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Israel sentences Palestinian teen Lina Khattab to 6 months in prison for protesting

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Lina Khattab, an 18-year-old Birzeit University student and dancer in the prominent El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe, was arrested by Israeli troops on December 13 2014. She, along with an array of other students, had been participating in a protest on behalf of Palestinian political prisoners, in celebration of the 47th anniversary of the founding of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Israeli authorities charged her with “throwing stones” and “participating in an unlawful demonstration.”

On February 16, Khattab was sentenced to six months in prison, three years on probation, and a 6,000 NIS ($1,500 USD) fine. The only evidence used against her in court were the testimonies of the three Israeli police who arrested her. No independent proof was provided.

El-Funoun created a video juxtaposing footage of her dancing against footage of her arrest.

In the two months following her arrest, Khattab was refused bail, and languished in Israel’s Ofer prison. Her mother recalls that, when she visited her daughter, the young woman had lost a lot of weight and was enduring harsh conditions and interrogation methods. The teen told her mother that she had been subject to “extreme beatings” by Israeli soldiers—and yet, in spite of the torture, she explained that she had refused to cry, angering the soldiers who assaulted her.

In Ofer prison, Khattab was forced to stand against a wall in the rainy and wintry weather. When she was moved to Israel’s HaSharon prison, she was subjected to further torture. From 13 December to 16 February, Khattab was taken before Israeli military court 10 times, sometimes in closed-door sessions. Her cases were typically held in late afternoon, yet, on days in which she was to appear before the Ofer military court, soldiers would wake her up in the middle of the night, in order to keep her sleep deprived. They would then, in the middle of a frigid winter, proceed to turn on cold air in the vehicles that transported her, and place her in a cold room with the air conditioning blasting when she arrived.

Endemic Injustice

The Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network indicates that allegations of stone-throwing are “frequent and arbitrary charges leveled at Palestinians who participate in or are near popular demonstrations against the Israeli occupation.”

In late 2014, Israeli ministers passed legislation that calls for sentencing those who throw stones to up to 20 years in prisoneven if the court could not prove that the stone-throwers intended to damage property or harm others. Many see this as a law explicitly targeting Palestinian youths, some of whom throw rocks at Israeli military vehicles as a symbolic act of resistance against what every leading international legal institution, including the United Nations and the International Court of Justice, has consistently said, for decades, is an illegal occupation.

Few were surprised at the sentencing of Lina Khattab. 99.74% of cases in Israel’s military courts in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories end in a conviction, according to the courts’ own data.

14-year-old Malak al-Khatib (center) with her father (right), just after being released from Israeli prison CREDIT: Emad Drimly/Xinhua Press/Corbis

14-year-old Malak al-Khatib (center) with her father (right), just after being released from Israeli prison
CREDIT: Emad Drimly/Xinhua Press/Corbis

Khattab is not the only teenager in HaSharon prison; 20 more Palestinian women and girls are detained with her. 14-year-old Malak al-Khatib was also sentenced to two months in prison, a $1,500 fine, and three years of probation for alleged stone-throwing and possession of a knife. Al-Khatib was released on 13 February, mere days before the sentencing of Khattab.

Sahar Francis, Director of Addameer, the Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, told The Electronic Intifada that, for Israel, it is “not so common to arrest women for throwing stones, but we believe this case is part of increasing attacks on peaceful resistance activities.” Francis said he believes Israel is severely punishing Khattab and “using her case in order to frighten students from being involved in activism.”

Systematic Torture of Palestinian Youth

Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, has detailed Israel’s systematic torture of detained Palestinian children. It notes that interrogators have regularly “threatened children with beatings, isolation, torturing their fathers and raping their mothers and sisters; children were denied food for dozens of hours unless they confessed to the charges against them.”

In its 2013 review of Israel’s child rights record, the UN Committee on the Rights of Children (CRC) expressed “its deepest concern about the reported practice of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian children arrested, prosecuted and detained by the military and the police, and about the State party’s failure to end these practices in spite of repeated concerns expressed by treaty bodies.”

The CRC corroborated testimonies recalling Israel’s systematic use of

  • physical and verbal violence,
  • humiliation,
  • painful restraints,
  • hooding of the head and face in a sack,
  • death threats,
  • physical violence,
  • sexual assault against them or members of their family, and
  • restricted access to toilet, food and water.

