The Israeli Central Court in Jerusalem has sentenced 14-year-old Palestinian, ‘Mo’awiyeh Alqam’ to six-and-a-half years in prison for an alleged stabbing attempt, Quds Press reported.
Alqam’s family was further ordered to pay a fine of 26,000 Israeli shekels ($6,718).
The boy’s father, Ahmad, stated: “Such sentences are oppressive against our children. We should not remain silent,” adding, “Our children have a right to live freely and to have dignity like other children in the world”.
Israeli court sentences 14-year-old Palestinian boy to 6 years, he is just one of 414 children in prison. https://t.co/1kPpLXx3qP
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Alqam’s sentence is based on a plea bargain reached between his lawyer and the Israeli prosecutor.
Alqam has previously refused to remain in a closed facility supervised by the Israeli government, preferring to remain with adult prisoners.
The Israeli forces shot and wounded Alqam and his 12-year-old cousin, Ali, after they allegedly injured an Israeli security guard on the light railway near the illegal Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev in northern Jerusalem in November 2015.