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Israeli court sentences Palestinian teen to 12 years in prison over attempted stabbing

Feb. 12, 2017 7:03 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 12, 2017 11:13 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli magistrate court sentenced a Palestinian teenager on Sunday to 12 years in prison over charges of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack in Jerusalem more than a year earlier.

The head of the Jerusalem Committee for Families of Prisoners, Amjad Abu Asab, told Ma’an that Huthaifa Ishaq Taha, a 17-year-old resident of the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr Aqab, was sentenced for reportedly attempting to stab an Israeli in Jerusalem in January 2016.

Abu Asab added that Taha was currently held in the Megiddo prison.

According to a Ma’an reporter, Taha was detained for his involvement in a stabbing attempt at a bus station in the illegal settlement of East Talpiyyot on Jan. 3, 2016.

The sentence was the latest to be handed down to young Palestinians, many of whom have been accused of involvement in attacks or attempted attacks in the occupied territory after a wave of political unrest began in October 2015.

Some of the harsher sentences to be handed down in the past two months have included a 22-year-old Jerusalemite sentenced to 35 years in prison for allegedly assisting in a deadly stabbing attack, 16 years in prison and a $20,929 fine 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.
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