Israel military trial of Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi opens behind closed doors

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But Ahed Tamimi's supporters see a fearless girl who struck two armed soldiers outside her West Bank home in frustration after having just learned that Israeli troops seriously wounded a 15-year-old cousin, shooting him in the head from close range with a rubber bullet during nearby stone-throwing clashes. Israeli authorities are seeking 12 charges against Ahed after a video of her slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank went viral, her lawyer said.

Ms Tamimi is from the West Bank town of Nabi Saleh, where more than 600 members of her extended family live.

The military court judge demanded that all press should leave the courtroom before the hearing began, citing the protection of the minor when her lawyer objected.

"Stay strong, stay strong", shouted her father, Bassem, from the back row. Tamimi remains in custody.

International organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have rallied around Tamimi and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan presented her with a "courage" award in 2012 after a similar run-in with the Israeli military.

On Tuesday morning, Tamimi - wearing a prison uniform and with her hands and feet in restraints - was led into the courtroom at the Ofer military prison near Ramallah for preliminary trial hearings. "It about time they will understand that people like her have to be in jail and not allowed to incite racism and subversion against the state of Israel".

Like many Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, Ms Tamimi also faces a military trial - which convict almost 100 per cent of alleged Palestinian offenders.

Critics have pointed out that the child has courted attention and been used by her family for anti-Israeli publicity purposes since a young age. She is also being tried in a military court and faces charges related to incitement because she recorded a video of her daughter slapping the soldier. Images of the female soldier's bloody face circulated on social media after she was injured by shattered windshield glass. None of the facts in this case seems to justify the arrest of Ahed Tamimi before the trial, particularly given the concerns of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, he added. Instead, she herself was arrested.




The case was adjourned until March, and could go on for months. Given that Wonder Woman is in the news and Gal Gadot is an ex-Israeli IDF, I thought, "There is a real Wonder Woman, and it's this kid".

Bassem said Ahed's next appearance was set for 11 March, while Ahed's mother Nariman and cousin Nour will be brought before the military tribunal on 6 March.

The scuffle took place amid clashes and protests against US President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel 's capital.

She was reportedly upset after learning that her 15-year-old cousin had been seriously injured after being shot in the head by a rubber bullet during stone-throwing clashes nearby.

UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territory Michael Lynk and Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez [official profiles] demanded Tamimi's immediate release during the proceedings and called for future hearings to be held in strict accordance with worldwide legal standards.

The Israeli army has yet to issue an official statement on the arrests.

United Nations human rights experts said Tamimi's continued detention violates global legal standards.

Video from the attack shows the mob haranguing and attacking the soldiers as they cried out.

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