Court orders release of woman who slapped prosecutor at soldier-slapper’s trial
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Court orders release of woman who slapped prosecutor at soldier-slapper’s trial

Jerusalem judge agrees to delay conditional release while police file appeal against move

Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, center, attends a hearing at the Ofer military court in the West Bank on January 1, 2018. (AFP Photo/Ahmad Gharabli)
Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, center, attends a hearing at the Ofer military court in the West Bank on January 1, 2018. (AFP Photo/Ahmad Gharabli)

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Thursday ordered the conditional release of an Israeli woman arrested for slapping a military prosecutor at the trial of Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, who was convicted of slapping and shoving a soldier.

The court, however, delayed the release in order to allow police to file an appeal at the Jerusalem District Court, police said in a statement.

Before the hearing police had said they were seeking to extend the Tamimi supporter’s remand.

The woman, who was identified by police only as a resident of central Israel in her 40s, slapped the prosecutor during a hearing Wednesday at the Ofer Military Court in the West Bank, where Tamimi was sentenced to eight months in prison as part of a plea bargain for assaulting an IDF soldier and other charges.

Under the terms of the deal Tamimi confessed to aggravated assault of an IDF soldier, incitement to violence and disrupting soldiers on two other occasions.

Tamimi was arrested four months ago after she was filmed slapping and shoving IDF soldiers in her West Bank village of Nebi Saleh. Ahed’s mother, Nariman, and cousin Nour were also convicted for their participation in the December 15 incident.

The 17-year-old was also filmed encouraging attacks against Israelis, including stabbing attacks.

Tamimi’s sentence will include time already served since her arrest four days after the quarrel, meaning she is slated to be released in the summer. The verdict also tacked on a fine of NIS 5,000 ($1,430).

Her incarceration has drawn attention from around the globe, highlighting the teen’s image as a Palestinian icon. She has become a cause célèbre for Palestinian supporters, and rallies have been held in several locations calling for her release.

Many Palestinians see her as bravely standing up to military control over the West Bank, while Israelis accuse her family of using her as a pawn.

Nebi Saleh has been a frequent staging ground for provoked clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians, specifically members of the Tamimi clan, which has a history of getting involved in highly publicized interactions with the IDF.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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