Israeli Court Sentences 19-Year-Old Palestinian Girl to 16 Years in Prison

Shortly before stabbing an Israeli man in Jerusalem, Shorouq Dwayyat posted on Facebook that her ‘greatest desire’ was to die “for Allah”.

Jerusalem, 26 Rabiul Awwal 1438/26 December 2016 (MINA) – The Israeli magistrate’s court in Jerusalem on Sunday sentenced a 19-year-old Palestinian girl to 16 years in prison, after she was accused of attempting to stab an Israeli settler in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem in Oct. 2015.

Members of Shurouq Dwayyat’s family told Ma’an that the sentence also included a fine of 80,000 shekels ($20,929).

Shurouq was shot and injured by a 35-year-old Israeli settler in Jerusalem’s Old City after she allegedly attempted to stab him on Oct. 7, 2015.

However, witnesses told Ma’an that she had been assaulted by the Israeli settler and did not have any sharp objects on her at the time of the incident.

Israeli media said at the time that the man sustained light injuries, while Shurouq was shot four times in her upper body, leaving her in serious condition.

After initially being treated at Hadassah Hospital in Ein Karem, Shurouq was later taken to Hasharon prison. (T/RS05/RS01)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)