Teen Palestinian protester could serve 8 months under deal


Speaking to Anadolu Agency before the trial was set to begin at the Ofer military court, Tamimi said Israel was "deeply disturbed" by the worldwide media attention his daughter had continued to draw.

Ahed Tamimi, who was indicted in December on five counts of assault against security forces, included stone-throwing, will serve another eight months in jail, having been behind bars for four already.

Lasky said the judge must also rule on a similar plea deal for Tamimi's mother Nariman, who has been charged with incitement. The 17 year old reached a plea bargain Wednesday after serving three months in detention.

Fadi Quran, coordinator of the Free Ahed Tamimi campaign, told Mondoweiss "Israel has made an enormous effort to endanger her by putting her in the public spotlight for the past four months and by targeting her family for the last 10 years". He said they were both in good spirits and that Ahed was focusing on her English studies.

A Palestinian teen arrested in December past year for slapping two Israeli soldiers who entered the yard of her West Bank home has become a vivid symbol of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israelis accuse her family of using her as a pawn in staged provocations.

It said that introduction of the juvenile court rather resulted in only "technical changes (which) have not improved the protection of minors' rights".

Her trial opened on February 13 behind closed doors at the Israeli military court in the West Bank. The video showed her shoving, slapping, kicking and hitting soldiers.

Her father later said that she had just received news that her cousin had been seriously injured by a soldier's bullet.

Commentators see these steps as a deliberate move by Abbas to drag Hamas into a confrontation with Israel in order to block the "deal of the century", the peace plan being formulated by the American administration and which the PA views as biased in favor of Israel. Amnesty International called Tamimi the "Rosa Parks of Palestine", and the small courtroom was often packed with journalists, diplomats and international observers during hearings, in which Tamimi was led into court in shackles.

Franck is not believed to have been ideologically motivated to carry out his alleged crimes and did not support any Palestinian militant group, Reuters reported.