Judge closes courtroom as trial begins for Palestinian teen who slapped soldiers

Judge closes courtroom as trial begins for Palestinian teen who slapped soldiers

Among the people who have signed the petition are American celebrities and actors.

Police have been investigating Netanyahu over suspicions that he received expensive gifts, including pricey cigars, from wealthy supporters such as Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer. Family members were allowed to remain.

For Palestinians, Ms Tamimi has become a "David and Goliath" style figure challenging the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, a representative of the estimated 300 Palestinian children held in Israeli jails.

Meanwhile, 27 American cultural figures, including actors, civil rights leaders and sports figures, signed an open letter Monday calling for Ahed's release and supporting a bill introduced late previous year in the U.S. House of Representatives called the "Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act".

On 13 February, she was seen entering the courtroom at the Ofer military prison near Ramallah for preliminary trial hearings. He further reflected on his sister, who died after one of his remand hearings in the 1990s, "My sister died in one of these courts, we need the people and the media inside with us". She accused the court of closing the hearings to prevent the world from watching.

Closed-door proceedings were held for a couple hours before adjourning. Lasky added that she would make a new request to have the trial opened.

"The court made a decision to close the doors [to the trial] because they claim that it is in Ahed's best interest". 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. 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.

On 1 January 2018, Tamimi was charged with a number of offences under Israeli military law, some stemming from the 15 December incident, and others dating back to April 2016. Since 2009, residents there have staged regular anti-occupation protests that often ended with stone-throwing clashes.

An Israeli military judge overseeing the trial of Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi for slapping and punching two Israeli soldiers has ordered all proceedings to take place behind closed doors "for the protection of the minor".

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.

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 worldwide human rights law.

In Nabi Saleh, several teenage boys were throwing stones that day at soldiers who fired stun grenades and rubber-coated steel pellets. In one, taken when she was 12, she is raising a clenched fist at a soldier who towers over her.

Mira Regev's reaction to the Tamimi video clip situates the Israeli reaction to Ahed Tamimi's in ways that seem to reflect the dominant mood in the country that perversely reverses the realities of oppressor and oppressed, victimizers and victims: "When I watched that I felt humiliated". In it, the soldiers don't appear to react to Tamimi's confrontation.