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Published Date: Tuesday 9 January 2018 - 14:11:59
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UN voices concern over Palestinian teen's detention

UN voices concern over Palestinian teen's detention
World  - UN on Monday voiced concern over the detention of 16-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed al-Tamimi.

"What is clear is that people need to have their rights respected. The detention of children is our particular concern and we have made those concerns known," UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters, Anadolu Agency reported.

Israeli authorities sought 12 charges against Ahed Tamimi, a prominent 16-year-old Palestinian activist filmed slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank.

During a hearing at Israel's Ofer military court near Ramallah, Ahed was charged with 12 counts, including allegedly assaulting an Israeli soldier, interfering with a soldier's duties and two past instances of stone-throwing, according to her lawyer Gabi Laski.

Laski said Nariman was charged with alleged "incitement" for uploading the video on social media, as well as another charge of assault, adding that Ahed and Nariman's charges include older alleged incidents unrelated to the video.

Nour was charged with allegedly assaulting a soldier and interfering with a soldier's duties, Laski underlined, stressing that owing to the charges against Ahed, "there's a possibility of her facing a lot of time".

She noted that Palestinian teenagers typically face about six to nine months in prison for charges of stone-throwing.

Ahed's father, Bassem, said it was very likely his daughter would be sentenced and imprisoned over the charges.

"They built the case around her specifically to try to keep her in prison as long as they can," he stressed.

"I am very worried about my daughter," Bassem added, who has also been arrested numerous times by Israeli forces.

"Her fate is now in the hands of people who don't even see Palestinians as full human beings," he underscored.

Bassem said Israel is attempting to "break Ahed because she is a symbol of the resistance", adding that "Israel wants to show other young Palestinians what will happen to them if they try to resist,".

Ahed, 16, was arrested by Israeli forces during a predawn raid on her home last week in the village of Nabi Saleh, located in the central occupied West Bank.

Tamimi's cousin Nour was also arrested. Her mother Nariman Tamimi was detained as well, when she went to the police station where her daughter was being held.

She became the latest face of Palestinian resistance when footage emerged of her slapping one and then another fully-armed Israeli officer in the face during a protest in her home village of Nabi Saleh, near the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

Ahed, whose family is well-known internationally for their activism against the Israeli occupation, was arrested over a video that went viral on social media of her slapping an armed Israeli officer during a raid on Nabi Saleh.

She is well-known across Palestine and the Arab world for videos of her, since her childhood, defiantly resisting Israeli soldiers who clash with Palestinians in her village nearly every week.

An Israeli soldier shot Ahed Tamimi's brother Mohammad, 14, in the head during a demonstration in late December. He has been released from the hospital after undergoing surgery and a medically induced coma.

The Tamimis have long been targeted for their activism. In 2011, an Israeli soldier fired a tear gas canister from closer range at Mustafa Tamimi, killing him.

 

News Code: 24422
Published Date: Tuesday 9 January 2018 - 14:11:59
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