Palestinian teenage protester gets 8 months

Teenage girl accused of slapping Israeli soldier accepts 8-month sentence, report says

Teenage girl accused of slapping Israeli soldier accepts 8-month sentence, report says

The sentence will include the three months she has already served after being denied bail, according to her lawyer Gaby Lasky, putting her release date in July. However, under the plea deal, the prosecution dropped the other eight charges. Her trial began last month and she faced 12 charges, including aggravated assault. Under the deal, she is due to be released in the summer.

Ahed was arrested in the middle of the night at her home in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on December 19.

Tamimi was arrested four months ago after she was filmed slapping and shoving IDF soldiers in her West Bank village of Nebi Saleh. He argued that holding the trial in secret would be in the best interests of the teenager, though her family and lawyer said it was not.

"When they made a decision to keep her trial behind closed doors, we knew that we were not going to get a fair trial", Lasky told AFP in describing her reasons for seeking a plea bargain.

Nour Tamimi was given a NIS 2,000 ($580) fine, a term of 16 days time served since her arrest, and a suspended term, also as part of a plea agreement.

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

Many Israelis say members of Tamimi's family have exploited her into creating confrontations with Israeli soldiers on video. She can be the megaphone of the hundreds of Palestinian children who remain locked up with little attention paid to them.

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The video of the Palestinian teen slapping and kicking the soldiers, who refused to react, caused a public outcry after it was screened on Israeli television.

Ahed's arrest made worldwide headlines and rallied global support for her freedom, causing major embarassment for Israel.

An Israeli military court had ruled that Azarya's act was motivated by revenge.

Israel overhauled its military court system in 2009, creating separate military courts for minors that officials said were aimed at improving the protection of children.

Ahed, has been lauded a hero in the Palestinian news and on the streets.

However, a report by Israeli human rights group B'Tselem released on Tuesday, said the changes are largely cosmetic. "In the vast majority of cases, these Palestinian children will have no other reasonable choice but to concede to guilt within the scope of a plea bargain". It can take up to a year and a half from the time a minor is charged to the end of a trial, according to Stein. "In return, Ahed will get the minimum sentence of 8 months instead of spending at least 3 years in prison based on what the military prosecutor initially pursued", Avaaz said. "Usually parents prefer plea bargains so they know their children are coming home".

Clashes erupted after Friday prayers when Palestinians staged demonstrations against the Israeli occupation and the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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