Israeli court extends custody of three Palestinian women, including teenager Ahed Tamimi seen in a viral video showing the trio taking on Israeli soldiers in occupied West Bank.

Ahed Tamimi (2nd-R), a prominent 17-year-old Palestinian campaigner against Israel's occupation, appears at a military court at the Israeli-run Ofer prison in the West Bank village of Betunia on December 25, 2017.
Ahed Tamimi (2nd-R), a prominent 17-year-old Palestinian campaigner against Israel's occupation, appears at a military court at the Israeli-run Ofer prison in the West Bank village of Betunia on December 25, 2017. (AFP)

An Israeli court on Monday extended the custody of three Palestinian women detained after a viral video of an alleged assault on Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank, the police said.

They said the Ofer military court ruled that Ahed Tamimi, 17, her mother Nariman Tamimi, 43, and her cousin Nour Naji Tamimi, 21, would remain in custody until Thursday.

All three women appeared in a video that went viral after it was shot on December 15 in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah.

The footage shows Nour and Ahed approaching two Israeli soldiers before shoving, kicking and slapping them while filming on mobile phones. 

Braving Israeli soldiers 

The Tamimi family are at the forefront of regular protests in Nabi Saleh, a frequent scene of demonstrations against Israel's occupation of the West Bank.

They say a member of the family was shot in the head with a rubber bullet during protests on December 15.

Residents say part of the village's land was confiscated by Israeli authorities and given to a nearby Israeli settlement.

The videos of the alleged assault were widely picked up by Israeli media outlets, which often accuse Palestinian protesters of provoking the army into responses which are then filmed.

Honoured in 2012

Some social media users criticised Ahed's arrest in the middle of the night, arguing it is the Palestinian people's right to resist military occupation. 

In 2012, Ahed was awarded the Hanzala Courage Award by Istanbul’s Basaksehir Municipality for defying Israeli soldiers who had just arrested her brother.

At the time, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (now president) and his wife met the Palestinian girl to convey their admiration for her bravery. 

Tensions since US unilateral move

Tension has mounted in the Palestinian territories since US President Donald Trump declared unilaterally Jerusalem as Israel's capital on December 6, sparking protests and condemnation across the Arab and Muslim world.

The unilateral move was condemned by a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution. 

That resolution came few days after the US vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution rejecting Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. 

The binding resolution could not be adopted despite 14 other council members supporting it.

Since Trump's declaration, 12 Palestinians have been killed —  and over 3,000 injured — in clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and blockaded Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

According to official Palestinian figures, more than 6,400 Palestinians — including a number of children — are currently languishing in Israeli prisons.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies