Trial begins for Palestinian accused of assaulting Israeli soldiers
"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 in a statement.
The closely watched trial of a Palestinian girl who slapped and punched two Israeli soldiers opened before an Israeli military court on Tuesday, but the judge ordered proceedings to be held behind closed doors in a case that has drawn wide criticism of Israel for prosecuting the teenager.
Ahed Tamimi had just learned of his injury when she, along with her mother and another cousin approached two soldiers at the entrance to the courtyard of the family home, according to relatives.
The judge in the trial ordered journalists removed from the courtroom, ruling that open proceedings would not be in the interest of 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi, who is being tried as a minor.
Her father Bassem Tamimi waved to her from the audience, yelling out "stay strong, you will win".
Slouching in her chair and mouthing messages to her friends and family from under a cascade of strawberry-blond curls, Ahed Tamimi in many ways appears to be an everyday teenager.
Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, 16, has gone on trial before an Israeli military court. Ahed has also been often called "iconic" because her story, now and before, is so emblematic of the extraordinary perseverance of the Palestinian people who having endured fifty years of occupation, and seventy years since the mass dispossession of 1948 known to Palestinians as the Nakba. Such a contention seems irrelevant, even if correct, as Ahed's defiance was prompted by the shooting and wounding of her cousin a short time before, which was certainly not staged, but rather a reflection of oppressive and violent Israeli responses to Palestinian demonstrations of resistance.
Tamimi is indicted on 12 counts, including assaulting an Israeli officer and soldier - as seen in the video - on December 15, and for five additional events in which she allegedly assaulted Israeli forces, threw rocks at them, threatened them, obstructed them during their duties, and participated in riots and incited others to do so. The following month, Tamimi was charged with a number of offenses under Israel military law for both the December incident and for others dating back to April 2016.
Already a poster child for the Palestinian cause, her arrest has propelled her to new levels of fame. The metaphor is given a special vividness because Ahed Tamimi as a child epitomizes the mentality and tactics of an oppressive state: the prospect of Ahed's case being heard by a military court that finds that more than 99% of defendants are guilty of the crimes of which they are accused.
Ahed's lawyer accuses the military of breaking the United Nations convention on the rights of a child during her nighttime arrest and interrogation, during which she says Ahed was threatened.
Trump has promised to propose a peace plan, but Palestinian officials have said they fear any USA offer would fall far short of their demands, including a capital in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem. "Nothing she has done can justify her continued detention and the long, aggressive interrogation sessions she has been forced to endure during the first two weeks of her detention". She said she is still waiting for case material from the prosecutor, that her client did not enter a plea and that the next hearing would be March 11. One photo shows the then 12-year-old raising a clenched fist toward a soldier towering over her.
Senior Israeli government officials called for a harsh punishment.
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has criticised Israeli authorities" actions in the case, while the European Union has expressed concern over Israel "s detention of minors, including Ahed Tamimi. Her mother's hearing is set for March 6.
"The Tamimi family - which may not be a real family - dresses up kids in American clothes and pays them to provoke IDF troops on camera".
Video from the attack shows the mob haranguing and attacking the soldiers as they cried out.
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