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Despite Initial Ban, Israeli Army Has No Objection to Trying Palestinian Teen Tamimi in Open Court


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Evelyn
- 339 days ago - haaretz.com
the military prosecution had never objected to opening Tamimi's hearings to the public. "We left the request to open the hearings to the judgment of the court of first instance" But Israel feels that Ahed Tamimi makes the occupation look bad! (As it is!)



   

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Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday March 13, 2018, 2:37 am
The article includes two videos - the second in particular should be watched: Ahed's Israeli lawyer talks to the media.

Despite Initial Ban, Israeli Army Has No Objection to Trying Palestinian Teen Tamimi in Open Court

Army prosecutor says keeping trial of teenage Palestinian activist closed, as per court decision, works to her advantage
Yotam Berger
Mar 13, 2018 2:20 AM

The military prosecution doesn’t object to holding the trial of teenage Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi in open court, its representative, attorney Maj. Gilad Peretz, told a military appeals court on Monday.

This was in response to an appeal filed by Tamimi’s lawyer Gaby Lasky, regarding the Ofer Military Court’s intention to hold the trial behind closed doors. Peretz argued that keeping the hearings closed would be “to Tamimi’s advantage.”

Tamimi, 17, who is charged with stone-throwing and attacking soldiers on several occasions, was arrested after a video showing her slapping soldiers went viral. All her detention hearings were held in open court and generated considerable criticism in the international media about her arrest.

After she was indicted, the court decided to close the hearings to the public, although the military prosecution never asked for this and Tamimi and her family objected.

During the appeal hearing, Peretz explained that the military prosecution had never objected to opening Tamimi’s hearings to the public. “We left the request to open the hearings to the judgment of the court of first instance, and we will leave that request to the discretion of this honorable court.”

See video: The case against Ahed Tamimi

Peretz added that as far as the military prosecution is concerned, the issue could be returned to the Ofer Military Court for reconsideration. Lasky opposed returning the decision to the lower court, saying it wouldn’t change its mind.

The appeals court did not issue a ruling Monday, but is expected to do so shortly. However, the appeals court released a transcript of the hearing for publication, after the hearing on whether the trial should be open was itself held behind closed doors.

Tamimi, a resident of Nabi Saleh, was arrested with her mother and cousin, who were charged in the incident that was videotaped. Ahed is alleged to have been involved in other, more serious incidents. Tamimi has been detained since mid-December, and will remain detained until the end of legal proceedings.

See video: Ahed Tamimi's attorney Gaby Lasky blasts court for closing off proceedings
 

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday March 13, 2018, 3:13 am
For further explanation, see
Israel Will No Longer Allow Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi to Make the Occupation Look Bad

Extract:
"Tamimi was not arrested and put on trial for pushing around a Givati Brigade company commander. For him it was just another day on duty in Nabi Saleh; for her, the hundredth time she has confronted IDF officers in her short life. If her mother hadn’t filmed the altercation and streamed it on Facebook, and if a far-right Israeli blogger had not picked up on the viral video, posting it to his followers and provoking howls of indignation about how weak the army has become – Tamimi would never have been arrested, with an IDF film crew attending, three days later. She wouldn’t have been under arrest and there wouldn’t be a trial now and there wouldn’t be a need to close the courtroom doors because of international embarrassment. The two military prosecutors slumped unnoticed at their desk in the distant corner knew that as career officers and trained lawyers, they had no business being there. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit that was sending three young women to represent Israel on this front of the PR war knows it as well: If they had anything to proud of, there would have been a much more senior, male officer briefing the reporters.

Ahed Tamimi is on trial because Israel’s political leadership doesn’t want to be accused by the Israeli public of allowing the IDF to go soft on Palestinian civilians. The trial is being hidden because the same leadership doesn’t want the world to see how pointlessly cruel Israel’s occupation of those same Palestinian civilians is."
 

John W (0)
Tuesday March 13, 2018, 3:43 am
Noted
 

Tania N (883)
Tuesday March 13, 2018, 6:14 am
Thank you.
 

Peggy B (43)
Tuesday March 13, 2018, 7:10 am
Thank you, Evelyn.
 

Animae C (507)
Tuesday March 13, 2018, 7:11 am
Shared

TY Evelyn
 

Derek Richardson (192)
Tuesday March 13, 2018, 7:11 am
Noted, thank you.
 

fly b (26)
Tuesday March 13, 2018, 7:17 am
Thank you for the updates, Evelyn!!
 

fly b (26)
Tuesday March 13, 2018, 7:27 am
obviously, subterfuge, delay, stalling tactics -

they don't care what the rest of the world sees, or knows - just their own lies and convoluted, contortions of truth and justice..
May Ahed stay strong, amidst these crimes against her, and violation of her human rights.
They have placed her in a dark cell. She has been in virtual solitary since the frist part of December, unable to see or speak to family.
Her mother is in a different prison, is also imprisoned - for doing absolutely nothing.

