A Mentally Ill Palestinian Is Held in Isolation in Israeli Prison, With No Release in Sight

At the age of 13 he participated in a terrorist attack in which his cousin stabbed and seriously wounded two Israelis. He himself was sentenced to 9 and a half years in prison, but his mental situation deteriorated. The UN and hundreds of thousands of people around the world are calling for his release

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Seven years ago, Ahmad Manasra went with his cousin, Hassan Manasra, to stab Jews in the settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev, which has been annexed to Jerusalem and is not far from his home. It was the period referred to as the “intifada of knives.” Ahmad had a knife but he didn’t stab anyone, whereas Hassan attacked two Israelis, one of them a boy of 13, Naor Ben Ezra, who was riding a bike and was seriously wounded.

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