[Pnews] Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi to be sentenced to 8 months in Israeli prison

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  Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi to be sentenced to 8 months in Israeli prison

21 March 2018

Ahed Tamimi, 
17-year-old activist from Nabi Saleh whose case has received widespread 
global attention, will be sentenced to eight months in Israeli prison 
following a plea bargain on 21 March at Ofer military court, Palestinian 
media have reported <http://www.maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=943416>. 
The plea bargain will involve a modified indictment with four items 
instead of the 12 that were originally included in the indictment, under 
which she was threatened with imprisonment for up to 10 years.

In the revised indictment, Ahed is accused of obstructing and assaulting 
an occupation soldier as part of the famous incident in which she 
slapped an occupation soldier on her family’s land, demanding he leave. 
Other charges of “incitement” and allegations related to political 
speech were excluded from the new indictment, as were five other 
incidents in which she was accused of assaulting occupation forces when 
they invaded her village, Nabi Saleh.

Ahed’s mother, Nariman 
is also imprisoned and facing similar charges relating to the action on 
15 December, in which Ahed confronted an Israeli occupation soldier 
invading her village alongside her cousin, Nour. Nariman Tamimi 
livestreamed the confrontation on Facebook in a video that soon went 
viral, expressing Palestinians’ commitment to resist occupation. Ahed 
and her family are leaders in the grassroots indigenous land defense 
movement in Nabi Saleh 
confronting the illegal settlement of Halamish and occupation soldiers 
who have confiscated the village’s spring and lands.

The vast majority of all military court cases in occupied Palestine end 
in plea bargains 
Palestinian prisoners are forced into plea bargains with threats of 
lengthy sentences that pose an all-too-real danger, especially with the 
inflated charges 
<http://www.addameer.org/files/Wall%20Report%20-%20Final.pdf> and 
lengthy indictments proffered against Palestinians. Over 99 percent of 
all military court cases end with a conviction, and lengthy sentences 
have become a norm, even for many children. Plea bargains are forced on 
Palestinians by a colonial “court” system that is only designed to 
suppress their resistance and isolate organizers and leaders from the 
Palestinian people.

The sentence comes only days after the Israeli military appeals court 
ruled on 19 March 
<http://mondoweiss.net/2018/03/israeli-tamimis-request/> that Ahed’s 
trial must be held behind closed doors and away from public view. Ahed 
and her lawyer, Gabi Lasky, are rejecting the closed trial, especially 
as the case has helped to shine an international light on Israeli 
practices against Palestinian prisoners, especially Palestinian children 
targeted for arrest and persecution. Ahed’s case has helped to highlight 
the ongoing, systematic practice of the military imprisonment and trial 
of hundreds of Palestinian children each year.

While the Israeli court justified its order for a closed trial with 
language about the protection of minors, the Israeli army videotaped and 
widely distributed footage of Ahed’s arrest and leading Israeli 
politicians have publicly demanded she spend the rest of her life in 
prison. The village of Nabi Saleh has been subjected to repeated raids 
and attacks and the imprisonment of yet more children of the extended 
Tamimi family.

*Over 1.5 million people have signed a global petition to demand Ahed’s 
freedom and thousands of people around the world have participated in 
hundreds of events and actions to demand her release and that of the 
over 6,100 Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails, 
including over 350 Palestinian children. The struggle to free 
Palestinian prisoners and build solidarity for their struggle must be 
continued and intensified; the global action was critical in maintaining 
a high profile for Ahed’s case, and every Palestinian prisoner also 
deserves this attention, solidarity and struggle. *

*Free Ahed Tamimi! Free all Palestinian prisoners! *

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