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Ahed Tamimi to remain in jail until the end of her trial

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Jerusalem (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Ahed Tamimi will remain in prison until legal proceedings against her are completed. She is charged with five counts of assaulting security forces and with incitement.

Military judge Major Haim Baliti rejected Tamimi’s appeal to be released whilst she waits for trial.

On 15 December, Tamimi, 16, slapped an Israeli soldier after she found out that her cousin had been shot in the head at close range by the Israeli military.

A video of the slapping incident went viral online. In the tape, the soldier is seen keeping his cool and not responding to the attack.

The soldier’s self-control won praise around the world, but also criticism in Israel. If some saw his stance as self-control and positive restraint, others, in the Israeli right-wing, saw it as a sign of weakness.

Following the criticism, the teenager was arrested along with her mother and a cousin. Her charge sheet includes past incidents for which she was not indicted.

Reacting to the ruling, Israeli anti-occupation organisation Betselem said that the hearing is a “clear example – one of many – of the way the military justice system is not a tool for justice, but rather a central mechanism of repression in the service of Israeli control of Palestinians in the territories.”

Meanwhile, tensions are running high in the West Bank after the murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevac, who was killed near the Havat Gilad outpost on 9 January.

Israeli security forces raided a house in the Jenin refugee camp last night and killed one of the people thought to have been involved in last week’s drive-by shooting.

Two Israeli officers were injured in the fighting.

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