Israeli Court Extends Detention of Palestinian Teen to March

Israeli Court Extends Detention of Palestinian Teen to March

Israeli Court Extends Detention of Palestinian Teen to March

The case was adjourned until March, and could go on for months.

The incident was streamed live on Facebook by her mother and went viral.

Haaretz commentator Anshel Pfeffer praised the judge's order as a "stroke of genius" that would "prevent the court from becoming a media circus and providing Tamimi, her family, lawyers and activists with a convenient opportunity to put the occupation on trial".

The court said that as Tamimi is a minor a trial behind closed doors is "in her best interests".

He said the Tamimi case is not isolated, and that Israel detains and prosecutes 500 to 700 Palestinian children in military courts annually.

In this respect, the experts referred to various opinions on Israel adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention which have emphasized the right of children to be tried by a juvenile justice system rather than before military tribunals, in accordance with relevant global human rights law.

The human-rights group Amnesty International released a statement leading into Tuesday's hearing that called on Israel to immediately release Tamimi, who has been held since December 19, and argued that her continued detention from a January 17 court ruling violates international law.

Ahed and her mother are being held by Israel for the duration of the military court proceeding. For many Israelis, Tamimi is a provocateur who goads soldiers on video and champions rock-throwing, influenced by relatives who have been involved in protests and attacks against Israelis.

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"The court made a decision to close doors because they said they don't think it's good for Ahed", said defense lawyer Gaby Lasky.

Ahed Tamimi, 17, appeared fresh and confident as she entered the packed courtroom.

The teenager has taken part in the marches and demonstrations since she was young. It is also notable that as early as 2013 Ahed gained prominence when given The Handala Courage Award by a Turkish municipality in Istanbul, an occurrence given great attention due to a breakfast in her honor arranged by then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Ahed was arrested in an overnight raid on her West Bank home on December 19, with the Israeli military releasing video of her being led out of her house in handcuffs. She is also being tried in a military court and faces charges related to incitement because she recorded a video of her daughter slapping the soldier.

While Palestinians saw the video as a child standing up to her occupiers, many Israelis saw her as a provocateur attempting to provoke a reaction - which the soldiers did not give. He later had a section of his skull removed and is recovering at home.

The scuffle took place amid clashes and protests against US President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"While our struggles may be unique, the parallels can not be ignored", they add, noting that U.S. police, border patrol and other law enforcement "train with Israeli soldiers, police, and border agents, utilizing similar repressive profiling tactics to target and harass our communities".

"The Israeli military supposes by arresting Ahed Tamimi they can silence their activism", said Fadi Quran, a senior campaigner with the activist group Avaaz. Diplomats from the European Union and several European countries, including Germany and the Netherlands, attended Tuesday's hearing as observers before they were kicked out along with journalists.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Israel has ratified, states that minors can only be deprived of liberty as a last resort and for the shortest appropriate time, said Michael Lynk, a United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, in a statement.

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