Israel Court: Ahed Tamimi's Closed Trial is 'For Her Benefit'

Israel Court: Ahed Tamimi's Closed Trial is 'For Her Benefit'

The Military Court of Appeal rejected a request to have the hearing in public, which Tamimi's attorney said would deprive her of a fair trial.

Bassem Tamimi says he spoke to his wife and daughter for 45 minutes on Monday, using a telephone as they sat on the other side of a window, for the first time since they were both arrested in December.

Israeli news websites said that under the plea agreement, Tamimi, who was 16 at the time of the incident, would plead guilty to a reduced charge sheet that included assault, and would be sentenced to eight months in jail.

The deal is not final as it has not yet been approved by the IDF West Bank Court, but if it goes through, Tamimi will serve about five more months, since she has already served around three months.

The case has made Ahed Tamimi a Palestinian hero.

In 2012, Istanbul's Başakşehir Municipality granted Ahed the prestigious Hanzala Courage Award for defying Israeli soldiers who had just arrested her brother.

A Palestinian teen arrested in December a year ago for slapping two Israeli soldiers who entered the yard of her West Bank home has become a vivid symbol of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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"This is not an indication of how effective the prosecution is in proving guilt, but rather a result of the fact that the overwhelming majority of the cases are closed in a plea bargain".

Her trial opened on February 13 behind closed doors at the Israeli military court in the West Bank.

He said clashes broke out between residents and the soldiers who fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters in the village causing suffocation among children in the kindergarten.

The video shows the cousins approaching two soldiers and telling them to leave before shoving, kicking and slapping them.

This comment came even as President trump is expected to launch a peace plan between Isreali and Palestinians after Abbas boycotted his administration over his controversial recognition of Jerusalem as isreal's capital.

The Tamimi family has been in the forefront of the struggle against the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Franck is not believed to have been ideologically motivated to carry out his alleged crimes and did not support any Palestinian militant group, Reuters reported.

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