12 years' jail sought for Palestinian child Manasra

Ahmed Manasra, the Palestinian boy when he was brought to a court in Jerusalem, Tuesday Nov. 10, 2015. AP

An Israeli prosecutor called Sunday for a 12-year jail term to be handed down to a Palestinian minor for stabbing an Israeli child in October 2015, his lawyer said.

Ahmed Manasra, a 14-year-old Palestinian, was convicted in May this year of the attempted murder of two Israelis in a knife attack last October.

He was 13 when he carried out the attack with his 15-year-old cousin Hassan Manasra.  The two stabbed and seriously wounded a 20-year-old and a 12-year-old boy in the Jewish settlement neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev in annexed east Jerusalem.

Hassan Manasra was shot dead by security forces, while Ahmed Manasra was hit by a car as they fled. 

Apology 

Manasra's lawyer Lea Tzemel told journalists after a hearing behind closed doors that her client had apologized "to the child he stabbed, who was present in court".

After his conviction in May, she said Manasra "said he just wanted to scare Jews so they'd stop killing Palestinians".
"The prosecution is demanding a 12-year prison sentence," she said on Sunday.

"We have requested a procedure of reintegration, given that he is a minor and minors have more rights when it comes to reintegration into society," Tzemel added.

Manasra, an east Jerusalem resident, was the youngest Palestinian to be convicted by an Israeli civilian court in the current round of violence.

Early last month, Israeli lawmakers approved jailing children as young as 12 convicted of "terrorist offences" following repeated attacks by young Palestinians.

Violence since last October has killed 230 Palestinians, 34 Israelis, two Americans, one Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese, according to an AFP count.

Israel says most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks. Others were shot dead during protests or killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza. The court is to sentence Manasra on November 7.

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