Israel: Military Trial Opens for Palestinian Teen Who Slapped Soldier

HeadlineFeb 13, 2018

In Israel, a military court is convening a trial today for Ahed Tamimi, a teenage girl who became a hero to Palestinians after viral video showed her slapping a soldier near her family’s home in the occupied West Bank. The incident came just after Ahed Tamimi learned her 15-year-old cousin, Mohammed Tamimi, had been shot in the head by an Israeli soldier with a rubber-coated steel bullet at close range. Ahed Tamimi faces 12 charges, including assaulting a soldier and incitement to violence. Her father, Bassem Tamimi, said Monday he doesn’t expect his daughter to receive a fair trial.

Bassem Tamimi: “We don’t expect justice from this court. They are trying to maximize the charge so they can maximize the sentence, because they are controlled by extreme right-wing Israeli public opinion. The Israeli leaders are pushing for the maximum sentence, because they want to break this example of resistance. They don’t want Ahed to become a leading example for Palestinians.”

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