The Israeli military-occupation regime has used this time to 'prepare' and search out, documentation for their so called 'case'...
The slap heard all across the world!
For which they imprison first, then find more charges.. and place a gag order, as well as closed court hearings and trials - because they want to hide their despicable abuse of Palestinian children and prisoners' rights.

They 'wait' and pick their time.. to time things that work for them; while denying and withholding rights and Israeli prisoner would have.
This would not have happened to an Israeli youngster - obviously!! No one is stealing their homes, invading their homes in the middle of the night...

- all Israeli Jews should speak up or hang their heads in shame.
Never again -- for anyone!!
 

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday March 13, 2018, 3:50 pm
Thanks Evelyn
 

fly b (26)
Tuesday March 13, 2018, 11:59 pm
VIDEO - The People of Israel vs. Ahed Tamimi. 20:12
RT
Published on Mar 9, 2018

The People of Israel vs. Ahed Tamimi tells the remarkable story of a 17-year-old girl who has been jailed indefinitely for slapping an Israeli soldier raiding her family’s home. The documentary presents a portrait of a family, the Tamimi’s, that has become the target of the Israeli military and an object of hatred by right wing Israelis. Set in the occupied village of Nabi Saleh, we depict the unarmed methods this family has used to resist occupation, and the brutal repression they have faced. And we show how they have inspired an international movement that is rallying for Ahed’s release.

https://youtu.be/73jZpXYuv_I
RT America
 

Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday March 14, 2018, 10:50 am
A reminder - not so long ago, an adult Israeli female settler not only slapped but also scratched & fought IDF soldiers ... and received no prison sentence ...

Ahed is being punished for being a brave Palestinian ... and now, because she's become a visible symbol of Palestinian resistance ...
And the pro-Zionists think the IDF were perceived as "weak" because they had the strength NOT to react to the slap ... Those pro-Zionists would have preferred that the soldiers execute Ahed on the spot for those slaps (they could easily have placed a knife or a pair of scissors near her in order to claim their lives were at risk ... after all, that's how they're expected to handle extra-judiciary executions to the glory of poor Israel the eternal victim ... then the soldiers are held up as heroes)
 

Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday March 14, 2018, 11:09 am
A reminder of the article about the contrast in treatment of the settler & that meted out against Ahed (and all her family)
What Happened When a Jewish Settler Slapped An Israeli Soldier

BLATANT discrimination, huge gap between ways criminal Israeli settlers are treated -
and the way Palestinians are treated ...

Even killing most of a Palestinian family calls for a mild short sentence if the murderers are Israeli civilians (and even milder reaction if they are on duty as military at the time of the crime) ...
And the Zionists dare claim that Israel is a "model democracy" ????

Wake up, Israelis - is this REALLY what you dreamed of in demanding a homeland for the Jews?
 

fly b (26)
Wednesday March 14, 2018, 5:21 pm
Is there any news?

There must be an Israeli news blackout - gag order?
That would be no surprise!
Anything in haaretz or other..? Looks like nothing is getting out...
Concerns for Ahed - This, too, is planned, to add to insult to injury!
 

fly b (26)
Wednesday March 14, 2018, 6:30 pm
Ahed Tamimi, 16 years old and a prominent activist in the occupied Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh, whose courage along with that of her family in standing up to armed Israeli soldiers, land confiscation and settlement construction stealing the resources and even the well of their village has become world-renowned, was seized by occupation soldiers who invaded the Tamimi family home on the morning of 19 December 2017.

Ahed’s father, Bassem, posted on Facebook that Ahed was targeted for arrest after she was attacked by Israeli media after she protested occupation soldiers in Nabi Saleh who shot a 14-year-old boy in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet; the boy, Mohammed Tamimi, is in a medically-induced coma. Tamimi reported that the soldiers violently invaded the home, hitting Ahed’s mother, Nariman Tamimi, and siblings, and confiscating phones, cameras, laptop and other electronics. Ahed was taken away by the occupation soldiers to an unknown location.

