Israel military trial of Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi opens behind closed doors


Various Israeli media reported that police had informed Netanyahu 's lawyers that they were recommending his indictment in both corruption cases involving him that they have been investigating.

Ahed Tamimi was detained in a night raid in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh nearly two months ago, after video circulated showing her and a cousin slapping and shoving two heavily armed Israeli soldiers following an incident in which a soldier had shot in the head and seriously injured their 15-year-old cousin Muhammad Tamimi.

The 17-year-old girl was arrested on December 19 and must now respond to the judicial process, while remaining in jail, for which United Nations experts demand respect to the rules of worldwide law and demand her freedom.

Only Ahed's family and lawyers were allowed to stay.

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

Her case has drawn wide public attention to Israeli military court procedures, which are often described by rights groups as discriminatory.

Al-Tamimi appeared before the Ofer military court, west of the West Bank city of Ramallah, on charges of attacking security forces.

ISM sat down to speak with Ahed's father, Bassem Tamimi, at the family home in Nabi Saleh to discuss the events of the trial.

Said Mr Fitzpatrick: "I became aware of Ahed Tamimi about two years ago and I was kind of struck by this girl standing up to Israeli soldiers". After the prosecution read out the indictment, Tamimi's trial was adjourned until March 11.

However, Gaby Lasky, who is defending Ahed, believes the close-door trial is meant to curb support for her client.

Bassem Tamimi told journalists after the adjournment that "having people attend the court - journalists, consuls, diplomats, observers and lawyers - is very important because it keeps them safe and makes us feel that those in court are safe".

On December 15, Tamimi and her family were protesting against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The teenager faces 12 charges, including aggravated assault.

Tamimi has been held in detention since she was arrested at her home by Israeli soldiers last December when she was 16. Ahed's trial in an Israeli military court began on 13 February.

UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territory Michael Lynk and Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez [official profiles] demanded Tamimi's immediate release during the proceedings and called for future hearings to be held in strict accordance with global legal standards.

The Israeli military claim 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.

More luridly, Ben Caspit, a prominent journalist, made a rather shocking assertion of how Ahed's type of defiant behavior shockingly deserves to be addressed outside the framework of law: "In the case of girls, we should exact a price at some other opportunity, in the dark without witnesses or cameras". In it, the soldiers don't appear to react to Tamimi's confrontation.

Mohammed Tamimi, a cousin of Ahed, was seriously wounded by a rubber bullet fired at his head during those protests.

The Israeli reaction, as might be expected, was as negative and denigrating as the Palestinian response was affirmative; maybe more so. Two Israelis have been killed since then.

Her mother has also been charged with incitement on social media and assault, and her cousin, Nour, who participated in the incident, has been charged with assault.