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Trial Opens of Palestinian Charged With Assaulting Soldier

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Wallace Pearson | 15 February, 2018, 07:21

Ahed Tamimi has been incarcerated since she was arrested on December 19, four days after she was filmed confronting the soldiers outside her West Bank home.

Michael Sfard, an Israeli human rights lawyer, said that Israeli military law "is set up to label every act of resistance, violent or nonviolent, as criminal" and that the military court system is just another branch of an occupying army.

Ahed Tamimi and her mother have been ordered to stay in custody until the end of the proceedings, while her cousin has been released on bail.

The statement from Amnesty International goes on to note that Tamimi's detention is not unique and that the Israeli army now has roughly 350 Palestinian children in custody and is "subjecting them to ill-treatment, including blindfolding, threats, solitary confinement and interrogations without the presence of their lawyers or family members". Family members were allowed to remain.

She is charged with 12 offences, including assaulting security forces and incitement to violence and faces a lengthy jail term.

Ahed and her mother are being held by Israel for the duration of the military court proceeding.

Ahed Tamimi, who turned 17 in prison last month, appeared fresh and confident as she was led into a courtroom packed with journalists and foreign diplomats.

In his home in Nabih Saleh, Bassem Tamimi said children, are an important part of the Palestinian struggle.

"By refusing to release Ahed Tamimi since her arrest on 19 December, the Israeli authorities have shown nothing but contempt for their obligations under worldwide law to protect children", Magdalena Mughrabi, deputy director of AI's Middle East and Africa chapters, said in a statement.

In the December 15 video, she talks about President Donald Trump's recognition a week earlier of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

OFER MILITARY BASE, West Bank-Palestinian protester Ahed Tamimi went on trial behind closed doors in an Israeli military court Tuesday for slapping and punching two Israeli soldiers-the opening of a high-profile case against the teen who is seen by some as a Joan of Arc-like heroine and by others as a troublemaker or even a terrorist.

"None of the facts of this case would appear to justify her ongoing detention prior to her trial, particularly given the concerns expressed by the Committee on the Rights of the Child about the use of pre-trial detention and detention on remand", Lynk added. Netanyahu , who has repeatedly said he has done nothing wrong, is not expected to resign.

In this January 4, 2018 file photo, demonstrators hold posters reading, "Release Ahed" during a protest demanding Israel to release Ahed Tamimi.

Israeli forces rounded up 29 Palestinians in overnight raids across the Israeli-occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian activists.

In 2012, Amnesty International labeled Bassem Tamimi a prisoner of conscience during one of his numerous stints in an Israeli prison.

Global human rights groups have criticized the aggressive prosecution, and diplomats from the European Union and several European countries, including Germany and the Netherlands, attended Tuesday's hearing as observers before they were kicked out along with journalists.

After the prosecution read the 12-count indictment, the trial was adjourned until next month. "I didn't think it's good for the minor that there are 100 people in the courtroom", he said.

Why is her case causing such a fuss?

"This violates the fundamental legal guarantee to have access to counsel during interrogation", Jose Guevara, chair of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, said on Tuesday.

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