Israel Sentences Ahed Tamimi's Brother to 14 Months in Prison for Throwing Stones at Border Police

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The 2017 stone-throwing attack in Nabi Saleh.
The 2017 stone-throwing attack in Nabi Saleh. Credit: Abbas Momani/AFP
Yotam Berger

An Israeli military court in the southern West Bank sentenced Waed Tamimi, the brother of the high-profile former Palestinian prisoner Ahed Tamimi, to 14 months in prison on Monday for throwing stones at Israeli border police in an incident last year and another one the year before. Waed Tamimi has been in detention since May and will be given credit for time served. 

His sister Ahed, whose family lives in the West Bank town of Nabi Saleh, was released from prison after serving eight months for assaulting an Israeli soldier, an incident that was caught on video and attracted attention around the world and turned her into a teenage Palestinian icon in the view of some.

Waed Tamimi's conviction in the 2017 incident was pursuant to a plea agreement. He was sentenced to 8 months in prison on the 2017 offiense. He admitted that he and others had thrown stones at border police in a jeep in March 2017 in Nabi Saleh. The court found that stones thrown by Waed Tamimi and others struck a border policeman, who was wearing a helmet, in the head and arm, injuring his arm. 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Ahed Tamimi in Ramallah after her release from an Israeli prison, July 29, 2018.Credit: Palestinian Press Office via Reuters

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Tamimi, who is 21, had been convicted of an identical offense a year earlier, when he was given 12 months' probation, conditioned on a commitment to obey the law.  As a result of the subsequent conviction, he will now have to serve out both sentences, but six months will be served concurrently meaning that in practice, the combined sentence is 14 months on the two convictions. He was also fined 7,000 shekels ($1,900) in connection with the 2017 case.