Palestinian Teen Who Slapped Israeli Soldiers Denied Bail Again

18 January, 2018, 04:22 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Palestinian Teen Who Slapped Israeli Soldiers Denied Bail Again

"Tamimi's repeated attacks on security forces, other violent crimes, and incitement to terrorism would in most, if not all, Western legal systems warrant her arrest pending trial", Hirsch pointed out.

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

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.

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

Written in fluent Hebrew, some of the slogans read "Freedom for Ahed al-Tamimi", "Ahed al-Tamimi is a hero" and "We love you Ahed al-Tamimi".

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.

Ahed Tamimi, 16, was ordered to be detained until Wednesday to allow the court time to decide whether she should be allowed out on bail ahead of her trial.

Under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Israel is a state party, the arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time.

She said: "It's important that we continue to show global solidarity with the Palestinian people".

"Israel is clearly, brazenly flouting its obligations under global law to protect children from overly harsh criminal punishments", said Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty worldwide.

Since 2009, the small village of Nabi Saleh, north-west of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, has been the scene of regular Friday protests against Israel's military occupation, the theft of land and the loss of the community's water source.

Videos of the December 15 incident were widely picked up by Israeli media, which often accuse Palestinian protesters of seeking to provoke the army into responses, only to be filmed. One Israeli has been shot dead since then.

The IDF Prosecution major waived off most of the arguments as not relevant at the pretrial detention hearing stage, saying they would at most be relevant at trial and that the only issue that mattered was whether Tamimi was risky.

"Tamimi threw stones at them (the soldiers), threatened them, obstructed them in fulfilling their duty, took part in riots and incited others to take part in them", the military said on its public affairs Twitter account. The Israeli authorities have also issued a threat to a further 20 members of the Tamimi family that they could be banned from living in Nabi Saleh. Its goal is not to serve truth and justice, but to preserve Israel's control over the Palestinian people.

It was not the teen's first brush with the Israeli forces.

Finally, Lasky cited a recent decision by the IDF West Bank Appeals Court to free Tamimi's cousin, Nur Tamimi, pending her trial, noting that Nur was involved in the same mid-December videotaped incident.

The judge's decision signaled acceptance of the IDF Prosecution's arguments. Incidents of settler violence in the West Bank normally go unpunished, while Palestinians are routinely targeted and arrested.



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