UK concerned about Israel jailing Ahed Tamimi


Published: 2018-03-23 21:25

Last Updated: 2018-03-23 21:25

Ahed Tamimi during a trial
Ahed Tamimi during a trial
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In response to the eight month sentence of Ahed Tamimi, Britain’s Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, released a statement on Friday expressing that her conviction and sentencing was “emblematic of the blighting impact the region’s conflict had on its youth”.

He expressed his country’s concern that Israel still jails children adding that Israel needed to “do much more to safeguard vulnerable people in its care.”

“We will continue to call upon Israel to improve its practices in line with international law and obligations,” the statement added.

Ahed Tamimi was sentenced in a closed court on Wednesday,where she took an eight-month plea deal, which includes the time she has been held since December.

She had been arrested after a video went viral showing her slapping an Israeli soldier hiding near her house on the face during the anti-Trump demonstrations in the West Bank earlier in December.

Tamimi,16 back then, has become a symbol of the Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation, has been called a heroine by Palestinians and pro-Palestinian activists and has been dubbed the “Real Wonder Woman” by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick