Israel extends custody of Palestinian teen

Tamimi has been lauded as a hero by Palestinians

17:06 December 29, 2017

OFER MILITARY COURT, Occupied Territories: An Israeli military occupation court extended the custody of a Palestinian teenager and her mother on Thursday after a video showing her slap two soldiers went viral and sparked heated debate.

Ahed Tamimi, 16, was ordered held until Monday along with her mother Nariman, 43, a military occupation regime spokeswoman said.

Her cousin Nour, 21, is to be released on Sunday if no new evidence is presented by then, according to the spokeswoman.

A few dozen Palestinians protested against their detention near the gate of the military prison in the occupied West Bank where the court is located, with Israeli occupation forces dispersing them with sound grenades and tear gas.

Tamimi and her mother were arrested on December 19, while her cousin was taken in by security forces the next day.

Tamimi has been lauded as a hero by Palestinians after a video from December 15 went viral showing the teenager slap and kick two Israeli soldiers in her village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank.

She has been involved in a series of previous confrontations.

Palestinians say she is engaged in legitimate resistance against the Israeli regime’s 50-year occupation of the West Bank.

The incident occurred during a day of clashes across the West Bank against US President Donald Trump’s controversial recognition of occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Violence since Trump’s decision has left 12 Palestinians dead.

The Tamimi family says a relative was shot in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet during protests the same day the video was filmed.

Tamimi has become something of an icon for Palestinians.

She was photographed biting the hand of an Israeli soldier in 2015 to try to stop the arrest of a brother.

A years-old photograph of her raising her fist at a soldier led to her being received by then Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2012.