Palestinian man sentenced to 16 years jail over 2015 stabbing attack
Israeli security forces check the site where a Palestinian man stabbed an Israeli soldier with a screwdriver before being shot and wounded, near the entrance to Hawara, south of the city of Nablus, on November 9, 2016. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
An Israeli court in Jerusalem sentenced a 27 year-old Palestinian man to to 16-and-a-half years in prison after convicting him of carrying out a stabbing attack in October 2015.
Miqdad al-Hih was detained on Oct. 22, 2015 after carrying out a stabbing attack with another Palestinian in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh, moderately injuring a young Israeli man.
Al-Hih was critically injured after Israeli police shot him on the scene, while the other Palestinian, 20-year-old Mahmoud Khalid Ghneimat, was killed.
Since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel in October 2015, 238 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis, the vast majority of whom were shot dead by Israeli forces.
During the same time period, 34 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians.
Throughout the unrest, rights groups have repeatedly denounced what they have termed Israeli forces' "shoot-to-kill" policy against Palestinians who did not constitute a threat at the time of their death or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner.
According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of August.
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