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Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old Palestinian who was imprisoned in December for slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier, has reportedly reached a plea bargain to serve eight months in prison including time served, according to U.S.-based civic organization Avaaz, which is organizing the Free The Tamimis campaign.

Following a closed hearing on Wednesday at Israel’s Ofer Military Court, Avaaz released a statement saying that Tamimi pleaded guilty to four of the 12 charges against her, which initially carried a sentence of up to 10 years.

The decision came just days after the court rejected Tamimi’s appeal to hold her trial in open court, as  activists voiced concerns of the court being able to act with increased impunity behind closed doors.

“The Israeli military was forced to give in and drop eight of the charges against Ahed as part of a plea bargain, in which Ahed recognized in court the fact that she slapped the soldier and called for protests,” Avaaz said on Monday.

As part of the plea deal, Tamimi will get the minimum sentence of eight months, though according to the statement from Avaaz, the Israeli prosecutor initially pursued a sentence of three years for Tamimi’s guilty plea.

Avaaz characterized the sentence as a victory. In a statement to the media, Palestine-based head campaigner for Avaaz, Fadi Quran, said “despite Israel’s best efforts to terrorize and break Ahed, she will soon walk free with her head raised high.”

“Her call for freedom has inspired a generation of Palestinian children who are daring to demand a different kind of future. Now let’s think about the hundreds of other Aheds out there. Over 300 kids are currently held by Israel’s military – together we can make sure they walk free too.”

Tamimi’s December indictment included five counts of assault against security forces, including stone throwing. She was charged with assaulting a soldier, threatening a soldier, disrupting a soldier and inciting and throwing objects at a person or property.

Tamimi’s mother, Nariman, who was arrested one day after her daughter and charged with “incitement” for publishing the now famous video of Ahed’s altercation with the soldier, will also be released in July along with her daughter.

“The fact that a child will be jailed for 8 months for slapping a soldier whose troops just shot her 15-year-old cousin in the face is extreme,” the statement said, “but in the context of the 99% conviction rate in the Israeli military court system and right-wing incitement against Ahed, this compromise by the Israeli military shows they have decided to back down in the face of growing pressure to release Ahed.”

The statement went on to detail the intense military interrogations Tamimi was subject to, along with the 10 other Palestinians — eight of them children — from her hometown of Nabi Saleh.

“The interrogation tactics were meant to coerce her into admitting guilt on the 12 charges brought against her. Detained children, who are often beaten, disoriented, and afraid, end up saying anything the interrogator wants them to – but Ahed courageously maintained her right to remain silent throughout the entire interrogation,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, Israeli news daily Haaretz reported that the deal was not final, and still needed to be approved by the military court.

Citing unnamed sources, Haaretz reported that Tamimi’s eight-month-sentence “is not considered particularly lenient or particularly severe.”

“The Israeli military felt the need to end the legal event, the source said, as it damaged the army’s reputation in the media and internationally, which may be why the plea bargain was intensively promoted,” Haaretz reported.

Boasting more than 1.7 million signatures on their international call to free Ahed and her mother, Avaaz has credited the widespread international attention surrounding the teenager’s case, with her anticipated release in July.

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  1. DaveS
    DaveS
    March 21, 2018, 2:04 pm

    What an extraordinary hero she is. Schools should be named after her. I’m a little heartbroken that she and her mother have to spend one more minute behind bars but it looks like the best outcome considering the alternatives. There are a million stories that illustrate how morally perverse and reprehensible the occupation is, but this one jumps to the front.

    • eljay
      eljay
      March 21, 2018, 2:26 pm

      || David Samel @ March 21, 2018, 2:04 pm ||

      Well said.

    • ritzl
      ritzl
      March 21, 2018, 7:02 pm

      Yes! And her mother…

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      March 22, 2018, 10:46 am

      Code Pink is currently making preparations for a speaking tour of the U.S. by Ahed Tamimi following her release.

      • genesto
        genesto
        March 22, 2018, 12:36 pm

        Smart move!

  2. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    March 21, 2018, 3:29 pm

    It is not usual for Israel to back down. Maybe things are changing.

    Ben Gurion said “it doesn’t matter what the goys do” but that was bullshit.

    • echinococcus
      echinococcus
      March 21, 2018, 10:37 pm

      Maghlawatan,
      On another planet again?
      The Z didn’t back down. It’s the Tamimi who were made to compromise.

