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Israeli court convicts Palestinian boy of 2 counts of attempted murder

May 10, 2016 11:01 A.M. (Updated: May 11, 2016 10:15 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- The Israeli district court in Jerusalem convicted a 14-year-old Palestinian boy on Tuesday of two counts of attempted murder for allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack in an Israeli settlement in October.

Ahmad Salih Manasra was found guilty by the court of carrying out a stabbing attack on Oct. 12, 2015 in the illegal settlement of Pisgat Zeev in occupied East Jerusalem, injuring two Israelis ages 13 and 21. The sentence against Manasra has yet to be revealed.

Ahmad, who was 13 at the time of the attack, sustained serious wounds after an Israeli driver hit him with his car following the stabbing.

Video footage which went viral showed the Palestinian boy lying in pain on the ground after being hit by the car, while an Israeli bystander shouted repeatedly: "Die, you son of a whore!" and another tells the police officer to shoot him.

Manasra’s cousin, 15-year-old Hassan Manasra, was shot dead at the scene of the attack. His body has since been withheld by Israeli authorities, although a recent Israeli court ruling ordered that his body be returned to his family.

A lawyer working with the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, Tariq Barghouth, called the court decision "contestable,” adding that the court decision would likely be appealed.

"We hope the Supreme Court will view this humanitarian case differently," Barghouth said.

"Once again, the Israeli court proves its racist treatment of the Palestinians," the lawyer added, highlighting the “double standard” of the Israeli justice system when it comes to punishing Palestinians accused of committing crimes against Israelis, compared to cases of settlers attacking Palestinians.

In November, video footage was leaked showing Israeli detectives screaming and swearing at Manasra during an interrogation, prompting the Palestinian Authority to denounce "gross violations" of international humanitarian law in the case.

Manasra’s trial was postponed a number of times, which some commentators alleged was a conscious move to delay the case until he turned 14 in January, at which time he became old enough under Israeli law to be given a prison sentence.

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