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  • 'It is easy to be a terrorist, it's much harder to pursue peace'

    Eight months after she was sent to prison for filming her daughter slap an IDF soldier, Nariman Tamimi speaks about her time behind bars, the case for international pressure on Israel, and the way her family is treated by the Israeli media. 'They know that Ahed is not a terrorist. If we wanted to be terrorists, we would be the exact opposite of who we are.' By Oren Ziv A day after Ahed and Nariman Tamimi’s release from prison on Sunday, media outlets, friends, and activists continued to flood the family in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Despite a decision…

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  • How Israel's military courts conspire to keep Palestinians in prison

    An Israeli military judge ordered Abdullah Abu Rahme released, saying there was no reason to keep him behind bars. And yet for the next month, the military justice system conspired to keep him in prison. By Edo Konrad and Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man Imagine you are arrested for a nonviolent property crime. After a few days in jail, a judge decides that you do not pose a threat to society, that you’re not a flight risk, and so he or she orders you released on bail. [tmwinpost] So you post bail and go home, right? Not if you’re a Palestinian living under…

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  • An Israeli and a Palestinian slap a soldier. Guess who's still in prison?

    A reminder that Israelis and Palestinians who commit the same crime face radically different consequences. Minutes before an Israeli military judge signed off on Ahed Tamimi’s plea deal last week, something unexpected happened inside Israel’s Ofer Military Court. A Jewish Israeli activist rose from the back benches, approached the military prosecutor, slapped him across the face, and yelled, “who are you to judge her?” [tmwinpost] If ever there were an apt example of the glaring disparities between the way Israel’s justice system treats its own citizens versus its Palestinian subjects, it was on full display for the world to see…

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  • Ahed Tamimi to spend 8 months in prison in plea deal

    The 17-year-old from Nabi Saleh filmed slapping an Israeli soldier has already been imprisoned for three months. Her mother and cousin also sign plea deals. Activist slaps prosecutor in court. By +972 Magazine Staff Ahed Tamimi, the teenager from Nabi Saleh arrested after a video of her attempting to push two armed Israeli soldiers off of her family’s porch went viral, signed a plea deal in Israeli military court on Wednesday, and will serve eight months in prison including three months time served. Her mother, Nariman, and cousin, Nur, also signed plea deals. Nariman will serve eight months, and Nur…

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  • Journalists, diplomats kicked out of Ahed Tamimi's trial

    Despite Ahed Tamimi's request for her trial to be open to the public, military judge rules that it will take place behind closed doors. By Oren Ziv Dozens of diplomats, journalists, photographers, and supporters arrived at the Ofer Military prison Tuesday morning for the opening hearing in the trial of Ahed Tamimi, the 17 year old from Nabi Saleh. The judge, however, ruled that the trial would take place behind closed doors to protect Ahed’s interests, ordering everyone in the courtroom, except for Ahed’s family members to leave. [tmwinpost] Tamimi was arrested on December 19 when the army raided her home in the…

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  • Military court: Ahed Tamimi and her mom to remain in prison

    Bassem Tamimi: 'I don't trust this court, I don't trust this legal system, all of which is built to punish the Palestinians.' By Oren Ziv An Israeli military appeals court on Wednesday denied bail to Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian girl who was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier at the entrance to her home, and her mother Nariman, ordering them held in prison until the conclusion of their respective trials. [tmwinpost] Tamimi is charged with five counts of assaulting security forces, as well as with incitement. Her mother is accused of incitement via social media. Military Judge Haim Baliti rejected most of the…

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  • At 16, Israel promised me freedom. Why does it deny it to Ahed Tamimi?

    Looking at the images of Ahed in court, I know we can never truly be free as long as we deny another people their freedom. And I wonder what freedom actually means if it takes locking up people like Ahed to secure it. By Simone Zimmerman When I was 16, I joined Facebook. I spent a lot of time taking cute photos with my friends, and learned how to do neat things with my digital camera. I got in quite a good bit of trouble for making out with cute boys at my Jewish youth group and summer camp. One of…

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  • Israeli police smuggle Palestinian suspect out of the country

    The police took Nasser Nawaj'ah out of the West Bank and into Israel to face trial. When that didn't work, they ignored a court order to release him and smuggled him back to the West Bank and into military custody. What happened to a Palestinian man named Nasser Nawaj’ah on Thursday could fill an entire chapter of a textbook about the Israeli justice system, or rather, about its military occupation. [tmwinpost] Nasser was arrested in the West Bank by Israeli soldiers on suspicion of filing a complaint to the Palestinian police about another Palestinian. The soldiers hand him over to…

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  • Shin Bet photo lineup: Can you pick out the female suspect?

    Palestinian MP Khalida Jarrar’s trial in Israeli military court has lasted more than six months. When the judge threatened to release her, the military prosecution said it would simply throw her back in administrative detention. By Avi Blecherman I’ve been in a few court hearings in my day. I’ve also seen a fair number of Law & Order episodes, and I'd like to think I have a pretty good idea of what a lineup of suspects is supposed to look like, be it an in-person or photo lineup. But nothing could have prepared me for the lineup I saw earlier…

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  • Jailed Palestinian lawmaker pleads innocence

    Khalida Jarrar, who was arrested for representing the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the Palestinian legislature, rejects all charges against her as trial opens in West Bank military court. Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar, who was arrested in March and has been imprisoned ever since, plead innocent Monday as her highly-publicized trial began in the Ofer military court in the West Bank. The trial was attended by Jarrar's family members, a number of journalists, as well as a delegation of EU diplomats who expressed their concern over her detention. [tmwinpost] Jarrar, who serves in the Palestinian Legislative Council…

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  • In Israel's military court, one's fate is sealed long before trial

    For the vast majority of Palestinians in Israel’s military courts, keeping defendants in prison until the end of legal proceedings is the rule, not the exception. By Yael Stein A visit to Israel’s military court at Ofer Prison can be confusing. A sense of injustice pervades the place, but it is sometimes hard to put the finger on it precisely. This is because, for all intents and purposes, the Israeli military court appears to be a court like any other. There are prosecutors and defense attorneys. There are rules of procedure, laws and regulations. There are judges who hand down…

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  • WATCH: From Ofer prison to the Knesset?

    Attorney Gaby Lasky spends her days fighting the occupation in Israel's military courts. Now she is fighting to make it into the next Knesset with the left-wing Meretz party. An elections special. Video by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org For Palestinians in the West Bank, Ofer Military Court has come to be known as a symbol of the banality and injustice that lies at the heart of Israel's occupation of the West Bank. For Attorney Gaby Lasky, however, Ofer is where much of her day-to-day work takes place. Lasky — a human rights attorney who previously served as the General Director of Peace…

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  • IDF: Palestinian nonviolent protest is an ideological crime

    Abdullah Abu Rahmah has a sentencing hearing in military court after being convicted of standing in front of an IDF bulldozer. The nonviolent protest organizer from Bil'in who already served more than a year in prison has been declared a 'human rights defender' by the European Union. By Yael Marom Diplomats from the European Union, Sweden, France, the UK, Finland and Spain were present at a sentencing hearing for Palestinian non-violent Palestinian protest leader Abdullah Abu Rahmah at Ofer Military Prison in the West Bank on Sunday, along with dozens of Palestinian, international and Israeli activists. Abu Rahmah is a…

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