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Ahed Tamimi risks open-ended detention

By The Palestine Monitor - January 16, 2018
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [child arrests]

Ahed Tamimi's detention was extended for two days after a military judge postponed a decision about remanding her until the end of her trial or releasing her on bail. The 16-year-old and her mother Nariman will be back in court on Wednesday.

At a hearing at Ofer military court on Monday, prosecution lawyers asked the court to keep the teenager in detention until the end of the trial, arguing she is dangerous. Her lawyer, Gaby Lasky, argued for her immediate release.

“There is a complete difference between the law that applies to settlers living in the occupied territories than to Palestinians living there. The difference is so harsh, that even grown-ups that have done things more brutal than what Ahed is accused of are released and are not kept in detention till the end of their trial,” Lasky told journalists after the hearing.

Ahed's father, Basem Tamimi, told Palestine Monitor he fears Israel will want to use Ahed's case to “send a message to Ahed's generation” that there is a high price to pay for political activism.

Ahed was charged on 12 counts and faces up to ten years in prison after the was filmed slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier stationed in the front lawn of her home in Nabi Saleh, a village near Ramallah, to get him off the property. Some of the charges, however, relate to previous incidents and evidence for them was gathered after her arrest, including photographs from her mother's Facebook profile.

Shortly before the incident, the teen's cousin, Mohammed Tamimi, had been shot in the face at close range during clashes that had broken out in the village.

Ahed was arrested during a raid on her home three days later, followed by her mother, who had livestreamed the event on Facebook, and her cousin Nour, also seen in the video, who has now been released on bail.

Palestinians in the West Bank are governed by military law, while Israeli settlers come under Israeli civil law. Israeli military courts have a 99.7 percent conviction rate.

Every year, approximately 500 to 700 Palestinian minors are detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system, according to Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP). Prisoners' rights group Addameer says there are currently 350 children in Israeli military detention.

Ahed Tamimi's arrest has shone a spotlight on the plight of children in Israeli detention as an international campaign began for her release.

“Ahed Tamimi’s arrest and military trial exposes the Israeli authorities’ discriminatory treatment of Palestinian children who dare to stand up to ongoing, often brutal, repression by occupying forces,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, which called for her immediate release.

“Nothing that Ahed Tamimi has done can justify the continuing detention of a 16-year-old girl. The Israeli authorities must release her without delay,” Mughrabi said.


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