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Palestine Israel extends imprisonment of girl who slapped soldier

AN ISRAELI military court has extended the detention of 16-year-old Palestinian girl Ahed Tamimi, filmed slapping a soldier, and her mother Nariman.

Occupation forces decided on Christmas Day to keep both locked up without charge or trial while they “investigated” what they called an assault.

Ahed Tamimi was arrested in a 3am raid on her family’s home in Nabi Saleh on December 19, a day after she was recorded slapping and kicking two soldiers after troops shot her 15-year-old cousin Mohamed with rubber-coated steel bullets.

The boy was released from hospital on Wednesday. Photos showed long gashes on the top of his head and his cheek that had to be stitched up by doctors.

Ms Tamimi’s mother, who filmed the video, was arrested for “incitement” when she went to the prison to check on her daughter.

Ahed’s cousin Nour, a 21-year-old student also seen in the video, was arrested in a raid on her home the following day.

Meanwhile it appeared that Twitter, which has previously collaborated with the Israeli government, had deleted Ms Tamimi’s account, @ahedaltamimi.

The village of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank has been the site of weekly protests against the occupation since 2009, when Israelis at the illegal Halamish settlement took over the village’s water supply.

At an earlier hearing, Israeli MP Ayman Odeh of the left-wing Hadash coalition hailed the Tamimis’ resistance and described the court as “having an ugly face, the other side of the occupation.”

Ahed’s father, Bassem Tamimi, who has been summoned for questioning by the Israelis, said he was proud of his daughter, but “I don’t trust this court because it is part and parcel of the occupation … it is used to give legitimacy to the arrest of Ahed, a child.”

• Palestinian MP Khalida Jarrar, of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, had her no-charge, no-trial imprisonment extended for six months on Wednesday.

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