Ahed Tamimi’s Trial Postponed for 2nd Time
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Ahed’s lawyer Gaby Lasky requested the first postponement. She needed more time to prepare an adequate defense.
The second time was an Israeli delaying tactic, Lasky saying the prosecution failed to share alleged evidence, a common Israeli tactic, concealing what’s called discovery in US judicial proceedings and in other countries.
Parties are required to share relevant information relating to admissible evidence, including from documents and interrogatories.
Discovery can be obtained from non-parties through subpoenas. Failure to disclose what’s required can result in mistrials or dismissal of charges.
Ahed is being prosecuted for opposing occupation harshness, for defending her family’s property, for supporting the right of Palestinians to live free on their own land in their own country.
When kangaroo military court proceedings begin, her courage, integrity, honor and high-mindedness will be on trial. She committed no crimes.
She enjoys worldwide support, including from many US Jews. On her 17th birthday last Wednesday, activists delivered around 700 letters of solidarity to her father Bassem in Nabi Saleh village.
Scores of Jewish high school students commemorated her birthday behind bars by protesting on her behalf in front of US east coast Israeli consulates.
Charges against her are bogus. A legitimate judicial proceeding would dismiss them, ordering her release straightaway.
Palestinians facing charges are automatically guilty by accusation, rarely ever exonerated by military tribunals, convened to convict, not serve justice.
Ahed likely faces years in prison. Multiple charges of assaulting a soldier, threatening a soldier, incitement, and stone-throwing have no credibility.
Her courage in the face of adversity earned her iconic stature, gaining global attention and support, why Israel wants her silenced behind bars.
Her arrest and detention flagrantly violated Israel’s obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Article 37 states “(n)o child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time.”
Israel consistently breaches international law with impunity. It treats children as harshly as adults. It’s waged war on Palestinians for 70 years, none of its culpable officials held accountable for their high crimes.
Ahed was denied bail, her detention extended indefinitely, her conviction to languish in Israel’s gulag certain – for doing the right things, fearlessly challenging occupation harshness.
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