Amnesty Calls for Release of Teen Arrested for Slapping Israeli Soldiers

Erica Roy
February 15, 2018

Netanyahu , who has repeatedly said he has done nothing wrong, is not expected to resign. Israeli authorities are seeking 12 charges against Ahed after a video of her slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank went viral, her lawyer said.

Defense lawyer Gaby Lasky protested, saying the family wanted an open trial. Tamimi was taken into custody in the middle of the night by Israeli forces three days after video footage was released of Tamimi's altercation with soldiers.

In response to the court's decision, Ahed Tamimi's attorney, Gabi Lasky pointed out that the police and the IDF themselves have been photographing Tamimi throughout the procedure.

On 13 February, she was seen entering the courtroom at the Ofer military prison near Ramallah for preliminary trial hearings. "It about time they will understand that people like her have to be in jail and not allowed to incite racism and subversion against the state of Israel".

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.

Israel's Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Tamimi and her mother deserved to "finish their lives in prison".

Closed-door proceedings were held for a couple hours before adjourning. Lasky added that she would make a new request to have the trial opened. They understand that people outside Ofer military court are interested in Ahed's case.

She said her strategy would be to argue that Israel's continued occupation over the West Bank, captured in the 1967 Mideast war, is illegal and that the indictment is aimed at deterring Ahed and other Palestinian youths "from resisting occupation nonviolently".

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She has been charged with 12 counts including assault and could face a lengthy jail term if convicted.

On 1 January 2018, Tamimi was charged with a number of offences under Israeli military law, some stemming from the 15 December incident, and others dating back to April 2016.

She has been in detention since her arrest December 19, four days after she was filmed confronting the soldiers outside her West Bank home. Her mother, Nariman, is standing trial for attacking an officer, as well incitement to violence on social media.

"Under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Israel is a state party, the arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time", Amnesty International said in a statement.

Human rights groups said her case highlighted what they've described as Israel's harsh treatment of Palestinian minors.

Two UN rights experts expressed serious concern [press release] on Tuesday regarding the arrest and detention of Ahed Tamimi, a 17-year-old Palestinian girl who became famous for slapping an Israeli soldier during a physical confrontation.

In Nabi Saleh, several teenage boys were throwing stones that day at soldiers who fired stun grenades and rubber-coated steel pellets. She could not have known that these soldiers would not violently retaliate, as indeed some Israelis wished had happened to avoid "humiliation" on the Israeli side.

"From Trayvon Martin to Mohammed Abu Khdeir and Khalif Browder to Ahed Tamimi - racism, state violence and mass incarceration have robbed our people of their childhoods and their futures", read the open letter organized by USA -based Dream Defenders group that was formed following Martin's death to fight for social change.

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