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It Is Not In Ahed Tamimi's Best Interest To Have A Secret Trial, It's In Israel's: Newsweek

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A judge has ordered that Ahed Tamimi's proceedings be held in private for her own good. Israel’s arrest and prosecution of Palestinian minors in the West Bank involves systemic, routine abuse of their rights. They are taken from their homes or from the street without their parents being informed. They are often subjected to violence and threats during interrogations, which take place without parents or lawyers present, and they are automatically remanded in custody pending the end of proceedings. In such a system, the best interest of Palestinian minors hardly crosses the Israeli judges’ minds, let alone guides their decisions. Maybe it is better to tell it like it is, and state the simple truth: The court’s decision to close its doors had nothing to do with protecting Tamimi’s rights and everything to do with defending the image of the occupation.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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