Israel judge orders Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi held until trial

Frederick Owens
January 18, 2018

Ahed Tamimi, 16, was arrested in December on 12 charges including assault, stone throwing and incitement, after a video of her slapping the two soldiers went viral.

Remand in custody - even of minors - is part of the routine of oppression that Israel employs against Palestinians, with the full backing of the military courts, a system in which both judges and prosecutors are always military personnel, the defendants always Palestinian, and the conviction rate nearly 100%. The indictment covers six incidents in recent months in which she was involved in altercations with Israeli soldiers, including the December 15 incident that was captured on video and went viral on social media.

"It would be an unconscionable travesty of justice if Ahed Tamimi's act of defiance in the face of relentless oppression earns her a long prison sentence after a trial in a military court that does not ensure basic fair trial standards", said Ms Mughrabi.

Her mother, Nariman, and her 20-year-old cousin Nour were arrested soon after.

Nour Tamimi (2L) and her aunt Nariman Tamimi (2R) attend a hearing at the Ofer military court in the West Bank on January 1, 2018.

Written in fluent Hebrew, some of the slogans read "Freedom for Ahed al-Tamimi", "Ahed al-Tamimi is a hero" and "We love you Ahed al-Tamimi".

"The court said that because she is so unsafe there is no possibility of bail", her lawyer Gaby Lasky told reporters.

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According to Amnesty International, "the Convention on the Rights of the Child" to which Israel is a party imposes to only try children "as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time".

"Ahed Tamimi's ensuing arrest and military trial exposes the Israeli authorities' discriminatory treatment of Palestinian children who dare to stand up to ongoing, often brutal, repression by occupying forces".

Heeran noted that she was arrested from her home in the middle of the night, interrogated without a relative or lawyer present, and is now held outside the occupied territories in what he said contravenes worldwide humanitarian law. Israeli troops shot a male cousin, 15, in the face with a rubber bullet, and for several days he was in a medically induced coma.

Ahed's father, Bassem Tamimi - a former Amnesty prisoner of conscience - has recently been banned from leaving the country. The arrest occurred in the middle of the night, about a week after the incident. This is Israel's goal: "destroy Palestinians' childhood".

An Israeli court had on Monday extended Tamimi's detention to Wednesday.

Israel has said the soldiers were in Nabi Saleh to stop Palestinians throwing stones at Israeli motorists, and have accused Ahed of deliberately provoking soldiers in an attempt to attract worldwide attention.

The upshot of all this is that the military prosecution is nearly never required to go to trial, where it would have to prove the defendant's guilt.

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