Britain tells Israel to treat Palestinian children better

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah

The Palestinian teenager who was arrested for slapping an Israeli soldier in December has agreed to a plea bargain and will serve another four months in prison to complete an eight-month sentence.

The organization and Tamimi's advocates argue that there is a double standard for authorities prosecuting West Bank residents because Israeli settlers are tried in civilian courts while Palestinians are tried in military courts.

Tamimi was 16 at the time of the offense. "In return, Ahed will get the minimum sentence of 8 months instead of spending at least 3 years in prison based on what the military prosecutor initially pursued", Avaaz said.

Speaking with reporters after the sentencing on Wednesday, Ahed Tamimi said, "There is no justice under occupation". Her mother Nariman was sentenced to eight months in prison in addition to a fine of 6,000 shekels (around US$ 1,780) and a three-year suspended sentenced for assisting in assaulting a soldier, obstructing a soldier and incitement.

USA president Donald Trump has said that reaching a final status peace arrangement between Israelis and Palestinians would be the "deal of the century".

The 20-year-old was sentenced to 16 days-already served after her arrest-and fined 2,000 shekels for assault of a soldier.

Tamimi's case drew global attention. He argued that holding the trial in secret would be in the best interests of the teenager, though her family and lawyer said it was not.

But many Israelis consider her a provocateur, similar to members of her family who have protested Israeli policies for years. An Israeli watchtower stands at the entrance to the village and there are often soldiers in the area.

On Thursday, spokesperson for Abbas's ruling Fatah faction Osama Qawassmeh said any future Palestinian leader taking part in the plan would be accepting a "deal of shame".

"When the European people see my daughter, blonde and blue eyes, they are shocked because they saw their children in front of them", he said.

Amnesty International has called Ms Tamimi the "Rosa Parks of Palestine", in reference to the African-American civil rights activist. Two years ago, her family made headlines when an Israeli soldier violently attempted to arrest her younger brother, who had one arm in a cast at the time.

"She is not a little girl, she is a terrorist", said Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev.

Zarhum, 29, was severely beaten and shot to death by a mob of Israeli soldiers, prison officers and police after they mistook him for the gunman who had opened fire moments earlier at the central bus station in Beer Sheva, a city in southern Israel.

Israel disputes that its settlements are illegal and says their future should be determined in peace talks with the Palestinians.

At the same time, the incident also generated worldwide criticism against Israel for its policies towards the Palestinians.

"The Israeli authorities must stop responding to relatively small acts of defiance with such disproportionately harsh punishments".

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