[Pnews] Ahed Tamimi's trial gets under way behind closed doors
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Tue Feb 13 10:56:27 EST 2018
Ahed Tamimi's trial gets under way behind closed doors
by Jaclynn Ashly - February 13, 2018
*Bethlehem, occupied West Bank *- The trials of a prominent Palestinian
teen activist and her mother have begun behind closed doors after
an Israeli military judge banned media from entering the court.
Ahed Tamimi, 17, was arrested in December after a video of her slapping
and hitting two Israeli officials outside of her house in the village of
Nabi Saleh went viral. Her mother, Nariman, was arrested soon after.
Court proceedings began on Tuesday at Israel's Ofer detention centre,
with only family members allowed into the hearing after the judge barred
reporters despite a request for a public trial by Gaby Lasky, the lawyer
of the Tamimis.
"The court decided to close the doors because they think that it's not
good for Ahed. But what I think is that the court doesn't think it's
good for the court," Lasky told reporters.
The hearing was the first court session since the judge ruled last month
to keep the mother and daughter in Israeli custody for the duration of
Ahed's hearing lasted for two hours and her next court session is
scheduled on March 11. She is tried separately from her mother, whose
next hearing is set on March 6.
The teen, who turned 17 while in detention, is facing 12
charges, including alleged assault and "incitement", and could spend up
to 10 years in prison if found guilty.
The viral video was filmed shortly after Ahed was informed that her
15-year-old cousin had been severely wounded by Israeli forces who had
shot him in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet.
Amit Gilutz, spokesperson for Israeli rights group B'Tselem, said all of
the practices being used against Ahed and Nariman "are completely
routine" for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank
"The military courts themselves are one of the most injurious mechanisms
of the occupation and are not designed to seek justice or truth, but to
maintain the occupation," Gilutz told Al Jazeera.
Both Ahed and her mother have been held in Israel's HaSharon prison for
almost two months.
Ahed has since become an icon for the 330 Palestinian children currently
held in Israel's prisons, and rights groups have demanded her immediate
"As an unarmed girl, Ahed posed no threat during the altercation with
the two Israeli soldiers who were heavily armed and wearing protective
clothing," Magdalena Mughrabi, deputy director for Amnesty
International's Middle East and Africa programme, said in a statement on
Mughrabi said Ahed had not done anything that could justify her
continued detention and "the long, aggressive interrogation sessions she
has been forced to endure".
"Yet again, the Israeli authorities have responded to acts of defiance
by a Palestinian child with measures that are entirely disproportionate
to the incident in question," she added.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) also condemned the teen's detention.
Tamimi's trial "is both a violation of international law and
unnecessary", Bill Van Esveld, an HRW senior researcher, said in a
statement on Monday.
"Her case raises concerns that Israel's military justice system, which
detains hundreds of Palestinian children every year, is incapable of
respecting children's rights."
Since Ahed's arrest, Israeli forces have continued a crackdown on Nabi
Saleh residents, according to Manal Tamimi, a relative of the teen and
Manal's two sons have been held in Israeli custody since being arrested
by Israeli forces last month.
Since Ahed's arrest, at least nine other members of the Tamimi family
have been arrested, five of whom remain in Israeli custody. Most were
detained during overnight Israeli army raids.
Amid this environment, Manal said that Nabi Saleh residents initiated
training and drill sessions for the community's children and young
adults to prepare them for potential arrests and interrogations by
During the training, children were blindfolded and their hands bound
behind their backs - a typical scene during overnight Israeli raids in
the occupied West Bank.
Manal told Al Jazeera the drills were necessary to "prepare our children
for Israeli detention tactics and to make sure they understand their
The village has also faced rising threats from settlers residing in
Israel's illegal Halamish settlement
located adjacent to the home of the Tamimi family.
Earlier this month, locals said Israeli settlers had snuck into Nabi
Saleh in the middle of the night and sprayed graffiti around the
village, including slogans such as "Death to Ahed Tamimi" and "There's
no place in this world for Ahed Tamimi".
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