Israel to try Palestinian teen behind closed doors

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Various Israeli media reported that police had informed Netanyahu 's lawyers that they were recommending his indictment in both corruption cases involving him that they have been investigating.

The trial of Ahed Tamimi, a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who was arrested two months ago for slapping an Israeli soldier, is to be held behind closed doors, the Ofer Military Court ruled Tuesday.

In the court hearing that was held behind closed doors, the judge chose to extend the detention of the 17-year-old girl until March 11 without giving further details.

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

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

"They understand that people outside Ofer military court are interested in Ahed's case, they understand that her rights are being infringed and her trial is something that shouldn't be happening", Gaby Lasky, Tamimi's lawyer, said in a statement after her proposal for an open trial was shot down.

"Stay strong, stay strong", shouted her father, Bassem, from the back row.

Closed-door proceedings were held for a couple hours before adjourning. She said she is still waiting for case material from the prosecutor, that her client did not enter a plea and that the next hearing would be March 11.

Earlier in the day, Tamimi's father told The Associated Press as he headed into the court that he came "with no good expectations, because this a military court, and it's part of the Israeli military occupation".

Like many Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, Ms Tamimi also faces a military trial - which convict almost 100 per cent of alleged Palestinian offenders. Some Israelis have accused her of courting publicity and being a troublemaker.

She is charged with 12 offences, including assaulting security forces and incitement to violence and faces a lengthy jail term. Nariman Tamimi also was charged with incitement to terrorism on Facebook for posting the video of the incident. Since 2009, residents there have staged regular anti-occupation protests that often ended with stone-throwing clashes.

But Ahed Tamimi's supporters see a fearless girl who struck two armed soldiers outside her West Bank home in frustration after having just learned that Israeli troops seriously wounded a 15-year-old cousin, shooting him in the head from close range with a rubber bullet during nearby stone-throwing clashes.

According to Amnesty International (AI), Israel, as party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, failed to stay in line with the human rights treaty by opting to immediately detain Tamimi instead of seeking a better solution.

Bassem Tamimi sits in Ahed Tamimi's bedroom holding a poster of his daughter, in their home in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, 28 January. In one, taken when she was 12, she is raising a clenched fist at a soldier who towers over her. "Nothing she has done can justify her continued detention and the long, aggressive interrogation sessions she has been forced to endure during the first two weeks of her detention".

United Nations experts have pointed out that Tamimi was arrested in the middle of the night by armed soldiers, and questioned by Israeli security officials without a lawyer or family members present. They then move backwards after Nariman Tamimi becomes involved.

The scuffle took place amid clashes and protests against US President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Relatives say that a member of the Tamimi family was wounded in the head by a rubber bullet fired during those protests.

The Israeli reaction, as might be expected, was as negative and denigrating as the Palestinian response was affirmative; maybe more so.

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