The CRC report also explained that the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has used Palestinian children as human shields multiple times. An independent investigation into Israel’s summer 2014 attack on Gaza, Operation “Protective Edge,” found the same.

A report by the Palestinian Prisoners Club furthermore found that 40% of Palestinian children arrested in Jerusalem had also been sexually abused.

Campaign to Free Lina

Activists worldwide have called on Israel to free Khattab. A Facebook page was created on behalf of the teenage student; as of February 2015, it had over 3,000 likes.

Samidoun, which has organized a Free Lina Khattab campaign, created a video demanding her release.

Khattab’s family remain hopeful, and see the young woman as representative of the Palestinian people’s steadfast resistance against illegal occupation and oppression. Her mother told The Electronic Intifada

Lina represents an entire people uprooted from their land by force of arms. Every day the occupation strikes and kills and demolishes, arrests, desecrates holy places, takes away farmers’ land and builds settlements. It forces Palestinians out while seeking to bring Jews from around the world to support its claims to a fake democracy.

The truth is that the Palestinian people want to recover their homeland and achieve freedom for their people, and Lina is a part of this truth, rejecting steadfastly all of this violence against our people.

Ben Norton

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  1. just on February 18, 2015, 11:57 am

    Ben~ thank you for this comprehensive report on the GoI’s dreadful and routine torture/indiscriminate kidnapping and imprisonment of Palestinian youth.

    “Francis said he believes Israel is severely punishing Khattab and “using her case in order to frighten students from being involved in activism.” ”

    If that doesn’t get students across the “west” on board for BDS and justice for the Palestinians, then shame on them.

    Her (and all the other innocent Palestinians) imprisonment reminds me of this:

    “I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
    When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,
    When he beats his bars and would be free;
    It is not a carol of joy or glee,
    But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core,
    But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings –
    I know why the caged bird sings.”

    Paul Laurence Dunbar

    • CigarGod on February 19, 2015, 10:50 am

      Well, Just…your beautiful song just reached me. Never heard the full verse.

  2. oldgeezer on February 18, 2015, 12:35 pm

    Israeli justice. A textbook oxymoron.

    What drives them to be such savages and to treat children/youth in such a barbaric fashion.

    The security of the state is not improved by their behaviour. There is no gain in the short or long term (arguably the opposite). It is done out of pure spite and sadistic enjoyment.

    • pabelmont on February 18, 2015, 1:11 pm

      They have to prove to themselves that they have a right to the land without protest, without anyone fighting back, and their curious way to “prove” this to themselves (O fearful Israelis!) is to mistreat their victims. Isn’t this how the master race of Germans inj 1930s-1940s proved their genetic superiority to Jews, Poles, physically deformed, mentally impaired, Gypsies?

      • Real Jew on February 19, 2015, 2:18 am

        “They have to prove to themselves that they have a right to the land without protest, without anyone fighting back”

        Preventing people from fighting injustice is being done in the US as well but through different outlets such as shutting down discourse, smearing anyone opposing their ‘divine right’ to the land as antisemetic, buying congress and other influential institutions and forcing this unwritten law on them. Only difference is in israel they can actually physically stop these people from fighting back by throwing them in jail.

  3. eljay on February 18, 2015, 12:53 pm

    6 months in prison, 3 years probation, a $1,500 fine and a bunch of abuse (torture) at the hands of supremacist goons…all for “throwing stones” and protesting. Wow.

    Oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and religion-supremacist “Jewish State” keeps sinking beneath the weight of its immorality and the injustices it has committed and continues to commit.

  4. justicewillprevail on February 18, 2015, 7:53 pm

    God, what hateful, spineless, cowardly morons the military system in Israel is. Imprisoning a teenage girl with no evidence, then systematically and sadistically torturing her – for what exactly? To make a point – this is how brutal and violent we are, and if you so much as protest this is what you can expect. I do not see how anybody with the slightest conscience, even a sliver of humanity left couldn’t end up by loathing these imbecilic examples of fascism. And then zionists stand up in New York and whine about how they are being victimised – how stupid do you have to be to fall for this idiotic hypocritical routine of theirs? Teenagers with brains and consciences are far more a threat to you old racists than any army – that is the message you are sending, as you cower behind your tax dollars and barricades. You are cowards, full of guns and bombs and bombast, heartless mealy-mouthed excuse makers for an odious military junta.
    You are an example to us all, Lina, even though you probably never intended to be one. Just for standing up to them.

