In this Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 photo, Palestinian Bassem Tamimi speaks in front of a poster showing his daughter Ahed at his home in Nabi Saleh near the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
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Israel's hard-charging prosecution of a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who slapped and kicked two Israeli soldiers has trained a spotlight on her activist family and its role in what Palestinians call "popular resistance," the near-weekly protests against Israeli occupation staged in several West Bank villages.Many Palestinians have embraced the teen as a symbol of a new generation standing up to Israeli rule. Trump's move triggered Palestinian protests, including in Nabi Saleh, a village of about 600 members of the Tamimi clan.On Dec. 15, the army said villagers were throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and a nearby road used by Israelis.At one point, Ahed and her 20-year-old cousin, Nour Tamimi, approached an Israeli captain and a first sergeant at the edge of the family's walled front yard.Ahed faces lengthy prison time – potentially up to 14 years – after being charged with 12 counts of attacking and threatening soldiers in five incidents going back to April 2016 .In the neighboring village of Deir Nidham, the Tamimi clan mourned 17-year-old Musab Tamimi, who was killed by Israeli army fire in clashes with stone-throwers last week.Israel also kept expanding settlements – some 600,000 Israelis now live in the West Bank, which includes East Jerusalem, war-won lands sought by the Palestinians for their state.
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