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Dandelion
- 18 days ago - codepink.org
On Dec 18, 2017, in the middle of the night the Israeli army burst into the Tamimi family home and arrested 16-year-old girl, Ahed Tamimi. They beat her father, mother, older and younger brothers and confiscated the families laptops, phones and cameras.



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Animae C (512)
Sunday December 31, 2017, 6:13 am
You already sent this message on Thursday December 21.
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Iona Kentwell (129)
Sunday December 31, 2017, 6:32 am
What the hell is happening on this planet?!
 

Pat B (354)
Sunday December 31, 2017, 6:52 am
You already sent this message on Thursday December 21.

Thank you, Dandelion for this. Happy (early) New Year to you & family. xo
 

Sabrina D (2)
Sunday December 31, 2017, 7:19 am
I've just signed the petition.
Thank you very much Dandelion for posting it.
I wish you and your family a happy new year!!!
 

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Sunday December 31, 2017, 7:42 am
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Sunday December 31, 2017, 8:39 am
message sent, thank you Dandelion
 

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Sunday December 31, 2017, 9:00 am
Message sent to Rep. Danny Davis...
 

Lone F (67)
Sunday December 31, 2017, 10:47 am
Noted and message sent - thanks dear Dandelion
 

Barb SiteIssues V (199)
Sunday December 31, 2017, 11:29 am
Signed & Noted, Thank you
 

fly bird (26)
Sunday December 31, 2017, 12:22 pm
Congresswoman tells Netanyahu to end abuse of Palestinian children.
15 February 2017

A member of Congress said she had “a clear message” for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was in Washington on Wednesday: he must respect the rights of Palestinian children.

As US President Donald Trump and the Israeli leader held a joint press conference at the White House, Representative Betty McCollum of Minnesota challenged Israel’s systematic abuses of Palestinian children in a post on Facebook.

“Israel’s military detention system arrests, interrogates and prosecutes as many as 700 Palestinian children – as young as 11 years old – every year,” McCollum says. “Abuse is rampant and children often have no lawyer or parent present during detention and interrogation.”

“Israel must end the abusive military detention of Palestinian children,” she adds. “Israeli children, Palestinian children – all children – should be able to live free of systematic, state-sponsored human rights abuses! Respecting the human rights of children is the only path to peace and security in the Middle East.”

McCollum also took to Twitter to demand accountability from Netanyahu:

Breaking silence

McCollum continues to break with the vast majority of US lawmakers who refuse to challenge Israeli policy.

In June 2015, the Democrat authored a letter, co-signed by 18 other members of Congress, demanding that the Obama adminstration push Israel to end its abuses of Palestinian children.

Two months later, the lawmaker called for sanctions on the Israeli Border Police unit responsible for killing Palestinian teenagers Nadim Nuwara and Muhammad Abu al-Thahir on 15 May 2014.

The boys were shot in cold blood at a Nakba Day protest – their killings caught on video – near the Ofer military prison in the occupied West Bank village of Beitunia.

McCollum initiated another push in June 2016 urging Obama to appoint a special envoy to protect the rights of Palestinian children under Israeli occupation. Lawmakers who signed McCollum’s letter condemned Israel’s rampant use of administrative detention – incarceration without charge or trial – against Palestinian children in Israeli military jails.

Grassroots activists with the No Way to Treat a Child campaign – a joint initiative of Defense for Children International - Palestine and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) – have been working closely with lawmakers on the issue of Palestinian children in detention.

“Congresswoman McCollum’s leadership and integrity inspires us,” AFSC’s Jennifer Bing told The Electronic Intifada.

“Her voice is among a growing number of Congress members who are speaking up for the human rights of Palestinian children – children who face systematic oppression and denial of rights by the Israeli army,” Bing added.

Inspired by the No Way to Treat a Child campaign in the US, activists in Australia gathered the support of 49 members of Parliament last November on a letter calling for Israel to end its abuses of Palestinian children.

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-barrows-friedman/congresswoman-tells-netanyahu-end-abuse-palestinian-children
 

fly bird (26)
Sunday December 31, 2017, 12:22 pm
Thank you for posting, Dandelion.

Signed
 

Ed Site Issues V (196)
Sunday December 31, 2017, 12:24 pm
S&N, Thanks
 

Colleen L (3)
Sunday December 31, 2017, 3:11 pm
Petition signed. Thanks Dandelion
 

William C (0)
Sunday December 31, 2017, 8:20 pm
Thank you.
 

Danuta W (1248)
Monday January 1, 2018, 4:46 am
noted
 

fly bird (26)
Monday January 1, 2018, 7:30 am
Israeli forces suppress protests demanding release of Tamimi women.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2017

-- Israeli forces suppressed a peaceful protest outside the Ofer military court in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah on Thursday, as protesters, many of them women, demanded the release of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi and her mother Nariman from Israeli detention.