  5. ckg on February 18, 2015, 10:58 pm

    Thanks Ben. I hope the Palestine government includes West Bank prisoner abuse, beating and torture in its ICC complaint.

  6. RoHa on February 19, 2015, 12:31 am

    Nice crisp statement from Lina’s mother. She sounds like someone to be reckoned with. I suspect Lina takes after her.

    • just on February 19, 2015, 5:39 am

      Well said, RoHa.

      Much to the consternation of Israel, the Palestinian people are indomitable.


  7. just on February 19, 2015, 5:34 am

    Watch this video of Cindy and Craig Corrie interviewed by Ayman Mohyeldin. They are amazing. RIP, Rachel Corrie.

    “ROAD MAP 2/18/15
    Israeli court rejects appeal in Rachel Corrie case
    More than a decade ago, Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer in Gaza, while trying to block it from destroying Palestinian homes. Craig and Cindy Corrie join to discuss a recent Israeli court ruling in their daughter’s case. Duration: 8:14”

  8. concernedhuman on February 19, 2015, 5:51 am

    They are best at arresting, torturing and killing women and children …..

    And they call them ” the most moral army of the world”.

    Where is the so called “international community” that often cries ” human rights”?

    Seems the double standards of the world knows no bounds.

  9. concernedhuman on February 19, 2015, 1:08 pm

    As time to end the occupation is coming near and Abbas filing war crimes complaint at ICC. they are getting more and more desperate to crush the will of palestinians.

    NGO accuses Israeli security establishment of spike in alleged torture, abuse

    Human rights or human wrongs?

  10. just on February 19, 2015, 3:40 pm

    Wonder if he’ll visit Lina….

    “Those calling for a boycott of Israel are ignoring some painful truths
    Yair Lapid (Thursday 19 February 2015 04.21 EST)

    This past weekend, 700 British artists had a letter published in the Guardian in which they called on others to boycott Israel until what they term the “colonial occupation” ends. As an Israeli politician who supports the creation of a Palestinian state, it has been a long time since I saw a letter so shallow and lacking in coherence.

    The fact that, as is common with petitions like this, the majority of the signatories are unaware of the reality here in the Middle East, doesn’t reassure me. It only takes one “useful idiot” like Roger Waters (the expression is not an insult but a phrase attributed to Lenin to describe weak liberals used by cynical regimes for their own ends) to call Israel an apartheid state and the liberal choir will immediately stand to attention and sing the chorus with him. Why? Because everyone wants to be like Nelson Mandela but no one has the patience to learn the details.

    I wonder if, before they put their names to the letter, anyone told the 700 signatories that twice already – once in 2000 and once in 2008 – Israel offered the Palestinians the chance to build an independent state on over 90% of the territories, and on both occasions the Palestinians refused?

    Do they know that Gaza is ruled by Hamas, a terrorist organisation that punishes homosexuality with hanging? That severely restricts the freedom of women to do such dangerous things as running a marathon or riding a scooter? Where Jews and Christians don’t have the right to live?”

    More of his fantasies here:

    He’s also got a letter in The Guardian, a shortened and whiney version of the above from Thursday 19 February 2015 14.36 EST

    “Why no petition to protect Jewish people?”

    I guess Jonathan Freedland wanted to give him every opportunity to sound off….

  11. Susan A on February 19, 2015, 8:17 pm

    I may be wrong, or perhaps it was a typo above, but I’m pretty sure that Sahar Francis is a ‘she’ as I saw her give a talk on prisoners in London a year or two ago. As for Lina, that’ll teach her not to use a microphone to speak out! That such a lovely, intelligent young woman, who also happens to be a dancer, has been imprisoned for six months and fined an inordinately high sum for speaking out for political prisoners is, as with all the political prisoners, awful. Yet more proof, not that any were needed, that boycott, indeed, cultural boycott, is the only way to go.

