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        <h1 id="reader-title">Palestinian child Ahmad Manasrah convicted
          by Israeli court, threatened with life sentence</h1>
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              <p>Palestinian child <a
                  href="https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=771461">Ahmad
                  Manasrah</a>, 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 <a
href="http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/112812-160510-israel-court-convicts-palestinian-boy-of-attempted-murder">Israeli
                  media reports</a>; the 14-year-old boy is threatened
                with a sentence up to life imprisonment.</p>
              <p>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, <a
                  href="http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=771409">his
                  cousin’s body</a> has also been withheld, imprisoned
                by the Israeli occupation. Manasrah was severely injured
                by the car; a <a
                  href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79sw9GOHNws">widely
                  circulated video</a> shows him lying on the ground,
                bleeding, while Israeli bystanders shout “Die, son of a
                whore!” and call on Israeli police to shoot him.</p>
              <p>Another video was also widely circulated of <a
                  href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwrGe9eP88k">Israeli
                  police screaming and swearing</a> at Manasrah in an
                interrogation. Manasrah’s experience in interrogation is
                not uncommon; <a
href="http://www.dci-palestine.org/palestinian_children_in_the_israeli_military_detention_system">Defence
                  for Children International Palestine</a> 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.</p>
              <p>Speaking to <a
                  href="https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=771461">Ma’an
                  News</a>, 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.</p>
              <p>‘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.”</p>
              <p><a
href="http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/112812-160510-israel-court-convicts-palestinian-boy-of-attempted-murder">Manasrah’s
                  lawyer Lea Tsemel</a> 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.</p>
              <p><a
href="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">Palestinian
                  lawyer Jamil Saadeh</a> 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.”</p>
              <p>There are over 400 Palestinian children imprisoned in
                Israeli jails. <a
href="http://www.dci-palestine.org/palestinian_children_in_the_israeli_military_detention_system">Defence
                  for Children International</a> 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
                <a
href="https://www.facebook.com/Free-Ahmad-Manasrah-1662097660702732/?fref=ts">freedom
                  for Manasrah</a> and his fellow imprisoned children.</p>
              <p>Early Tuesday morning, at least <a
                  href="https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=771459">six
                  Palestinian minors</a>, including a 14-year-old boy,
                Ahmad Mazin Abu Khdeir, were among 16 Palestinians
                detained by Israeli occupation forces in pre-dawn raids.</p>
              <p><strong>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.</strong></p>
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