Israel arrests family member of jailed Palestinian teen

Israel arrests family member of jailed Palestinian teen
Israeli lawyer Gaby Lasky (C-L) speaks with her client sixteen-years-old Ahed Tamimi (2R) before she stands for a hearing in the military court at Ofer military prison in the West Bank village of Betunia on January 1, 2018. Israeli authorities are seeking 12 charges against Ahed after a video of her slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank went viral, her lawyer said. / AFP PHOTO / Ahmad GHARABLI

Ramallah: Israel’s army arrested nine Palestinians from the West Bank home village of jailed teenager Ahed Tamimi, including a relative shot in the head in December, the military and witnesses said Monday.

The overnight arrests were in Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank and included four minors, witnesses said.

Among them was 15-year-old Mohammed Tamimi, a cousin of Ahed Tamimi, who was arrested in December after a viral video showed her hit and kick two Israeli soldiers, an uncle, Atta Tamimi, said.

Mohammed was shot in the head with a rubber bullet the day of Ahed’s arrest, leaving him with permanent damage to his skull, relatives say.

He was released later Monday after being questioned, Israel’s army said. It was not immediately clear whether the others arrested had been released.

An army spokeswoman said the arrests were due to the “increase in violent riots and acts of terrorism” in the village.

Nabi Saleh, in the northern West Bank, has long been a major site of opposition to Israel’s occupation of the territory.

In the viral video, Ahed and her cousin Nour Tamimi push and slap the heavily army soldiers.

The scuffle took place amid clashes and protests against US President Donald Trump’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Ahed Tamimi has been charged with 12 counts including assault and could face a lengthy jail term if convicted.

She has been ordered held in custody until the completion of her trial at an Israeli military court. Her mother, also arrested after the video went viral, is being held until her trial is completed as well.

Israel’s atrocities against Palestinian minors

Ahed was arrested in the midnight from her house. She was allegedly interrogated for hours and forced to confess the crimes. She did not even receive food properly.

According to the rights group, she spent the night in the dark detention cell.

It may be noted that she was arrested from West Bank and taken into occupied territory which is the violation of international laws.

It may be mentioned that since 2012, every year, Israel has prosecuted more than 700 Palestinian minors.  Despite knowing that they are minor, Israeli authorities handcuff them. Arrested minors are subjected to physical and mental abuse.

 

With inputs from AFP