OPT: Israeli authorities must release Ahed Tamimi immediately

West Bank clashes

"The gravity of the offences of which she is accused do not allow an alternative to custody".

The lawyer for the 16-year-old Palestinian on Monday had delivered a broad indictment of the Israeli "occupation", of Trump's Jerusalem declaration and of alleged violations of her rights in demanding her release from detention, but these arguments were ultimately rejected by the court.

The charges include aggravated assault of a soldier, stone throwing and incitement, and are related to six different incidents, some going back to April 2016. The indictment covers six incidents in recent months in which she was involved in altercations with Israeli soldiers, including the December 15 incident that was captured on video and went viral on social media.

Global standards require that children should be deprived of their liberty only if they pose an imminent threat to themselves or to others, and all other means have been exhausted, or as a precaution against escape during transfer, but in all cases, only for as long as is strictly necessary, said OHCHR.

Consequently, the judges' decision to approve remand is tantamount to a conviction - as the case is decided once the person is remanded, rather than based on the evidence.

Her mother, Nariman, and her 20-year-old cousin Nour were arrested soon after.

A military court judge ordered the release of Nour on January 5, saying that the charges against the 21-year-old were fewer and less severe.

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Ahed Tamimi's family says the 15 December incident that led to the arrests occurred in the yard of their home in Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah in the West Bank.

In 2012 she was presented with an award in Turkey and met its president, Tayyip Erdogan, after images of her confronting an Israeli soldier went viral.

A video of the encounter showed Tamimi slapping an officer and punching a soldier next to him in the face. The armed soldiers do not respond in the face of what appears to be an attempt to provoke them.

Seventeen Palestinians have been killed since Mr Trump's declaration on December 6, majority in clashes with Israeli forces.

Israel s military said the soldiers were in the area to prevent Palestinians from throwing stones at Israeli motorists. Israeli troops shot a male cousin, 15, in the face with a rubber bullet, and for several days he was in a medically induced coma.

"The deprivation of liberty of children shall only be used as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time, and the best interests of the child are to be a primary concern", it said.

The events, filmed by a family member, were broadcasted on social media and subsequently published in Israeli media, causing a strong public reaction. However, the clip outraged many Israelis, with Education Minister Naftali Bennett telling Israeli army radio that Ahed and two other women involved in the incident "should finish their lives in prison". Some have hailed the restraint of the soldiers, but others said the Tamimis' actions merited a tougher response and called for a heavy sentence.

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