Palestinian teen indicted for slapping IDF soldiers in incident caught on video

Like the Palestinian teenager Ahed Al Tamimi many unseen and unknown individuals around the globe face extreme odds in their quest for justice. AFP

The family of Ahed Tamimi, 16, said the incident occurred when the two soldiers came into their front yard in the village of Nabi Saleh, 20 kilometres from Ramallah.

Ahed's mother, Nariman Tamimi, who allegedly livestreamed the incident on social media, was also charged with incitement and assault.

Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian 16-year-old arrested for slapping an Israeli soldier two weeks ago, was indicted on five counts of assaulting security forces and for throwing stones by the Israeli Army's military prosecutor. But on the Israeli side there have been accusations that her family were using the teenager in staged provocations for the cameras, as well as calls for her to face stiff punishment.

Ahed's lawyer Gaby Lasky told reporters prior to Monday's hearing that the Ofer court sought to make 12 charges against the teenage girl, saying the charges included assault and relate to six different incidents.

She could face a lengthy jail term if convicted.

Her mother, Nariman, was indicted over her involvement in the December 15 incident. Only Nour was released.

According to the indictment issued by Israel's Ofer military court on Sunday, Nour Tamimi, aged 20, was accused of aggravated assault of an Israeli soldier and disturbing soldiers conducting their duties on mid-December a year ago.

A video shows the cousins approaching two Israeli soldiers and telling them to leave before shoving, kicking and slapping them. That false narrative is repeated endlessly in the media, as we showed in Media should stop whitewashing Ahed Tamimi's terror-supporting family.

They then move somewhat backwards after Nariman Tamimi becomes involved.

"Tamimi threw stones at them (the soldiers), threatened them, obstructed them in fulfilling their duty, took part in riots and incited others to take part in them", the military said on its public affairs Twitter account. The three women were arrested by the IDF days after the incident in Nabi Saleh happened.

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The teenager, recognisable from her shock of blonde hair, has several times been at the centre of the propaganda war between Israelis and Palestinians.

Since young age, Ahed has been filmed and photographed audaciously confronting Israeli forces.

In August 2015, an IDF soldier was caught on film trying to arrest Ahed's cousin Muhammad Tamimi, who had been throwing rocks during a violent protest.

Ahed Tamimi is the Palestinian teen who has become an worldwide anti-Israel star because since early childhood she has been used by her parents and Western BDS supporters to attack Israeli police and soldier for the cameras.

Palestinians say she is engaged in legitimate resistance against Israel s 50-year occupation of the West Bank.

In 2012, Ahed gained fame among Palestinian activists for an incident in which she led a group of children, including her younger brother, in arguing with Israeli soldiers.

"Since Ahed became kind of a symbol of resistance, they wanted to find a way to keep her in detention for a long period of time", she told AFP.

The video has led to varied reactions among Israelis.

Some Israeli politicians hailed the restraint of the soldiers as evidence of the military's values, while others called for tough responses in the face of seeming humiliation.

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