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"The military courts themselves are one of the most injurious mechanisms of the occupation and are not created to seek justice or truth, but to maintain the occupation", Amit Gilutz, spokesperson for Israeli rights group B'Tselem, told Al-Jazeera Tuesday after Ahed's secret trial.

The minor, who slapped an Israeli soldier in the courtyard of his house in the town of Nabi Saleh, in the occupied West Bank, faces 12 charges, including 'assaults on soldiers.' If found guilty, Tamimi can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

Despite Ahed Tamimi's request for her trial to be open to the public, military judge rules that it will take place behind closed doors.

A large crowd of journalists had shown up to cover the trial of Tamimi, whose case has gained worldwide attention.

"The court understands that this trial interests many people outside of the courtroom, that people know that her [Ahed's] rights are being violated and that this trial is entirely unnecessary", Lasky said following the judge's decision. "So the way to keep it out of everybody's eyes is to close doors and not allow people inside the court for her hearing".

In her mother's video, Ahed can be heard saying that in the wake of USA president Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Israeli troops "need to bear responsibility for every Palestinian response that will come from us, whether it's a stabbing operation, a martyrdom operation or throwing rocks".

One senior Israeli official recently revealed he had asked a parliamentary committee to investigate whether the blond, blue-eyed Tamimi family were "real" Palestinians. The military said in a statement that it is charging Nariman Tamimi with using Facebook to "incite others to commit terrorist attacks".

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Human rights groups said her case highlighted what they've described as Israel's harsh treatment of Palestinian minors.

The Israeli military court system's treatment of minors has been widely criticized by global human rights organizations.

Ahed Tamimi was praised Recep Tayyip Erdogan who was then Turkey's prime minister, when she was seen in a viral video biting the hand of an Israeli soldier who detained her brother on suspicion of throwing stones, two years ago.

"The court decided what is best for the court, and not what is good for Ahed", she said.

She said her strategy would be to argue that Israel's continued occupation over the West Bank, captured in the 1967 Mideast war, is illegal and that the indictment is aimed at deterring Ahed and other Palestinian youths "from resisting occupation nonviolently".

"Nothing that Ahed Tamimi has done can justify the continuing detention of a 16-year-old girl", Amnesty stated in mid-January. She remains in custody at Ofer prison near Ramallah. The 17 year old, who recently celebrated her birthday behind bars, will remain under administrative detention in Israeli prison.


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