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Palestinian woman sentenced to 20 months in prison for attempted stabbing attack

Feb. 5, 2017 5:23 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 6, 2017 10:24 A.M.)
More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly imprisoned in 17 Israeli prisons and detention centers. (AFP/Jack Guez, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli military court at Ofer detention center in the central occupied West Bank sentenced a Palestinian woman from Hebron to 20 months in prison and a fine of 6,000 shekels ($1,600), after she was accused of planning to carry out a stab attack.

Lawyer Akram Samara from the Palestinian Prisoner's Society said 29-year-old Abir Tamimi was detained on Dec. 22, 2015.

Ma'an quoted an official from Hebron's Ibrahimi mosque at the time as saying that "Palestinian in her 20s was on her way to the mosque with a knife in her hand” when Israeli soldiers rushed to the woman and detained her.

Local activist Raed Abu Rmeila, said that Israeli forces prevented him from documenting the detention, and told Ma’an he saw the woman “tied up in chains with blood on her face.”

Earlier on Sunday, an Israeli court in Jerusalem sentenced 16-year-old Manar Majdi Shweiki to six years in prison for allegedly planning to carry out a knife attack back in December 2015.

The sentences came as the latest to be handed down to young Palestinians, many of them women, who 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, an eight-and-a-half-year sentence for an alleged stabbing attempt by a 17-year-old East Jerusalem girl, 16 years in prison and a $20,929 fine for a 19-year-old Palestinian girl 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.

Last October, prisoners’ rights group Addameer reported that Israel was holding 64 female Palestinian prisoners.

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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