Is­raeli court to try Pales­tinian teen be­hind closed doors

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A Pales­tinian teenager charged af­ter a vi­ral video showed her hit­ting two Is­raeli sol­diers in a case that has gained global at­ten­tion went on trial in mil­i­tary court on Tues­day in closed-door pro­ceed­ings.

The judge in the trial or­dered jour­nal­ists re­moved from the court­room, rul­ing that open pro­ceed­ings would not be in the in­ter­est of 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi, who is be­ing tried as a mi­nor.

Only fam­ily mem­bers were al­lowed to re­main in the court­room, with diplo­mats present to ob­serve also asked to leave.

A crowd of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional jour­nal­ists had shown up to cover the trial of Tamimi, who has be­come some­thing of an icon for Pales­tini­ans and world­wide sup­port­ers of their cause.

Tri­als of mi­nors in mil­i­tary court are typ­i­cally closed, but Tamimi’s lawyer said pre­vi­ous hear­ings for the teenager were open and she ar­gued for it to re­main that way.

“They un­der­stand that peo­ple out­side Ofer mil­i­tary court are in­ter­ested in Ahed’s case. They un­der­stand that her rights are be­ing in­fringed and her trial is some­thing that shouldn’t be hap­pen­ing,” Tamimi’s lawyer Gaby Lasky told jour­nal­ists af­ter hav­ing un­suc­cess­fully ob­jected to the judge’s de­ci­sion to close the trial.

“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.”

Tamimi ar­rived at the mil­i­tary court near Jerusalem in the oc­cu­pied West Bank dressed in a prison jacket with her hands and feet shack­led, smil­ing slightly as jour­nal­ists pho­tographed her.

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