By Azania Post Reporter
Israel has begun trial of a 17-year old Palestinian girl who was caught on camera slapping and punching two Israeli soldiers.
The trial begun in the Israel military court in the West Bank on Tuesday. The judge ordered the proceedings of the trial be held behind closed doors in a case that has drawn wide criticism of Israel for prosecuting a minor.
For years, she has been the poster girl of Palestinian propaganda. The jewel in the crown. The star of Pallywood, a term coined by Prof. Richard Landes to describe the Palestinians' staged false displays for the purpose of accusing Israel of violence.
Ahed Tamimi, 17, appeared fresh and confident as she entered the packed courtroom. She briefly whispered to relatives in the back of the room before the judge ordered everyone except her family out.
"Stay strong! Stay strong!" shouted her father, Bassem Tamimi.
Ahed Tamimi’s success in the Western public opinion stems from the fact that she doesn’t look like a typical Muslim or Palestinian woman; she generates sympathy because she looks like the daughter of the white family next door.
As long as she delivers the goods, the clear racist aspect in this ability to identify with her doesn’t really matter.
Ahed Tamimi has been incarcerated since she was arrested on Dec. 19, four days after she was filmed confronting the soldiers outside her West Bank home.
Israel has treated her actions as a criminal offence, indicting her on charges of assault and incitement that could potentially lead to years in prison.
But Ahed Tamimi's supporters see a brave girl who struck two armed soldiers outside her West Bank home in frustration after having just learned that Israeli troops seriously wounded a 15-year-old cousin, shooting him in the head from close range with a rubber bullet during nearby stone-throwing clashes.
The teen with the large curly mane of blond hair, who turned 17 in jail last month, has become the latest symbol of the long-running battle between Palestinians and Israelis over global public opinion.