    • Mooser on February 23, 2015, 3:59 pm

      ” That such a lovely, intelligent young woman, who also happens to be a dancer”

      Real smart, IDF, you picked great. This should be going viral

  12. Susan A on February 19, 2015, 8:24 pm

    P.S. It’s obvious that Lina’s real ‘crime’ was having the temerity to wield a microphone. How dare she speak out? Free speech for Palestinians: not allowed.

  13. just on February 19, 2015, 11:24 pm

    “Israeli foreign minister on Facebook: Palestinian prisoners should be executed

    Israel’s hardline right-wing foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman plans to introduce a bill into the country’s parliament, the Knesset, which would implement the death penalty for Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli lockup.

    An estimated 6,200 Palestinians were in Israeli jails as of 1 December, according to Addameer, a Ramallah-based group that monitors the arrests and detentions of Palestinians.

    Despite Israel’s claims to be a democracy, more than ninety-nine percent of Palestinians tried in its military courts are convicted, according a military document leaked to the Israeli daily Haaretz in 2011.

    Lieberman concluded by claiming that another war on Palestinians in Gaza is on the horizon. “It is clear to everyone today that a fourth engagement with Hamas is inevitable, and that what’s important is to plan … now how to avoid the fifth,” he wrote.

    Lieberman’s post framed the wars on Gaza as a war against Hamas, although Israeli forces target Palestinians of all political stripes in its military offensives in Gaza.

    “Every military operation must end decisively; otherwise we erode our capacities and our deterrence,” Lieberman claimed. “The fact that we enter into a military confrontation with Hamas every other year makes it impossible for the State of Israel to make long term plans, like a normal state could, in the realms of policy and economics.”

    Lieberman did not specify what he meant by a “decisive” conclusion to war on Gaza, but he has in the past advocated for Israel to reinstate its on-the-ground occupation of the area. Though Israel’s settlers were evacuated from Gaza in 2005, it enforces a suffocating siege on Palestinians in Gaza.

    Shortly before Israel’s latest attack on Gaza began, Lieberman called for the “full occupation of the strip,” reported Haaretz last June.”

    Sounds genocidal to me.

    • oldgeezer on February 20, 2015, 12:19 am

      Well yeah it does sound genocidal. I am pretty sure that I saw that a few days ago at either jpost or times and there was some qualification to it.

      But where is the surprise? In 2006 this same thug suggested that Arab MK’s should be put on trial for treason and executed if found guilty. That doesn’t sound all that atypical on a world wide basis a century ago until you look at his examples of treason which include failure to fly the Israeli flag on Independence day or not singing the national anthem.

      The kkk and white supremacists are vile in the extreme but they can only wish they could ever gain the prominence and power of zionists.

      lieberman is only one of half dozen prominent Israelis who would rot in jail for hate speech or incitement in any real democracy. But in fairness they are not alone as the population has racism so ingrained into them that these guys look like peace lovers compared to other leaders at a lower level.

  14. just on February 19, 2015, 11:40 pm

    “Gay rights activists were assaulted at a Habayit Hayehudi election event in Haifa on Wednesday after one of them unfurled a gay pride flag and began heckling party leader Naftali Bennett during his speech.

    Lilach Ben David, a gay rights activist from Haifa, said she was assaulted at the event and detained by police, adding that the police “refused to detain those who punched me in the face and all over my body in their effort to shut me up.”

    The identity of the attackers is not known.

    Social activist Na’ama Lazimi says that the group came to the event to ask questions and engage in dialogue over their differences of opinion with the party, which has come out squarely against gay marriage.
    “We didn’t expect to be met with violence and curses. It just goes to show that the party slogan that ‘we are a home for everyone’ is meaningless, and that the party represents one sector in Israeli society — arrogant, white, Ashkenazi, national-religious males.”

    Habayit Hayehudi responded that it was the left that was responsible for the violence at the event. “We call on the leaders of the left to denounce the violence of their activists before it is too late and the violence of the left causes irreversible damage.””

    How did they get so expert at blaming the victim? More proof that Israel is not a ‘democracy’.

    • oldgeezer on February 20, 2015, 12:25 am

      ““We didn’t expect to be met with violence and curses.”

      She’s Israeli? She hasn’t been paying attention.

      • Mooser on February 23, 2015, 4:01 pm

        ““We didn’t expect to be met with violence and curses.”

