Israeli Parole Board Denies Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi Early Release

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Ahed Tamimi at the Ofer military prison near Jerusalem, February 13, 2018
Ahed Tamimi at the Ofer military prison near Jerusalem, February 13, 2018 Credit: Ariel Schalit/AP

A parole board has rejected a request by Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager who received an eight-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to assaulting an Israeli soldier, for an early release. The Shin Bet security service issued an opinion in the case opposing her release.

"The statements she has made about the case indicate her radical ideology, [and] along with the security situation in the area, [this] demonstrates her potential for danger if she receives an early release," the Shin Bet wrote.

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The board's decision stated that "it is impossible to ignore the Shin Bet's opinion and the severity of the offenses attributed to the prisoner and especially their circumstances, and the prisoner's position that she will continue in this manner, has no remorse and thus remains dangerous."

It added that although her remaining term of imprisonment was very short, her lack of remorse and the severity of offenses suggested that she remained a risk to security forces. 

Tamimi was arrested in December, a day after a video of her punching, slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers in a West Bank village went viral. Her initial January indictment included 12 charges going back to 2016. The indictment included five counts of assault against security forces, including stone throwing. She was charged with assaulting a soldier, threatening a soldier, interfering with a soldier in the line of duty, incitement and throwing objects at a person or property.

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