Ahed Tamimi is brought to a courtroom inside Ofer military prison near Jerusalem, Dec. 28, 2017 Mahmoud Illean/AP

Ahed Tamimi, Palestinian teen who slapped Israeli soldier, charged with assault

Her mother, Nariman is being charged with assault and incitement on social media

By Yotam Berger and Yaniv Kubovich |Haaretz Jan. 1, 2018

Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian 16-year-old arrested for slapping an Israeli soldier two weeks ago, was indicted on five counts of assaulting security forces and for throwing stones by the Israeli Army’s military prosecutor. Ahed’s mother, Nariman Tamimi, is being charged for incitment on social media, and for assault.

Ahed and Nur were arrested after a video was posted on Facebook by Nariman showing the two slapping a soldier in the West Bank village of Nebi Salah.

Ahed’s indictment accuses her of a series of similar attacks on IDF soldiers and for throwing stones at security forces. The five counts of assault against her include: threatening a soldier, attacking a soldier under aggrevated circumstances, interfering with a soldier in carrying out his duties, incitment, and throwing objects at individuals or property.

Nariman is accused of being involved in two incidents, including the one videoed, and for incitment on social media sites.

Ahed is charged with aggravated assault in the incident on December 15. The indictment states that two soldiers, a captain and staff sergeant, were standing next to Tamimi’s home, when her mother Nariman used Facebook live to stream the video of the incident. Ahed pushed the soldiers and verbally threatened them, saying: “Get out or I’ll punch you.” She then pushed them, kicked them and hit them in the face, states the indictment. The soldiers remained calm and barely responded to the attacks. She was also charged with interfering with a soldier in carrying out his duties and threatening them.

Tamimi is also charged with incitement. The military prosecution states that on the same day she “tried verbally and in other ways to influence public opinion in the area in a manner that could well disturb public safety or public order.”

The indictment states that after the soldiers left the scene, her mother continued to broadcast and asked Ahed to present her message to the world. Ahed then said: “I hope everyone will participate in the protests because that is the only solution to reach a result. Our strength is in our rocks and I hope that the entire world will unite to liberate Palestine because Trump announced a decision and they need to bear responsibility for every response that will come from us — Whether it is a stabbing attack or suicide bombing or throwing rocks, everyone needs to do something and unite in order for our message to reach those who want to liberate Palestine,” the indictment quotes Tamimi as saying.

The broadcast was “viewed by thousands of users,” said the military prosecutor.

On Sunday, Ahed’s cousin Nur, 20, was indicted on charges of aggravated assault and for interfering with a soldier in carrying out his duties.

Last Thursday, the military court ordered Nur released and extended the detention of Ahed and Nuriman. However, the court delayed Nur’s release until Sunday to allow the military prosecution to appeal the release. Nur is the only one of the three to whom the army does not attribute previous acts of violence.

The video clip shows Ahed Tamimi slapping a soldiers and trying to kick him, to provoke a response. After the first soldier she harassed did not respond violently, Ahed Tamimi kicked him and slapped him. After that she approached the second soldier standing nearby and tried to strike him as well. Then Nur joined in and pushed the soldiers, while Ahed continued to attack them. The two soldiers did not respond, either by striking them or chasing them away. Ahed Tamimi was arrested the following day and her mother was arrested when she went to the police station to find out what was happening with her daughter.