Israeli court decides to detain Tamimi until Friday

PNN/ Ramallah/

The Israeli military court of Ofer on Wednesday afternoon has finally decided to keep the activist Manal Tamimi (43) detained until Friday, 11 March 2016.

Manal’s lawyer, Gaby Lasky said that the police wanted to extend her arrest for eight more days, but after the hearing session, the lawyer managed to minimize it to two days.

Charges against Manal include “threatening an Israeli policeman on Facebook” and attacking another on 30 October 2015.

However, Lasky confirmed that Manal showed strong spirits and courage during the court process.

Manal, prominent activist against the Wall and settlements, and mother of six, was kidnapped from her home in Al-Nabi Saleh village near Ramallah on the International Women’s Day, 8th of March, at 1:30 AM.

Manal’s husband, Bilal Tamimi (50) said that a few hours after the arrest, the family knew that Manal was taken to Benyamin Israeli police center near Ramallah, calling it “the Israeli gift to the Palestinian women on women’s day.”

Manal and her family have maintained a high-profile in nonviolent popular resistance.

She was also part of Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, which presents community-based resistance rooted in a belief in the power of nonviolent struggle, taking various forms, such as strikes, protests, and legal campaigns, as well as supporting the call to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.

Bilal Tamimi said that Manal was unable to participate in the demonstrations during the past three weeks, because she developed a bad allergy towards teargas which was fired intensely during protests.

She was shot and injured in her legs twice before, in 2013 and 2015.