Trial of Tamimi Postponed to Feb. 13

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -

The trial of Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi before an Israeli military court has been postponed for a week and is now scheduled to begin on Feb. 13.

Tamimi, 17, was charged with assault and incitement after she slapped and punched two Israeli soldiers in her village in December. The soldiers were stationed there to quell Palestinian rioting.

The incident was captured on video and widely shared online.

Tamimi has been hailed by Palestinians as a “resistance” hero. But Israeli authorities say her actions were a staged provocation meant to embarrass the army.

The trial had been set to begin on Tuesday, after it was rescheduled from January 31. The military confirmed the new starting date.

Her lawyer requested the delay, saying that the prosecution had been slow in sharing evidentiary materials with which to prepare for the trial.