Judge closes courtroom as trial begins for Palestinian teen who slapped soldiers
15 February, 2018, 07:23 | Author: Gary Shelton
Ahed, who recently turned 17, was arrested after a video of her slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers who had entered her front yard went viral past year.
Tamimi has been in custody since a video of her slapping an IDF soldier near her family home in Nabi Saleh went viral.
Tamimi's Israeli lawyer, Gaby Lasky, objected, saying the family wants the proceedings to be public.
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". The 17 year old, who recently celebrated her birthday behind bars, will remain under administrative detention in Israeli prison.
But Tamimi's lawyer, Gaby Lasky, criticized the decision saying, "It's odd that the court decided - after sending Ahed into detention until the end of her trial and after her name had already been publicized - that it is in her interests to conduct the trial far off from public view".
On Tuesday morning, Ahed Tamimi once again was brought before an Israeli military court at the Ofer Military Prison. He said the occupation has robbed her of a normal childhood, that it's better for her to confront it than to fear it, and that he believes her generation will lead Palestinians to freedom.
She has been charged with 12 counts including assault and could face a lengthy jail term if convicted.
In later events captured on video, Ahed yells at the soldiers to leave, slapping one and punching the other in the head. Protests often ended in stone-throwing clashes. Images of the female soldier's bloody face circulated on social media after she was injured by shattered windshield glass.
Earlier in the day, Tamimi's father told The Associated Press as he headed into the court that he came "with no good expectations, because this a military court, and it's part of the Israeli military occupation". She was arrested at her home December 19 in the middle of the night and has been in detention ever since.
The scuffle took place amid clashes and protests against US President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel 's capital.
The experts called on the Israeli authorities to respect and ensure basic due process rights, with particular attention to the rights and protections afforded to children and re-emphasized their call for Tamimi to be released in accordance with these protections. "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".
"The Israeli military supposes by arresting Ahed Tamimi they can silence their activism", said Fadi Quran, a senior campaigner with the activist group Avaaz. "They can see in the video a child pushing heavily armed soldiers away from her house", she said.
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