Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Israeli military trial opens for Palestinian girl hero

Israeli military trial opens for Palestinian girl hero

The trial on Tuesday was in closed-door proceedings, despite a request from Tamimi's lawyer for the media to be able to observe.

"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 Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) said in a statement that Israeli forces detained four former prisoners in the northern West Bank district of Tulkarem, one who served 13 years in prison, one who served 12 years, one who served six years and the fourth who spent five years in Israeli prison.

Her mother has also been charged with incitement on social media and assault, and her cousin, Nour, who participated in the incident, has been charged with assault. The charges include aggravated assault, threatening a soldier, incitement on Facebook and throwing objects at people and property.

The video was recorded after Tamimi found out Israeli Defense Forces shot her cousin in the face with a rubber bullet, giving the boy severe wounds.

But what is expected to be a months-long trial could well have the opposite effect, while highlighting concerns surrounding the detention of minors by Israel.

Ms Tamimi's Israeli lawyer, Gaby Lasky, said the continued occupation of the West Bank was illegal and that the trial was created to deter other Palestinian youngsters "from resisting occupation nonviolently". "It decided what is best for the court and know what is best for Ahed".

In his decision, the judge, Lieutenant Colonel Menachem Lieberman, said the trial would remain closed for Tamimi's own protection. "The way to keep it out of everybody's eyes is to close doors and not allow people inside the court for the hearing".

"All of the proceedings until now were open to the public", Lasky added.

The High Court has announced that demolition can proceed without delay for seven of the buildings housing 42 residents, half of them children. Some Israelis have accused her of courting publicity and being a troublemaker.

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Her father, Bassem Tamimi, shouted: "Stay strong!"

"Protect Ahed from whom?"

According to figures provided by the Palestinian prisoners' rights group Addameer, nearly 6,280 Palestinians are now being held in Israeli jails, 465 of them in administrative detention.

Regrettably, Tamimi's is not an isolated case, since statistics show that Israel stops and processes 500 to 700 Palestinian children annually in military courts, United Nations experts warned.

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.

According to Palestinian statistics, some 6,400 Palestinians are now being held in Israeli prisons, including roughly 500 in administrative detention.

According to Bassem's post, the military prosecutor read out the charges against his daughter.

He questioned whether European states, whose diplomats were excluded from the hearing, would take minimum measures - which they have failed to implement so far - to hold Israel accountable.

The Palestinian government said on Tuesday that Israel is evading all signed agreements through annexing settlements in the West Bank.

Others mocked the screaming and crying of the female soldier as she was attacked, saying that it invalidated the IDF's unassailable reputation.

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