Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Mly trial of Palestinian teen opens behind closed doors

Mly trial of Palestinian teen opens behind closed doors

A decision to press formal charges against the long-serving premier now rests with the attorney general's office, which is expected to take weeks or months to decide how to proceed.

"Too many of our children quickly learn that they may be imprisoned or killed simply for who they are", read the petition that was published and shared with media Monday.

Only family members were allowed to remain in the courtroom at Ofer military base, and diplomats were also asked to leave.

A large crowd of journalists had shown up to cover the trial of Tamimi, whose case has gained global attention. He further reflected on his sister, who died after one of his remand hearings in the 1990s, "My sister died in one of these courts, we need the people and the media inside with us". The metaphor is given a special vividness because Ahed Tamimi as a child epitomizes the mentality and tactics of an oppressive state: the prospect of Ahed's case being heard by a military court that finds that more than 99% of defendants are guilty of the crimes of which they are accused.

The statement from Amnesty International goes on to note that Tamimi's detention is not unique and that the Israeli army now has roughly 350 Palestinian children in custody and is "subjecting them to ill-treatment, including blindfolding, threats, solitary confinement and interrogations without the presence of their lawyers or family members".

Closed-door proceedings were held for a couple hours before adjourning. "I think they feel that it is in the court's best interest" Lasky said. She said she is still waiting for case material from the prosecutor, that her client did not enter a plea and that the next hearing would be March 11.

Ahed Tamimi, 17, arrived in Ofer military court on Tuesday morning.

Commenting on the case in a conference call hosted by The Israel Project, Lt. Col. (res.) Maurice Hirsch described her parents as "the ones who are really abusing her and pushing her into committing the same offenses". The court has ruled that she should remain in detention until the end of her trial. However she also faces five additional counts of violence and incitement, including stone throwing, taking part in violent protests and incitement to violent action.

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Other critics insist that the incident was staged by the Palestinians, with cameras at the ready, and not as spontaneous as the video wants us to believe.

Amnesty International called on Israel to immediately release Ms Tamimi, saying "the arrest of a child must be used only as a last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time". The minor, who slapped an Israeli soldier in the courtyard of his house in the town of Nabi Saleh, in the occupied West Bank, faces 12 charges, including 'assaults on soldiers.' If found guilty, Tamimi can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

The Israeli military said the soldiers were in the area to prevent Palestinians from throwing stones at Israeli motorists. In one, taken when she was 12, she is raising a clenched fist at a soldier who towers over her.

Ahed Tamimi is the more aggressive of the two in the video.

Ahed Tamimi has participated in such marches from a young age, and has had several highly publicized run-ins with soldiers. They then move backwards after Nariman Tamimi becomes involved.

Relatives say that a member of the Tamimi family was wounded in the head by a rubber bullet fired during those protests.

Trump has promised to propose a peace plan, but Palestinian officials have said they fear any US offer would fall far short of their demands, including a capital in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

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