Israeli court refuses bail for jailed Palestinian girl

ANADOLU AGENCY
RAMALLAH
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Ahed Tamimi (2nd-R), a 17-year-old prominent Palestinian campaigner against Israel's occupation, appears at a military court at the Israeli-run Ofer prison in the West Bank village of Betunia on December 25, 2017. (AFP Photo)
Ahed Tamimi (2nd-R), a 17-year-old prominent Palestinian campaigner against Israel's occupation, appears at a military court at the Israeli-run Ofer prison in the West Bank village of Betunia on December 25, 2017. (AFP Photo)

An Israeli court has declined a lawyer's request for the release on bail of Ahed al-Tamimi, a 16-year-old Palestinian girl detained last week by the Israeli authorities.

On Sunday, Israel's Ofer Court, located near the West Bank city of Ramallah, turned down a request by Ahed's lawyer for her release on bail, Bassem al-Tamimi, the girl's father, told Anadolu Agency.

According to al-Tamimi, Ahed, her mother Nariman, and her cousin Nour -- all of whom appeared in court Monday -- face charges of participating in what Israeli officials have described as "violent riots" and resisting Israeli security forces.

On Monday, Israeli public prosecutors requested that Ahed's detention be extended for another 10 days pending further investigation.

Last Tuesday, Israeli forces detained Ahed during an overnight raid in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Her mother and cousin were both arrested shortly afterward.

The latest case is hardly Ahed's first brush with the Israeli authorities. In 2012, Istanbul's Basaksehir Municipality awarded her with the Hanzala Courage Award for defying Israeli soldiers who had just arrested her brother.

At the time, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (now president) met with the Palestinian girl personally to convey his admiration for her bravery.

Ahed's father, mother and brothers have also all been repeatedly arrested by the authorities for their fierce -- and often vocal -- opposition to Israel's decades-long occupation.

On Dec. 6, U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, drawing condemnation from across the Arab and Muslim world and sparking angry protests across the Palestinian territories.

Since then, at least 15 Palestinians have been martyred -- and thousands more injured -- in clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

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