Cousin of Ahed Tamimi Filmed Slapping Soldiers Indicted for Assault

Nur Tamimi, 20, is being charged by the IDF with aggravated assault after she and her 16-year-old cousin Ahed were filmed slapping, kicking and pushing IDF soldiers

Yotam Berger
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Ahed Tamimi and her cousin Nur Tamimi confronting soldiers in the West Bank village of Nebi Salah.
Ahed Tamimi and her cousin Nur Tamimi confronting soldiers in the West Bank village of Nebi Salah.Credit: Screenshot
Yotam Berger
Yotam Berger

The IDF filed an indictment on Sunday against Nur Tamimi, 20, on charges of aggravated assault on a solider and interfering with a soldier in carrying out his duties. She was filmed slapping a soldier together with her cousin, 16-year-old cousin Ahed Tamimi, two weeks ago in the West Bank village of Nebi Salah.

Nur Tamimi was initially arrested together with Ahed and Ahed’s mother Nuriman, who filmed the incident and posted it on Facebook. On Thursday, the military court ordered Nur released and extended the detention of Ahed and Nuriman. However, the court delayed Nur’s release until Sunday to allow the military prosecution to appeal the release.

Nur is the only one of the three to whom the army does not attribute previous acts of violence.

According to the indictment, the soldiers Nur Tamimi attacked had come to an area near the homes of residents of Nebi Salah after Palestinians had thrown stones toward a road traveled by Israeli vehicles. According to the indictment: “A captain, a staff sergeant and a number of other soldiers came near the homes of village residents to stop those who were disturbing the peace, who had taken up positions in an area with a good view near them, and from there were throwing stones and rolling burning tires onto the main road.” The soldiers arrived, according to the indictment, “to reduce the risk to human life.”

The military prosecution noted in the indictment that after the soldiers arrived, Nur and Ahed Tamimi began to attack them, while Ahed’s mother, Nuriman Tamimi, filmed them. “At this point, live feed began from the Facebook page belonging to Nuriman Tamimi, bearing her name, documenting the incident and distributing it widely.

“The accused and Ahed stood very, very close to the captain and the staff sergeant and began to attack the soldiers,” the indictment stated, adding that the soldiers “responded with restraint” while Nur and Ahed continued to kick them.

Nur Tamimi’s attorney, Gaby Lasky, told Haaretz on Sunday that she had not yet seen the indictment, nor had she been informed it had been served. “On Thursday, they decided to release Nur, and then came the delay to allow an appeal to be filed. They didn’t file an appeal and they were to have released today. At 12:30 P.M. I get a text that they intend to indict her. I didn’t receive the indictment or a summons to court. At 4:30 P.M. [the prosecution] calls me from the courtroom and says that Nur is already in the courtroom. They didn’t think it was important to summon the other sideInstead of releasing her they held a hearing without summoning us. The court sent us a ruling and extended Nur’s detention by 24 hours,” Lasky said.

The video clip shows Ahed Tamimi slapping a soldiers and trying to kick him, to provoke a response. After the first soldier she harassed did not respond violently, Ahed Tamimi kicked him and slapped him. After that she approached the second soldier standing nearby and tried to strike him as well. Then Nur joined in and pushed the soldiers, while Ahed continued to attack them. The two soldiers did not respond, either by striking them or chasing them away. Ahed Tamimi was arrested the following day and her mother was arrested when she went to the police station to find out what was happening with her daughter.

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