14-year-old Palestinian Behind East Jerusalem Stabbing Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

While still 13, the youth joined his cousin Hassan Manasra in the attack, in which the latter stabbed 13-year-old Naor Ben-Ezra and another man in his 20s.

Ahmed Manasra (C), a 14-year old Palestinian teen, convicted of the attempted murder of two Israelis in a stabbing in October 2015, arrives for his sentencing hearing at the District Court in Jerusalem on November 7, 2016.
Emil Salman

An Israeli court sentenced a 14 year-old youth to 12 years in prison on Monday for an attack he committed with his cousin in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev in 2015. 

While still 13, the teen joined his cousin Hassan Manasra in the attack, in which the latter stabbed 13-year-old Naor Ben-Ezra, as well as another man in his 20s. Ben-Ezra was seriously wounded but has since recovered. Manasra was shot dead by Border policemen. 

The youth will serve his sentence in a regular prison, not in a youth facility. In addition to the prison sentence the youth will have to pay 80,000 shekels ($20,000) to the older victim and 100,000 shekels to Ben-Ezra.

Last May the District Court in Jerusalem convicted the youth of two attempted murders. During the trial his attorneys Leah Tsemel and Tareq Barghout argued that he couldn’t be convicted of attempted murder since he had not stabbed anyone. During his interrogation he persistently claimed that his intention was to wound Jews, not to kill them. He claimed that he called on his cousin not to stab Ben-Ezra since they had agreed beforehand not to attack children. Justices Yoram Noam, Moshe Baram and Rivka Friedman rejected these claims however and convicted the youth.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club NGO announced that it would hold a rally in front of UN offices in Ramallah in support of the teen. The group noted that tens of thousands of letters written by Palestinian youths were handed over to the UN in order to relate the suffering of Palestinian youths in Israeli detention.

The court also imposed 11 years in prison on a female resident of East Jerusalem for trying to ignite a gas cylinder inside her car close to the al-Zaim checkpoint in 2015.