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Israeli court sentences Palestinian teen to 10 years in prison for attempted stabbing

April 26, 2017 9:15 P.M. (Updated: April 27, 2017 1:03 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court sentenced a 17-year-old Palestinian girl to 10 years in prison on Wednesday, after convicting her of attempted murder and knife possession.

Malak Salman, a resident of occupied East Jerusalem, was convicted in February of attempting to stab an Israeli border police officer at the Damascus Gate entrance of the Old City of Jerusalem on Feb. 9, 2016, causing no injuries.

Salman’s lawyer, Ramzi Kteilat, said that he would appeal the ruling at the Israeli Supreme Court.

“Ten years is a brutal, unjust sentence that is against international law for a girl who is not yet an adult,” Kteilat said.

Meanwhile, Salman’s mother, Fatina, said that her daughter “received the news smiling and with her head high.”
Relatives of Malak Salman

Salman’s sentencing is the latest in an Israeli crackdown on young Jerusalemite Palestinians, many of them women, who have been accused of involvement in attacks, while Israeli authorities have ordered lengthy prison sentences for Palestinians as young as 14 years old in both East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.

Some of the harsher sentences to be handed down in past months include a 35-year sentence to a 22-year-old Jerusalemite for allegedly assisting in a deadly stabbing attack, 16 years in prison for a 19-year-old Palestinian woman who was shot and injured while allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli settler, while a Palestinian youth was sentenced to 18 years in prison for allegedly throwing a rock at an Israeli vehicle that caused the death of an Israeli -- representing the harshest sentence ever handed down for stone-throwing.

Israeli forces have detained a number of Palestinians for allegedly being in possession of knives or having intentions to carry out attacks following a wave of unrest that began in October 2015.

However, Israeli authorities' version of events have been challenged in a number of incidents, while rights groups have also widely documented the mistreatment, abuse, and torture of Palestinian youth in detention, and the harsh interrogation practices used to force their confessions.

Meanwhile, despite having more rights on paper than Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank who are subject to a draconian military detention system, in practice, Jerusalem minors “do not enjoy their enshrined rights” under a discriminatory Israeli civilian court system, according to rights group Defense for Children International - Palestine.

Prisoners’ rights group Addameer estimated that Israel was holding 61 female Palestinian prisoners and some 300 Palestinian minors as of March.

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 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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