Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Judge closes courtroom as trial begins for Palestinian teen who slapped soldiers

Judge closes courtroom as trial begins for Palestinian teen who slapped soldiers

The 17-year-old appeared confident as she entered the court, briefly whispering to relatives before the judge ordered everyone except her family to leave.

Tamimi touched base at Ofer military court on Tuesday, envisioned grinning under the watchful eye of the judge requested the courtroom shut.

The case of Ahed al-Tamimi, who turned 17 in prison last month, gained worldwide media attention and she has become something of a symbol to supporters of Palestine.

According to Amnesty International (AI), Israel, as party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, failed to stay in line with the human rights treaty by opting to immediately detain Tamimi instead of seeking a better solution. A military court denied bail to Ahed and her mother, Nariman, who was also arrested, ruling that they would remain in prison until the end of their trials. The 17-year-old Tamimi is being held in an Israeli prison for nearly two months now.

She has been charged with 12 counts, including assault, and could face a lengthy jail term if convicted. She could face several months or years in jail if convicted.

Gaby Lasky, Aheds lawyer, said Palestinians will be getting another message.

On December 15, Tamimi and her family were protesting against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

An Israeli poet named Yehonatan Geffen dedicated a poem to Ahed, in which he compared her to Anne Frank, famous diarist and Jewish victim of the Holocaust as well as to Joan of Arc, a historical heroine of French revolution against British rule.

"In the course of all this, her 17-year-old cousin [Musab Firas al-Tamimi] was shot in the head and killed".

Bassem Tamimi, Ahed's father said the attack took place during a stone-throwing protest.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki said that Palestinian powers were seeking several frameworks of action to confront the repercussions of the United States decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the ongoing Israeli escalation.

The charges relate to events in the video and five other incidents.

Maliki noted in this regard that the Palestinian side did not present any demands to Russia, but listened to the Russian proposals and advice on the next measures to be taken.

The Israeli military court system's treatment of minors has been widely criticized by worldwide human rights organizations.

A trial began in military court for the Palestinian teen arrested in part for slapping and harassing Israeli soldiers standing guard in a West Bank Palestinian village. "Showing soldiers have the backing of the entire system is at least as important as winning in the court of worldwide opinion".

Tamimi arrived at the Ofer military court, near Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, dressed in a prison jacket with her hands and feet shackled, smiling slightly as journalists photographed her.

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