Tel Aviv (March 22, 2018): Imprisoned Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi has reached a plea bargain with Israeli army prosecutors that will see her serve eight months in jail.
The 17-year-old was arrested in December 2017 after a video of her slapping and hitting two Israeli officials outside of her house in the village of Nabi Saleh went viral.The sentence, announced during a closed-door hearing on Wednesday at Israel’s military court near Ramallah, brought to an end a case that attracted worldwide attention.
Tamimi accepted the deal in exchange for pleading guilty to four out of the 12 charges initially brought against her, according to Gaby Lasky, the lawyer of the teen.
The other eight charges against Tamimi, including those referencing instances of stone throwing and “incitement to terror and stabbings”, were dropped by the prosecution, Lasky added.“There is no justice under the occupation and this court is illegal,” the teen said, addressing the court room after the plea deal was presented to the judge, according to her father, Bassem Tamimi.
Tamimi pleaded guilty to “attacking” two Israeli army officials and to “two additional criminal acts” where she “disrupted” an Israeli soldier and “carried out incitement”, according to an Israeli army statement.
The three months Tamimi has already served in prison will be counted into her overall sentence, Lasky said. She will also be fined $1,500.Last month, the judge decided that the teen’s trial would proceed behind closed doors. On Monday, Israel’s military appeals court rejected Tamimi’s request to hold her legal proceedings in an open court.
Following that decision, “we understood that Ahed was not going to receive a fair trial”, said Lasky. “A plea bargain is the best option that Palestinians can get in the military courts.”
Tamimi was arrested during an overnight army raid after the video of her confrontation with the Israeli soldiers was widely shared on social media. Her mother, Nariman, was arrested soon after for allegedly livestreaming the incident on Facebook.