Tamimi was led into a courtroom packed with journalists, several European diplomats and members of her family. AFP / THOMAS COEX
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Palestinian protester Ahed Tamimi went on trial behind closed doors in an Israeli military court Tuesday for slapping and punching two Israeli soldiers – the opening of a high-profile case against the teen who is seen as a Joan of Arc-like heroine.Defense lawyer Gaby Lasky protested, saying the family wanted an open trial.Lasky argued that the court is an organ of what she described as an "illegal occupation" and that the charges must therefore be thrown out."We believe that this is an indictment solely created in order to deter Ahed and other Palestinian youths" from resisting occupation, Lasky said afterward. She said she is still waiting for case material from the prosecutor, that her client did not enter a plea and that the next hearing would be March 11 . Israel currently holds around 500 Palestinians under its administrative detention policy, which allows imprisonment without trial for six-month periods, renewable indefinitely.
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