<html>
  <head>

    <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
  </head>
  <body text="#000000" bgcolor="#FFFFFF">
    <div id="container" class="container font-size5 content-width3">
      <div id="reader-header" class="header" style="display: block;"> <font
          size="-2"><a id="reader-domain" class="domain"
href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/ahed-tamimi-trial-closed-doors-180213092848664.html">http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/ahed-tamimi-trial-closed-doors-180213092848664.html</a></font>
        <h1 id="reader-title">Ahed Tamimi's trial gets under way behind
          closed doors<br>
        </h1>
        <div id="reader-credits" class="credits">by Jaclynn Ashly -
          February 13, 2018<br>
        </div>
      </div>
      <hr>
      <div class="content">
        <div id="moz-reader-content" class="line-height4"
          style="display: block;">
          <div id="readability-page-1" class="page">
            <div class="article-p-wrapper" id="body-200771816342556199">
              <p class="speakable"><strong>Bethlehem, occupied West
                  Bank </strong>- The<span> trials of a prominent
                  Palestinian teen activist and her mother have begun
                  behind closed doors after an</span> Israeli military
                judge banned media from entering the court.</p>
              <p class="speakable">Ahed Tamimi, 17, was arrested in
                December after <span>a video of her slapping and
                  hitting two Israeli officials outside of her house in
                  the village of Nabi Saleh went viral.</span> Her
                mother, Nariman, was arrested soon after. </p>
              <p class="speakable"><span><span>Court proceedings began
                    on Tuesday at <span>Israel's Ofer detention centre,
                      with only <span>family members allowed into the
                        hearing </span> </span> after the judge barred
                    reporters despite a request for a public trial by <span>Gaby
                      Lasky, the lawyer of the Tamimis. </span> </span>
                </span></p>
              <p>"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. </p>
              <p>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 their trials.</p>
              <p>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.</p>
              <p>The teen, who turned 17 while in detention, is facing
                12 charges,<span> including alleged assault and
                  "incitement", and could spend up to 10 years in prison
                  if found guilty.</span></p>
              <p><span><span>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.</span>
                </span></p>
              <h2>'Completely routine'</h2>
              <p>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 <a
                  href="http://www.aljazeera.com/topics/subjects/occupied-west-bank.html">West
                  Bank</a>.</p>
              <p>"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.</p>
              <p>Both Ahed and her mother have been held in Israel's
                HaSharon prison for almost two months.</p>
              <p>Ahed has since become an icon for the 330 Palestinian
                children currently held in Israel's prisons, and rights
                groups have demanded her immediate release. </p>
              <p>"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 Monday.</p>
              <p><span>Mughrabi </span>said Ahed had not done anything
                that could justify her continued detention and "the
                long, aggressive interrogation sessions she has been
                forced to endure".</p>
              <p>"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.</p>
              <p>Human Rights Watch (HRW) also condemned the teen's
                detention.</p>
              <p>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.</p>
              <p>"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."</p>
              <p>Since Ahed's arrest, Israeli forces have continued a
                crackdown on Nabi Saleh residents, according to <span>Manal
                  Tamimi, a relative of the teen and her mother.</span></p>
              <p>Manal's two sons have been held in Israeli custody
                since being arrested by Israeli forces last month.</p>
              <p><span>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.</span></p>
              <p>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 Israeli
                forces.</p>
              <p>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.</p>
              <p>Manal told Al Jazeera the drills were necessary to
                "prepare our children for Israeli detention tactics and
                to make sure they understand their rights".</p>
              <p>The village has also faced rising threats from settlers
                residing in Israel's illegal Halamish <a
href="https://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2017/50-years-illegal-settlements/index.html">settlement</a>,
                located adjacent to the home of the Tamimi family.</p>
              <p>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".</p>
            </div>
          </div>
        </div>
      </div>
      <div> </div>
    </div>
    <div class="moz-signature">-- <br>
      Freedom Archives
      522 Valencia Street
      San Francisco, CA 94110
      415 863.9977
      <a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="https://freedomarchives.org/">https://freedomarchives.org/</a>
    </div>
  </body>
</html>