Israeli authorities are seeking 12 charges against Ahed Tamimi, a prominent 16-year-old Palestinian activist filmed slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank.
The brave teenager on December 19, four days
The brave teenager on December 19, four days
During a hearing on Monday 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 Gaby Lasky.
Lasky said that Ahed's mother, Nariman, was charged with alleged "incitement" for uploading the video on social media, as well as another charge of assault. Mother and daughter's charges also include alleged incidents unrelated to the video.
The Tamimi family are well-known activists in Nabi Saleh.
While this is the first time Ahed has been detained by Israeli forces, Nariman has been arrested at least five times in the past.
On Thursday, Manal Tamimi, who is related to the women, was also arrested during a demonstration outside the Ofer detention centre demanding the release of her relatives and Munther Amira, another prominent Palestinian activist from Bethlehem's Aida refugee camp who was arrested last week.
Lasky said that she was able to secure the release of Nour and Manal - who has not been charged with a crime. However, the Israeli army's prosecutors have until Tuesday to appeal the decision.
Ahed's father, Bassem, told Al Jazeera that 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 said.
"I am very worried about my daughter," added Bassem, who has also been arrested numerous times by Israeli forces for the "crime" of resistance. "Her fate is now in the hands of people who don't even see Palestinians as full human beings." Owing to the charges against Ahed, "there's a possibility of her facing a lot of time".
Palestinian teenagers typically face about six to nine months in prison for charges of stone-throwing.
Prisoners' rights group, Addameer, has reported that stone-throwing is the most common charge levied against Palestinian children. In the occupied West Bank, where Palestinians are governed by Israeli military law, stone-throwing is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
The group says that Israel routinely targets "the youngest and most vulnerable" members of politically active Palestinian families to "exert pressure on their family and the entire community to put an end to all social mobilisation."
Bassem said that Israel is attempting to "break Ahed because she is a symbol of the resistance".
He is right. His daughter became very popular beyond the occupied territories for her brave nonviolent resistance to Israeli occupation.
"Israel wants to show other young Palestinians what will happen to them if they try to resist."
However, once again, her arrest will only increase the strength of their will to resist oppression and dispossession.
The Listening Post
By the way, a report by the New York Times has said that while Egypt's government was publicly condemning a US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a state intelligence officer was asking influential TV hosts in the country to persuade their viewers to accept it.
The newspaper reported on Saturday that it had obtained audio recordings in which Ashraf al-Kholi, the intelligence officer, can be heard telling the hosts that Egypt, like its "Arab brothers, are denouncing this matter", but that "after that, this thing will become a reality".
According to the New York Times, Kholi made the phone calls to three well-known Egyptian talk show hosts, as well as an Egyptian actress.
Kholi reportedly suggested to the hosts that the Palestinians should be happy with the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, home to the Palestinian Authority.
Egypt submitted a resolution to the UN Security Council, rejecting the establishment of diplomatic missions to Jerusalem. The resolution was vetoed by the US, but a similar non-binding version was adopted by the General Assembly.
Prior to the decision, relations between Egypt and Israel appeared to be warming. Sisi met Binyamin Netanyahu for the first time in public in September 2017.
The two countries have cooperated on security issues in Egypt's Sinai desert, where allies of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS and Daesh) armed group have ramped up Deadly attacks in recent years.
Ahed Tamini: Living Resistance Tour
Israel's occupation and oppression work in various ways. Residents of the Palestinian village Beit Omar in the West Bank discovered last week that the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, had posted threatening notices on their homes and businesses. The notices, published in Arabic and signed by a Shin Bet agent known as “Captain Amar,” threaten to revoke work permits from families whose children are suspected of throwing stones. Here goes the translation into English:
The "kind" words do not make the notices any less threatening.
The village residents know Captain Amar, as well as his colleagues in the Shin Bet, quite well.
This is the everyday life of villagers living under perpetual collective punishment, including frequent night raids, arrests, tear gas, checkpoints, closures, and pressure to inform on neighbours, family members, and acquaintances to the occupation authorities.
Manwhile, a bill to amend existing regulation regulating the use of the death penalty passed its preliminary reading in Israel's parliament, the Knesset, on Wednesday, with backinf from Binyamin Netanyahu's ruling coalition.
It is meant to make it easier for judges to execute Palestinian political prisoners for "terrorist activity".
It is condemned as fascist by human rights groups, who fear it will give Israel "legal" cover to murder Palestinians.
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