Palestinian teen in 'slap video' reaches plea deal for 8 months jail: HRW

Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi arrested after a viral video showed her hit two Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank has reached a plea deal. (AFP)
Updated 21 March 2018
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Palestinian teen in 'slap video' reaches plea deal for 8 months jail: HRW

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: A Palestinian teenager arrested after a viral video showed her hit two Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank has reached a plea deal with prosecutors to serve eight months in jail, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.
The Israeli military court where Ahed Tamimi is being tried had not yet decided on whether to accept the agreement reached with prosecutors, HRW's Omar Shakir told AFP.
Tamimi was 16 at the time of the December incident. Tamimi, who turned 17 in prison last month, was charged with assault and incitement after she slapped and punched two Israeli soldiers in her West Bank village in December.
The incident was captured on video and widely shared online.
She would plead guilty to only four of the 12 charges against her under the agreement, including assault, incitement and two counts of obstructing soldiers, Lasky said.
Lasky however said she only planned to present the plea bargain to the military court if it first accepts an agreement with Tamimi's mother, Nariman Tamimi.
A plea deal for Nariman Tamimi would also be for eight months in jail including time served, she said.
The court was expected to decide on the matter later Wednesday, according to Lasky.
Ahed Tamimi has been hailed as a hero by Palestinians who see her as bravely standing up to Israel's occupation of the West Bank.
Israelis accuse her family of using her as a pawn in staged provocations.


ISESCO condemns Houthi looting of artifacts from Zabid

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ISESCO condemns Houthi looting of artifacts from Zabid

ISESCO condemns Houthi looting of artifacts from Zabid

DUBAI: The Islamic Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization condemned Sunday the Houthis’ theft of manuscripts, historical and scientific books and artifacts from the library of a fortress in Zabid, the Saudi Press Agency said.

Zabid is one of the oldest towns in Yemen, located in Hodeidah province, and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.

The stolen items were valuable artifacts of Zabid, which was the capital of Yemen during the 13th and 15th centuries, and the theft of such heritage was a criminal act against the Yemeni civilizations and a violation of international declarations and agreements, ISESCO director general Abdulaziz bin Othaman Al-Twajairi said.