Soldier-Slapper, Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi Sentenced to Jail

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Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old who became a Palestinian cause celebre after a video of her slapping an Israeli soldier went viral, was sentenced to eight months in jail on Wednesday after agreeing to a plea bargain.

Her mother Nariman was sentenced to eight months in prison in addition to a fine of 6,000 shekels (around US$ 1,780) and a three-year suspended sentenced for assisting in assaulting a soldier, obstructing a soldier and incitement. They both accepted plea deals.

The case turned the 17-year-old girl into a Palestinian hero and attracted global attention.

A group of American cultural figures, including actors Danny Glover and Rosario Dawson and novelist Alice Walker, signed a petition calling for her release and comparing her case to those of "the children of immigrants and communities of color who face police brutality in the United States".

The soldiers had deployed during a weekly Palestinian protest in the village against Israeli policy on settlements in the West Bank, one of the most heated issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Lasky said the jail term included the time Tamimi has spent in detention since her arrest in December.

The Israeli military said the soldiers were in the area to prevent Palestinians from throwing stones at Israeli motorists.

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Her trial opened behind closed doors at the Ofer military court in the occupied West Bank on February 13. He argued that holding the trial in secret would be in the best interests of the teenager, though her family and lawyer said it was not.

"When they chose to keep her trial behind closed doors, we knew that we were not going to get a fair trial", Ms Lasky told AFP. Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the NGO's Middle East division, noted how "plea bargains are the norm in Israel's military justice system, which is characterised by prolonged pretrial detention, abuse of kids and sham trials".

Israeli soldiers arrested al-Tamimi from her home near Ramallah last December. "We see what we see in the clip but still, when we hear the insane message that Ahed's cousin Muhammad, who was shot in the head, fell off his bike and was hurt by the handles of his bike. then we see that there is much more than what happened in the clip".

Tamimi's family have a long history of struggles with Israeli forces. She can be the megaphone of the hundreds of Palestinian children who remain locked up with little attention paid to them.

The video shows the cousins approaching two soldiers and telling them to leave before shoving, kicking and slapping them. Her mother, Nariman, and a cousin were also arrested.

An Israeli military court had ruled that Azarya's act was motivated by revenge.

Israel's military courts deny basic due process rights and have a near-100 percent conviction rate for Palestinians.

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