      • annie
        annie
        March 22, 2018, 12:05 am

        compromise what? holding her ground and spending 10 years in prison? there was a lot of international pushback, from amnesty to sarah silverman. having her locked up was bad optics for israel. if those optics weren’t there she’d be languishing a lot longer, like Dareen Tatour. but sure play it tough, punch left, why not ech, it’s your specialty. you know the noble forthright way better than palestinians.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        March 22, 2018, 12:54 am

        Annie,

        Of course having to plead guilty to anything when you have done no wrong at all is a compromise. Look it up in any dictionary. Nobody used it in any pejorative way.

        And of course it’s the absolute right thing to do under the circumstances, face with armed threat and how, in the absence of any resistance organization. Your idea that “bad optics” was more of a concern than usual for the Zionists may be correct, but if they felt any special pressure they wouldn’t have so demonstratively given her as much jail time as Azaria. The message to the Palestinian population reads, imho: “Slapping an intruding invader is worse than murdering one of the lower race –and that’s absolutely official.”

        Also, please note that your personal dislike shouldn’t make you misinterpret most of what I write here. You’re making it a reflex to attack some people here, while affirming part of what they say using other words.

      • annie
        annie
        March 22, 2018, 1:26 am

        ;) sorry! mostly i didn’t like the implication the tamimi’s were compromising. maybe i made it too personal. i’m impressed with her, the whole family.

        https://twitter.com/Louis_Allday/status/976552386335592449

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        March 22, 2018, 5:12 am

        Both sides had to compromise imo. The Zios couldn’t get the sentence they wanted.
        Tamimi gets out in July and supporters will pay the fine. Israeli justice is a joke anyway so a confession doesn’t mean anything.

        Women spend their whole lives being conditioned not to make a fuss but when the men are impotent sometimes they have no choice. Ahed Tamimi reminds me of Sophie Scholl who the Nazis murdered because she told the truth..

      • Emory Riddle
        Emory Riddle
        March 22, 2018, 8:18 am

        Of course Israel backed down.

        Had they had their way and this incident been out of sight of the international community, do you doubt they would have done far worse to Ahed Tamini?

        But no worries. They will certainly try to do more to AT and her family when the spotlight moves off of this incident.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        March 22, 2018, 5:13 pm

        “Impressed” doesn’t even start expressing it. Such leadership characteristics haven’t been on display for many years, imho –anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, those who now are well-known among past leaders (no names offered because you’ll have to take your pick according to your politics) usually were supported by an effective resistance organization, able to hit with sustained popular mobilization. One can only hope that the effect doesn’t all get lost in the near future.

      • annie
        annie
        March 22, 2018, 5:41 pm

        i agree emory. i said when she was arrested i thought she would be released relatively shortly and not spend decades behind bars because of international pressure. (catalan was claiming she’d be ‘locked up til she was 30 to send a message’, and “she will spend the next decade or so in an Israeli jail”). there were several conversations about it which i explained to the kid here:

        http://mondoweiss.net/2018/01/spinoza-vilkomerson-jewish/#comment-904102

        catalan turned out to be monumentally wrong while i maintained there would be hell to pay if israel kept her imprisoned for very long. in the context of a decade, 8 months is…

      • catalan
        catalan
        March 22, 2018, 8:54 pm

        “catalan turned out to be monumentally wrong while i maintained there would be hell to pay if israel kept her imprisoned for very long.” Annie

        I guess I did make the wrong prediction. Perhaps BDS is a much more powerful tool than I imagined and it will force Israel to make big concessions.

      • annie
        annie
        March 22, 2018, 9:41 pm

        It’s a tragedy that she will spend the next decade or so in an Israeli jail.

        that’s not a prediction.

        i recommend: Three reasons why Israel backed down, and Ahed Tamimi will walk free https://medium.com/@fadiquran/three-reasons-why-israel-backed-down-and-ahed-tamimi-will-walk-free-3e741c0c747a

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      March 22, 2018, 10:48 am

      Israel’s international image is already in the toilet and rapidly deteriorating in America.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        March 22, 2018, 2:32 pm

        God works in mysterious ways. If Israel had followed the path of justice it wouldn’t be in the toilet.

    • genesto
      genesto
      March 22, 2018, 12:42 pm

      More likely, Israel, having once again having been caught with its hands in the cookie jar, has backed down under international pressure. This has been the case many times in the past, usually with regard to indiscriminate house demolitions. Things will, indeed, have changed if the criminal Israelis don’t impose punishment on the Palestinians in some other way for having lost this particular battle. That, too, has been their M.O. in the past. The Tamimi’s, for their part, will likely be targeted even more in the future by the world’s most moral army.

