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Teenage girl accused of slapping Israeli soldier accepts 8-month sentence, report says

Ahed Tamimi, Palestinian teenager who slapped Israeli soldier, jailed for 8 months

Her family is known for sending its kids to harass soldiers in hopes of provoking a response to use against them.

She was arrested in December after video surfaced of her accosting soldiers outside her West Bank home. On Wednesday, Tamimi signed a plea deal in Israeli military court and will serve eight months in prison, including three months time served. Ahed Tamimi is a minor. She has remained in police custody since the incident, after receiving 12 charges, including "assault" and 'incitement'. Ahed has said that the infamous video shows her confronting soldiers while she was upset about Muhammed being shot.

Tamimi accepted the sentence as part of a plea bargain following a case which has sparked uproar in the Middle East and attracted worldwide attention.

Nariman Tamimi was given eight months in prison, a suspended sentence, and a fine of NIS 6,000 ($1,730) under the same plea deal for crimes of incitement, disrupting a soldier, and assisting in the assault of a soldier.

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According to Tamimi's lawyer, Gaby Lasky, the sentence would include the three months Tamimi has already served and a fine of almost $1,500. Minutes before Ahed was filmed kicking and slapping the soldier who had encroached on her family's property, soldiers had shot her 15-year-old cousin Muhammad in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet.

"There is no justice under occupation", Tamimi told reporters after the sentence was announced.

Under the deal, she is due to be released in the summer. On the first day of her trial, likely in reaction to this interest, the military judge hearing the case, Lt. Col. Menachem Lieberman, ordered that the proceedings be held in camera (in private, ) citing Tamimi's best interest, despite the objections from Tamimi and her parents. She was tried behind closed doors because she was being tried as a minor.

Lasky wrote on Monday, "Public scrutiny is Ahed's only defense, and it is clear that without it, in secret proceedings, she can not get a fair trial".

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Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of Qalqilia in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, and injured five Palestinians, including a child and a cameraman working for Palestine TV.

"She is not a little girl, she is a terrorist", Israeli culture minister Miri Regev said, according to The Guardian. According to Palestinian figures, more than 6,400 Palestinians - including some 300 children - are now languishing in Israeli prisons.

The Israeli army said in a statement after the sentence that it 'will continue operating in order to preserve the security and public order in (the West Bank) and enforce the law as it pertains to anyone who harms soldiers and incites violence'.

The father also told NPR that the confrontation was in part spurred by Ahed seeing relatives being arrested and killed.

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The mother and daughter have both been held in pretrial detention since December.

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