Facing multiple charges that include prison sentences, Ahed Tamimi now faces a secret court process after an Israeli judge refused her request for a public trial. The judge refused to grant her lawyers a request for a pubic trial, saying that there were no extraordinary circumstances that justified such a move.
Given the high profile of the young girl, and the circumstances in which she was arrested, one would be hard-pressed not to believe this case did not contain an abundance of extraordinary circumstances. The move by the Israeli court to keep this trial private has observers concerned that Ahed Tamimi will be facing a rubber stamp court already pre-determined to convict her and punish her for defying Israel’s occupation.
|Ahed Tamimi’s Trial Will Be Closed to Public, Says Israeli Military Judge|
An appeal by Ahed Tamimi’s attorney to have the teenage activist’s trial opened to the public has been denied by an Israeli military judge, according to The Times of Israel.
Tamini, who was arrested on December 19 last year for slapping an Israeli soldier in her West Bank village of Nebi Saleh, quickly became an iconic symbol of Palestinian resistance, with the video of the incident being shared by thousands of users on various social media platforms.
“Explaining his decision, Judge Gilad Peretz wrote that he did not feel that he had the authority to overrule the court’s original decision on February 13,” The Times of Israel reported, adding the judge’s opinion that holding the teenage activist’s trial behind closed doors “is in the best interest of the minor.”
The judge is said to be following the traditional rules of Israel’s juvenile courts, where, unless in ‘exceptional cases’, trials are generally held behind closed doors and in the absence of a probable public influence.
But while Tamimi has been celebrated around the globe as an icon of resistance to ‘colonial occupation’ and injustice, Israeli authorities have incriminated her actions and charged her with dozens of criminal offenses, including “aggravated assault charges.”
The Israeli authorities have also accused Ahed’s supportive family members, especially her mother Nariman Tamimi—who has described her daughter as a freedom fighter— of using their daughter as a “pawn” at the service of the pro-Palestine front.