07:08 GMT02 December 2020
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    An Israeli lawmaker said that a young Palestinian girl who was convicted for slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier should’ve been shot rather than sent to prison.

    Bezalel Smotrich, deputy speaker in the Israeli parliament, has declared that Ahed Tamimi, a Palestinian teenage girl who was sentenced to 8 months in jail for slapping an Israeli soldier, should’ve been shot instead, Haaretz reports.

    "In my opinion, she should have gotten a bullet, at least in the kneecap," he wrote. "That would have put her under house arrest for the rest of her life."

    ​Smotrich’s statement came in response to a tweet by Israeli journalist Yinon Magal, who praised Tamimi’s incarceration.

    This development did not sit well with many Twitter users, who were quick to voice their outrage.

    ​Some however argued that Smotrich’s stance hardly represents the opinion of the majority of Israeli citizens.

    ​Ahed Tamimi was arrested in December during a night raid by Israeli forces, a few days after she slapped and kicked a pair of Israeli soldiers who were patrolling the area near her residence in Nabi Saleh, in the West Bank near Ramallah.

    READ MORE: Parents of Palestinian Teen Tamimi Release Video of Daughter's Interrogation

    Tamimi originally faced up to three years in prison if convicted of the 12 counts against her, including assault, stone-throwing, incitement of violence and making threats, but she eventually accepted a plea bargain which reduced her sentence to 8 months.

    According to Tamimi's lawyer, Gaby Lasky, the sentence would include the three months Tamimi has already served and a fine of nearly $1,500. She added that the deal was made during a closed-door hearing and still requires approval by the Israeli military court.


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