        This is really starting to bother me. Will I be able to count on the good ol’ TU when I need it? I’m really starting to wonder.

  15. Mayhem on February 20, 2015, 12:59 am

    How can Khattab be referred to as a teen when she is old enough to vote? A teenager is an adolescent, youth, minor or juvenile – Khattab is clearly not a teenager.

    • talknic on February 20, 2015, 7:47 am

      @ Mayhem “How can Khattab be referred to as a teen when she is old enough to vote? A teenager is an adolescent, youth, minor or juvenile – Khattab is clearly not a teenager”

      Is there no end to the mind numbing stupidity of Israel’s apologists? They must really scrape the bottom of the barrel for Hasbara recruits

      Twelve = not a TEENager

      ThirTEEN = teenager

      FourTEEN = teenager

      FifTEEN = teenager

      SixTEEN = teenager

      SevenTEEN = teenager

      EighTEEN = teenager

      NineTEEN = teenager

      Twenty = no longer a TEENager

      She is eighTEEN. Clearly a TEENager to anyone but a brain dead moron

      If you need more help get someone to take you HERE

      Meanwhile, Jewish Israelis become adults on turning eighteen, but under Israeli military law Palestinians are adults at only sixteen even though Israel is a signatory to the International Convention of the Rights of the Child, which defines all children as under eighTEEN years old,. Furthermore Palestinian children over fourTEEN years old are tried as adults in an Israeli military court in direct violation of international law.

      • CigarGod on February 20, 2015, 8:14 am

        Talknic…do you ever wonder what conversations between these guys is like? It must be like watching parrots talk to each other.
        They can mimic 900 words, but they don’t know what they mean.

    • Marnie on February 20, 2015, 8:05 am

      Anyone under age 20 is a teenager – DUH.

    • lysias on February 20, 2015, 11:01 am

      I take it English is not your native language, if you can make a mistake like that.

    • Mayhem on February 20, 2015, 4:36 pm

      I made a comment that seems to have been too ‘clever’ so it got censored. So this is the name of the game is it – to not allow people to express themselves if it goes too close to hitting a raw nerve?

      I likened LK to another Palestinian activist with the same initials and suggested Khattab might well be a [….] wannabe.

      Tell me why should Israeli authorities lock up for a long period an innocent person or someone who had only committed a minor offence. Nobody here really knows what Khattab has actually done and supporters of her are more than willing to distort and exaggerate Khattab’s sorry circumstances. If anyone knew what she had done wrong then they wouldn’t want to admit it in case it could damage the Palestinian cause. Imprisoning somebody who doesn’t deserve it would only invite the venomous wrath of the bash-Israel-at-every-opportunity brigade which is hardly going to serve Israel’s interests.

      One can only conclude that Khattab has done something serious and is a definite threat to Israel’s national security. 

      • annie on February 20, 2015, 8:43 pm

        Imprisoning somebody who doesn’t deserve it would only invite….

        uh huh. so following logically everyone languishing in israeli jails deserves to be there? mayhem, you’re preaching to the wrong audience here. nobody buys that crap.

      • talknic on February 20, 2015, 8:56 pm

        @ Mayhem “One can only conclude that Khattab has done something serious and is a definite threat to Israel’s national security”

        OK. OK. Have it your way!

        Israeli authorities charged her with “throwing stones” and “participating in an unlawful demonstration.”

        And that Ladeees and Genitilemen was “a definite threat to Israel’s national security”

        A HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!! puff puff .. AH HA!

        WOW! You’re hilarious

      • Mooser on February 23, 2015, 4:06 pm

        “One can only conclude that Khattab has done something serious and is a definite threat to Israel’s national security.”

        Oh, go tie your kangaroo down, son. “Mayhen” in the antipodes gives us the word on Israeli justice. Sure Mayhem.

        You know, “Mayhem”, I’ve been looking at all these articles about Jews attacking other Jews over Zionism, and arguing on planes. So listen, I wanted to make sure. When the time comes, I’ll be able to count on the good ol’ TU when the chips are down, right? I have your word on this?

        And you are considering my re-application for Tribal Membership, I hope? I enclosed the re-application fee, and several testimonials signed by my Rabbi.

