12 years urged for Palestinian minor over stabbing

September 26, 2016 | By | Reply More

Sep 26, – Ahmed Manasra, a 14-year-old Palestinian, was convicted in May this year of the attempted murder of two Israelis in a knife attack last October.

12 years urged for Palestinian minor over stabbingAn Israeli prosecutor called Sunday for a 12-year jail term to be handed down to a Palestinian minor for stabbing an Israeli child in October 2015, his lawyer said.

He was 13 when he carried out the attack with his 15-year-old cousin Hassan Manasra.

The two stabbed and seriously wounded a 20-year-old and a 12-year-old boy in the Jewish settlement neighbourhood of Pisgat Zeev in annexed east Jerusalem.

Hassan Manasra was shot dead by security forces, while Ahmed Manasra was hit by a car as they fled.

Manasra’s lawyer Lea Tzemel told journalists after a hearing behind closed doors that her client had apologised “to the child he stabbed, who was present in court”.

After his conviction in May, she said Manasra “said he just wanted to scare Jews so they’d stop killing Palestinians”.

“The prosecution is demanding a 12-year prison sentence,” she said on Sunday.

“We have requested a procedure of reintegration, given that he is a minor and minors have more rights when it comes to reintegration into society,” Tzemel added.

Manasra, an east Jerusalem resident, was the youngest Palestinian to be convicted by an Israeli civilian court in the current round of violence.

Early last month, Israeli lawmakers approved jailing children as young as 12 convicted of “terrorist offences” following repeated attacks by young Palestinians.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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