Palestinian slap video teen Ahed Tamimi to remain in custody until trial

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Earlier in January, Ahed was indicted on 12 charges, including alleged assault, "incitement" and past instances of stone-throwing. According to her family, Ahed has also endured several physically-exhausting transfers from prison to court alongside other child detainees, without access to a toilet.

Tamimi, 16, was arrested for slapping Israeli soldiers.

Her mother, who can also be seen in the video, was arrested that same day and is also in detention. On 1 January, Ahed and Nariman were charged with aggravated assault of soldiers and preventing them from carrying out their duties.

"The court said that because she is so unsafe there is no possibility of bail", she said.

Human rights organizations in Israel and around the world have criticized Israel for arresting the teen.

The mother, 40, was detained the same day when she went to see her daughter at the detention center, while Israeli soldiers detained Nour Tamimi, 20, who appeared in the same video, after raiding her family home in the same village.

She said Tamimi's message was "Trump needs to take responsibility" for a negative decision which led to an outcry of Palestinian protests. Shortly before, her 15-year-old cousin was severely wounded after Israeli forces shot him point-blank in the face with a rubber bullet.

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"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. The Israeli army routinely uses excessive force against protesters and bystanders, and has in many cases deliberately damaged private property.

Hebrew slogans calling for the release of Palestinian teenager Ahed al-Tamimi have been scrawled on the walls of poor neighborhoods in Tel Aviv. The arrest occurred in the middle of the night, about a week after the incident.

She said that IDF laws defining incitement for Palestinians infringe on their free speech and said that settlers who shove or throw rocks at IDF soldiers and police are treated far more leniently. Its goal is not to serve truth and justice, but to preserve Israel's control over the Palestinian people.

Palestinians in the Occupied Territories are prosecuted under military orders enforced through the military courts, and many criminalise peaceful activities such as peaceful political expression or organising and attending protests without prior permission from an Israeli military commander.

The upshot of all this is that the military prosecution is nearly never required to go to trial, where it would have to prove the defendant's guilt.

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.

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