Israel sentences Palestinian teenager to 6 ½ years in prison

July 18, 2016 7:00 am

Palestinian teenager Muawiya
Alqam is taken into custody after allegedly stabbing an Israeli guard in
East al-Quds (Jerusalem), November 10, 2015. (Photo by Reuters)

An Israeli military court has
sentenced a Palestinian teenage boy to six and a half years in prison
on charges of alleged involvement in a stabbing attack in the occupied
East al-Quds (Jerusalem) last November.

On Sunday, the
court handed down the jail term to 14-year-old Muawiya Alqam. The
sentence includes three years of probation with an automatic ten-month
imprisonment addition upon violation of the probation.
The boy’s family was also ordered to pay a cash fine of 26,000 Israeli shekels (approximately $6,720).
Israeli
officials had indicted Muawiya in November 2015 on charges of an
alleged murder attempt and the possession of a knife. He has been held
in three different prisons since then.
Israeli military forces
shot and injured Muawiya’s 12-year-old cousin, Ali, after the two
allegedly stabbed and injured an Israeli guard on a train near the
illegal settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev in East al-Quds.
Ali was shot
at least three times on the scene, and had to undergo a surgery. He is
currently being held at a juvenile detention center ever since Israeli
officials upheld a one-year detention sentence against him in April.
According
to the Palestinian rights association Addameer, 414 Palestinian minors
are currently being held in Israeli prisons. An estimated 104 of them
are under the age of 16.
Human Rights Watch expressed concerns in
early April about the rising number of Palestinian minors being
arrested, saying Israeli forces are abusing Palestinian children in
various prisons and detention facilities.
Israelis regularly
interrogate Palestinian children in the absence of parents, hence
infringing upon international laws that demand special protection for
detained kids, the rights group added.
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