Ahed has become internationally known for her defense of Palestinian rights under occupation, including her defense of her younger brother when he was seized by an occupation soldier and regular protests against land confiscation targeting Nabi Saleh and other villages around Ramallah. She has spoken internationally, including in Turkey, South Africa, and in the European Parliament in a conference earlier this year on women in Palestinian resistance, where she spoke alongside Leila Khaled, Sahar Francis and several members of parliament.

Ahed’s visa to the United States in early 2017 was put under “administrative review,” when she was to participate in a tour across the U.S. with writer and activist Nadya Tannous and Black liberation activist and minister Amanda Weatherspoon on Palestinian-Black solidarity and joint struggle. The lengthy delay and effective visa denial meant that Ahed was unable to join the tour live.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network denounces the arrest of Ahed Tamimi and Nariman Tamimi, the latest of over 450 Palestinians arrested by Israeli occupation forces following U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration of recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Issa Qaraqe of the Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Commission stated that approximately half of those detained, like Ahed, Abdul-Khalik Burnat and Fawzi al-Junaidi, are children. There are hundreds of Palestinian children jailed by Israel and frequently subject to beatings, abuse, and interrogations without parents or lawyers present in violation of the law. We urge people of conscience around the world to take action to demand freedom for Ahed and her fellow detained and jailed Palestinian children in occupation detention centers, interrogation centers and prisons – and for Nariman Tamimi and all detained and imprisoned Palestinians.

The resistance of the Palestinian people has never been quelled by arrests or repression, and it must be clear that we, around the world, stand alongside the Palestinian people as they defend Jerusalem and their entire land and people under attack. This includes standing with detained and jailed Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for liberation for themselves, their people, and their occupied homeland.

TAKE ACTION *UPDATED
1.For supporters in the US: Call your member of the House of Representatives to support H.R. 4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. Tell them specifically about Ahed’s arrest, and urge them to act for her release. Tell them to pressure Israel to free Ahed and other detained Palestinian kids. Call the House switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative’s office. CODEPINK has an action to highlight this case specifically.
2.Join the international actions: Write to your national parliamentarians and officials and urge them to take a stand for Ahed Tamimi. Sample letters and actions here.
3.Call your nearest Israeli embassy and let them know that you know about the detention of Ahed Tamimi in Nabi Saleh and other Palestinian child prisoners. Demand Ahed, her mother Nariman, and the other detained children be immediately released. Contact infomation here: https://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/israel
4.Sign the petition. Over 150,000 people have already signed on to demand freedom for Ahed: https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/free_ahed/?feiNukb
5.Organize a protest for Ahed or join one of the many protests for Jerusalem and distribute this post and other news about Ahed and the Palestinian prisoners. Get others involved in the struggle for Palestinian freedom! Build the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel and complicit corporations like HP and G4S.
6.Write to Ahed, Nour and Nariman. While Zionist jailers frequently censor Palestinian prisoners’ mail, these letters can help bolster morale and even send a message to the jailers and censors themselves. Write to Ahed Tamimi, Nour Tamimi or Nariman Tamimi (choose one and address your letter to one only) at: HaSharon prison
Ben Yehuda, P.O. Box 7
40 330 Israel

http://samidoun.net/2017/12/free-ahed-tamimi/
 

fly b (26)
Wednesday March 14, 2018, 9:35 pm
WATCH: Why are women from this Palestinian family being arrested? (2:12)

Israel’s military courts ‘humiliating charade’ for Palestinians.

Nabi Saleh, occupied West Bank – Across from the home of imprisoned Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi in Nabi Saleh, the red-tiled roofs of Israel’s illegal Halamish settlement dot the adjacent hilltop.

Residents of Halamish, along with some 600,000 other Israelis, reside in the occupied West Bank in violation of international law. Despite living on occupied Palestinian territory, settlers are subject to Israeli civil law, while Palestinians to Israeli military law.

A person’s nationality and ethnicity determine which set of laws applies to who in the West Bank, rights groups have noted.

Tamimi’s case has made headlines worldwide and has shined a spotlight on these inequalities, which many scholars and analysts have characterised as tantamount to apartheid.

The teen was arrested in December after a video of her slapping two Israeli soldiers outside of her home went viral. Shortly before, her 15-year-old cousin was severely wounded when Israeli forces shot him point-blank in the face with a steel-coated rubber bullet.

Her village of Nabi Saleh, known for its activism against the occupation, is a constant target of raids and arrests by Israeli soldiers.

Under a dual legal system, Palestinians facing Israel’s military courts – run by Israeli soldiers and officers – receive far harsher sentences than a settler who commits the same crime and is tried in a civil court; some are not punished at all.

Palestinians are tried in military courts as adults at the age of 16, while the majority of Israelis at 18.

Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian minors, including 17-year-old Ahed, have been prosecuted in Israel’s military courts, according to Defense for Children International – Palestine.

But is the unequal treatment of Israeli settlers and Palestinians the main point to take away from the case of Ahed and thousands of other Palestinians being tried in Israel’s military courts?

According to Ahed’s family and Palestinian experts, this deduction misses the point. Instead, the entire court system is illegitimate and is rooted in a decades-long process of colonisation, they say.

“Our goal is not for Ahed to be treated the same as a settler,” Bassem Tamimi, Ahed’s father explains.

“These courts are just one component of Israel’s larger colonial system.”

‘Humiliating charade’

Saad Nimr, a Palestinian professor of cultural studies at Birzeit University in Ramallah, tells Al Jazeera that Israel’s court system is far from an “impartial process”.

In most cases, the convictions and sentencing have nothing to do with the actual allegations, but are instead dictated by Israeli secret service recommendations.

“You have a trial where the judge and the prosecuting attorney are all Israeli army officials,” he explains.

As a result of Israel’s more than half-century occupation of the West Bank, “the officials deciding your fate are essentially your enemies,” said Nimr.

Palestinians face a more than 99 percent conviction rate in Israel’s military courts.

Israel alternates between using its military and domestic legal systems to suit its political objectives, Ilan Pappe, a left-wing Israeli academic, tells Al Jazeera.

Under international law, Israel is permitted to use military courts in territories that it occupies. In the context of Israel’s occupation, however, the purpose of the courts is to “create a facade and legitimise what they [Israelis] are doing,” said Pappe.

While Palestinians in the occupied West Bank must pass through a military court system that almost guarantees their imprisonment, Israel’s political decisions in the West Bank – such as building illegal settlements – often occur within domestic Israeli law.

The courts are a “humiliating charade”, Pappe said. They are set up to create the illusion that Palestinians have the right to a trial and can defend themselves, he says.

“But, really, it’s a sinister process that has absolutely no meaning apart from being a bureaucratic self-justification for the system to do what it wants to do.”

A system of control

Israel’s establishment as a state in 1948 resulted in the displacement of more than 750,000 Palestinians and the deaths of hundreds more, referred to as the Nakba, or “catastrophe”, among Palestinians.

For 18 years, the Palestinians who remained in the territory that became Israel were subject to military law in the form of curfews, travel restrictions and arbitrary detention without fair trial.

These Palestinians, numbering some 120,000 at the time, were “confined to their villages,” according to Nimr, the Ramallah-based professor.

Much like the current reality in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, they were forced to apply for Israeli permits to travel outside of their villages.

Israel’s military rule over Palestinian citizens of Israel was only lifted in 1966, a year before Israel transferred this system to the West Bank and Gaza to control the millions of Palestinians who reside there.

Israel has since established a complex policing system in the West Bank aimed at “either downsizing the [Palestinian] population” or reducing the area of space Palestinians can live in, while restricting their movement, Pappe says.

“[Israel] listens constantly to people’s homes and conversations. You are being policed daily, sometimes hourly, in order to make sure that you cannot resist what any normal human being would not tolerate.”

‘Break us from the inside’

Like thousands of others before them, Ahed and her mother Nariman are being tried in a court in which the entire proceedings are in Hebrew, a language most Palestinians in the occupied territory are not taught and do not use.

READ MORE
Palestinian protesters demand Ahed Tamimi’s release

“The point of all of this is to make you feel completely powerless,” Manal Tamimi, Ahed’s relative told Al Jazeera. Palestinians must put their full trust in a court-appointed translator.

Manal, who has been arrested three times by Israeli forces for her political activism, says that “you can never be sure that the official is translating your words accurately”.

“It makes you feel lost and confused,” she says.

In prison, it is even worse, Manal explains. “The guards will be standing in front of you. You know that they are talking about you and that they could decide your fate, but you can’t understand anything.”

“It’s a way for Israel to break us on the inside,” she said.

One of Israel’s most disturbing policing tactics used to control Palestinians, according to Manal, is the targeting of children of politically active families.

Much like other residents in Nabi Saleh, each time that Manal was released from prison, she emerged with the same determination she had before going in, she says.

However, when her sons Mohammad, 18, and Osama, 21 were arrested by Israeli forces last month, Manal’s world was turned upside down.

“When [Israel] takes your children, you worry about them every moment. You are constantly thinking about whether they are being mistreated or if they are cold.”

According to Pappe, these tactics are used to force Palestinians into “behaving” and no one is off-limits; the imprisonment and abuse of women, children, and the elderly are all part of Israel’s attempts to intimidate families, he says.

