Ahed Tamimi 'awarded' 8-month jail term for slapping Israeli soldier

An Israeli military court has approved a plea deal which will see Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi serve an eight-month prison sentence on top of a fine of almost $1,500.

Tamimi was arrested in December after video surfaced of her kicking the soldiers outside her West Bank home.

17-year-old Tamimi was sentenced earlier this week to eight months' imprisonment in practice and fined 5,000 shekels as part of a plea bargain.

Tamimi's lawyer added that she will pay a fine of 5,000 shekels, nearly United States dollars 1,500 and accept an additional eight-month jail term, expecting her to be released this summer as the sentence includes the time served.

Both Tamimi and her mother, Nariman Tamimi, have been held in jail for three months, and they will serve an additional five months as part of plea agreements, NPR's Daniel Estrin reports.

Nour and Nariman were also detained by the army following the videotaped incident and have been sentenced to time served - 16 days in prison - and eight months in prison, respectively, after accepting plea deals.

Gaby Lasky says Wednesday's deal, which still needs to be approved by the military judge presiding over the case, would allow Tamimi to go home this summer. Two years ago, her family made headlines when an Israeli soldier violently attempted to arrest her younger brother, who had one arm in a cast at the time. The Tamimi family of Nabi Saleh is well known internationally for their activism against the Israeli occupation, which maintains a heavy, near-constant presence in their village.

According to latest figures, there are over 200 Palestinian children under Israeli detention against all norms of global law. Ahed Tamimi has become a household name and an icon of Palestinian resistance. "It broke the stereotyped image of the Palestinian in the worldwide community", Tamimi's father, Bassem Tamimi, told Reuters.

The move drew widespread condemnation from across the region and sparked angry protests in the Palestinian territories - and several clashes with Israeli troops - that have left at least 25 Palestinians dead.

"She is not a little girl, she is a terrorist", culture minister Miri Regev has said.

Speaking with reporters after the sentencing on Wednesday, Ahed Tamimi said, "There is no justice under occupation".

However, NPR's Estrin and Merrit Kennedy note: "The altercation with soldiers happened shortly after Tamimi's cousin was shot in the head with a rubber bullet during a demonstration as he climbed a wall of a complex that Israeli soldiers had commandeered", according to Bassem Tamimi.

"The occupation forces continued in their policy of arrest of Palestinian children, denying protection due to them by more than 27 global conventions", according to a report by the Palestinian human rights organization Addameer.

  • Rogelio Becker