In Israel, a military court reached a plea deal Wednesday with Ahed Tamimi, a 17-year-old Palestinian girl who became a hero to Palestinians after viral video showed her slapping a soldier near her family’s home in the occupied West Bank. The incident came just after Ahed Tamimi learned her 15-year-old cousin, Mohammed Tamimi, had been shot in the head at close range by an Israeli soldier using a rubber-coated steel bullet. Ahed Tamimi faced 12 charges, including assaulting a soldier and incitement to violence. Under terms of the plea deal, Ahed Tamimi’s lawyer says the 17-year-old will be sentenced to eight months in jail and must pay a fine of 5,000 shekels, or about $1,400. After the plea agreement was presented, Ahed Tamimi told reporters in the courtroom, “There is no justice under the occupation.” Her father, Bassem Tamimi, later told Reuters that the case attracted the attention of Westerners because of his daughter’s light skin and blonde hair.
Bassem Tamimi: “When the European people see my daughter, blonde and the blue eyes, they’re shocked, because they saw their children in front of them. It broke the stereotype of the image of the Palestinian in the international community, which they’re brainwashed by the media, formal media, done for the Palestinians. They saw the Palestinians like them.”
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