Palestinian Teen Who Slapped Israeli Soldiers Denied Bail Again

Lawrence Kim
January 19, 2018

An Israeli military court has denied bail for a 16-year-old Palestinian girl, ordering her to be held until her trial on charges that she slapped and pushed two Israeli soldiers.

Announcing the decision, an Israeli military judge at Ofer Prison said: "I found no alternative other than to order her detention in custody until the end of proceedings".

"The system is set up to oppress Palestinians", he said.

She added that it is also important to highlight Tamimi's home environment, noting that her father was previously convicted of organizing the village children to ambush and attack Israeli soldiers.

2018), a military judge approved the prosecution's request to remand 'Ahed and Nariman Tamimi in custody. According to her family, Ahed has also endured several physically-exhausting transfers from prison to court alongside other child detainees, without access to a toilet.

Further, she said that it was inexplicable that Tamimi was arrested at 4:00 a.m. and was called risky when the IDF decided not to arrest her for months after most of the incidents for which she has been indicted. The confrontation took place after what Israel says was a stone-throwing assault on its troops. Nariman and Nour's next court session will be in February.

Ahed confronted Israeli soldiers amid a demonstration - against US President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital - in the the small village of Nabi Saleh, north-west of Ramallah in the occupied Palestinian West Bank.

Ahed Tamimi was charged at the beginning of January with aggravated assault, hindering a soldier in the line of duty, incitement, threatening a soldier's life and rock throwing.

A video shows the cousins approaching two soldiers and telling them to leave before shoving, kicking and slapping them.

They move backwards after Nariman arrives and she begins pushing the soldiers herself.

The fact that it is not the first time Ahed has been involved in such an incident has led to Israeli accusations that she and her family deliberately provoke soldiers to create anti-Israeli propaganda.

Ahed Tamimi is the most aggressive of the two in the video. The Palestinian Ma'an news outlet had reported that he was in an induced coma due to the injuries, but has since woken up.

The Tamimi family are well-known activists in Nabi Saleh, and have led the village's non-violent resistance for almost a decade. The Israeli army said he "acted professionally" by showing restraint.

Relatives say that a member of the Tamimi family was wounded in the head by a rubber bullet fired during those protests.

Senior Israeli politicians have called for prosecutors to be tough and make an example of the girl.

Human rights groups have criticised the minor's continued detention since her arrest on December 19, while the European Union has expressed concern. On Monday, Amnesty International issued a statement demanding that Israel release the 16-year-old.

Many Palestinians have embraced Tamimi as a symbol of resistance to Israel's 50-year military occupation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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