Israeli judge orders to keep Palestinian teenage girl in jail until trial

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Ahed Tamimi, 16, was arrested in December on 12 charges including assault, stone throwing and incitement, after a video of her slapping the two soldiers went viral.

At the heart of Tamimi's situation are two issues: whether she should be prosecuted at all and, if so, how harshly the IDF should handle her case, including whether to grant her bail pending trial.

Lasky painted a picture in which the IDF, until the December 15 incident, viewed Tamimi merely as a nuisance, but that after the Israeli public expressed anger at the video of her shoving IDF soldiers, it did a sudden U-turn and made her public enemy number one.

The incident took place on the same day that Ahed's 15-year-old cousin, Mohammad, was hit in the head at close range by a rubber bullet fired by an Israeli soldier.

Nariman Tamimi was arrested later that day, while her cousin, Nour Tamimi, was arrested the following morning.

Nour Tamimi was released on bail January 5, while Nariman Tamimi remains in custody.

An adult found guilty of assaulting a soldier could be jailed for up to 10 years, but such an outcome would be unlikely for Tamimi as a minor.

Ahed's lawyer says she has faced several long and aggressive interrogation sessions, sometimes during the night, and has received threats against her family by interrogators.

According to Amnesty International, "the Convention on the Rights of the Child" to which Israel is a party imposes to only try children "as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time".

Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director, said: "Nothing that Ahed Tamimi has done can justify the continuing detention of a 16-year-old girl".

The ruling in the high-profile case against Ahed Tamimi was denounced by rights activists and her father, who said Palestinians can not expect justice in Israel's military court system.

Israel's Ofer military court, located west of the West Bank city of Ramallah, extended the teen's detention to 17 January at the request of military prosecutors.

"However, today's decision shows that the court acted independently and applied the law, basing its decisions on the evidence presented and the other relevant factors", Hirsch said.

The Tamimi case has also trained a spotlight on Israel's detention of hundreds of Palestinian minors.

"If these self-described "human rights organizations" had any credibility they would condemn the systematic incitement and weaponization of children promoted in Palestinian society", Hirsch said.

The Tamimi family are well-known activists in Nabi Saleh, and have led the village's non-violent resistance for almost a decade. Its goal is not to serve truth and justice, but to preserve Israel's control over the Palestinian people.

Many Palestinians have embraced the teen as a symbol of a new generation standing up to Israeli rule.



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