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Trial starts for Palestinian teen filmed slapping Israeli troops

15 February 2018

Tamimi's attorney, Gaby Lasky, criticized the court for closing off proceedings.

If convicted, she could face a lengthy jail term.

Outraged by a perceived insult to their occupation forces, Israeli leaders have vowed revenge against the Tamimi family and are subjecting Ahed, her mother Nariman and cousin Nour to military trials in kangaroo courts with a near-100 percent conviction rate.

Tamimi arrived at the Ofer military court, near Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, dressed in a prison jacket with her hands and feet shackled, smiling slightly as journalists photographed her.

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Urging the Palestinian public to support the move, detainees noted that "dozens" of Palestinians had remained in custody for over 14 years - without trial or charge - under the administrative detention policy. 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. Ahed Tamimi, has earned global attention after a video of slapping and kicking the two soldiers went viral after her mother streaming it live on Facebook. At the time, protests had erupted in several parts of the West Bank over President Donald Trump's recognition 10 days earlier of contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The indictment covers six incidents in recent months in which she was involved in altercations with Israeli soldiers, including the December 15 slapping incident that was captured on video and went viral on social media.

Palestinian prisoners have also complained about being assaulted and tortured at Israeli prisons. Despite objections from the Tamimi family and Ahed's lawyer, all media and foreign diplomats were barred from entering the court room during the trial.

An online petition by her father has received 1.7 million signatures while her face appears on street murals and posters. Among the people who have signed the petition are American celebrities and actors.

Ahed and her family reside in West Bank town of Nabi Saleh, which has over the years seen continuous conflict between anti-occupation protestors and a nearby Israeli settlement.

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Both the mother and her minor daughter are held in Israeli prisons.

Human rights groups said her case highlighted what they've described as Israel's harsh treatment of Palestinian minors.

The military prosecutor read the charges against Ahed, but Lasky declined to respond, saying that she had not received the investigation materials, and would not respond to the charges until she had. "Human rights organizations must investigate!"

Actor Jesse Williams, who plays Dr Jackson Avery in the popular TV show Grey's Anatomy, has joined other prominent actors, artists, authors, sports people and icons in backing a call by USA group, Dream Defenders, for the release of Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi. Figures from Palestine show that Israel detains and prosecutes between 500 to 700 Palestinian children in military courts annually.

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Trial starts for Palestinian teen filmed slapping Israeli troops