Palestinian Girl Still in Jail

3-19-18It has been three months since fearless 17-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi was detained by Israeli security forces

Tamimi was held by soldiers after social media footage emerged of her slapping and kicking Israeli troops. The teenager responded after a 15-year-old relative was shot in the head with a rubber bullet discharged by soldiers.

Less than two weeks ago, president of the Palestinian Federation of Peru remarked that “human rights do not have borders, political banners or colors,” reinforcing his call for the release of the teen.

Amnesty International has also urged the government of Israel to respect the U.N.’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, which implicitly says the “arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time.”

Israel, a party to the convention, has ignored the plea of the human rights body.

Multiple leaders and rights groups from around the world have repeatedly made requests for the release of the teen, but Israel has ignored those calls.

Tamimi, who hails from Nabi Saleh was arrested on Dec. 19 and is being held at the Ofer prison near Ramallah. She is currently on trial.

The Palestinian teen is known to have participated in numerous marches and demonstrations over the years with members of her family, staring at a young age, to protest Israeli occupation.

There are currently about 350 Palestinian children and adolescents in prison, according to Amnesty International Director Marina Navarro.”

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