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Ahed Tamimi’s trial begins in private

Written by FDM

After two months of postponements, Ahed Tamimi is about to face trial on Tuesday February 13 for confronting an Israeli soldier.

Back in December, 17-year-old Palestinian activist became an icon of resistance against the Israeli occupation following a viral video showing her defying Israeli soldiers in her village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank.

While Ahed Tamimi’s mother, Narimane, and cousin Nour also appear in the video and also have to be tried, only Ahed Tamimi was present Tuesday morning in Ofer military court in the occupied West Bank.

As soon as the audience started, the judge ordered the departure of journalists and also diplomats present, allowing only the family to stay.

A group of Israeli Military forces barged into Tamimi’s household in the village of Nabi Saleh at 4 am on December 19, 2017, and detained Ahed for “assault” and “incitement” against Israeli security forces.

She was arrested after broadcasting a video in which she appears defending herself and slaping soldiers outside her home, in the context of the almost daily Palestinian protests against the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.