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Trial of Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi postponed to Feb. 13

A defense lawyer and Israel's military say the trial of Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi before an Israeli military court has been postponed and is now scheduled to begin Feb. 13. The teen's trial was originally set to start Tuesday, but defense lawyer Gaby Lasky says the prosecution was slow in sharing evidence. Tamimi, who turned 17 in prison last week, was charged with assault and incitement after she slapped and punched two Israeli soldiers in her West Bank village in December.
By The News · 04 of February 2018 15:29:27
FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2018 file photo, Ahed Tamimi is brought to a courtroom inside the Ofer military prison near Jerusalem. A defense lawyer and Israel's military say the trial of Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi before an Israeli military court has been postponed and is now scheduled to begin Feb. 13. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File), No available, FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2018 file photo, Ahed Tamimi is brought to a courtroom inside the Ofer military prison near Jerusalem. A defense lawyer and Israel's military say the trial of Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi before an Israeli military court has been postponed and is now scheduled to begin Feb. 13. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

JERUSALEM (AP) — The trial of Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi before an Israeli military court has been postponed for a week and is now scheduled to begin on Feb. 13.

Tamimi, who turned 17 in prison last week, was charged with assault and incitement after she slapped and punched two Israeli soldiers in her West Bank village in December.

The incident was captured on video and widely shared online.

Ahed’s supporters say it symbolizes the Palestinians’ David vs. Goliath struggle against Israel’s decades-long military occupation. Israel has portrayed her actions as a staged provocation meant to embarrass the army.

Defense lawyer Gaby Lasky said Sunday that the trial, which was set to begin Tuesday, was delayed because the prosecution was slow in sharing evidence.

The military confirmed the new starting date.