Palestinian child Ahmad Manasrah, 14, sentenced to 12 years in Israeli prison

Palestinian child Ahmad Manasrah, 14, sentenced to 12 years in Israeli prison

by samidoun

ahmad-manasrahPalestinian child prisoner Ahmad Manasrah, 14, was sentenced in Israeli courts on Monday, 7 November to 12 years in Israeli prison as well as fines of 180,000 NIS ($47,200 USD).

Palestinian lawyer Jamil Saadeh noted upon Ahmad’s conviction in May that “the occupation deliberately kept the child Ahmad Manasrah imprisoned inside a reform center until he reached the legal age for full sentencing under Israeli law, which is the age of 14 years…The court did not take into account what he suffered from the moment of his detention, being wounded, assaulted and cursed, treated inside the hospital as a threat, and screamed at during interrogation by the officers, all of which is documented on video and condemns the occupation.”

Ahmad, 14, was accused of participating in a stabbing operation against Israeli settlers in the east Jerusalem settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev last year, when he was 13 years old. Ahmad was with his 15-year-old cousin, Hassan Manasrah, at the time, on 12 October 2015. Hassan was shot by settlers and killed on the street, while Ahmad was run over by settlers and seriously injured. Video of settlers screaming and cursing at the bleeding Ahmad and yelling that he should die was widely circulated via social media. Two settlers were injured in the incident, while Ahmad was critically injured and Hassan’s life was taken. Hassan is one of 57 Palestinian children who have been killed by Israeli forces since 5 October 2015.

Manasrah was convicted in Israeli courts in May and sentenced today to 12 years imprisonment. In the Israeli courts in “security” cases, Palestinian youth do not receive reduced sentencing despite their juvenile ages. Instead, for every conviction on any charge that carries a maximum sentence of greater than six months, children 14 and up are sentenced identically to adults over 18. Such charges include throwing stones, membership in a prohibited organization or incitement for social media postings. Palestinian children are also held without charge or trial under administrative detention.

The pursuit of extremely lengthy sentences against Palestinian children is a growing trend in Israeli military and other courts, as illustrated by the cases of Muawiya Alqam, 14, sentenced to six and one-half years and the pending case of Nurhan Awad, 17, against whom a 15-year sentence is sought. Nurhan’s case is strikingly similar to Ahmad’s; she was with her cousin, Hadeel, who was shot and killed by Israeli settlers while Nurhan was severely injured.

Ahmad’s interrogation was also videotaped, where he was pressured and shouted at by multiple interrogators as he stated he did not remember the incident. Ahmad is one of nearly 400 Palestinian children held in Israeli prisons. Palestinian children are routinely subject to torture and abuse under interrogation, solitary confinement during interrogation, beating and kicking by occupation military personnel, threats of sexual assault and other forms of abuse, reports Defence for Children International Palestine.They are also routinely interrogated harshly without access to a parent or a lawyer.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network condemns the sentencing of Ahmad Manasrah and demands the immediate release of Ahmad and all imprisoned Palestinian children. We further call for international action to compel the Israeli state to respect the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and end international military aid and assistance that funds the imprisonment and torture of Palestinian children. The imprisonment, oppression, and killing of Palestinian children like Ahmad and Hassan Manasrah by the Israeli occupation is part and parcel of the Israeli colonial project in Palestine, and the only true freedom for Palestinian children will be achieved through the freedom of the Palestinian people and Palestinian land.

One thought on “Palestinian child Ahmad Manasrah, 14, sentenced to 12 years in Israeli prison

  1. Under international law it is common practices that a crime committed shall be dealth with under the laws that were valid when the crime was committed!
    When at a certain point a crime has been committed by an individual not of adult age, the individual committing the crime shall be put on trial as a minor, and relevant laws shall be valid!

    Under Israeli laws a 13 year old is NOT an adult, and the crime committed by the accused must be dealth with as being committed by a minor!

    If and when the Israeli practice is to hold in custody a 13 year old till the age of adulthood is reached and then put on trial the 14 year old for a crime committed as a 13 year old (as a minor) such practice is unlawful and illegal, and the verdict or conviction of such a process is unlawful and illegal!

    The state of Israel is party to the Treaty to Protect the Child, and this treaty clear states in the relevant articles of the treaty that minors shall not be treated as and under laws intended and created for adults!

    The state of Israel is in clear breach of international law and regulations, as well as national laws relevant, as well as in breach of the relevant treaty to which the state of Israel is party!

    No state shall deal with minors as adults, nor deal with minors as with if they were adults!

    When the state of Israel regards it correct to deal with minors as if they are adults, or maintains the practice of holding in custody minors till they reach the adult age to put them on trial for an act committed as a minor, and subsequently convict them for an act committed as a minor as an adult, then the state of Israel can expect that Israeli (Jewish) minors will be dealth with the same way and manner, wereby for instance members of the Jewish settlements being of minor age be treated as adults when and if they commit a crime against for instance Palestinian people of and in the occupied territories when and if they are arrested, caught and or apprehended!

    It is a well-known fact that under-aged members of the Jewish settlements in occupied territories carry openly and freely weapons, guns and other sorts weapons, and are using these weapons against Palestinian people in the occupied territories.
    When such an underaged member of a Jewish settlement is apprehended after committing a crime against a Palestinian individual, or group, the state of Israel should expect no less then that that underaged member of a Jewish settlement shall be put on trial as an adult, and dealth with as such, wereby must be noted that under Palestinian law the death penalty for certain crimes is not abolished!
    When the state of Israel uses practices that are illegal under national as well as international law, it can not expect that other institutions deal with subjects of the Israeli state differently!

    Finally, as the state of Israel considers itself at war with the Palestinian People, the practice by the state of Israel of convicting an lawful adult individual for a crime committed as an underaged individual is a war-crime, and therefore a new war-crime is to be added of the already existing list of war-crimes committed by the state of Israel!

    Enforcing illegally laws while at war is a war-crime!
    Enforcing illegally laws while at peace is a crime!


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