Israeli sentencing of Ahed Tamimi symbolises conflict

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Ahed's mother, Nariman Tamimi, who was charged with incitement for showing the altercation live on Facebook, was sentenced to eight months in prison, a suspended sentence and a fine of about US$1,700.

Her lawyer, Gaby Lasky, said Wednesday that Tamimi is also being fined 5,000 shekels (about $1,400). Since she has served almost half that and is likely to have a third of her sentence reduced for good behaviour, she is expected to be released within weeks. She said, according to Haaretz: "The fact that the plea agreement provides for the dropping of all counts of indictment that made her detention possible until the end of legal proceedings possible is proof that Tamimi's arrest in the middle of the night, and that the legal proceedings against her were steps created to settle scores".

Both Ahed Tamimi and her mother were ordered held in custody throughout their trials, while Nour Tamimi had been freed on bail.

According to the Times of Israel, Judge Gilad Peretz wrote that 'he did not feel that he had the authority to overrule the court's original decision on February 13, ' adding the judge's opinion on holding the teenage activist's trial behind closed doors 'is in the best interest of the minor'.


At one point in the court on Wednesday, in a sign of the passions involved in the case, an activist slapped one of the prosecutors in the head as he was leaving before being restrained, an AFP journalist reported.

Dozens of Palestinians on Wednesday called for the closure of USA offices in the Israeli-occupied West Bank in protest against the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Her family is known for sending its kids to harass soldiers in hopes of provoking a response to use against them.

The trial today was conducted behind closed doors after the military court rejected an appeal by Tamimi for a public hearing.

The case has drawn attention to Israel's military court system, which is used to try Palestinians in the West Bank.


Ahed Tamimi's family says the December 15 incident that led to the arrests occurred in the yard of their home in Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah in the West Bank.

The Israeli army said in a statement after the sentence that it 'will continue operating in order to preserve the security and public order in (the West Bank) and enforce the law as it pertains to anyone who harms soldiers and incites violence'.

Relatives say a member of the Tamimi family was wounded in the head by a rubber bullet fired during those protests.

The video of Ahed Tamimi, then 16, angered Israelis who felt that the soldiers had been humiliated. Even outside of the region, the ongoing saga has struck a chord with Palestinian supporters worldwide.


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