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Israel sentences Palestinian teen, woman to 23 years in prison

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
File photo shows teenage Palestinian prisoner Ahmad Saleh Manasra (C)

An Israeli court has sentenced a Palestinian teenager to 12 years in prison over an alleged stabbing attack last October, while giving 11 years' imprisonment to a Palestinian woman over alleged car ramming.

On Monday, the Jerusalem al-Quds District Court sentenced 14-year-old Ahmad Saleh Manasra to 12 years in jail on alleged charges of attempting to murder a 20-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy in the illegal Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev in East Jerusalem al-Quds on October 12, 2015.

The court also ordered Manasra to pay 80,000 Israeli shekels ($21,000) in compensation to the Israeli man and 100,000 shekels ($26,260) to the Israeli boy.

Manasra allegedly carried out the assault along with his 15-year-old cousin Hassan, who was fatally shot by Israeli forces.

Video footage released on social media networks in the wake of the attack showed Manasra bleeding heavily on the ground as some Israeli bystanders shouted a mixed of Arabic and Hebrew obscenities at him.

Israeli forces and the passers-by did not provide any aid for the boy as he lied on the sidewalk with his lungs filled with blood and as he tried to speak and call for help.

An Israeli police member even kicked him back on the ground for a second time when the kid tried hard to raise his body and an onlooker was heard saying to police to “give him one shot in the head.”

An ambulance showed up at last but medics did not appear to take any measures to help the bleeding boy, except walking around idly to kill more time. Manasra was finally taken to a nearby hospital after losing a lot of blood.

Israeli court gives 11 years to Palestinian woman

Also on Monday, the Jerusalem al-Quds District Court condemned a Palestinian woman, identified as Asra’a al-Ja’abis, to 11 years in prison over an attempted car-ramming attack.

File photo shows Palestinian woman Asra’a al-Ja’abis who is sentenced to 11 years in jail over an attempted car-ramming attack. 

Ja’abis was arrested on October 11, 2015, when her car caught fire as she was returning from the occupied West Bank city of al-Eizariya. Asra’a suffered second and third degree burns, and was in Hadassah Medical Center prior to being transferred to Hasharon Prison. 

The occupied territories have already been the scene of increased tensions ever since Israeli forces imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in August 2015.

Nearly 250 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of last October.

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