OFER PRISON, West Bank (Reuters) – A 16-year-old Palestinian girl, hailed as a hero by the Palestinians for beating and kicking Israeli soldiers out of her home, will remain in detention until the end of her trial for alleged assault, a Israeli military court ruled on Wednesday.
Ahed Tamimi was arrested after it was filmed in front of an Israeli officer and a soldier in front of her house in a village in the occupied West Bank on December 15, after what Israel says was an assault on her troops.
A video of the meeting showed Tamimi beating an officer and hitting a soldier by his side in the face. Both men, who were also kicked by the teenager, wore helmets and combat equipment and tried to deflect their blows, but remained largely passive.
The soldiers had deployed during a weekly Palestinian protest in the town against the Israeli policy of settlements in the West Bank, one of the hottest issues in the efforts to resume peace talks between Israel and Palestine, frozen since 2014.  London – According to Amnesty International, the altercation took place on the same day that a 15-year-old cousin of Tamimi was hit in the head by a rubber bullet fired by an Israeli soldier.
Right-wing Israelis have debated whether the troops had been weak in opting not to strike back. The Israeli army said they acted professionally by showing restraint.
The case has turned Tamimi into a powerful symbol for the Palestinians, and a commentator on the Israeli left-wing newspaper Haaretz said Israel risked turning it into the "Palestinian Joan of Arc."
] Charges filed in January 1 against Tamimi included aggravated assault, stone throwing, incitement and participation in "violent riots". No arguments were presented at the hearing. [L8N1OW0GQ]
Tamimi's lawyer, Gaby Lasky, said the court, meeting in Israel's Ofer prison near the Palestinian city of Ramallah, dismissed arguments that continued detention would violate Tamimi's rights as a minor and concluded that it would represent a danger if bail were released.
"They decided that the trial will begin on January thirty-first, but even though she is only sixteen years old, the court believes that her accusation is sufficient to keep her in detention until the end of the trial," the lawyer said. he told reporters.
An adult found guilty of assaulting a soldier could be imprisoned for up to 10 years, but such a result would be unlikely for a minor.
Calling for Tamimi's release, Amnesty said Monday that nothing Tamimi has done against armed soldiers wearing protective equipment "can justify the continued detention of a 16-year-old girl."
Tamimi, whose father is a prominent Palestinian activist, made news two years ago when he imagined her biting a soldier who tried to arrest his younger brother.
Palestinians want the West Bank to be a future state, along with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Most countries consider illegal Israeli settlements built on the territory that Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.
Israel denies that its settlements are illegal and says its future should be determined in peace talks with the Palestinians. Palestinians
Written by Jeffrey Heller in Jerusalem,