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Trial starts for Palestinian teen filmed slapping Israeli troops

15 February 2018

Police have been investigating Netanyahu over suspicions that he received expensive gifts, including pricey cigars, from wealthy supporters such as Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer. The recent incident of her slapping a soldier was recorded and went viral on social media.

"The minor (Tamimi) and her parents wanted the doors open and in this case, the court need not decide what is best for her".

A large crowd of local and global journalists had shown up to cover the trial of Tamimi, who has become something of an icon for Palestinians and supporters of their cause worldwide. The court has ruled that she should remain in detention until the end of her trial.

Ahed Tamimi, who turned 17 in prison last month, appeared fresh and confident as she was led into a courtroom packed with journalists and foreign diplomats. "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". Her next court date is on March 11.

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The judge reportedly made a decision to close the doors to the courtroom in the Ofer courthouse to everyone except Tamimi's family. "What I think is that the court doesn't think it's good for the court to have all of you inside of it so you can not carry on watching her trial", she told reporters. Tuesday's hearing was adjourned until early March. Lasky added that she would make a new request to have the trial opened.

When their terms are being renewed, detainees appear before Israeli military courts - often without full knowledge of the allegations against them. As IBTimes UK had previously reported, Ahed, a familiar face in the protests, was angered after learning that her 15-year-old cousin Mohammed Tamimi had been seriously injured after being hit in the head by a soldier's rubber bullet. Such a contention seems irrelevant, even if correct, as Ahed's defiance was prompted by the shooting and wounding of her cousin a short time before, which was certainly not staged, but rather a reflection of oppressive and violent Israeli responses to Palestinian demonstrations of resistance.

She has been charged with 12 counts including assault and could face a lengthy jail term if convicted. Tamimi is to go on trial Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, before an Israeli military court, for slapping and punching two Israeli soldiers in December.

The 17-year-old girl was arrested on December 19 and must now respond to the judicial process, while remaining in jail, for which United Nations experts demand respect to the rules of worldwide law and demand her freedom.

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The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has criticised Israeli authorities" actions in the case, while the European Union has expressed concern over Israel "s detention of minors, including Ahed Tamimi.

UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territory Michael Lynk and Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez [official profiles] demanded Tamimi's immediate release during the proceedings and called for future hearings to be held in strict accordance with worldwide legal standards.

Ahed Tamimi, has earned worldwide attention after a video of slapping and kicking the two soldiers went viral after her mother streaming it live on Facebook.

It is not uncommon for Israelis - including soldiers - to accidentally enter Palestinian-controlled areas.

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"By refusing to release Ahed Tamimi since her arrest, the Israeli authorities have shown nothing but contempt for their obligations under worldwide law to protect children", said Magdalena Mughrabi from Amnesty global.

Trial starts for Palestinian teen filmed slapping Israeli troops