An Israeli court has sentenced a 14-year-old boy, Ahmed Manasra to 12-years in jail for the role he played in the stabbing of two Israeli men following an attack which occurred in October 2015.
The suspect who was 13-year-old at the time of committing the crime had earlier pled not guilty, saying he had not personally stabbed either of the victims and had only intended to frighten the two men who have since recovered from the attack.
His 15-year-old cousin, Hassan Manasra, who carried out the stabbings, was shot dead by an Israeli passerby, while Ahmed Manasra was severely beaten by an Israeli mob and hit by a car.
Al Jazeera’s Tony Birtley, reporting from occupied East Jerusalem, said the court ruling could have far-reaching implications for Palestinian youth.
“Every year, hundreds of Palestinian boys are arrested and charged for crimes, sometimes as small as stone throwing, but following this case anyone, even minors, found guilty of murder, manslaughter or attempted murder can get a prison sentence.”
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