Soldier-Slapper, Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi Sentenced to Jail

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Seventeen-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi (R), a well-known campaigner against Israel's occupation, arrives for the beginning of her trial in the Israeli military court at Ofer military prison in the West Bank village of Beitunia on February 13, 2018. "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 made a decision to back down in the face of growing pressure to release Ahed", the statement said.

Her lawyer, Gaby Lasky, said the sentence would include time served as well as $1,441 in fines.

The Israeli soldiers reacted by moving slowly away and Tamimi's mother is then seen intervening.

When asked why she accepted the plea deal, Lasky said that "when they chose to keep her trial behind closed doors, we knew that we were not going to get a fair trial", reported the BBC. Tamimi's case is exceptional only in sparking public interest and wide media coverage in Israel and overseas.

Ahed was arrested in the middle of the night at her home in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on December 19. Lasky said Nariman was also seeking an eight-month plea bargain.

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

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Human Rights Watch criticized Ahed Tamimi's pretrial detention, calling it "both a violation of worldwide law and unnecessary".

The British government said on Friday that the sentencing of Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi for slapping an Israeli soldier was "emblematic" of the impact of the region's conflict on its youth.

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 outlandish story soon debunked by journalists and human rights defenders. Military prosecutors said her slapping and kicking was assault. She faces assault and incitement charges that could potentially leave her behind bars for years. A video has been shared online of Tamimi praising "martyrdom operations". To the Israelis, she is an example of Palestinian incitement.

"The trial was a show trial, because clearly we have a case here where the whole military system mobilized against a young girl who was only 16 when she was arrested", Lasky emphasized. At least 32 Palestinians and four Israelis have been killed since US President Donald Trump announced embassy move to Jerusalem.

In 2012, Istanbul's Basaksehir Municipality granted Ahed the prestigious Hanzala Courage Award for defying Israeli soldiers who had just arrested her brother.

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