03/22/2018, 09.52
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Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, sentenced to eight months in prison over slap

The video of her slapping an Israeli soldier has made her symbol of resistance. The sentence comes with a plea agreement. B'tselem denounces the violation of the rights of minors, forced to accept agreements to return to their normal lives.

Jerusalem (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old Palestinian, who became famous following an online video of her slapping a soldier, has been sentenced to eight months in prison.

Ahed, who is also accused of previous crimes, has been in prison since December 19, where she has been detained awaiting trial at the Ofer military court, which began on February 13 and ended yesterday.

During the closed door trial, the girl plea bargained and agreed to plead guilty to four of the 12 charges against her, including assault, incitement and two obstructions of soldiers in carrying out their duty. In addition to the prison sentence that will last until the summer - including the prison term already discounted – she will have to pay a fine of 5 thousand shekels (almost 1200 euros).

The young woman has become a symbol of resistance to the Israeli occupation for Palestinians. For Israel, she is a violent provocateur in search of publicity. Her case has attracted the attention of the media and social networks around the world.

The Israeli NGO B'tselem has denounced the case of Ahed as representative of the role of juvenile military courts and the system that every year subjects "hundreds of Palestinian children to the same scenario", in violation of the rights of minors.

In a report published two days ago, activists claim that young people, facing an almost certain conviction and forced to prison for the entire trial period, agree to plead guilty and sign a plea bargain just  "to return to their normal lives as soon as possible".

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