  16. annie on February 20, 2015, 2:20 am

    How can Khattab be referred to as a teen when she is old enough to vote?

    teenagers vote. Eyal Yifrah was widely reported as a teen. did you object to that? no.

    • just on February 20, 2015, 8:05 am

      Hell’s bells~ The dead teens that the GoI lied about were referred to as ‘children’ by many, including these 2 odious ‘leaders’.

      “”Murderers of children and those who direct them cannot be forgiven. Now is a time for actions, not words,”Naftali Bennett, a member of the group, wrote on his Facebook page ahead of the meeting.”

      “Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday that a terror group is responsible for the abduction of three teens missing from the West Bank, the Associated Press reports.

      “Our children were kidnapped by a terror group,” he said. “There is no doubt about that.””

      • Kay24 on February 20, 2015, 8:18 am

        Netanyahu’s “no doubt about that” seems to have lost any significance and credibility.

        Here is the Liar on Saddam’s WMD’s:

        ““There’s no question that [Saddam] had not given upon on his nuclear program, not [sic] whatsoever. There is also no question that he was not satisfied with the arsenal of chemical and biological weapons that he had and was trying to perfect them constantly. …So I think, frankly, it is not serious to assume that this man, who 20 years ago was very close to producing an atomic bomb, spent the last 20 years sitting on his hands. He has not. And every indication we have is that he is pursuing, pursuing with abandon, pursuing with ever ounce of effort, the establishment of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons. If anyone makes an opposite assumption or cannot draw the lines connecting the dots, that is simply not an objective assessment of what has happened. Saddam is hell-bent on achieving atomic bombs, atomic capabilities, as soon as he can.”

        Bibi lied thousands of Iraqis died. He wants the same for Iran.

    • Mayhem on February 20, 2015, 4:40 pm

      That Khattab is technically a ‘teen’ is being exploited for propaganda purposes. The idea is to give the impression that Khattab is just a poor innocent child when that is most definitely not the case.

      • annie on February 20, 2015, 8:35 pm

        “most definitely not the case” eh! whoa, and big mr. mayhem has got the inside scoop from to the mossad and shin bet too.

        ha! like anyone should believe you know know the truth of it. israel has a penchant for imprisoning the young and the talented. 99 times out of 100 it has nothing to do w/guilt. what’s there conviction rate anyway, 99.7% or something last i checked.

      • just on February 20, 2015, 8:53 pm

        Mayhem, read this:

        “UK Zionist group Yachad fighting BDS using jailed Palestinian children as props

        Human rights defenders have strongly criticized a project sponsored by a British Zionist group that is raising money to pay for lawyers for Palestinian children imprisoned by Israel.

        The project’s real aim appears to be to undermine genuine Palestine solidarity campaigns, especially those adhering to boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS).

        The “Kids Court in Conflict” project, sponsored by Yachad UK, is aiming to raise about $40,000 to pay for Israeli lawyers for Palestinian children put through Israel’s notorious military court system.

        Israel routinely holds Palestinian victims as young as twelve in prolonged solitary confinement where they are tortured and threatened with rape in an effort to extract confessions or to agree to become informers.

        Last week, 14-year-old schoolgirl Malak al-Khatib was released from an Israeli prison after serving a two-month sentence for allegedly “throwing stones.” Malak was only one of about 200 Palestinian children currently in occupation prisons.

        In another case that exemplifies the horrific travesty that is the Israeli military court, Lina Khattab, an 18-year-old Palestinian university student and accomplished dancer, has been jailed for nearly two months for taking part in protests. Her family have not been allowed to visit her and they have only seen her from afar, shackled hand and foot, when she has been brought to the military court.”

        So much more of this sickening charade @

      • talknic on February 20, 2015, 9:20 pm

        @ Mayhem “That Khattab is technically a ‘teen’ “

        No pal a TEENager is someone in their TEENS. There’s nothing technical about it.

        Twelve = not a TEENager
        ThirTEEN = teenager
        FourTEEN = teenager
        FifTEEN = teenage
        SixTEEN = teenager and if an Arab an adult under IDF invalid military law
        SevenTEEN = teenager and if an Arab an adult under IDF invalid military law
        EighTEEN = teenager and an adult under International Law and if Jewish old enough to have their brains blown out in service of the Zionist land grabbing cause
        NineTEEN = teenager and an adult
        Twenty = no longer a TEENager

        “ being exploited for propaganda purposes”

        A fact is not propaganda. She IS a teenager.

