UPDATE 13/02/18: Two months since her detention, Ahed’s hearing began today. Her legal team reminded the court that in no other country are children systematically tried by juvenile military courts. Ahed’s next court appearance is scheduled for 11 March. Please keep taking action.

At 17 years old, Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi has been called the ‘Rosa Parks of Palestine’. For years, she and her family have bravely stood up against the illegal Israeli occupation. Now she’s facing up to 10 years in prison over an altercation with Israeli soldiers outside her home.

In a video that went viral on social media, an unarmed Ahed is shown coming face to face with two armed Israeli soldiers. She’s then seen slapping and kicking the soldiers wearing protective gear who were able to easily brush her advances away.

On 19 December, Ahed was arrested during a night raid of her home by Israeli soldiers. Since then, she has endured aggressive interrogation, sometimes at night, and threats made against her family.

Ahed is now charged with aggravated assault and obstructing the work of soldiers. Her trial before a military juvenile court is set for 31 January.

Ahed Tamimi and her extended family live in the village of Nabi Saleh, a Palestinian village 120 km from Jerusalem. They face frequent violence from the Israeli army for protesting against the theft of their land and loss of water resource as a result of Israeli settlement — a war crime stemming from Israel’s 50-year occupation of Palestinian land.

She’s one of approximately 350 Palestinian children held in Israeli prisons and detention centres.

There is nothing Ahed Tamimi has done that can justify the continuing detention of a 17-year-old child.  

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Prime Minister of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel’s Ambassador to Australia
His Excellency Mr Mark Meir Sofer

Dear Prime Minister/Your Excellency,

I am writing to you today on the case of Palestinian activist,  Ahed Tamimi, who has been detained since 19 December 2017 after an altercation with an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank.

An unarmed teenage girl assault on two armed soldiers wearing protective gear posed no actual threat to them. Her punishment is blatantly disproportionate.

Ahed Tamimi’s arrest and trial before a military court exposes Israel’s discriminatory treatment of Palestinian children. The Israeli army prosecutes hundreds of children in juvenile military courts every year.

Under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Israel is a state party, the arrest and detention of a child must be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time.

There is nothing Ahed Tamimi has done that can justify the continuing detention of a 17-year-old girl.  She must be released without delay.

Yours sincerely

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