Trial for soldier-slapping teen Tamimi delayed again
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Trial for soldier-slapping teen Tamimi delayed again

Attorney for Ahed Tamimi, jailed until end of trial, says two-week deferment due to military prosecution refusing to hand over evidence

Jacob Magid is the settlements correspondent for The Times of Israel.

Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi appears at a military court at the Israeli-run Ofer prison in the West Bank village of Betunia on December 28, 2017 (AFP PHOTO / Ahmad GHARABLI)
Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi appears at a military court at the Israeli-run Ofer prison in the West Bank village of Betunia on December 28, 2017 (AFP PHOTO / Ahmad GHARABLI)

The start of a military trial for a Palestinian teenager charged after a viral video showed her hitting two Israeli soldiers has been further delayed until February 13, a military spokesman confirmed Sunday.

Ahed Tamimi’s attorney Gaby Lasky told The Times of Israel that the trial, which had been slated to begin on January 31, has been twice delayed because the military prosecution has failed to hand over evidence.

“Without those materials I cannot properly prepare for the trial,” she said.

Tamimi celebrated her 17th birthday in prison on Wednesday after a military judge ordered her remanded until the end of proceedings against her.

Gaby Lasky, attorney of 16-year-old Palestinian girl, Ahed Tamimi, speaks with Tamimi’s father, Bassem, outside the Ofer Military Court on December 20, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

The same ruling was given against Ahed  Tamimi’s mother, Nariman Tamimi, who also appeared in the widely shared footage. Ahed’s cousin Nour Tamimi was released after being charged for her participation in the December 15 incident.

Ahed Tamimi earlier told the court that the same soldiers featured in the video had shot her cousin in the head with a rubber bullet an hour before the filmed encounter.

“Then I saw the same soldiers who hit my cousin, this time in front of my house. I could not keep quiet and I responded as I did,” she testified.

The three Tamimis are facing aggravated assault charges. Ahed’s 12-count indictment also includes a statement she gave to her mother, who was filming the incident and streaming it on Facebook. Immediately following the squabble, Nariman asked her daughter what kind of message she wanted to convey to viewers.

“I hope that everyone will take part in the demonstrations as this is the only means to achieve the result,” she said. “Our strength is in our stones. Whether it is stabbings or suicide bombings or throwing stones, everyone must do their part and we must unite in order for our message to be heard that we want to liberate Palestine,” Tamimi said.

She has since 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.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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