In January 2018, Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi was sentenced to eight months in prison after being convicted of incitement, aggravated assault and obstructing Israeli soldiers.
She was set free 21 days short of completing the eight-month prison sentence in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK – JANUARY 01: The 16-year-old Palestinian Ahed al-Tamimi (R), who was awarded the “Hanzala Award for Courage” in Turkey, appears in court after she was taken into custody by Israeli soldiers, at Ofer Military Court in Ramallah, West Bank on January 01, 2018. (Photo by Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Who is Ahed Tamimi?
On 15 December 2017, Ahed Tamimi and her family were protesting against Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In a horrifying turn of events, Ahed’s 14-year-old cousin, Mohammed, was shot in the head at close range by an Israeli soldier. He required intensive surgery, where part of his skull was removed, in order to dislodge the rubber bullet.
Later that day, Ahed also came face to face with Israeli soldiers, when they entered the yard of her family’s house.
A video, which has since gone viral, shows the unarmed teenage girl slapping, shoving and kicking two armed Israeli soldiers who are wearing protective gear. It was clear she posed no actual threat to them.
She was swiftly arrested and detained. Following a trial where she was accused of aggravated assault and 11 other charges, Ahed was then sentenced to eight months in prison on 21 March 2018. She was also given a 5,000 shekel fine (around £1,000).
To make matters worse, her trial happened behind closed doors, which was clearly against Ahed’s interests. We believe this was a blatant attempt by the Israeli authorities to reduce the amount of media attention and international outcry her case was receiving.
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