Israel military court trial closed for Palestinian protester

The city of Jenin

The city of Jenin

An Israeli military court had started the trial against a 17-year-old Palestinian girl who was arrested for attacking two soldiers.

On Tuesday morning, Ahed Tamimi once again was brought before an Israeli military court at the Ofer Military Prison.

The teenager slapped an Israeli soldier in her home village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah in the West Bank, on 15 December and now faces up to 10 years in prison.

A large crowd of journalists had shown up to cover the trial of Tamimi, whose case has gained worldwide attention.

In his decision, the judge, Lt. Col. Menachem Lieberman, said the trial would remain closed for Tamimi's own protection.

The case has wildly caught people's attention and originated criticism against Israel. She accused the court of closing the proceedings to prevent the world from watching.

Ahed Tamimi, 17, appeared fresh and confident as she entered the packed courtroom.

While Palestinians saw the video as a child standing up to her occupiers, many Israelis saw her as a provocateur attempting to provoke a reaction - which the soldier did not give. The assault and incitement charges could potentially lead to a sentence of years in prison.

The charges relate to events in the video and five other incidents.

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The Israeli military says the soldiers were there to stop stones being thrown at Israeli motorists.

UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territory Michael Lynk and Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez [official profiles] demanded Tamimi's immediate release during the proceedings and called for future hearings to be held in strict accordance with worldwide legal standards.

The statement from Amnesty International goes on to note that Tamimi's detention is not unique and that the Israeli army now has roughly 350 Palestinian children in custody and is "subjecting them to ill-treatment, including blindfolding, threats, solitary confinement and interrogations without the presence of their lawyers or family members".

Tamimi and her mother have been ordered to be held in custody until the end of the proceedings, while her cousin has been released on bail.

Her Israeli lawyer, Gaby Lasky, objected, saying the family wants the proceedings to be public.

Later that day, Ahed confronted Israeli soldiers when they forced themselves into the courtyard of her family's home.

He said the Tamimi case is not isolated, and that Israel detains and prosecutes 500 to 700 Palestinian children in military courts annually.

According to figures provided by the Palestinian prisoners' rights group Addameer, nearly 6,280 Palestinians are now being held in Israeli jails, 465 of them in administrative detention.

Michael Sfard, an Israeli human rights lawyer, said that Israeli military law "is set up to label every act of resistance, violent or nonviolent, as criminal" and that the military court system is just another branch of an occupying army.

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