Two UN rights experts expressed serious concern [press release] on Tuesday regarding the arrest and detention of Ahed Tamimi, a 17-year-old Palestinian girl who became famous for slapping an Israeli soldier during a physical confrontation.
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 global law and demand her freedom.
She has been in detention since her arrest December 19, four days after she was filmed confronting the soldiers outside her West Bank home.
"They understand that people outside Ofer military court are interested in Ahed's case, they understand that her rights are being infringed and her trial is something that shouldn't be happening", Gaby Lasky, Tamimi's lawyer, said in a statement after her proposal for an open trial was shot down. Her mother, Nariman Tamimi, also is charged for incitement on social media and for assault. 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.
When their terms are being renewed, detainees appear before Israeli military courts - often without full knowledge of the allegations against them. He said the occupation has robbed her of a normal childhood, that it's better for her to confront it than to fear it, and that he believes her generation will lead Palestinians to freedom. As he recalled, the Palestinian teenager was arrested in the middle of the night by well-armed soldiers, and then questioned by Israeli security agents without family members or lawyers present.
Signatory Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks was a year ago among several American football players who pulled out of a propaganda tour of Israel, explaining that he would "not be used" by Israel's government to whitewash violations of Palestinian rights. "The way to keep it out of everybody's eyes is to close doors and not allow people inside the court for the hearing".
"While this decision nominally is said to protect Ahed", she said, "instead it really tries to protect the court". "I didn't think it's good for the minor that there are 100 people in the courtroom", he said. The teen is charged with aggravated assault relating to an incident in the West Bank in December. She said she is still waiting to receive case material from the prosecutor, that her client did not enter a plea and that the next hearing would be March 11.
United Nations experts have pointed out that Tamimi was arrested in the middle of the night by armed soldiers, and questioned by Israeli security officials without a lawyer or family members present. The 17 year old, who recently celebrated her birthday behind bars, will remain under administrative detention in Israeli prison.
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The incident was streamed live on Facebook by her mother and went viral.
She has sparked such attention that dozens of media outlets in Hebrew, Arabic and English, as well as diplomats from several European countries, have attended her pre-trial hearings, which were standing- room only. His daughter was reportedly upset when she approached the two soldiers and began slapping and kicking them.