Abbas calls USA ambassador 'son of a dog'

Nellie Chapman
March 21, 2018

Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old Palestinian who was imprisoned in December for slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier, has reportedly reached a plea bargain to serve eight months in prison including time served, according to US -based civic organization Avaaz, which is organizing the Free The Tamimis campaign.

Last week the military prosecution told the court that they had no objection to a public court proceedings but were later informed that the case would be held behind closed doors as per a decision made by a lower court that deemed it necessary for "the minor's benefit".

As part of the agreement, Tamimi will confess to four of the 12 charges against her, including incitement and assaulting a soldier.

According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, an East Jerusalem resident who had worked as a security guard at the French consulate and some Gazans living illegally in the West Bank were also detained in relation to the operation.

Tamimi's lawyer, Gaby Lasky, criticized the decision saying, "It's unusual that the court decided - after sending Ahed into detention until the end of her trial and after her name has already been publicized - that it is in her interests to conduct the trial far off from public view".

Tamimi's attorney Gaby Lasky said the deal has yet to be presented to the court in Ofer military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

A plea deal for Nariman Tamimi would also be for eight months in jail including time served, along with a 6,000-shekel fine, she said.

Lasky appealed to have the trial opened, but was rejected.

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"When they chose to keep her trial behind closed doors, we knew that we were not going to get a fair trial", Lasky told AFP in describing her reasons for seeking a plea bargain.

The Israeli military said the soldiers were in the area to prevent Palestinians from throwing stones at Israeli motorists.

She became an icon of resistance, appearing on murals and posters, after she was filmed hitting soldiers on her driveway, aged 16.

Ahed's cousin, Nur, who can also be seen in the video, was also later detained. When her mother went to the authorities seeking information about her arrested daughter, she too was detained.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has called the USA ambassador to Israel David Friedman a "son of a dog" during an attack on Donald Trump's policies.

Relatives say a member of the Tamimi family was wounded in the head by a rubber bullet fired during those protests.

Palestinians have flooded social media with praise and support.

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