[Pnews] Palestinian child Muawiya Alqam, 11 at time of arrest, sentenced to 6.5 years in Israeli prison

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  Palestinian child Muawiya Alqam, 14, sentenced to 6.5 years in Israeli

July 18, 2016

Palestinian child prisoner Muawiya Alqam, 14, was sentenced to 6.5 years 
in Israeli prison <https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=772270> by a 
Jerusalem court on Sunday, 17 July.

He was also fined 26,000 NIS (approximately $6,700) and a three-year 
suspended sentence was imposed; in addition, his family was ordered to 
pay the fine in cash rather than installments, in a divergence 
<http://www.qudsn.ps/article/96738> from the plea agreement obtained by 
his lawyer.

Muawiya and his cousin Ali Alqam, 12, were arrested on 10 November 2015 
and accused of attempting to stab an Israeli occupation guard on the 
Jerusalem light rail. Today, Ali, who was 11 at the time of arrest and 
turned 12 while imprisoned, is held inside a juvenile detention facility 
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=771766>while Muawiya is held in 
Megiddo prison.  Ali was shot three times by Israeli forces and had to 
undergo surgery <http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=771112> to 
remove a bullet from his stomach. He is being detained for at least one 

Muawiya was accused of attempted murder and possession of a knife, 
despite the fact that the guard was only lightly wounded.

He is one of over 350 Palestinian children 
held in Israeli prisons, including 7 held without charge or trial under 
administrative detention. An increasing number of Palestinian 
Jerusalemite children are also being subject to house arrest, as Israeli 
occupation authorities also issued more than 65 home imprisonment orders 
against Jerusalemite children since the beginning of the year. The use 
of home imprisonment against children is a growing phenomenon, and 
prevents them from leaving the home even for medical treatment or for 

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