        “The idea is to give the impression that Khattab is just a poor innocent child when that is most definitely not the case”

        Well no, at eighTEEN she’s an adult you stupid stupid person. There’s no attempt to portray her as a child. She’s an adult in her teens. She can vote remember?

        As to her definite innocence or guilt, A) were you there and; B) why would anyone in their right mind believe the soldiers of an occupying power busy stealing someone else’s territory for the last 67 years?

      • Mayhem on February 21, 2015, 3:16 am

        @Robbins, we agree!

        The conviction rates are as you say.
        The conviction rate in Israel is very high, over 99% but this very same conviction rate applies to ALL courts in the Israeli judicial system.

        Yes Annie – there is no discrimination against Palestinians – they are subject to the same conviction rate as ordinary Israelis.

        “An interesting feature of the Israeli criminal justice system – other than the enormous conviction rate – is the lenient sentencing. From what I know of the UK and USA, judges in Israel are very easy when sentencing.”

      • annie on February 21, 2015, 9:49 am

        over 99% but this very same conviction rate applies to ALL courts in the Israeli judicial system.

        i didn’t know that but even if it’s true, it’s only applicable if palestinians had the same rights as israeli jews when they are arrested. for a youth that would mean the attendance of the parents or lawyer. it would require a similar pattern of who, or how many get convicted for the same crime (do settlers get arrested for throwing stones, do they get arrested or murders for running over palestinian children -no-they walk away, it is called an “accident”) do israeli jews have to sign confessions in a language they do not understand? no. like the killer of mike brown who never was convicted, there was no court where representatives of the victim could question the accused. the prosecutor chose not to convict. so there is no parity here.

      • CigarGod on February 21, 2015, 10:01 am

        Excellent point, Annie.
        In spite of being oppressed, Palestinian’s rates are the same…as those with favored status. This obviously means Palestinians are much better residents…more civilized. Probably means they are also better educated…since that class also commits less crime.

        I’m not buying his “rate” info, tho…

      • just on February 21, 2015, 10:52 am


        “Conviction rate for Israeli interrogators who use torture: 0%” – See more at:

        “Last week there was important news in the Rachel Corrie case: the Israeli Supreme Court ended the ten-year-effort by her family to hold the Israeli army to account for her death in March 2003, under the treads of an Israeli bulldozer as she was attempting to prevent a house demolition in Gaza.” – See more at:

        ” European diplomats joined Palestinian, international and Israeli activists at a sentencing hearing for Palestinian non-violent Palestinian protest leader Abdullah Abu Rahmah at Ofer Military Prison in the West Bank on Sunday. The military prosecutor demanded a harsh punishment consisting of a long prison sentence and a large fine claiming that Abu Rahmah is somebody who commits ideological crimes” – See more at:

        wrt to the Jewish Israeli murderers of Mohammed Abu-Khdair~ have they been convicted yet? Or are they still under ‘house arrest’?

        A mere smattering of “justice”, Israeli style.

      • talknic on February 21, 2015, 12:30 pm

        Mayhem does deceit 101

        @ Mayhem
        “The conviction rate in Israel is very high, over 99% but this very same conviction rate applies to ALL courts in the Israeli judicial system.

        Yes Annie – there is no discrimination against Palestinians – they are subject to the same conviction rate as ordinary Israelis. “

        Strange. Your linked article does not at any stage give any indication as to whether the conviction ratio is the same for Palestinians as for Jewish Israelis.

        IOW you are spouting Ziocrap!

        One really has to wonder what kind of a brain dead moron posts a link that DOES NOT prove their bullsh*t

      • Mooser on February 23, 2015, 4:16 pm

        “One really has to wonder what kind of a brain dead moron posts a link that DOES NOT prove their bullsh*t “

        “Talknic” you are a braver man than I. I found the Zionist relationship with quotes so perverted, I was never brave enough to see what kind of relationships they have with links!

  17. straightline on February 20, 2015, 5:21 am


    You live in Australia. The voting age in Australia is eighteen. You’re either being disingenuous or stupid.

