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Ahed Tamimi gets 8 months, Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter gets 9

By Martin Leeper - March 22, 2018
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [Ofer prison] [Israeli Justice System] [Ahed Tamimi] [Ofer Court] [Military court]

Yesterday, March 21, a deal was struck between the Israeli Ofer military court and Ahed Tamimi’s lawyer.
As part of a plea bargain, Tamimi has pleaded guilty to four counts of assault and an incitement to violence based on posting the video of her slapping a soldier.
Tamimi, now 17 years old, is being sentenced to 8 months, which includes the time she’s already served.
Ahed Tamimi was arrested in December 2017 at age 16. The teenager was brought in for questioning after a video of her slapping an Israeli Defense Solder on her family’s property went viral.
In the video, Tamimi was seen slapping and pushing two soldiers wearing helmets, military vests and brandishing assault rifles.
Moments before, Tamimi’s 14-year-old-cousin was shot in the head with a rubber coated bullet, leaving him in critical condition. Tamimi has been in prison ever since.
Earlier this week, Tamimi was denied a public trial by the military court, citing her rights as a minor for privacy.
This ruling rang hollow for the Tamimi family who appealed for a public trial as well as the military’s decision to publicly broadcast her arrest in the first place.    
In contrast, Elor Azaria was a 20-year-old Israeli Defence solder when he was caught on video shooting a wounded and subdued Palestinian at point blank range in Hebron.
Azaria was arrested and charged with manslaughter and originally sentenced to 18 months imprisonment. In September, the 18 months was reduced to 14 months.
This week the Israeli Defense Force Parole Board ordered Azaria to be released on May 10, after only serving nine months.
To be clear, an Israeli soldier on Monday had a sentence reduced for manslaughter to nine months. On Wednesday a teenage Palestinian girl was sentenced to eight months for inciting violence.
These were two incidences of objectively different severity, both cases were managed by the Israeli military court, and both cases landed incredibly similar outcomes.
The difference, of course, is one person is an Israeli Jew and one is a Palestinian Muslim.
A definition of apartheid is a policy or system of segregation or discrimination on grounds of race.

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