For many, a home signifies a place of sanctuary and security. But for the people of Nabi Saleh, a Palestinian village, home has never been like that due to Israeli military occupation of the area. Currently, the inhabitants of Nabi Saleh face the inevitable discrimination and presence of the military force.
For Ahed Tamimi and her mother, Nariman Tamimi, that reality is all too familiar.
Ahed and Nariman Tamimi will stand before the Ofer military court in the occupied West Bank accused of aggravated assault and 11 other charges after a video showing Ahed Tamimi shoving, slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers in her home on Dec. 15, 2017 went viral on Facebook.
Ahed confronted the soldiers amid a demonstration in Nabi Saleh against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The clip outraged many Israelis, with Education Minister Naftali Bennett telling Army Radio the women “should finish their lives in prison.”
On Jan. 1, 2018 Ahed and Nariman Tamimi were both charged with aggravated assault of soldiers and preventing soldiers from carrying out their duties.
Under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Israel is a state party, the arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time.
“Israel is clearly, brazenly flouting its obligations under international law to protect children from overly harsh criminal punishments,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.
“Nothing that Ahed Tamimi has done can justify the continuing detention of a 16-year-old girl,” said Mughrbai. “The Israeli authorities must release her without delay. In capturing an unarmed teenage girl’s assault on two armed soldiers wearing protective gear, the footage of this incident shows that she posed no actual threat and that her punishment is blatantly disproportionate.”
Ahed Tamimi now faces a total of 12 charges, also including incitement on social media and offenses related to five other altercations with Israeli soldiers she is alleged to have taken part in over the past two years.
Ahed Tamimi was arrested on Dec. 19 along with Nariman Tamimi and cousin, Nour Tamimi, also a prominent activist.
It has now been three months and two days since Ahed Tamimi entered the Israeli military prison. The Israeli Occupation Forces continue to prosecute hundreds of Palestinian children in juvenile military courts every year.
Recent information and updates regarding the Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories can be found on Amnesty International’s website.