  3. amigo
    amigo
    March 21, 2018, 3:46 pm

    I wonder if she will get credit for time served and good behaviour.

    Au contraire , poor little victimised Israel will endeavour —sorry –come up with fake charges of disruptive behaviour or acts of incitement to violence and refusal to carry out instructions , with the goal of prolonging her incareration.

    Israel is truly a corrupt and ugly society hell bent on self destruction.

    Don,t let us get in your way “Oh Yisrael “.

    • Sibiriak
      Sibiriak
      March 21, 2018, 9:50 pm

      The Guardian:

      Tamimi’s lawyer, Gaby Lasky, said the sentence would include four months already served and a fine of 5,000 shekels (£1,017).

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/21/palestinian-ahed-tamimi-accepts-plea-deal-to-serve-eight-months-in-jail

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        March 22, 2018, 5:05 am

        The injustice of having to pay a fine to the people who are stealing your land.
        This is Judaism?

      • eljay
        eljay
        March 22, 2018, 7:51 am

        || Maghlawatan: The injustice of having to pay a fine to the people who are stealing your land.
        This is Judaism? ||

        It’s “moral beacon”* and “light unto the nations”* Zionism.
        __________
        (*Not as bad as Saudi Arabia, Mali, African “hellholes”, etc.)

      • genesto
        genesto
        March 22, 2018, 12:51 pm

        Love Gaby to death! She’s one tough little woman, certainly having to be as a human rights attorney in an unabashedly racist state like Israel. I still remember meeting Gaby in Israeli prison in 2010 when she told us, in no uncertain terms, to refuse to accept fault for crimes fabricated by Israel in order to be set free earlier. She told us to be strong against the pressure the government was putting on us, and we were. It turned out to be best advice we received while ‘guests’ of the Jewish state.

      • just
        just
        March 22, 2018, 1:11 pm

        Check this out:

        “East Jerusalem Palestinians Are Presented With an Ultimatum by the Israeli Police: Risk Your Life or Go to Jail

        The arrests and interrogation signify that the Jerusalem police expect Palestinian passers-by to understand what’s happening before their eyes and act within seconds or else be brought to trial

        On Monday morning, 24 hours after the terror attack in which Adiel Kolman was murdered in the Old City of Jerusalem, the police arrested eight Palestinian residents. Among them were a boy of 15 and a woman of 67. The suspicion: violation of the clause “not preventing a crime.”

        The arrests were carried out after film footage of the attack showed the suspects not doing anything. But the time between the event’s beginning and the police’s arrival and shooting of the terrorist was 34 seconds.

        The arrests and interrogation signify that the Jerusalem police expect Palestinian passers-by to understand what is happening before their eyes and to act within seconds, while endangering their lives, otherwise they will be brought to trial. Experience shows how dangerous it is for a Palestinian to come close to a terror attack site, and how hasty the police are to open fire. Demanding that Palestinians to come close to an attack site is immoral and cruel …”

        more @ https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/israeli-police-to-e-j-lem-palestinians-risk-your-life-or-go-to-jail-1.5934075

      • eljay
        eljay
        March 22, 2018, 1:42 pm

        || just: Check this out:

        “East Jerusalem Palestinians Are Presented With an Ultimatum by the Israeli Police: Risk Your Life or Go to Jail

        … On Monday morning, 24 hours after the terror attack in which Adiel Kolman was murdered in the Old City of Jerusalem, the police arrested eight Palestinian residents. Among them were a boy of 15 and a woman of 67. The suspicion: violation of the clause “not preventing a crime.” … ||

        So…when a supremacist Jewish colonist commits crimes against a Palestinian and other supremacist Jewish colonists and the IDF stand around and watch / let it happen, who will get arrested? Will it be:
        a) the colonist;
        b) the bystanders;
        c) the soldiers;
        d) all of the above; or
        e) the Palestinian victim?

        The most likely answer is e).

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        March 22, 2018, 4:48 pm

        Just,

        Bingo indeed. No matter if an unlikely sincere waking up, or an empty rhetorical device, this is absolutely huge coming from the very horse’s mouth. Could it be that it announces a milligram of improvement in the PLO negotiating position?

