Israel Releases 14-year-old Palestinian Girl From Prison

Malak al-Khatib was arrested on her way home from school on December 31 and charged with stone-throwing and possession of a knife.

Malak al-Khatib
Palestinian 14-year-old schoolgirl Malak al-Khatib is greeted by relatives after her release from an Israeli jail on February 13, 2015, in the West Bank Palestinian town of Tulkarem. AFP

Israel released a 14-year-old Palestinian girl from prison on Friday, according to AFP.

Malak al-Khatib from the village of Beitin, near Ramallah, was arrested on her way home from school on December 31. The Israeli army charged her with stone-throwing, attempted stone-throwing and possession of a knife.

Al-Khatib was sentenced to two months in prison, and also given a suspended sentence of three months and fined 6,000 shekels (about $1,500). She was convicted on three counts: “attempting to throw objects at a transportation route, possessing a knife and throwing objects at a person or at property.”

Out of a total of more than 5,500 Palestinians held by Israel, about 150 are minors, the vast majority of them male, according to official figures from November, provided by Israeli human rights group B'Tselem.