Israel court system 'protects' occupation

Jailed teen’s plea bargain reveals extent of court system’s complicity in decades-long occupation, B’Tselem says

Israel court system 'protects' occupation

World Bulletin / News Desk

A deal reached between Israeli military prosecutors and jailed Palestinian teen Ahed al-Tamimi -- by which the latter will serve eight months behind bars -- reveals the court’s role in “protecting” Israel’s decades-long occupation, an Israeli rights group said Thursday.

On Wednesday, an Israeli military court hammered out a deal with al-Tamimi’s lawyers by which the 16-year-old would accept an eight-month prison term in return for confessing to assault charges.

“As part of the arrangement, al-Tamimi will confess to four counts of assault, including the videotaped slapping of an Israeli soldier,” the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

The agreement -- which would also see al-Tamimi pay a $1,500 fine -- was reached during a Wednesday session of al-Tamimi's ongoing trial, which is currently being held behind closed doors. 

Israeli soldiers arrested the teen from her home near Ramallah last December. When her mother went to the local authorities seeking information about her daughter, she too was detained.

Al-Tamimi was accused of "attacking" Israeli troops after a video went viral online showing her slapping an Israeli soldier who had trespassed on her family’s backyard.

Ahed’s cousin, Nur, who is also seen in the video, was also later detained.

Al-Tamimi’s mother, meanwhile, has also been slapped with eight months in prison -- and a $1,700 fine -- for “incitement” and “assault”.

Last Mod: 22 Mart 2018, 15:26
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