Israel drags more Palestinian women to court for ‘slapping’ soldiers

Palestinian women take part in a protest against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Gaza City, on Dec. 15, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 21 December 2017
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Israel drags more Palestinian women to court for ‘slapping’ soldiers

OFER MILITARY COURT: Two more Palestinian women appeared in an Israeli military court on Thursday after a viral video of an alleged assault on Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank, an AFP journalist said.
Nariman Tamimi, 43, and Nour Naji Tamimi, 21, were detained in a case that has set Israeli and Palestinian social media alight.
The video filmed in the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank shows Nour and her cousin Ahed Tamimi, 17, approaching two Israeli soldiers, before shoving, kicking and slapping them while filming on mobile phones.
The heavily armed soldiers do not respond in the face of what appears to be an attempt to provoke rather than seriously harm them.
They then move backward after Ahed’s mother Nariman becomes involved.
A second video shows the two cousins telling the soldiers, apparently standing on the stairs of the family home, to leave.
The court was expected to decide on the cases of Nariman and Nour later Thursday.
Ahed, the primary instigator in the videos, appeared before a court on Wednesday and her detention was extended until Dec. 25.
She is accused of “assaulting a soldier, harming the security of the area, incitement, and other felonies,” according to court documents.
The Tamimi family are at the forefront of regular protests in Nabi Saleh, a frequent scene of demonstrations against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.
The residents say part of the village’s land was confiscated by Israeli authorities and given to a nearby Israeli settlement.
The videos of the alleged assault were widely picked up by Israeli media, which often accuse Palestinian protesters of seeking to provoke the army into responses which are then filmed.
Israeli politicians hailed the restraint of the soldiers as evidence of the military’s values, but some called for tough responses in the face of seeming embarrassment.
Palestinians on social media criticized Ahed’s arrest in the middle of the night, arguing it is the people’s right to resist military occupation.
A member of the Tamimi family was shot in the head with a rubber bullet during protests on Friday, the family said.


Israel destroys home of Palestinian accused of killing two Israelis

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Israel destroys home of Palestinian accused of killing two Israelis

  • Israel routinely demolishes the homes of Palestinians accused of attacks as part of a policy it says discourages future violence
  • Human rights groups and Palestinians say the practice amounts to collective punishment

NABLUS: Israel’s military on Wednesday destroyed the West Bank home of a Palestinian accused of having killed two Israelis in March, the army said.
Soldiers surrounded the home late Tuesday in Az-Zawiya in the Salfit region of the occupied West Bank before carrying out the demolition using explosives and heavy machinery.
Omar Amin Abu Laila was accused of fatally stabbing soldier Gal Keidan, 19, and stealing his weapon on March 17, the army said at the time.
He then fired at Israeli motorists, hitting 47-year-old rabbi Ahiad Ettinger, a resident of the Eli settlement, who later died of his wounds, according to the army.
Abu Laila, 19, was shot dead two days later during an arrest raid by Israeli forces in the West Bank village of Abwein, north of Ramallah.
Israeli authorities accused Abu Laila of opening fire at forces, who killed him.
Israel routinely demolishes the homes of Palestinians accused of attacks as part of a policy it says discourages future violence.
But human rights groups and Palestinians say the practice amounts to collective punishment, with family members forced to pay for the acts of a relative.