SENTENCED TO 8 MONTHS IN PRISON
17-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi has been called the ‘Rosa Parks of Palestine’. For years, she and her family have bravely stood up against the Israeli occupation of their land. But she now faces up to 10 years in prison over an altercation with Israeli soldiers.
On 15 December, when she was 16, Ahed Tamimi and her family were protesting against Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In a horrifying turn of events, Ahed’s 14-year-old cousin, Mohammed, was shot in the head at close range by an Israeli soldier. He required intensive surgery, where part of his skull was removed, in order to dislodge the rubber bullet.
Later that day, Ahed also came face to face with Israeli soldiers, when they entered the yard of her family’s house. In a video posted to social media, an unarmed Ahed is shown slapping, shoving and kicking two armed Israeli soldiers who are wearing protective gear. It was clear she posed no actual threat to them – as they lightly swatted her advances away. But now she has been sentenced to 8 months in prison - a punishment which is blatantly disproportionate.
On 19 December, Ahed’s home was raided by Israeli soldiers during the night. She was arrested – and has now been convicted of aggravated assault, obstructing the work of soldiers, and incitement.
PALESTINIAN CHILDREN ARE IN
ISRAELI DETENTION FACILITIES
In detention, she endured aggressive interrogations, sometimes at night, and threats made against her family. Her trial before an Israeli military juvenile court is imminent - we must mobilise quickly and effectively.
There is nothing Ahed Tamimi has done that can justify the continuing detention of a child.
But Ahed is only one of approximately 350 Palestinian children held in Israeli prisons and detention centres. Hundreds of Palestinian children are prosecuted every year through Israeli juvenile military courts. Those arrested are systematically denied their rights and subjected to ill-treatment including threats, blindfolding, harsh interrogations, and in some cases physical violence.
Help us put global pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Call on him to:
• Immediately release, 16-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, whowas sentenced to eight months in prison.
• Ensure that Palestinian children are not subjected to detention or imprisonment except in cases where it is demonstrably necessary and proportionate as a last resort for the shortest appropriate period of time.
Israel: Release teenage Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi (January 15, 2018)
Dear Prime Minister,
I am writing to you today on the case of Palestinian activist, Ahed Tamimi, who has been sentenced to 8 months in prison after an altercation with an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank.
An unarmed teenage girl assault on two armed soldiers wearing protective gear posed no actual threat to them. Her punishment is blatantly disproportionate.
Ahed Tamimi’s arrest and trial before a military court exposes Israel’s discriminatory treatment of Palestinian children. The Israeli army prosecutes hundreds of children in juvenile military courts every year.
Under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Israel is a state party, the arrest and detention of a child must be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time.
There is nothing Ahed Tamimi has done that can justify the continuing detention of a 17-year-old girl. She must be released without delay.