Mother of Palestinian Teen Filmed Slapping Israeli Soldiers Arrested on Suspicion of Assault

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The Judea and Samaria Police on Tuesday arrested Nriman Tamimi, the mother of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi, who was detained over the weekend by Israeli soldiers at her home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

According to police, the older Tamimi is suspected of assault and incitement; however, the police did not provide additional details about the event.

Police later said that the teen's arrest was extended until Thursday. The mother's lawyer said her client went to the police in order to clarify where her daughter was, and was then arrested and taken for questioning.

The video, filmed during the weekly protest held in the village on Friday, shows Tamimi assaulting the soldiers in an attempt to draw a response. Other women are seen in the clip, including one filming the incident, who also attacks the soldiers later. The soldiers did not respond to the attacks by Tamimi and others.

The clip, which was filmed by someone standing farther away from the incident, went viral on various social networks on Monday.

In the clip, Tamimi and another young woman approach one of the soldiers and Tamimi pushes and shoves him. After he does not respond to the provocation, as it seems the women wanted, Tamimi continues to slap and kick him. She also comes up to the other soldier and tries to assault him, as does the other young woman. Two older women join the two teenagers and also push the soldiers while Tamimi continues to attack them. The soldiers show restraint and do not respond in any way.

The IDF said that the daughter, Ahed, was arrested before dawn by IDF forces and border police, under suspicion of attacking soldiers, and was transferred for questioning by the Police of Judea and Samaria.

Bassem Tamimi, Ahed's father, wrote on Facebook that "the IDF entered our home today before dawn, arrested my daughter Ahed, and confiscated computers, phones, and other technology, after a violent search and attacking family members."

Before the beginning of the events seen in the film, Palestinians threw rocks at soldiers from inside a house in Nabi Saleh, said the IDF. The soldiers then removed the rock throwers from inside the house and refused to let them reenter. At this stage, “a number of Palestinians came out to the soldiers with the goal of causing a provocation,” said the army.

The IDF said a preliminary inquiry into the incident found the “commander acted professionally by not being dragged into [the use of] violence.” But the army said they could have arrested the young women at the time of the incident “both because they used physical violence and because of the fact that they tried to interfere with soldiers carrying out their duties.”

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