        Huge, but still likely to end up being like the regularly “huge” nothings purported to announce an imminent total intra-Jewish revolution on MW.

  4. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    March 21, 2018, 4:11 pm

    @Amigo
    “I wonder if she will get credit for time served and good behaviour”

    I think TOFGB only applies to Menschen in Zioland proper such as that thoroughly well behaved IDF health professional Azaria.

    The Ziorightfreaks are probably already outraged that the death penalty wasn`t introduced for Ahed Tamimi or failing that a life sentence in solitary confinement.It would be a brutal blatant and life threatening slap in the face to the likes of Bennett,Shaked and the endearing Oren Hazan if she were to be let out early.

    As I have said everyday that she is incarcerated represents another tiny nail in the Zioland Apartheid coffin. I think that she has the courage and resilience to face up to this disgusting Fascist sentence and the more messages of support from around the world the better.

  5. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    March 21, 2018, 5:20 pm

    Tamimi is freer than the 3 Jewish goons in the picture.

    • just
      just
      March 21, 2018, 6:22 pm

      There are two goons and (iirc) Gaby Lasky, Ahed’s lawyer (not a goon).

      “Ahed Tamimi’s lawyer: Her case is making people see the occupation again …

      Attorney Gaby Lasky represents Ahed Tamimi and her mother, Nariman. Lasky, a former secretary general of Peace Now and a member of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa City Council for the left-wing Meretz party, has spent much of the last decade defending Palestinians, many of them involved in the popular struggle against the occupation.

      I spoke with Lasky on Thursday about the challenges of working in Israeli military court, where 99.7 percent of Palestinian suspects are convicted; about the cases against Ahed Tamimi and her mother, Nariman; and about the structural injustices built into the Israeli legal system in the occupied territories. …”

      much more here: https://972mag.com/ahed-tamimis-lawyer-her-case-is-making-people-see-the-occupation-again/132189/

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        March 22, 2018, 3:49 am

        I thought they were all jailers. My mistake. Lasky is very impressive. So is Sfard.

        The tragedy of Israel is that there are so few of them. Israel’s future is grim. Hillel would say I told you so, Israel. So would Jeremiah and Moses. No golden calves.

        J. K. Galbraith : “The conventional wisdom”gives way not so much to new ideas as to “the massive onslaught of circumstances with which it cannot contend”.

      • Emory Riddle
        Emory Riddle
        March 22, 2018, 8:19 am

        Is Lasky not just part of the sausage making?

    • gamal
      gamal
      March 22, 2018, 5:56 pm

      “goons in the picture”

      Yes I expect she will be the first President of the Whole World

  6. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    March 22, 2018, 4:42 am

    This is an interesing 2013 article from Amira Hass.

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-amira-hass-the-inner-syntax-of-resistance-1.5236559
    “Steadfastness ‏(Sumud‏) and resistance against the physical, and even more so the systemic, institutionalized violence, is the core sentence in the inner syntax of Palestinians in this land. This is reflected every day, every hour, every moment, without pause. Unfortunately, this is true not only in the West Bank ‏(including East Jerusalem‏) and Gaza, but also within Israel’s recognized borders, although the violence and the resistance to it are expressed differently. But on both sides of the Green Line, the levels of distress, suffocation, bitterness, anxiety and wrath are continually on the rise, as is the astonishment at Israelis’ blindness in believing that their violence can remain in control forever.
    Often hurling stones is borne of boredom, excessive hormones, mimicry, boastfulness and competition. But in the inner syntax of the relationship between the occupier and the occupied, stone-throwing is the adjective attached to the subject of “We’ve had enough of you, occupiers.”
    After all, teenagers could find other ways to give vent to their hormones without risking arrests, fines, injuries and death.
    Even if it is a right and duty, various forms of steadfastness and resisting the foreign regime, as well as its rules and limitations, should be taught and developed. Limitations could include the distinction between civilians and those who carry arms, between children and those in uniform, as well as the failures and narrowness of using weapons. ”

    Israel severely penalises resistance and the rhetoric of the fruitcake wing of Israeli society when Tamimi was arrested assumed a continuation of this policy.

    But 2 things have been happening under the surface :

    – The Embassy decision was supposed to be a rubberstamping of the status quo forever and it was rejected across the OECD with the exception of Fox News
    – The leakage of US Jewish support has become existential with the reverberations reaching as far as the upper echelons of Zionist power , namely the AIPAC conf.

    Israel suddenly has less leverage.
    and Israel has no way forward.

