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West Bank writer Ahed Tamimi faces indefinite detention without charges or trial, based on evidence

22-year-old is one of the highest-profile Palestinians arrested by Israel since October 7

Anushka Patil New York Published 29.11.23, 10:23 AM
Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi with her parents at their family house in Nabi Saleh village, Israeli-occupied West Bank

Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi with her parents at their family house in Nabi Saleh village, Israeli-occupied West Bank Reuters file picture

It was around 4am (local time) when Nariman Tamimi’s daughter, Ahed, roused her from sleep and told her that Israeli soldiers had surrounded their home in the occupied West Bank.

Nariman Tamimi had been expecting the raid: Over the previous week, an online campaign had vilified her daughter as a terrorist and demanded Ahed’s arrest. But the expectation did little to dull her terror on November 6, when more than a dozen soldiers ransacked their home and hauled Ahed away in handcuffs.

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Ahed Tamimi, 22, is one of the highest-profile Palestinians arrested by Israel since October 7, as it has conducted a sweeping campaign of raids and detentions that it says is aimed at deterring terrorist attacks but has also prompted alarm from international human rights groups.

On Sunday, after holding Tamimi for nearly three weeks without access to a lawyer or her family, Israel moved to incarcerate her under administrative detention, according to her lawyer, Mahmoud Hassan. She now faces indefinite imprisonment, without charges or trial, based on evidence that neither she nor her lawyer are allowed to view.

Israel’s expansive use of administrative detention has been widely criticised as a violation of international law.

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