    • Mooser on February 20, 2015, 11:49 am

      “Mayhem” lives in Australia? Well, well, who’d a thunk it.

    • oldgeezer on February 20, 2015, 7:38 pm

      Disingenuous and stupid are not mutually exclusive. They frequently go together bonded by arrogance.

  18. Boomer on February 20, 2015, 5:55 am

    I haven’t read about this in a U.S. newspaper, nor heard about it on NPR. It must not be important. Nothing to do with us.

  19. just on February 20, 2015, 9:09 am

    Gideon Levy:

    “Girl, interrupted – but free from Israeli prison

    Did you throw stones at the road? “Not true.” Were you wearing a mask? “A lie.” Did you throw a knife on the ground? “A lie.” And then, “Maybe they thought my pen was a knife and my notebook was a stone.” Did you try to run from the police? “I wasn’t afraid and I didn’t run.”

    Malak al-Khatib, the 14-year-old girl about whom we wrote last week, the youngest female Palestinian prisoner ever, is back home. Sentenced to two months in an Israeli prison for throwing stones and being in possession of a knife, the eighth-grade schoolgirl from the West Bank village of Beitin was released last Friday, after her sentence was reduced by two weeks.

    Her father, Ali Yusuf al-Khatib, had to pay a fine of 6,000 shekels (almost $1,500) to obtain her freedom. He also vowed that on the day of Malak’s release he would shave off his beard. This week we met him – he’s now clean-shaven – on the same closed balcony of his home where we spoke to him a week earlier. Malak, the family’s youngest child, was sitting by his side. The lone bird in the cage hanging from the wall now had a companion; both birds chirped merrily.

    Malak is prettier, softer-looking and more charming than the girl on the posters that called for her release. Those posters have now been replaced by new ones welcoming her back.

    Atzmon had written, like some expert on child development specializing in adolescence, “The sum total of the circumstances I described above create a picture of a young but independent girl, to the point of rebelliousness. She does not obey the authority of the adults around her – neither her parents nor the school principal nor her lawyer. Her behavior during the interrogation and in court also suggests exaggerated self-confidence, stubbornness and aggressiveness.”

    Exaggerated self-confidence? At what point, exactly, does self-confidence displayed by an incarcerated 14-year-old girl become exaggerated? When she doesn’t break down or kowtow to her interrogators and judges?

    She’s still not sleeping well, she tells us, because she is constantly thinking about the fate of those who remained behind in prison. “They need my thoughts,” says Malak, who told us she wants to study law when she grows up.

    Have you changed because of what you experienced, we asked. “In prison I saw the truth about the occupation,” she replies. “I understood that the occupation is more aggressive than I thought. But this arrest also made me stronger.”

    Now she really is dying to go upstairs, to the neighbors’ apartment, where her classmates are waiting for her. She hasn’t seen them for two months.

    Malak enters the room as a heroine, shaking hands with all the girls, kissing and hugging them, as her mother hands out candies.

    Malak is now malkat hakita – queen of her class. The littlest girl prisoner has come home.

    (I bet that Mayhem thinks she’s not a “girl” nor a “teen” nor even a “child” nor a…………..)

    • talknic on February 21, 2015, 6:22 am

      “as her mother hands out candies”

      SEE!!!! Candies. Palestinians DO celebrate the deaths of Israeli Jewish children!

      AND they celebrated the deaths ofIsraeli Jewish children that might would have been caused by her throwing rocks. That is if she was to have thrown rocks at Israeli Jewish motor cars illegally in occupied territories driving down an illegal Israeli only road in non-Israeli territories from an illegal Israeli Jewish settlement home

  20. amigo on February 20, 2015, 11:15 am

    “I don’t mind admitting I am a Zionist, but would like to say there are Zionists and there are Zionists. ” mayhem,s profile.

    So tell us mayhem, what are the different kinds of zionists.I only know one kind of zionist so enlighten us.

    • Mooser on February 20, 2015, 11:51 am

      Amigo, there are Zionists, and then there are Australian Zionists. Pretty obvious difference, wouldn’t you say?

      • RoHa on February 20, 2015, 6:44 pm

        The hats are a dead giveaway.

      • just on February 20, 2015, 7:24 pm


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