Remand of Arab teen who hit soldiers extended

Investigation determines soldiers, commander acted professionally in not responding to being struck repeatedly by rioter.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

rioter under arrest
rioter under arrest
IDF spokesperson

The police extended the remand of Ahed Tamimi and her mother for three days.

The 17-year-old Arab girl was filmed cursing at and repeatedly striking an officer and a soldier in the village of Nabi Salih near Ramallah. Other members of her family participated in the harassment.

The IDF arrested the pair following the publication of the video Tuesday morning.

Tamimi and her mother will be brought before a judge on Thursday. The court and police will then decide on their continued detention.

The Tamimi's attorney filed an appeal against the remand. The appeal will be heard tomorrow in the Ofer military court.

An initial IDF investigation of the incident revealed that the company commander arrived on the scene to prevent other rioters from causing the violence to escalate.

"The commander of the force, using mandated operational discretion, acted professionally by not being dragged into violence, but also acted within operational guidelines when he decided to arrest the Palestinian Arabs at the scene because they used physical violence and because they tried to prevent the soldiers from carrying out their mission," the IDF said.

Earlier, IDF General Gal Hirsch (Res.) responded to the arrest. "We value the restraint of the soldiers, but this, too, has a limit. It's good to remain calm, cool, and collected - but there's also a need to identify the point at which things have gone too far. Pepper spray the attacker’s face, force him to the ground, cuff him and arrest him - and everything said here about males applies equally to females.”

“All the political assertions claiming that the violent behavior is caused by ‘the occupation’ are irrelevant and off the mark,” Hirsch continued. “If we aren’t in Nabi Salih, we will have terror on Dizengoff [Street in Tel Aviv], in the form of rockets and other attacks. If we don’t stop the provocations there [in Nabi Salih], we will meet them along the security fence and at checkpoints. Just look at the disengagement from Gaza and the lessons [to be learned from it].”

The Tamimi family is known for harassing soldiers in a similar fashion in the past, but no action has been taken to arrest any of them them up to now when the harassment escalated into a violent attack against IDF soldiers.

Ahed Tamimi has participated in similar riots and protests against the IDF from the time she was a young child.