Palestinian Teen Activist Ahed Tamimi Sentenced to 8 Months in Prison

Ahed Tamimi has become a poster girl for activists

Tamimi's lawyer, Gaby Lasky, said Tamimi agreed to the sentence as part of a plea deal with prosecutors that allowed her to avoid more serious charges that could have imprisoned her for years. However, under the plea deal, the prosecution dropped the other eight charges. She reportedly will plead guilty to four counts of assault, including the one in which she slapped a soldier in front of her house, which was videotaped and went viral on social media. Jewish American comedian Sarah Silverman, actor Danny Glover and NFL football player Michael Bennett are among those who called for her release.

Israeli forces have a history of violence towards children, with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights criticised Israeli authorities' actions in the case, while the European Union has expressed concern over Israel's detention of minors, including Ahed Tamimi. But, there probably are those who would have preferred she not strike a plea bargain and accept a long prison term because, after all, she has become an icon of the Palestinian struggle, and struggle needs sacrifice.

The official said the USA administration had hoped to circumvent the Palestinian Authority by appealing to other Arab countries who might force the issue.

Tamimi's trial began on February 13 behind closed doors at the Israeli military court in the West Bank. Yet the attempt by both justices to hide behind the argument of "Tamimi's best interest" is so unfounded, so at odds with reality, that it must be denounced for the blatant, cynical lie that it is.

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"After the court made a decision to keep the trial behind closed doors we understood she wasn't going to receive a fair trial", Lasky said. An appeal to open the courtroom was rejected last week.

Ahed Tamimi has been hailed as a hero by Palestinians who see her as bravely standing up to Israel's occupation of the West Bank.

Ahed Tamimi was arrested on 19 December 2017 after her mother, Nariman Tamimi, also a prominent activist, posted the footage of her altercation with Israeli soldiers online.

In a statement released on Thursday, the commission decried the Israeli practice of "detaining Palestinian children, a lot of them on remand, that is, before or during the trial".

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The teenager was later arrested in a dawn raid. The Israeli military confirmed the details of the deal. They were meant exclusively to improve the image of the military courts and lend them the semblance of a functioning, fair and reliable system.

Britain's minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt said Ahed Tamimi's sentencing symbolises the impact of the Israel-Palestine conflict on the new generation.

B'Tselem, an Israeli human rights group, issued a report Tuesday criticizing Israel's treatment of minors in its military courts. She reportedly also has accepted a plea bargain. The incident below took place in December 2012. It said that in 2016, an average of 375 minors were in detention each month.

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