Israel jails Ahed Tamimi for eight months

Ahed Tamimi was arrested at her home in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on December 19.

An Israeli military court has  a  which will see Palestinian teenager  serve an eight-month prison sentence on top of a fine of nearly $1,500.

Ahed, who turned 17 in January, was  with assaulting soldiers and incitement after a  recorded by her mother  circulated, showing Ahed and her cousin  slapping and shoving two heavily armed Israeli soldiers on 15 December.

Ahed was  at her home in the occupied West Bank village of  on 19 December.

Nour and Nariman were also  and have been to time served – 16 days in prison – and eight months in prison, respectively, after accepting plea deals.

“Something shameful”

The military court dropped several of its initial charges against Ahed, for which she faced up to 10 years in prison,  to the prisoners solidarity group .

An Israeli military court  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.”

“It seems like it finally dawned on them that there’s something shameful about the proceedings against [Ahed], and that it is better to hold a secret trial rather than make public this legal farce,” Ahed’s lawyer Gaby Lasky told The Electronic Intifada prior to the ruling.

Israel’s military courts deny basic due process rights and  for Palestinians.

Concerned by these abuses,  of US Congress are  to bar Israel from using American aid for the imprisonment and abuse of Palestinian children like Ahed Tamimi.

There are currently more than 300 Palestinian children in Israeli military detention.

Revenge campaign

Ahed’s viral videotaped confrontation with the soldiers occurred outside her home hours after Israeli soldiers  her 15-year-old cousin .

Muhammad was also  by Israeli soldiers on 26 January along with several other members of the Tamimi family, most of them children. Muhammad was released after being interrogated.

The Tamimi family is known for its  to Israel’s encroachment on their village of Nabi Saleh.

Ahed’s arrest made  and rallied global support for her freedom, causing major embarassment for Israel.

Israeli officials made bizarre and absurd claims about her family, with deputy minister Michael Oren that the Tamimis were a group of “” actors hired to “make Israel look bad.”

Yoav Mordechai, the general who oversees COGAT, the bureaucratic arm of Israel’s military occupation, claimed that the injury to Muhammad Tamimi’s head was caused not by an Israeli soldier’s bullet, but by the child falling off his bike – an  by journalists and human rights defenders.

Discrimination

While Ahed Tamimi was sentenced to eight months for slapping and shoving occupation soldiers, Israeli army medic  will be released from prison in May after serving only nine months for  a prone Palestinian who lay incapacitated on a Hebron street.

Azarya’s 18-month sentence was  to 14 months in September. This week a military parole board  Azarya’s release after serving two-thirds of his sentence.

An Israeli military court had ruled that Azarya’s act was .

The chief prosecutor in the case stated Azarya has shown no remorse and taken no responsibility for his actions but poses no danger to the public,  to Haaretz.

Meanwhile, David Muial was  on Wednesday after participating in the   in October 2015.

Zarhum, 29, was severely beaten and shot to death by a mob of Israeli soldiers, prison officers and police after they mistook him for the gunman who had opened fire moments earlier at the central bus station in Beer Sheva, a city in southern Israel.

Israel  to recognize Zarhum as a “terror victim” on grounds that he had entered Israel illegally, preventing his family from claiming compensation.

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