Ahed Tamimi, 17, appeared in an Israeli military court on Tuesday for the start of her trial on charges of slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier last December.
The judge in the trial ordered journalists removed from the courtroom, ruling that open proceedings would not be in the interest of 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi, who is being tried as a minor.
The statement from Amnesty International goes on to note that Tamimi's detention is not unique and that the Israeli army now has roughly 350 Palestinian children in custody and is "subjecting them to ill-treatment, including blindfolding, threats, solitary confinement and interrogations without the presence of their lawyers or family members".
None of the facts of this case would appear to justify her ongoing detention prior to her trial, particularly given the concerns expressed by the Committee on the Rights of the Child about the use of pre-trial detention and detention on remand.
More than two dozen prominent US Black artists and public figures are speaking out in support of Ahed Tamimi, as the teenager's trial began in an Israeli military court.
The judge in the case ousted from the courtroom all journalists who had gathered at Ofer Military Base despite the request of Tamimi's lawyer for the press to observe the trial. "It about time they will understand that people like her have to be in jail and not allowed to incite racism and subversion against the state of Israel".
Bassem Tamimi sits in Ahed Tamimi's bedroom holding a poster of his daughter, in their home in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, 28 January.
Ahed Tamimi is one of some 350 Palestinian children now in Israeli military detention.
Israeli authorities picked her up on 12 separate charges of aggravated assault and incitement, which could potentially be punishable by 10 years in prison. However she also faces five additional counts of violence and incitement, including stone throwing, taking part in violent protests and incitement to violent action. In one, taken when she was 12, she is raising a clenched fist at a soldier who towers over her.
On Tuesday, Ahed was brought before the Ofer military court in the occupied West Bank. Instead, she herself was arrested.
The scuffle took place amid clashes and protests against US President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Mira Regev's reaction to the Tamimi video clip situates the Israeli reaction to Ahed Tamimi's in ways that seem to reflect the dominant mood in the country that perversely reverses the realities of oppressor and oppressed, victimizers and victims: "When I watched that I felt humiliated". After the prosecution read out the indictment, Tamimi's trial was adjourned until March 11.
Amnesty International has called for her immediate release, saying her "continued detention is a desperate attempt to intimidate Palestinian children who dare to stand up to repression by occupying forces". Her 28-year-old cousin died after being hit by a tear-gas canister a year earlier, he says.
"The military courts themselves are one of the most injurious mechanisms of the occupation and are not created to seek justice or truth, but to maintain the occupation", Amit Gilutz, spokesperson for Israeli rights group B'Tselem, told Al-Jazeera Tuesday after Ahed's secret trial.
"While our struggles may be unique, the parallels can not be ignored", they add, noting that U.S. police, border patrol and other law enforcement "train with Israeli soldiers, police, and border agents, utilizing similar repressive profiling tactics to target and harass our communities".
Senior Israeli government officials called for a harsh punishment. Repeated rounds of USA -led Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on a partition deal have failed, and gaps have only widened between the sides.
United Nations human rights experts said Tamimi's continued detention violates global legal standards.