Palestinian teen stabber victim of 'Israeli apartheid,' justice system - Amnesty

Published date23 June 2022
Publication titleJerusalem Post, The: Web Edition Articles (Israel)
"20-year-old Ahmad Manasrah is one of many victims of [Israeli Apartheid's] discriminatory justice system, where torture is routinely used against Palestinians," Amnesty tweeted. "His health is now at stake."

Amnesty asserted that Manasrah had "lost his childhood in Israel's prison system," and called on Israeli politicians to free him due to deteriorating health.

The Amnesty claim

On Friday, Amnesty published a statement regarding a parole board hearing on Sunday. Amnesty contends that Mansarah is suffering from schizophrenia, psychotic delusions, depression, and suicidal ideation, and should be released and given medical care.

"Ahmad Manasrah has been subjected to a catalogue of injustices by the Israeli authorities, including deleterious effects of incarceration on his development and prolonged solitary confinement," said Heba Morayef, Amnesty International's Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa in the Amnesty statement on Friday.

"He endured ill-treatment during interrogations, which were conducted without his parents or lawyers' presence, and was denied the right to a fair trial. He should have been released a long time ago, yet he remains in unnecessary suffering in Israeli prisons."

"20-year-old Ahmad Manasrah is one of many victims of [Israeli Apartheid's] discriminatory justice system, where torture is routinely used against Palestinians."

Amnesty International

Police footage of stabbing attack in Pisgat Ze'ev

Pisgat Ze'ev terrorist attack

In 2015, at the height of what was called the "Knife Intifada," then 13-year-old Manasrah and his 15-year-old cousin Hassan Manasrah attacked passing civilians on a street in Pisgat Ze'ev. The wave of terrorism saw many minors participate in violence and terrorism.

A man suffered two deep stab wounds to the chest and a 12-year-old child four stab wounds to the upper right chest after they were stabbed by the two. The child suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder following the attack, a Supreme Court ruling noted.

Video of the event shows the teens with knives in hand chasing their victims, and Hassan charging at officers when confronted. He was shot and killed, and Ahmad was stopped when he was struck by an intervening civilian's car.

Amnesty asserted that the younger Manasrah was arrested in "relation" to the stabbing, and was convicted "despite being found by the courts not to have participated in the stabbings."

According to the Supreme Court ruling on Manasrah's appeal, he "took an...

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