Palestinians held without trial to boycott Israeli courts

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A decision to press formal charges against the long-serving premier now rests with the attorney general's office, which is expected to take weeks or months to decide how to proceed. Among the people who have signed the petition are American celebrities and actors. A prime minister who is facing such police recommendations or who has been formally charged with offences is not obliged to resign. Tamimi is one of an estimated 350 Palestinian minors in Israeli jails. At a previous hearing, the military court at the Ofer army base in the West Bank ordered her held until the end of proceedings.

They noted that Tamimi was arrested in the middle of the night by well-armed soldiers, and then questioned by Israeli security officials without a lawyer or family members present.

"I want my children to live a good life, like everyone else in other parts of the world", she said, her words punctuated by the booms from stun grenades. Lasky added that she would make a new request to have the trial opened.

Al-Tamimi appeared before the Ofer military court, west of the West Bank city of Ramallah, on charges of attacking security forces.

Israeli forces rounded up 29 Palestinians in overnight raids across the Israeli-occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian activists. For Palestinians, the young teen is a symbol of resistance to Israeli occupation, but many Israelis regard her as a violent troublemaker seeking publicity.

Tamimi, who turned 17 years old in prison last month, has been imprisoned since December for what Israel says was a series of offenses that included assault and incitement to violence. Nariman Tamimi also was charged with incitement to terrorism on Facebook for posting the video of the incident.

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Another generation of Palestinians seems locked in a cycle of protests and arrests by Israel, three decades after Palestinians staged their first uprising, throwing stones and burning tires in the streets. It was revealed later that the Palestinian girl was upset after soldiers had shot her 14-year-old cousin in the face a day earlier.

United Nations human rights experts said Tamimi's continued detention violates global legal standards.

But it has been criticized by Palestinians, human rights groups, and members of the worldwide community who claim Israel abuses the policy.

Israeli forces first detained al-Tamimi on December 19 during an overnight raid carried out in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh for allegedly attacking Israeli soldiers.

"Ahed Tamimi, to me, signifies nobility in the face of oppression". However, President Trump has removed even the patina of impartiality that Washington had sought to maintain, deciding for transparently domestic reasons to go where no previous United States president had dared go in acceding to the likewise-domestic agenda of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in recognizing Jerusalem as the country's capital city. We have received reports that these children are commonly mistreated while in detention, subjected to both physical and psychological abuse, deprived of access to lawyers or family members during interrogation, and tried under a military court system in which there are significant concerns regarding independence and impartiality, and which has a worryingly high conviction rate. Figures from Palestine show that Israel detains and prosecutes between 500 to 700 Palestinian children in military courts annually. He shows me an award on her bookshelf and says it's from the Turkish president, who gave it to her when she was 11 after she was filmed raising a fist at an Israeli soldier about twice her size.

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