UN calls on Israel to release terrorist for ‘serious mental illness’


The United Nations demands that Israel release, on mental health grounds, a Palestinian terrorist convicted of two counts of attempted murder.

On October 12, 2015, in an attack filmed by security cameras, Ahmad Manasra, then 13, and his cousin, Hassan Khalid Manasra, 15, both residents of Beit Hanina, stabbed a 13-year-old year. boy and a security guard outside a candy store in Jerusalem’s Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood.

The young victim suffered serious injuries and since the attack has suffered from mental health issues. The security guard was seriously injured.

Ahmad Manasra was initially sentenced to 12 years in prison, which was reduced to nine and a half years after his case was appealed to the Supreme Court. He should be released in about two and a half years.

Recently, the Israeli Prison Service transferred Manasra to a psychiatric hospital due to suspicions that he was trying to harm himself. His lawyer claims that Manasra is schizophrenic, in a psychotic state and wants to die.

“Ahmad’s imprisonment for almost six years deprived him of childhood, family environment, protection and all the rights that should have been guaranteed to him as a child,” said a message on the official Facebook page of the UN headquarters in Geneva.

The message does not mention why Manasra is in prison.

“This case is haunting in many ways and his continued detention, despite his deteriorating mental state, is a stain on all of us as members of the international human rights community,” the post states.

This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.


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