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Israeli court extends detention of Ahed Tamimi pending further investigations

Dec. 25, 2017 4:00 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 26, 2017 7:10 P.M.)
Ahed Tamimi (center) in Israeli military court
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israel has extended the remand of Palestinian teenager Ahed al-Tamimi, who since her detention, has become a symbol of Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Legal sources told Ma’an that an Israeli military court extended her detention for an additional 10 days pending “further investigation.”

Ahed’s mother Nariman and 21-year-old cousin Nour, who were arrested in the days after Ahed’s detention, are also currently being held in Israeli prison.

Ahed, 16, was arrested by Israeli forces during a predawn raid on her home last week in the village of Nabi Saleh, located in the central occupied West Bank.

Ahed, whose family is well-known internationally for their activism against the Israeli occupation, was arrested over a video that went viral on social media of her slapping an armed Israeli officer during a raid on Nabi Saleh.

Ahed Tamimi is well-known across Palestine and the Arab world for videos of her, since her childhood, defiantly resisting Israeli soldiers who clash with Palestinians in her village nearly every week.

Two years ago, her family made headlines when an Israeli soldier violently attempted to arrest her younger brother , who had one arm in a cast at the time. Ahed and her mother manager to pull the soldier of her brother and free him.

Israeli military raids into Palestinian cities, towns, and refugee camps are a near daily occurrence.

Nabi Saleh is one of a number of Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem which are known for their weekly Friday protests against the Israeli occupation.

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