“Palestinians are being told in many ways – whether through physical or mental intimidation – who is in control […] They are being sent this message through humiliation and abuse in order to tame Palestinians into accepting Israeli rule.”

Osama and Mohammad are now facing the same ordeal as their relatives.

“There’s no justice in these courts,” Bassem, Ahed’s father, tells Al Jazeera, glancing to posters of his imprisoned wife and daughter in his home.

“The goal [of the courts] is solely to show Palestinians that Israel has complete control over our lives.”

http://www.citizens-international.org/ci2017/2018/03/08/israels-military-courts-humiliating-charade-for-palestinians/
 

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday March 15, 2018, 12:58 am
The video referred to by Jess

Why are women from this Palestinian family being arrested?

Please note also the images of Ahed's cousin - the Israeli military are trying to "sell" the narrative that he fell from his bike!! How desperate must they be to try such lies?? Or should one be asking - what level of control over Israeli thinking must they assume they have, if they expect such a narrative to be swallowed?
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 15, 2018, 1:42 am
I'd like that poor girl and his family to be free.
Why does Israel behave like this after complaining and writing what happened to them during the second world war?
 

fly b (26)
Thursday March 15, 2018, 8:37 am
Thank you, Evelyn, for hyperlink for the video to: Why are women from this Palestinian family being arrested?

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fly b (26)
Thursday March 15, 2018, 8:46 am
I don't think they're desperate, Evelyn..

It is THE modus operandi - i.e. hasbara, propaganda, lies..
It is customary Israeli 'chutzpah', apparently - to say, or do, outrageous or over the top, things.. or to try to.
When one views some non Jews, as 'useful idiots' , as the yahu, does, we know.. (the U.S.) , well..
.. the lies are unending, and so are all, the Israeli violations of international law, and abuses of Palestinian human rights.

End all U.S. aid to Israel. Call out the apartheid regime.. and it's heinous, racist, apartheid practices and dispossession of Palestinians for over 70 years, excess force and harassment of Palestinian civilians and human rights activists, standing up for THEIR rights.
Call a spade a spade.
 

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday March 15, 2018, 9:57 am
Jess - their hasbara narrative is becoming more and more unbelievable - and that, to me, suggests they're getting desperate because they are less & less able to disguise their actions ... which are the inevitable extension (and worsening) of what they've been able to disguise in the past - but "impunity" is wearing thinner (even if they're still able to play the Holocaust & the "anti-Semitic" card much of the time).

More and more, Jews and Gentiles are asking out loud the question put by Sabrina "Why does Israel behave like this after complaining and writing what happened to them during the second world war? "
 

fly b (26)
Friday March 16, 2018, 12:20 am
Why are so many silent? I think the ignorance grows, with all the propaganda.
Its a /media/ fight, for control of the narrative..
This seems to be one of the major problems.

Here is a related post: Israel’s ‘war on children’ leaves hundreds of Palestinian youngsters imprisoned.
(Unable to hyper link)
12 Mar, 2018

Ahed Tamimi has become a poster child for Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation. But what of the hundreds of other minors currently incarcerated by the Israeli state? And what of the children killed by IDF bullets?


Tamimi, who is facing 10 years in jail after slapping an Israeli soldier in December 2017, will be in court this month but Tamimi’s case is far from an isolated one. According to B'Tselem (the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories), at the end of 2017 there were 352 Palestinian minors being held in Israeli prisons.

This trend has risen dramatically since 2014. In December of that year there were 156 child prisoners, by the end of 2015 this figure had jumped to 450 before being reduced by 98 at the end of 2017.

To learn more about these arrests, and the manner in which they are carried out, RT spoke to Palestinian photojournalist Mohammad Al-Azza. Al-Azza lives and works in the Aida refugee camp located about 2km north of Bethlehem. He documents the almost daily incursions into the camp by IDF soldiers, who routinely fire tear gas and rubber bullets, which are essentially live rounds encased in hard plastic, at children and adults there.

Al-Azza has been shot at more than once for simply doing his job. In 2013, he was shot by an IDF soldier, with a ‘rubber bullet’ lodging itself in his face just below his right eye. He sustained serious injuries which resulted in him having to undergo reconstructive surgery.

WARNING: Some readers may find these images distressing.

About 5,500 people live in the Aida camp, half of whom are children. According to Mohammad, a disproportionate number of youngsters are arrested compared to adults. The Palestinian human rights association Addameer believes this seems to be a systematic approach by the Israeli government.

