Judge closes courtroom as trial begins for Palestinian teen who slapped soldiers

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The Trump White House has been less publicly critical of Israel's settlement building than previous administrations.

Regular clashes have broken out in the West Bank between demonstrators and Israeli forces, which although not large after 50 years of occupation, have been persistent. "Everyone involved, not only the girl but also her parents and those around them will not escape from what they deserve", he said in December.

The indictment covers six incidents in recent months in which she was involved in altercations with Israeli soldiers, including the December 15 slapping incident that was captured on video and went viral on social media.

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HRW says Tamimi's pre-trial detention - 56 days and counting - is both a "violation of global law and unnecessary". Its a phenomenon he describes as "Pallywood".

In a statement published Monday, prominent Black public figures call on USA lawmakers to endorse a bill that would prohibit United States aid to Israel being used for the military detention, torture and abuse of Palestinian children.

He said the findings were inconclusive.

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Trump has promised to propose a peace plan, but Palestinian officials have said they fear any USA offer would fall far short of their demands, including a capital in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem. An image purporting to show the female victim circulating on social media depicts her with a bloodied face and the apparently more severe injury. "He was more serious, more thoughtful, considering my questions before firing back, and also more inquisitive, asking me far more questions for a change", the editor wrote.

The soldiers were extracted from the city with the help of Palestinian Authority security services through coordination with the IDF Civil Administration, a body that acts as liaison between military units and the Palestinians. Children, he says, are an important part of their struggle.

The prominent United States figures went on to highlight previous revelations on how US police, immigration officers and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents train with Israeli security forces "utilizing similar repressive profiling tactics to target and harass our communities". "We need them to be strong". Above the television sits a portrait of Aheds uncle, who Bassem says was shot during a demonstration in 2012.

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"Nothing that Ahed Tamimi has done can justify the continuing detention of a 16-year-old girl", Amnesty stated in mid-January.

"She was born into an environment of resistance", he said.

"From Trayvon Martin to Mohammed Abu Khdeir and Khalif Browder to Ahed Tamimi - racism, state violence and mass incarceration have robbed our people of their childhoods and their futures", read the open letter organized by USA -based Dream Defenders group that was formed following Martin's death to fight for social change. She appeared calm and confident as she took a seat in the dock, surrounded by camera crews and photographers.

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