Dima on the day she was arrested, handcuffed and blindfolded by soldiers

Israel sentences 12-year-old girl to 4 months in prison

PNN/ Ramallah/

The Israeli military court at Ofer prison on Thursday sentenced the 12-year-old Palestinian girl Dima al-Wawi to four months and a half in prison and an eight-thousand-shekel fine.

Al-Wawi, a 7th grader from the West Bank town of Halhoul, near Hebron, was arrested on February 9 while on her way to school wearing her school uniform, for allegedly “wielding knife at armed Israeli soldiers.”

Al-Wawi, youngest Palestinian in Israeli prisons, showed up in court wearing the same school uniform she had on the day of her arrest.

Her family asserted that they were prevented from visiting their child or bringing her new clothes, despite the cold weather and harsh conditions in Israeli detention centers.

Family members also stated that they have been prevented from speaking to their daughter before or even during trial, confirming that Dima was interrogated without the presence of a parent or a lawyer.

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