Israel Gives 15-Year-Old Palestinian Girl 18 Months in Prison

Israel is the only country in the world that allows the prosecution and imprisonment of children as young as 12 years old in military courts.

A 15-year-old Palestinian girl was sentenced to 18 months in prison by an Israeli military court over what Israel says was an attempted stabbing attack against Israeli soldiers at an occupation checkpoint in the West Bank, Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said Monday.

The advocacy group identified the girl in a statement as 15-year-old Tasnim Halabi from the town of Rammun in the central occupied West Bank Ramallah district, Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported.

Halabi was arrested in April 2016, when she was only 14-years-old and has since been in detention, the group said. She was with another teenage girl at the time of the arrest when Israeli soldiers claimed the two young girls were about to carry out a stabbing attack.

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