Tuesday 18 December 2018

Palestinian girl sent to jail for slap to soldier

A teenage Palestinian girl who was filmed kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier in the West Bank accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to eight months in prison. Stock photo
A teenage Palestinian girl who was filmed kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier in the West Bank accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to eight months in prison. Stock photo

Ali Sawafta

A teenage Palestinian girl who was filmed kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier in the West Bank accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to eight months in prison.

Ahed Tamimi (17) became a hero to Palestinians after the December 15 incident, outside her home in the village of Nabi Saleh, was streamed live on Facebook by her mother and went viral.

The soldiers were on duty for a weekly Palestinian protest in the village against Israeli policy on settlements in the occupied West Bank, one of the most heated issues in the conflict.

Tamimi's trial began last month and she faced 12 charges, including aggravated assault.

"No justice under occupation," Tamimi, handcuffed and shackled, shouted out at court in the Ofer military prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Tamimi's lawyer said that under the deal, she will plead guilty to reduced charges and would be sentenced to eight months in jail and a fine of 5,000 shekels (€1,100).

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