Ahed Tamimi, Palestinian teenager famed forĀ slapping an Israeli soldier on camera, should have been shot, at least in the knee, Deputy Knesset Speaker Bezalel Smotrich wrote on Twitter, Saturday.
āIn my opinion, she should have gotten a bullet, at least in the kneecap,ā he wrote. āThat would have put her under house arrest for the rest of her life.ā
He was responding to Israeli journalist Yinon Magal, who had reposted the footage of Tamimi slapping the soldier along with the text, āIām watching this clip again and am so glad that Tamimi is still in jail. Sometimes, itās good that the mills of justice grind slowly.ā
Tamimi, 17, was arrested and charged soon after the incident took place last December. In March, she was convicted in a plea bargain of assaulting a soldier, incitement and interfering with a soldier in the line of duty. She wasĀ sentenced to eight months in prisonĀ plus a fine of 5,000 shekels ($1,400).
MK Michal Rozin responded angrily to Smotrichās tweet. āYou should be ashamed of yourself,ā noting that Israeli Hilltop settlers, who throw stones at Israeli soldiers are not subject to punishment by Israeli authorities.
She wrote: āOh, I forgot ā the law is different for enemiesā¦ I donāt accept your excuses and explanations. You are a thug and an inciter.ā
In the original indictment, Ahed Tamimi was also charged with several other offenses, including throwing stones on various occasions.
Tamimi slapped the soldier, who stormed her house one day after shooting her cousin causing him lose part of his skull and has been living in permanent disability.
~Haaretz/Days of Palestine