[Pnews] Palestinian child Ahmad Manasrah convicted by Israeli court, threatened with life sentence

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  Palestinian child Ahmad Manasrah convicted by Israeli court,
  threatened with life sentence

May 10, 2016

Palestinian child Ahmad Manasrah 
<https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=771461>, 14, was convicted by 
the Israeli Jerusalem district court on Tuesday, 10 May of two counts of 
“attempted murder,” for allegedly participating in an attack with his 
15-year-old cousin Hassan Manasrah in an illegal Israeli settlement on 
occupation settlers. Manasrah will be sentenced on 11 July, according to 
Israeli media reports 
<http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/112812-160510-israel-court-convicts-palestinian-boy-of-attempted-murder>; 
the 14-year-old boy is threatened with a sentence up to life imprisonment.

Manasrah, 13 at the time of the alleged incident, was run over by an 
Israeli settler’s car and his cousin was shot and killed; while Ahmad 
has been held prisoner since that time, his cousin’s body 
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=771409> has also been withheld, 
imprisoned by the Israeli occupation. Manasrah was severely injured by 
the car; a widely circulated video 
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79sw9GOHNws> shows him lying on the 
ground, bleeding, while Israeli bystanders shout “Die, son of a whore!” 
and call on Israeli police to shoot him.

Another video was also widely circulated of Israeli police screaming and 
swearing <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwrGe9eP88k> at Manasrah in an 
interrogation. Manasrah’s experience in interrogation is not uncommon; 
Defence for Children International Palestine 
<http://www.dci-palestine.org/palestinian_children_in_the_israeli_military_detention_system> 
has reported that the vast majority of children imprisoned or arrested 
by Israeli occupation forces are subject to ill-treatment, torture and 
abuse, including threats, beating, and extended solitary confinement.

Speaking to Ma’an News 
<https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=771461>, a lawyer working with 
the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, Tariq Barghouth, called 
the court decision “contestable,” adding that the court decision would 
likely be appealed.

‘We hope the Supreme Court will view this humanitarian case 
differently,’ Barghouth said. ‘Once again, the Israeli court proves its 
racist treatment of the Palestinians,’ the lawyer added, highlighting 
the ‘double standard’ of the Israeli justice system when it comes to 
punishing Palestinians accused of committing crimes against Israelis, 
compared to cases of settlers attacking Palestinians.”

Manasrah’s lawyer Lea Tsemel 
<http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/112812-160510-israel-court-convicts-palestinian-boy-of-attempted-murder> 
accused the legal system of being “dragged into discriminating between 
Jews and Arabs” contrasting the attempted murder charges Manasra was 
convicted of with the manslaughter charge levelled against Israeli 
soldier Elor Azaria, who is accused of shooting dead a wounded 
Palestinian assailant as he lay on the ground.

Palestinian lawyer Jamil Saadeh 
<http://asramedia.ps/post/12797/%D9%85%D8%AD%D9%83%D9%85%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AD%D8%AA%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%AA%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A3%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B7%D9%81%D9%84-%D8%A3%D8%AD%D9%85%D8%AF-%D9%85%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B5%D8%B1%D8%A9-%D8%A8%D8%AA%D9%86%D9%81%D9%8A%D8%B0-%D8%B9%D9%85%D9%84%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D8%B7%D8%B9%D9%86> 
said that “the occupation deliberately kept the child Ahmad Manasrah 
imprisoned incide a reform center until he reached the legal age for 
full sentencing under Israeli law, which is the age of 14 years. This in 
itself is contrary to the International Convention on the Rights of the 
Child and paves the way for issuing a sentence of life imprisonment for 
the child Manasrah. The court did not take into account what he suffered 
from the moment of his detention, being wounded, assaulted and cursed, 
treated inside the hospital as a threat, and screamed at during 
interrogation by the officers, all of which is documented on video and 
condemns the occupation.”

There are over 400 Palestinian children imprisoned in Israeli jails. 
Defence for Children International 
<http://www.dci-palestine.org/palestinian_children_in_the_israeli_military_detention_system> 
notes that “The maximum custodial sentence for a child aged 12 to 13 
years is six months. The maximum custodial sentence for a child aged 14 
to 15 years is 12 months, unless the offense carries a maximum potential 
sentence of five years or more. Children aged 16 to 17 years are subject 
to the same maximum potential sentences as adults.” In effect, however, 
because many offenses, from throwing stones to the “attempted murder” 
charges levied against Manasrah, carry sentences of greater than five 
years, children from the age of 14 years are regularly sentenced as 
adults. An international campaign has emerged to demand freedom for 
Manasrah 
<https://www.facebook.com/Free-Ahmad-Manasrah-1662097660702732/?fref=ts> 
and his fellow imprisoned children.

Early Tuesday morning, at least six Palestinian minors 
<https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=771459>, including a 
14-year-old boy, Ahmad Mazin Abu Khdeir, were among 16 Palestinians 
detained by Israeli occupation forces in pre-dawn raids.

*Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network urges the release of 
Ahmad Manasrah and all imprisoned Palestinian children. We further urge 
international action to compel the Israeli state to respect the UN 
Convention on the Rights of the Child, and end international military 
aid and assistance that funds the imprisonment and torture of 
Palestinian children. We note that the imprisonment, oppression, and 
killing of Palestinian children by the Israeli occupation is part and 
parcel of the Israeli colonial project in Palestine, and that there is 
no true freedom for Palestinian children except through the freedom of 
the Palestinian people and Palestinian land.*

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