Wednesday, 21 February, 2018

Palestinian teenager who was filmed to slapping Israeli soldier on trial

Trial of Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi held behind closed doors UN rights experts alarmed by detention of Palestinian girl
Glenn Montgomery | 15 February, 2018, 03:13

Ahed Tamimi, 17, has drawn worldwide attention following her arrest after the 15 December confrontation with an Israeli officer and a soldier outside her West Bank home of Nabi Saleh.

"The court chose to postpone Ahed's trial until March 11", Basem told Anadolu Agency. She was pictured smiling before the judge ordered the courtroom closed.

"Ahed Tamimi, to me, signifies nobility in the face of oppression".

An Israeli poet named Yehonatan Geffen dedicated a poem to Ahed, in which he compared her to Anne Frank, famous diarist and Jewish victim of the Holocaust as well as to Joan of Arc, a historical heroine of French revolution against British rule.

The hearing Tuesday lasted two hours and her next session will be March 11. It said her "proceeded with confinement is an edgy endeavor to scare Palestinian youngsters who set out to confront constraint by involving powers".

"The court decided what is best for the court, and not what is good for Ahed", she said.

A hearing into the case of Tamimi opened at the Ofer military prison in the West Bank village of Betunia on Tuesday.

ISM sat down to speak with Ahed's father, Bassem Tamimi, at the family home in Nabi Saleh to discuss the events of the trial.

He told journalists after the adjournment that "having people attend the court, journalists, consuls, diplomats, observers and lawyers, is very important because it keeps them safe and makes us feel that those in court are safe".

The Israeli military trial of a Palestinian teenager charged after a viral video showed her hitting two soldiers in the occupied West Bank began behind closed doors.

The video continues with her leaning against the courtyard wall, calling for large demonstrations as "the only way to reach results", but adding that Trump must bear responsibility for any Palestinian reaction, including stabbings and suicide attacks, and that "everyone needs to do something and to unite".

In the December incident, Ahed was filmed by her mother, Nariman, screaming at and pushing two soldiers.

The two soldiers, a male and a female, were apparently led astray by Israeli navigation app Waze and made a wrong turn into the city of Jenin where an angry mob attacked them with stones and stole their weapons.

The video was reportedly filmed on a mobile phone on 15 December in front of al-Tamimi's house.

"By refusing to release Ahed Tamimi since her arrest on 19 December, the Israeli authorities have shown nothing but contempt for their obligations under global law to protect children", Magdalena Mughrabi, deputy director of AI's Middle East and Africa chapters, said. A military court denied bail to Ahed and her mother, Nariman, who was also arrested, ruling that they would remain in prison until the end of their trials.

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