Palestinian Khawla Al-Khatib, holds a poster of her 14-year-old daughter Malak al-Khatib, detained in Israel, in the village of Beitin near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP/Majdi Mohammed)
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The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the occupied West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians who say her treatment demonstrates Israel's excessive measures against stone-throwing youth.Out of a total of more than 5,500 Palestinians held by Israel, about 150 are minors, the vast majority of them male, according to official figures from November, provided by Israeli human rights group B'Tselem.Malak al-Khatib is among a handful of female minors ever held by Israel. Israel was hit by a wave of riots by Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem last year, following the killing of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy by Jewish extremists in revenge for the abduction and murder of three Israeli teens.Sarit Michaeli from B'Tselem said that under Israel's military justice system, Khatib will not be afforded the same rights and protections as Israeli minors under Israel's legal system.
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