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General News    H3'ed 3/21/18

Jailed Palestinian Teen Activist Ahed Tamimi Accepts Plea Deal

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Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi has accepted a plea deal under which she will serve eight months in prison, her lawyer has said. Under the deal, offered by the military prosecution on Wed., she is expected to plead guilty to four charges, including assault, incitement and two counts of obstructing soldiers.  An anti-occupation Israeli NGO said this week that Palestinian minors suffer a “systematic violation” of their rights under the Israeli military juvenile court system.  B’Tselem said young suspects are frequently advised to plead guilty in exchange for a reduced prison sentence as the conviction rate is so high. (Conviction rate of Palestinian children held in Israeli military prisons is near 100%)  Tamimi’s lawyer, Gaby Lasky, said the sentence would include time already served and a fine of 5,000 shekels (£1,017).

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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