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Israeli Court Extends Detention of Ahed Tamimi into Next Month
Tuesday Feb 13th, 2018 6:40 PM
The Ofer military occupation court decided, on February 13, to extend the detention of teenager Ahed Tamimi until next month. The court session was set for 11 March.
The military judge tried Tamimi in a closed session, and ordered all media and journalists to leave the courtroom.

Tamimi is being tried over 12 charges, including assault and incitement and obstructing the work of soldiers, in addition to “participating in violence.”

The 17-year-old, who comes from a leading Palestinian family known for its political activism and popular resistance, was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier trying to storm her family home in Nabi Saleh village.

Tamimi has been under arrest since 2 December, 2017, over the video.

On the same day, according to the PNN, Israeli forces detained Ahed’s mother, Nariman, while she was trying to visit her daughter.

The trial of Ahed and her mother Nariman has been postponed several times and their detention extended to today.

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by The Guardian
Tuesday Feb 13th, 2018 6:45 PM
Ahed Tamimi arrives for the beginning of her trial in the Israeli military court at Ofer military prison. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

Judge bans media from Israeli military court as trial of teenager filmed slapping and kicking soldiers starts

A teenage Palestinian protester filmed slapping and kicking two soldiers outside her home has appeared before an Israeli military court to face various charges including assaulting security forces, incitement and throwing stones.

Ahed Tamimi, who turned 17 in jail last month, arrived on Tuesday morning for the first day of what could be a months-long trial, in what has become a symbolic case in the battle for international public opinion.

The judge ordered a closed-door hearing and ejected a large group of journalists who had gathered at the Ofer military base, despite a request by Tamimi’s lawyer for the media to be able to observe proceedings.

Tamimi’s supporters say the incident in December occurred soon after she discovered Israeli troops had seriously wounded her 15-year-old cousin, who was shot in the head with a rubber bullet during a stone-throwing clash.

Arrested in the middle of the night and since denied bail, Tamimi could spend years in prison for what prosecutors argue was a criminal offence. She faces 12 charges, some of which date back to 2016.

Tamimi’s father, Bassem, said on Tuesday that he arrived at trial “with no good expectations, because this a military court, and it’s part of the Israeli military occupation”.

Tuesday’s preliminary proceedings were brief, with Tamimi appearing in a prison uniform with her hands and feet in restraints. The case was adjourned until March.

Some of Israel’s critics have said the case epitomises its brutal approach half a century after its forces captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.

Tamimi comes from the village of Nabi Saleh, where regular protests from its several hundred residents have often ended with stone throwing. Since her early years, she has become an international poster girl for the anti-occupation movement. Rights groups have called for her immediate release.

“As an unarmed girl, Ahed posed no threat during the altercation with the two Israeli soldiers who were heavily armed and wearing protective clothing,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty International’s deputy director for the Middle East and Africa.

“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.”

Hysteria over how the world perceives Tamimi, who comes from a family with a long history of both peaceful and violent resistance against the occupation, has spread across both societies.

The footage of Tamimi led to the teenager being hailed as a hero by some Palestinians, who saw her as standing up to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.

One senior Israeli official recently revealed he had asked a parliamentary committee to investigate whether the blond, blue-eyed Tamimi family were “real” Palestinians.

Some Israeli politicians have applauded the restraint of the two soldiers while others have demanded a heavy-handed punishment for what they see as a brazen attack.

“She is not a little girl, she is a terrorist,” said the culture minister, Miri Regev, before the trial. “It’s about time they will understand that people like her have to be in jail and not be allowed to incite to racism and subversion against the state of Israel.”
by Stop US Aid to Israel
Tuesday Feb 13th, 2018 8:46 PM
The insanity of racist, fascist, shithole Israel knows no bounds. Arabs and Jews are both Semites and their features are therefore similar. It is just as common among Jews to be blond and blue-eyed as it is among Arabs. Both characteristics are recessive genes, we all recall from high school biology. That means that the dominant characteristics of brown hair and brown eyes are more common, but not exclusive. It is also true that the more inbreeding there is, as exists in Israel, the more likely the recessive genes dominate. This is all irrelevant to the issue at hand, namely Nazi Israel is illegally occupying all of Palestine, so we say From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free!

The fact that the trial was again postponed means Nazi Israel is feeling the pressure. The press was ordered out of the courtroom, and the press was considerable. The people of the world sent Ahed birthday cards for her 17th birthday on 1/31/18 and signed petitions to free Ahed Tamimi. The strength of the BDS movement is so great that out of desperation, Nazi Israel has banned a handful of organizations which support Boycott, Divest, Sanctions.

On March 8, International Women's Day, we will renew the call to Free Ahed Tamimi!
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