>> 16-year-old Palestinian girl who's been hailed as a new Joan of Arc by supporters, will remain in detention until the end of her trial, for alleged assault on Israeli soldiers. Israeli military court has made the ruling, Ahed Tamimi is being hailed as a hero by some Palestinians after she was filmed hitting and kicking Israeli soldiers outside her home in the occupied West Bank last month.
The soldiers, wearing heavy body armor and helmets, were largely unmoved during the incident. They were deployed to her village for a weekly Palestinian protest in which Israeli authorities say the troops were assaulted by people throwing rocks. And charges filed against Tamimi include rock throwing and participation in, quote, violent riot.
]>> Tamimi's father is a prominent Palestinian activist, and she once made news two years ago when she was photographed biting a soldier attempting to arrest her younger brother. Amnesty International, who's called for her release, says the altercation took place on the same day that her 15 year old cousin was hit in the head by a rubber bullet from an Israeli soldier.
Trial is due to start on January 31st. An adult could face 10 years in prison, but as she's a minor, it's unlikely she'll see that penalty. The protests in Tamimi's village were specifically aimed at Israeli policies on settlements in the West Bank which most countries consider illegal constructions.