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An Israeli military court extended on Tuesday the detention of a Palestinian teenager, filmed slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers outside her home last December.

An Israel Military judge, who prohibited the media from entering the courtroom and began the trial behind closed doors [Al Jazeera report], has ruled that Tamimi should remain in detention until the end of her trial and adjourned Tuesday's hearing until early March.

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Haaretz commentator Anshel Pfeffer praised the judge's order as a "stroke of genius" that would "prevent the court from becoming a media circus and providing Tamimi, her family, lawyers and activists with a convenient opportunity to put the occupation on trial".

A large crowd of journalists had shown up to cover the trial of Tamimi, whose case has gained worldwide attention.

Her case has drawn wide public attention to Israeli military court procedures, which are often described by rights groups as discriminatory. Israelis accuse her parents of manipulating her into provoking Israeli soldiers on film but Palestinians says they see act of bravery, challenging the presence of Israeli soldiers on occupied land.

Ahed was arrested a few days later in the middle of the night and has been indicted by Israel's military court, which has a 99.7% conviction rate.

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Israel's full-throttle prosecution of one of an estimated 300 Palestinian minors in Israeli jails, and a senior Israeli official's recent revelation that he once had parliament investigate whether the blonde, blue-eyed Tamimis are a "real" Palestinian family, have helped stoke interest in the case.

Tamimi, who turned 17 years old in prison last month, has been imprisoned since December for what Israel says was a series of offenses that included assault and incitement to violence.

In Nabi Saleh, several teenage boys were throwing stones that day at soldiers who fired stun grenades and rubber-coated steel pellets.

Gaby Lasky, Aheds lawyer, said Palestinians will be getting another message. She remains in custody at Ofer prison near Ramallah.

The policy of administrative detention, which allows suspects to be held without trial or charge for renewable six-month periods, was first established by British colonialist forces during the British Mandate period (1923-1948) in Palestine.

"Nothing that Ahed Tamimi has done can justify the continuing detention of a 16-year-old girl", Amnesty stated in mid-January.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Israel has ratified, states that minors can only be deprived of liberty as a last resort and for the shortest appropriate time, said Michael Lynk, a United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, in a statement.

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