The General Union of Palestinian Women had organized a peaceful protest against the Israeli detention of Palestinian women and children, near the Ofer detention center.

Clashes erupted as Israeli forces suppressed the protest, causing many to suffer from severe-tear gas inhalation including head of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee, Minister Walid Assad, head of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) Qaddura Fares and the former governor of Tulkarem Abdullah Kamil.

Israeli forces fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters, attempted to detain people, and harrassed journalists.

Israeli forces detained Manal Tamimi, a relative of the detained Tamimi women.

Israeli soldiers assaulted journalists and attempted to prevent them from covering the protests by trying to confiscate their cameras and targeting them with tear-gas bombs and stun grenades, witnesses said.

Head of the Legal Committee of the women’s union, Haitham Arrar, said that the message of the union and Palestinian women “is a message of solidarity with women detainees in Israeli jail and with all prisoners, to send a message to the entire world that the [Israeli] occupation has not spared any Palestinian of detention as they are also detaining children of both sexes, women and elderly.”

Arrar stressed that the union is working to highlight the suffering of children and women in Israeli jails under the increased detention and trial of children in a flagrant violation of international laws.

Arrar called upon the international community to take actions to end the “systematic punishment policy” used against Palestinians.

http://maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=779704
 

Peggy B (39)
Monday January 1, 2018, 7:37 am
signed
 

Dandelion G (367)
Monday January 1, 2018, 8:12 am
Thank you for the sad update. When the media is not wanted you know that whoever doesn't want it there is in the wrong to begin with.
 

Nita L (117)
Monday January 1, 2018, 1:13 pm
Message sent and shared. Thank you Dandelion.
 

Bonnie Lynn M (1)
Monday January 1, 2018, 1:53 pm
Petition signed. Thank you
 

W. C (7)
Monday January 1, 2018, 4:07 pm
Thanks.
 

Animae C (512)
Monday January 1, 2018, 5:20 pm
Here's the change.org version with update, i just came across it on site, sorry i can't remember who posted it on C2 ;

https://www.change.org/p/human-rights-campaign-free-ahed-tamimi-and-all-other-kids/u/22189017
 

Janet B (0)
Monday January 1, 2018, 8:16 pm
Thanks
 

Thomas M (0)
Monday January 1, 2018, 10:59 pm
Signed. Thank you.
 

fly bird (26)
Monday January 1, 2018, 11:37 pm
Israeli court charges Palestinian woman over slapping of troops.
Jan 1, 2018

Israeli authorities have brought charges against a Palestinian woman seen in video that went viral showing fully-armed Israeli soldiers being slapped and kicked in the occupied West Bank.

According to the indictment issued by Israel’s Ofer military court on Sunday, Nour Tamimi, aged 20, was accused of aggravated assault of an Israeli soldier and disturbing soldiers conducting their duties on mid-December last year. Nour was arrested five days later.

VIDEO --

Ahed Tamimi, Nour’s 16-year-old cousin, became the latest face of Palestinian resistance when a video emerged of her slapping one and then another Israeli officer in the face during a protest in her home village of Nabi Saleh, near the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

At the time of the incident, which made Ahed and Nour famous across the occupied territories for their heroic move, the two cousins along with Nariman Tamimi, Ahed’s 43-year-old mother, were present in the yard of Nariman’s home.

Nour is due to appear in the Ofer court later on Monday for a hearing on whether she would be held in detention until her trial commences. Ahed, arrested on December 19, and her mother will also face the same court later on Monday for a hearing, during which the prosecution could announce its intention to file charges.

12 charges against teenage heroine

Ahed’s lawyer Gaby Lasky told reporters prior to Monday’s hearing that the Ofer court sought to make 12 charges against the teenage girl, saying the charges included assault and relate to six different incidents.

Ahed Tamimi has been praised as a hero by Palestinians who perceive her as bravely standing up to Israel's 50-year occupation of the West Bank.

Since young age, Ahed has been filmed and photographed audaciously confronting Israeli forces. In one video, Ahed and her parents speak of their desire for freedom from occupation and "injustice."

In another footage, she can be seen, along with other children from her village, appearing right in front of the sniper rifle barrel of an Israeli soldier lying on the ground aiming and ready to shoot to block him.

The Tamimi family is known for their strong resistance against Israeli forces in the small Nabi Saleh Village.