“Such events and arrests have become increasingly common since October 2015,” Addameer said in January. “It is safe to say that the trend in child arrests is distinctly upwards… we have actually seen a decrease in the overall prison population, but seen a vast increase in the number of children being held.”

Pre-dawn raids are a frequently used tactic of the IDF, which sees heavily armed soldiers kick down the doors of Palestinian homes and pull terrified children from their beds under the cover of darkness before locking them up, sometimes for months at a time.

For their part, however, Israeli authorities have said they they are "fully aware of the sensitivities of law enforcement regarding minors." While such claims are levelled at the IDF, authorities say that "all the relevant authorities act in accordance with the law and standing operational instructions, whilst ensuring that the suspect is provided with all the necessary rights and safeguards."

Al-Azza illustrates the wider picture by recounting the arrest of two brothers, one 12 and the other 14. These boys are, like most child prisoners, taken from their homes in the dead of night.

“These kids were terrified, they were crying, and their parents were asking the army if they could accompany them to the barracks, and the army refused even this request,” Al-Azza told RT.

Following their release, the boys recounted their ordeal to Al-Azza: “They [IDF troops] were shouting at them, they put them in handcuffs, covered their eyes. They were treating them as if they were adults. There is no difference between children and adults in their [IDF] eyes.”

“Throughout the interrogation they are asking them about demonstrations, if they were participating in protests against the army. And when the kids say ‘no’ they scare them in various ways. Shouting at them, telling them they have photos of them that kind of thing, hitting them. So the kids confess to things they have never done just so the abuse stops,” Al-Azza said. “In the end the boys were charged with throwing stones and sentenced to three months in prison each.”

Unfortunately, those are the lucky ones. In January of this year, four children were shot dead by the IDF. Al-Azza recounts the last time a child, Abed al-Rahman, was killed in the Aida refugee camp.

“The last child was killed in front of my eyes. To say there is a strong reason for the army to use live ammunition, there is no way at all to say that. There is no reason at all. The last boy (Abed al-Rahman) that was killed, in October 2015, was standing right next to the UN office in the camp. There were no soldiers at all in the street, they were in the watchtower about 200 metres away. Suddenly I heard three shots, the first hit the street, the second hit another boy in the leg and the third hit Abdel in the heart and he died instantly.”

Al-Azza told RT that he believes this was far from being an accident. “I have a photo of the soldiers who shot him and I gave it to the UN… he wasn’t using the standard issue M-16 he was using a sniping gun, he knows very well what he is doing. There was no danger whatsoever to this soldiers live to make him use live bullets and this is not the first case in the camp, this happens all over Palestine.”

In a letter to Human Rights Watch (HRW) in 2015 regarding the arrest of minors, the Israeli military claimed that: “All the relevant authorities act in accordance with the law and standing operational instructions, whilst ensuring that the suspect is provided with all the necessary rights and safeguards.”

Killings like that of Abed al-Rahman, according to Mohammad, contradict the military's claims and leave the Palestinian people feeling powerless. They take to the streets in protest, imploring the UN to do something, but with little success. “The Israelis, they know that in the end no one is going to stop them,” Al-Azza says.

Written by David Fleming.

The EU and governments must stop these terrible crimes by Israeli governments.
https://www.rt.com/news/420977-israel-palestine-children-prison/


 

fly b (26)
Friday March 16, 2018, 7:13 am
Please share - UPDATE

Ahed Tamimi's case has been delayed until March 21st. Right now her court case is closed to the public and media. Sign and RT if you believe Ahed should have an open trial: buff.ly/2IceRTx #FreeAhed pic.twitter.com/dAjeWUCEks

https://mobile.twitter.com/hashtag/FreeAhed?src=hash


PLEASE SIGN/SHARE: Open military courtroom for Ahed's Trial.

After a video of Ahed confronting Israeli soldiers outside her house went viral, she was arrested in the middle of the night. Overnight, she became a hero for young women throughout the world. Israel wants her case to be forgotten so they have closed her trial to the public. No media, no diplomats, no human rights observers. Help us call on the US State Department to demand that Ahed’s trial be opened, and that they send a US official to monitor the trial.

Dear US State Department,

It is horrible that Israel has closed the courtroom for the military trial of 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi. They are trying to hide from the international community while they try a child in a military court with an over 99% conviction rate.

Seventeen-year-old Ahed Tamimi is facing up to 10 years in prison. Each year, Israel arrests and prosecutes around 700 Palestinian children in military court. Israel’s abuse of Palestinian children must stop.

