Ali Waked
July 30, 2008 - 3:37pm,7340,L-3575316,00.html

The father of the girl who filmed an IDF soldier firing a rubber bullet at a bound Palestinian in Naalin will remain in custody until legal proceedings again him are completed, judges decided Tuesday. 

Jamal Amira's detention was extended by the Military Court at the Ofer Prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Fifty-three-year-old Amira is accused of undermining security in the area, participating in an unauthorized demonstration, violating a restricted military zone order, and assaulting a soldier with a stick. Amira vehemently denies the last charge.

Amira’s attorney, Gabi Lasky, told Ynet that she plans to appeal the decision, which she characterized as a "sad joke." 

 “I don’t understand why a person who lost 35 acres of land can’t demonstrate against the fence," she said.

Lasky also said that the court did ignored Amira's claim  thatsoldiers at the scene told him that they know he is the father of the girl who filmed the Naalin video and that they will “settle their score with him.”

According to Lasky, “while the shooting soldier was released after 24 hours, and the battalion commander who gave the order was rewarded with a 10-day vacation, the father was sentenced to detention until completion of proceedings.

"This discrimination must not exist. Even if he had attacked one of the soldiers, the shooting soldier was released and the battalion commander received a vacation, so there is no room to leave him detained," the attorney said. "Especially since this is a 53-year-old man who suffers from medical problems and who is a father of 10,” she said.


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