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Israel sentences teenage Palestinian girl to 18 months in prison for attempted stab attack

Jan. 31, 2017 9:22 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 1, 2017 8:14 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- An Israeli military court Tuesday sentenced a 16-year-old Palestinian girl to a year and a half in prison for allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli soldier last year at a checkpoint in the northern occupied West Bank.

Amal Jamal Qabha, from the village of Tura in the West Bank district of Jenin, was also fined $5,300, according to Palestinian news agency Wafa.

Wafa also reported that Qabha’s parents confirmed that she was being held in Israel’s HaSharon prison.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, some 10,000 Palestinian women and girls have been detained by Israeli forces over the past 45 years. In 2015 alone, Israeli forces detained 106 Palestinian women and girls, which according to the group represented a 70 percent increase compared to detention numbers in 2013.

In October, Addameer reported that Israel was holding 64 female Palestinian prisoners and some 400 Palestinian minors.

Since a wave of political unrest spread across the occupied Palestinian territory in October 2015, leading to Israeli forces carrying out mass detention campaigns, the number of Palestinian women and girls detained by Israeli forces has risen sharply.

According to Addameer, among those detained between October 2015 and August 2016 were 13 underage girls, some of whom were wounded when Israeli forces detained them. The group added that at the closing of 2015, there were three Palestinian women held in administrative detention -- Israel’s widely condemned policy of detention without charge or trial.

The group has also reported on the treatment of Palestinian women prisoners by Israeli prison authorities, stating that the majority of Palestinian women detainees were subjected to "psychological torture" and "ill-treatment" by Israeli authorities, including "various forms of sexual violence that occur such as beatings, insults, threats, body searches, and sexually explicit harassment.”
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