We ask you to demand that Israel open the courtroom and that you send a representative of the US government to be present throughout Ahed Tamimi’s trial.

Sincerely,


http://www.codepink.org/opentrial
 

Marija M (25)
Friday March 16, 2018, 7:24 am
Thank you Evelyn.
 

Janis K (129)
Friday March 16, 2018, 3:23 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

Angela J (61)
Friday March 16, 2018, 3:26 pm
Thanks
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday March 17, 2018, 1:56 am
Thank you
 

fly b (26)
Wednesday March 21, 2018, 9:43 am
BREAKING: Ahed Tamimi reaches pleas bargain, to serve 8 month jail term
March 21, 2018

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180321-ahed-tamimi-reaches-pleas-bargain-to-serve-8-month-jail-term/
 

fly b (26)
Wednesday March 21, 2018, 10:12 am
Nariman and Ahed Tamimi: Icons of Palestinian Resilience.
March 20, 2018

The incarceration of the two most important women in my life, my wife Nariman and daughter Ahed, is not an extraordinary or exceptional case. On the contrary, Palestinians have continued to endure such atrocious behaviour from Israel as an occupying power since the Nakba of 1948. Perhaps my family represents a model of Palestinians in general, and women specifically, who suffer from inhumane practices on a daily basis.

While families in the Middle East and elsewhere celebrate Mother’s Day, my heart aches for my late mother who passed away about three years ago. She died after suffering from a severe illness, while also still grieving the murder of my sister Bassema. About 25 years ago, my sister was brutally beaten to death by a group of Israeli settlers at the entrance of an Israeli court while waiting to see her detained son. During this painful period, I also went through one of the most difficult and life-threatening periods of my life. While incarcerated in an Israeli prison, I sustained a brain hemorrhage that led to a coma, which left me incapacitated for a long period. The day I was released from Israeli prison, my sister was buried; a devastating time for me and my family. While the Palestinian people continue to suffer from this indefinite occupation, it feels as if these devastating days are a never-ending part of our everyday lives

Such is the case as my wife and daughter continue to be imprisoned by the Israelis. In the early morning hours of 19 December, 2017, over 30 Israeli soldiers invaded my home and imprisoned my 16-year-old daughter, Ahed. The soldiers declared my village a closed military zone and sealed off all entrances and exits. With more than 12 military jeeps, they fired teargas and detonated sound bombs – they came to terrorize my child and family. Ahed was strong, resilient and calm. While sitting chained in an Israeli military jeep, she called, “Don’t worry, I am strong”. Yes, my child will continue to be strong and resilient and perhaps that is why many people idolize her, while others fear her strength.

Read: 1.7m sign online petition for Ahed Tamimi’s release

Prior to the arrest, some Israeli groups launched a vicious campaign against her because she stood tall against Israeli intimidation and brutality. When my wife Nariman attempted to visit her at the Israeli interrogation centre, she was also arrested. Today, these two strong women await justice and freedom.

I should not be surprised by Ahed’s perseverance, strength, and rejection of the occupation. When she was a small child she asked me what ‘occupation’ means. “Fear,” I said. Despite Ahed’s gentle and warm personality, she grew up knowing how to face that fear and to be strong in the face of it. She stood strong against an armed solider and all that he represented in this illegal occupation. All she did was to unwaveringly say no, in her words and actions, to the occupation.

Despite Ahed’s youth, she stood strong and proud against intimidation and threats during her interrogation by the Israeli military. They tried to break her will, but my child won. In a letter sent through her lawyer, Ahed said, “What happened was expected, and when I remember why I am in Israeli prison, my will becomes stronger. This cause deserves a great deal. We have endured difficulties and we will overcome, as I was taught by my parents. The encouragement and enthusiasm I have received has made me immensely happy, however, I hope that the rest of the Palestinian prisoners receive the same support as I have.”

No doubt, I am a proud father, a father of a girl that has become an icon of popular and peaceful resistance. However, my heart is full of sadness and anger as my child is robbed of her childhood.

Despite my family’s long history of peaceful resistance and demonstrations, and both myself and Nariman’s numerous arrests by the Israelis, I cannot hide the fact that I am in distress and fear for Ahed’s future—perhaps because this is her first experience in Israeli prisons and her first time away from home.

