeli prison for 'assault, '" Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, told Newsweek.

Lasky said Nariman was also seeking an eight-month plea bargain. Bassem Tamimi, Ahed's father, said Tuesday, March 20, 2018, he has visited his daughter and wife in jail for the first time since they were both arrested in December.

Responding to the news, Amnesty International said that "the continued imprisonment of Palestinian child activist Ahed Tamimi is a flagrant attempt to intimidate those who dare challenge the circumstances of the ongoing occupation".

Israelis accuse her family of using Tamimi as a pawn in staged provocations. Citing Israeli prison service data, it said 356 Palestinian minors were in custody as of February 28.

Tamimi's trial is being conducted behind closed doors, and she is to be detained until the end of proceedings against her. She is also being fined the equivalent of about £990.

"She is not a little girl, she is a terrorist", Israeli culture minister Miri Regev said, according to The Guardian.

The unnamed supporter of Tamimi, who was identified by police only as a resident of central Israel in her 40s, was immediately arrested and was set to be brought Thursday before the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court. The Israeli military filmed her being led out of her home in handcuffs.

The judge of the military court had earlier chose to close the proceedings to the press and other observers amid predictions that Tamimi's trial would raise her profile further and draw heightened attention to the detention of minors in Israel. Rather, it is a system dedicated to maintaining the occupation: a regime in which the judges and prosecutors are always Israeli soldiers, and the suspects and defendants Palestinians. The Tamimi family are among villagers who fight for their land rights with Israeli settlers.

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