An Israeli military court indicted 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi on January 1 after a viral video surfaced of her slapping a soldier, according to CBS News.
CBS News reported that the military court indicted Ahed on multiple charges, including attacking soldiers and charges stemming from previous interactions with Israeli soldiers. Ahed’s cousin and mother also face charges from the incident. According to the South China Morning Post, Ahed initially faced 12 charges.
CBS News reported the court extended Ahed’s remand for eight days.
According to Al Jazeera, 16-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi was arrested by Israeli authorities during an overnight raid at her home in the West Bank on December 19. Ahed, a familiar face at protests on her hometown, Nabi Saleh, was reportedly detained by the Israeli army and border police. The arrest happened just after a video of Ahed confronting Israeli soldiers went viral, the same day that clashes broke out over President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
In the video, a teen Al Jazeera reports to be Ahed can be seen walking up to an Israeli soldier and slapping him on the arm. She then seems to push another soldier standing nearby. According to the Jerusalem Post, Ahed was arrested on suspicion of “attacking” the Israeli Defense Force Soldiers and “incitement.” According to USA Today, the reason for Ahed’s arrest was unclear, though she would be held in custody until “at least” December 21. While Ahed was arrested on Tuesday, the video was reportedly filmed on December 15.
Trump announced the U.S. would officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6, sparking protests across the Middle East. Those protests have continued since, some turning violent, according to Al Jazeera. The announcement sparked violence because Jerusalem has been a highly contested area for decades — fought over by Jews, Christians, and Muslims, as well as Israelis, Palestinians, and other countries. Both Israel and Palestine claim the city that contains Christian, Jewish, and Muslim holy sites as their capital. In 1967, during the Arab-Israeli War, Israel seized Palestinian land, including East Jerusalem, from Jordan. The fight, however, extends beyond Jerusalem. Israelis occupy Palestinian territory, claiming it as their own, while Palestinians claim historical right to the land. Violence by both Israelis and Palestinians perpetuates the battle, as Israel works toward a one-state solution and Palestinians protect what they believe is their right to land.
Ahed’s father, Bassem, told Al Jazeera that soldiers entered the home at about 3 a.m. on December 19, rifling through the family’s possessions. Later that day, when Ahed’s mother, Nariman, went to the police station where her daughter was detained to be present for her interrogation, Al Jazeera reports she was also arrested. Al Jazeera reports the Tamimi family are all prominent activists in Nabi Saleh; Bassem has reportedly been arrested numerous times by Israeli forces.