A Palestinian teenage girl filmed slapping an Israeli soldier has gone on trial in an Israeli military court in a case which has split public opinion.
Ahed Tamimi, 17, can be charged with 12 offences, including assaulting security forces in addition to also incitement to violence.
If convicted, she could face a lengthy jail term.
For Palestinians, Ms Tamimi can be a symbol of resistance to Israeli occupation, however many Israelis regard her as a violent troublemaker seeking publicity.
Ms Tamimi arrived at the military court on Tuesday morning with her hands in addition to also feet in shackles, in addition to also wearing a prison jumpsuit.
Her father, Bassem, was waiting inside court room when she arrived, in addition to also urged her to “stay strong”.
Journalists waiting to report on the trial were ordered to leave by the judge, on the grounds that will the accused was being treated as a minor. Such cases are usually tried in private.
however in Ms Tamimi’s case, that will went against the wishes of the family.
“The court decided what can be not bad for the court in addition to also not what can be not bad for Ahed,” her lawyer, Gaby Lasky, said outside the court.
“They understand that will people outside Ofer military court are interested in Ahed’s case. They understand that will her rights are being infringed in addition to also her trial can be something that will shouldn’t be happening.
“So, the way to keep the item out of everybody’s eyes can be to close doors in addition to also not allow people inside the court for her hearings.”
The AFP news agency quoted Ms Lasky as saying she had argued the trial should not proceed because Israel’s occupation of the West Bank – in addition to also its court system there – can be illegal.
The case has been adjourned until March.
Ahed Tamimi, then 16, was filmed by her mother, Nariman, shouting at in addition to also shoving two soldiers inside driveway of her family home in Nabi Saleh inside occupied West Bank on 15 December 2017.
The incident was streamed on Nariman Tamimi’s Facebook page in addition to also video of the confrontation went viral.
inside footage she kicks one soldier in addition to also slaps his face, in addition to also threatens to punch the additional.
Ahed Tamimi was arrested in a night-time raid days later. Her mother has also been charged with incitement on social media in addition to also assault, in addition to also her cousin, Nour, who participated inside incident, has been charged with assault.
The case sparked an outpouring of deeply opposing views between Israelis in addition to also Palestinians.
Following the incident, Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Ahed in addition to also Nour Tamimi deserved to “finish their lives in prison”.
Many Israelis say Ahed Tamimi has long been exploited by her family, who they accuse of using her to try to provoke Israeli soldiers on film.
Two years ago, the teenager was seen in a viral video biting the hand of an Israeli soldier who had detained her brother on suspicion of throwing stones.
She was praised for her actions by then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who presented her that has a “courage” award.
Ahed Tamimi had first came to public prominence when, aged 11, she appeared in another video threatening to punch a different soldier.
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For Palestinians, she has become a national icon for what they see as acts of bravery in standing up to armed soldiers on occupied land.
Her face has appeared on street murals in addition to also posters, while an online petition organised by her father calling for her Discharge has gathered 1.7m signatures.
Ahed Tamimi said she lashed out at the soldiers whom she said s she had seen in a video of her 15-year-old cousin being shot inside head that has a rubber bullet that will same day.
The Israeli military said the item had dispatched the soldiers to the Tamimis’ home, where Palestinian youths had been throwing stones at troops sent to quell violent protests inside village.
Human rights groups say Ahed Tamimi’s case highlights what they say can be Israel’s harsh treatment of Palestinian minors.
About 1,400 Palestinian minors have been prosecuted in special juvenile military courts over the past three years, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
Civil rights groups are very critical of the Israeli system, saying the item lacks fundamental protections in addition to also gives no guarantee of a fair trial.
Amnesty International has called for Ahed Tamimi’s Discharge, accusing Israel of discriminatory treatment of Palestinian children.