Palestinian teen in 'slap video' reaches plea deal for 8 months jail: HRW

Palestinian teen in 'slap video' reaches plea deal for 8 months jail: HRW
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21 March, 2018
Ahed Tamimi, who faces 12 charges including aggravated assault for slapping an Israeli soldier, has entered a plea deal in court.
Tamimi was hailed as a hero in Palestine [Anadolu]
A Palestinian teenager arrested after a viral video showed her hit two Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank has reached a plea deal with prosecutors to serve eight months in jail, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.

Ahed Tamimi, who was 16 at the time of the December incident, faces 12 charges including aggravated assault.

The Israeli military court where Ahed Tamimi is being tried had not yet decided on whether to accept the agreement reached with prosecutors, HRW's Omar Shakir told AFP. 

Tamimi, who has since turned 17, caught international attention and was praised for her bravery for standing up to Israeli soldiers who had entered her home.

Her father said the girl was upset after her 15-year-old cousin was shot in the head with a rubber bullet.

The footage shows Tamimi and her cousin approaching two Israeli soldiers and telling them to leave before shoving, kicking and slapping them.

The heavily armed soldiers do not respond in the face of what appears to be an attempt to provoke rather than seriously harm them.

They then move backwards after Tamimi's mother Nariman gets involved.

The incident occurred during a day of clashes across the West Bank against US President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The widely shared video turned Tamimi into a Palestinian hero. In Israel, the footage sparked debate about the soldiers' refusal to act.