Palestinian Teenager Ahed Tamimi's Trial Begins; Reporters Barred From Covering It

Judge decides to close the proceedings for 'Tamimi’s good' – despite her attorney's request

Seventeen-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi (R), a well-known campaigner against Israel's occupation, arrives for the beginning of her trial in the Israeli military court at Ofer military prison in the West Bank village of Betunia on February 13, 2018.
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The main part of Ahed Tamimi's trial, a Palestinian 17-year-old who was arrested after a video of her slapping an Israeli soldier went viral, began Tuesday in the military court at the Ofer base just outside Jerusalem. 

Ahed Tamimi's attorney Gaby Lasky blasts court for closing off proceedingsHagar Shezaf

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At the beginning of the session, with many diplomats and journalists in attendance, the judge decided to close the proceedings for “Tamimi’s good” because she is still a minor.

Tamimi's attorney, Gaby Lasky, criticized the court for closing off proceedings. “In this case all the [hearings] on her arrest were held in open court. Even though the prosecution said they do not care we will be in open court, the [judge] decided to close the doors because he thinks it is bad for Ahed. I think that the [judge] does not think it is good for the court,” she told reporters. 

Tamimi enters the courtroom.

Tamimi was charged with aggravated assault in an incident in the West Bank in December. She was indicted in January.

In a seven-page indictment, Tamimi faces 12 charges, which stem from multiple confrontations with soldiers spanning back to April 2016.

Tamimi is charged with a long list of crimes, including assaulting soldiers and incitement to violence. The charges include aggravated assault, threatening a soldier, incitement on Facebook and throwing objects at people and property. Tamimi's mother, Nariman Tamimi, was also charged for incitment on social media, and for assault. 

Bassem Tamimi, Ahed's father, said that his wife and daughter have done nothing wrong and are under arrest because "of their fight for freedom and justice."

The next session in the case was set for the beginning of March. She is being held in jail until the end of the proceedings against her.  

DPA contributed to this report