United Nations slams Israel for violating Palestinian teen's rights

United Nations slams Israel for violating Palestinian teen's rights

United Nations slams Israel for violating Palestinian teen's rights

The closely watched trial of a Palestinian girl who slapped and punched two Israeli soldiers opened before an Israeli military court on Tuesday, but the judge ordered proceedings to be held behind closed doors in a case that has drawn wide criticism of Israel for prosecuting the teenager.

Ahed Tamimi's family have repeatedly argued that the December 15 incident that led to the arrests occurred in the yard of their own home in Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah in the West Bank.

"I don't think this is in the interest of the minor" military judge Lt Col Menachem Lieberman said before having the courtroom cleared of everyone but her family and lawyers.

Tamimi, who turned 17 in prison last month, and who has been incarcerated for almost two months, appeared to be in good spirits as she entered and whispered across the courtroom to her family.

"Under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Israel is a state party, the arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time", Amnesty International said in a statement.

The court said it was standard procedure to hold trials involving minors, like Tamimi, out of public view in order to protect those involved who are not yet adults. "It about time they will understand that people like her have to be in jail and not allowed to incite racism and subversion against the state of Israel". Petra Marquardt-Bigman is a German-Israeli researcher wrote a scathing op-ed in the Haaretz, describing the Tamimi family as espousing a "seething Jew-hatred and the enthusiastic support for terrorism". "The way to keep it out of everybody's eyes is to close doors and not allow people inside the court for the hearing".

Israel's prosecution of Ahed Tamimi under an Israeli military court for putting up resistance to Israel's occupation regime epitomizes the unspeakable inhumanity of holding a civilian population captive for generations. 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.

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The advocacy group Amnesty International and the family of a Palestinian teenager arrested for hitting an Israeli soldier "work closely together,".

The attack in question took place when the suspect was 16 years old and she brought in her 17 birthday while in custody.

"Stay strong, stay strong", shouted her father, Bassem, from the back row. In it, the soldiers don't appear to react to Tamimi's confrontation. Some commentators claim that what is disproportionate is the global attention devoted to the incident, even suggesting that it was a cynical ploy meant to distract world public opinion due to the failure of Hamas to deliver on its call for a third intifada in response to Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and so move the U.S. Embassy.

"We believe that this is an indictment exclusively created in order to deter Ahed and other Palestinian youths" from resisting occupation, Lasky said afterward.

She was arrested during a night raid four days later, after a video of her threatening and beating two Israel Defense Forces soldiers went viral. Later that day, Ahed confronted Israeli soldiers when they forced themselves into the courtyard of her family's home.

"None of the facts of this case would appear to justify her ongoing detention prior to her trial, particularly given the concerns expressed by the Committee on the Rights of the Child about the use of pre-trial detention and detention on remand", Lynk said.

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