  7. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    March 22, 2018, 6:51 am

    From the NYT report on the case:
    ” Ahed’s mother, Nariman Tamimi, who was charged with incitement for showing the altercation live on Facebook, was sentenced to eight months in prison, a suspended sentence and a fine of about $1,700″

    Just register that. A mother films her tiny young daughter trying to force out heavily armed foreign soldiers who have illegally invaded their property and she is charged with “incitement”for streaming it on Facebook (FFS !).

    BBC,CNN,Al Jazeera etc you have been warned ! Filming and reporting the truth in Zioland is “incitement” and could lead to charges/prison or if Bennett/Shaked etc had their way a death penalty.

    And you TV sports crews who will making your way to the Land of Creation for the Giro D`Italia be very very careful what and who you film.

    What a pathetic bunch of unhinged losers these Zios have become.

  8. Blaine Coleman
    Blaine Coleman
    March 22, 2018, 3:46 pm

    Ahed Tamimi won’t be silenced, unlike most U.S. campuses. Even in an occupation courtroom, surrounded by armed police, she speaks more loudly and freely than most U.S. academics, who have imprisoned their minds and locked their jaws. Ahed’s mistreatment has also occasioned another call for boycott against Israel, this time in the Ann Arbor City Council: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcOZITYaNTo

    And that boycott call was on TV:
    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5iF51gidRZY/WrQABLZj2tI/AAAAAAAAAFk/IPidhL60sFoSqk0tRo6Z_-Lskb59HSfHQCLcBGAs/s1600/Ahed%2BTamimi%2BPress%2BTV%2B3%2B22%2B2018.jpg

  9. gracie fr
    gracie fr
    March 22, 2018, 4:27 pm

    A report published by Israeli human rights group B’Tselem on Tuesday argues that … so-called improvements related to the trial of minors has improved very little. The juvenile military court system, which uses the tactic of denying bail to pressure over 70 percent of juvenile defendants and their families into accepting plea bargains, has a startling conviction rate that exceeds 95 percent.
    The military juvenile courts do not come close to conforming to international standards and conventions signed and implemented by Israel, according to the B’Tselem report. And Israel’s treatment of Palestinian minors contrasts starkly with the treatment Israeli children receive in Israel’s separate, civilian juvenile justice system.
    One of the most disturbing differences between the Israeli civilian and military juvenile justice systems is that in the Israeli system[tried in Israel under Israeli and not military law], arrest and pre-conviction detention is supposed to be a last resort; other options are to be exhausted before resorting to imprisonment. In the military system, to which Palestinian children are subjected, pre-conviction detention (denying bail) is the rule; there are virtually no alternatives to detention, and exceptions are extremely rare.
    What this means is that Palestinian minor defendants are faced with the following choice: fight the charges and remain in prison for the duration of their trial or sign a plea deal and get a reduced sentence. Considering the time spent in prison awaiting trial, however, even defendants likely to be acquitted still might spend more time behind bars than if they had just signed a plea deal.
    The biggest problem is that no so called changes have affected the way Palestinian juveniles are arrested, interrogated, and remanded to custody without bail. As long as the system is designed to churn out confessions [and permanently mark the child as an offender] that lead to plea deals — and the protections for those earlier stages of custody remain unimplemented — thus reforms to the trial system inside the new juvenile courts will remain virtually moot. Palestinian children rarely stand trial and the merits and circumstances of their confessions are never critically reviewed by a judge.

    https://972mag.com/in-israeli-military-courts-palestinian-minors-always-lose/133949/

    The Israeli military hoped that the arrest of Ahed would deter the youth of Nabi Saleh (Ahed’s village) and Palestinians across the region from protesting. What happened was the opposite: The youth were inspired by Ahed’s agency, and protests in Nabi Saleh and elsewhere became larger and more intense.

    https://medium.com/@fadiquran/three-reasons-why-israel-backed-down-and-ahed-tamimi-will-walk-free-3e741c0c747a

  10. falcon170
    falcon170
    March 28, 2018, 11:34 am

    Hope she slaps a guard at the prison and get 8 more months.

    • eljay
      eljay
      March 28, 2018, 12:13 pm

      || falcon170: Hope she slaps a guard at the prison and get 8 more months. ||

      I can’t understand why Zionists insist on working so hard to undermine international laws and human rights and the protections they are meant to afford all people including Jews.

      Why do Zionists hate Jews so much?!

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