Read: Ahed Tamimi’s closed trial is ‘for her benefit’ says Israeli court

Since 2010, Nariman has participated in hundreds of peaceful demonstration organized in our village against the Israeli occupation. Our home was raided hundred times and Nariman was arrested three times—but this did not deter her from continuing her struggle against the occupation. During the course of demonstrations, she rescued countless Palestinian youth who sustained injuries and attacks by the Israeli military. Yet, she was not able to rescue her own brother who was brutally killed by the Israeli military in 2012. Nariman captured the Israeli attacks on video that day, but did not know that she was in fact filming the death of her own brother. Planting the seeds of resilience in Ahed and my children, Nariman continues to be a role model to women everywhere.

The Palestinian people continue to endure hardship and dispossession, from the time of the Nakba in 1948 until today, both at the hands of the Israeli occupying authorities, as well as the terror of illegal Israeli settlers. Palestinians worldwide, whether living under occupation, in the refugee camps, or elsewhere in exile—continue to live a daily Nakba. We in An Nabi Saleh village represent every Palestinian family who continues to endure Israeli policies of disenfranchisement, a policy that deprives Palestinians of the basic human right to live free. Despite these inhuman and illegal policies and practices against our families, and especially against women in particular, Palestinian women have persisted in their fight. In An Nabi Saleh, women and girls are leaders, and their role in peaceful demonstrations is vital, and are considered role models for many women here in Palestine and abroad.

While the Israelis chose Mother’s Day to prosecute Nariman and Ahed, my family, village, and Palestinians worldwide await the day when they, and all political prisoners, are released from Israeli prison. I would like to extend my family’s sincere gratitude to all those who have supported my wife and daughter, especially human rights organizations.

I am a proud husband and father. I am proud of all the women and mothers of Palestine who, with their strength and determination, have taught us to be fearless. I am proud that today, my child’s beautiful face has become a universal symbol of steadfastness, resistance and anti-injustice – like the iconic image of Che Guevara.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180320-nariman-and-ahed-tamimi-icons-of-palestinian-resilience/
 

fly b (26)
Wednesday March 21, 2018, 10:13 am
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http://mondoweiss.net/2018/03/occupation-slapping-palestinian/
 

fly b (26)
Thursday March 22, 2018, 8:55 pm
McCollum Introduces Legislation to Promote Human Rights for Palestinian Children.
November 14, 2017

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) today introduced legislation— the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, H.R. 4391 — to prevent United States tax dollars from supporting the Israeli military’s ongoing detention and mistreatment of Palestinian children. The full text of the bill can be found here.

An estimated 10,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israeli security forces and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system since 2000. Independent monitors such as Human Rights Watch have documented that these children are subject to abuse and, in some cases, torture — specifically citing the use of chokeholds, beatings, and coercive interrogation on children between the ages of 11 and 15. In addition, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has found that Palestinian children are frequently held for extended periods without access to either their parents or attorneys.

“This legislation highlights Israel’s system of military detention of Palestinian children and ensures that no American assistance to Israel supports human rights violations,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “Peace can only be achieved by respecting human rights, especially the rights of children. Congress must not turn a blind eye the unjust and ongoing mistreatment of Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation.”

The Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act requires that the Secretary of State certify that American funds do not support Israel’s military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children. Given that the Israeli government receives billions of dollars in assistance from the United States, Congress must work to ensure that American taxpayer dollars never support the Israeli military’s detention or abuse of Palestinian children.

Joining Congresswoman McCollum as original co-sponsors of the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act are Representatives Mark Pocan, Earl Blumenauer, André Carson, John Conyers, Jr., Danny K. Davis, Peter A. DeFazio, Raul Grijalva, Luis V. Gutiérrez, and Chellie Pingree.

The legislation has been endorsed by the American Friends Service Committee, Amnesty International USA, Center for Constitutional Rights, Churches for Middle East Peace, Defense for Children International - Palestine, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ, Jewish Voice for Peace, Mennonite Central Committee, Presbyterian Church (USA), the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, United Methodists for Kairos Response (UMKR), and United Methodist General Board of Church and Society.

“Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) strongly endorses Rep. Betty McCollum's Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. In order for the U.S. to play a constructive role in bringing about a comprehensive and sustainable end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we must ensure we are not supporting the continued trauma inflicted on Palestinian youth entangled in the Israeli Military Detention system,” Churches for Middle East Peace said in a statement.

"Jewish tradition teaches that each and every single person has inherent dignity and worth and must be treated accordingly. This legislation recognizes and acts upon the inherent dignity and worth of Palestinian children and sends the message that the United States is committed to a future with freedom, safety, and equality for both Palestinians and Israelis,” Jewish Voices for Peace said in a statement.


https://mccollum.house.gov/media/press-releases/mccollum-introduces-legislation-promote-human-rights-palestinian-children

http://www.care2.com/news/member/739002257/4089737

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