Ahed Tamimi, aged 12 at the time this image was taken, is seen trying to punch an Israeli soldier during a protest.
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Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi is to go on trial before an Israeli military court Tuesday for slapping and punching two Israeli soldiers – an act Palestinians say embodies their David vs. Goliath struggle against a brutal military occupation and Israel portrays as a staged provocation meant to embarrass its military. Israel's full-throttle prosecution of Tamimi, one of an estimated 300 Palestinian minors in Israeli jails, and a senior Israeli official's recent stunning revelation that he once had Parliament investigate whether the blond, blue-eyed Tamimis are a "real" Palestinian family have helped stoke ongoing interest in the case.The case touches on what constitutes legitimate resistance to Israel's rule over millions of Palestinians, already in its 51st year after Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in 1967 .Tamimi's middle-of-the-night arrest from her home in December and her pretrial court appearances, flanked by Israeli guards and looking impassive, have evoked a sense of history on a loop.Another generation of Palestinians seems locked in a cycle of protests and arrests by Israel, three decades after Palestinians staged their first uprising, throwing stones and burning tires in the streets.
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