Ahed’s mother has also been arrested five times before, including for filming her children and other youths protesting against Israel.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/01/547486/Israel-Palestine-Nour-Tamimi-slap-video-Nabi-Saleh-West-Bank
 

fly bird (26)
Monday January 1, 2018, 11:40 pm
Palestine's girl hero may face sexual harassment in Israeli custody.
Dec 25, 2017

A 16-year-old Palestinian girl, who has become the face of resistance by Palestinian youth against the Israeli occupation of their land, is facing threats of sexual harassment amid calls by radical Israelis to "exact a price" on her "in the dark."

Ahed Tamimi became the latest face of Palestinian resistance when footage emerged of her slapping first one and then another fully-armed Israeli officer in the face during a protest in her home village of Nabi Saleh, near the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

Israeli forces had earlier shot her cousin in the face. During a confrontation that reportedly erupted over that shooting, Ahed, recognizable since young age by her blond curly hair as well as her courageous posture, slapped and kicked two Israeli forces while protesting.

Faced with embarrassment as that video went viral, Israelis decided to arrest Ahed. They went on to take her into custody last week. According to some accounts, 20 Israeli army Jeeps arrived at Ahed's house before dawn to arrest her.

Footage appeared later of her ransacked room, with her belongings strewn across the room, her bed mattress overturned, and her closets emptied on the floor.

video --

In the footage, a window can be seen with what seems to be a bullet hole.

Ahed was arrested along with her mother, Nariman, who has been nabbed five times before, including for filming her children and other youths protesting against Israel.

An Israeli columnist, reportedly notorious for his radicalism, has now called for the punishment of the duo away from the public eye, in what Palestinian and other media suggest is a tacit encouragement of sexual abuse and even rape.


“We should exact a price at some other opportunity, in the dark, without witnesses and cameras,” Ben Caspit wrote. “The Tamimi family has to learn, the hard way, that such systematic provocations” come at a great cost.

All the children of Nabi Saleh

Since young age, Ahed has been filmed and photographed audaciously confronting Israeli forces. In one video, Ahed and her parents speak of their desire for freedom from occupation and "injustice."

VIDEO --

"If there was no occupation, I would be a soccer player," Ahed says memorably in the video, a short documentary on her struggle and that of other Palestinian youths. "I can't think far into the future because the occupation prevents it."

"Right now, injustice is happening all across the world... We should extend our struggles to one another in order to end all of the world's injustices."

In another footage, she can be seen, along with other children from her village, appearing right in front of the sniper rifle barrel of an Israeli soldier lying on the ground aiming and ready to shoot to block him.

video --



The Tamimi family are known for their strong resistance against Israeli forces in the small Nabi Saleh Village.

Ahed's mother says in the documentary video, "All Palestinian mothers raise their children to be strong, to demand their rights, and to stand against the occupation here on our land."

Speaking of her daughter and referring to the time when Ahed was even younger, she says, "She was only a child and yet she would participate in every demonstration with the other youth out in the street."

Nariman has seen her sons and daughter arrested before, and explains how children in all families have been taken into Israeli custody at one time or another.

"All the children of Nabi Saleh share the same story as the [Tamimi] family," she says.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/12/25/546751/Ahed-Tamimi-Palestine-blond-girl-hero-Israel-columnist-Ben-Caspit-sexual-harassment
 

Miss You All Dearly (0)
Monday January 1, 2018, 11:46 pm
Welcome to 2018.........a safe and happy landing to you all.....and may it stay that way for the rest of the year....
signed all petitions that I could......my wish for Israel is they get a sense of humour over the next 12 months...
"face slapping" who could ever forget this gem.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H42MEz27VrA
 

Miss You All Dearly (0)
Monday January 1, 2018, 11:49 pm
Sorry forgot........they are mainly Poles and not British LOL
 

LKoSl J (130)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 3:00 am
Free Tamimi, meows
 

Roberto MARINI (90)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 8:01 am
thnak you Dandelion
 

Janet B (0)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 7:01 pm
Thanks
 

Janis K (129)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 7:48 pm
Signed
 

fly bird (26)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 11:26 pm
Ahed Tamimi indicted on charges of assaulting a soldier and stone throwing.
Updated: Jan. 2, 2018

An Israeli military court on Monday indicted 16-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi on 12 charges, including assaulting an Israeli soldier, interfering with a soldier’s duties, and two past instances of stone throwing.

Tamimi, who along with her family is well-known internationally for her fierce opposition to the Israeli occupation, was detained last month after a video went viral of her slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers near her home in the central occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

Since her arrest, Tamimi has had her detention extended several times, until charges were finally presented against her on Monday.

Ahed’s mother Nariman has been charged with “incitement” for livestreaming the altercation, while her cousin Nour, who also appeared in the video, was charged with assaulting a soldier and interfering with a soldier's duties.

On Thursday, Manal Tamimi, who is related to the women, was arrested during a demonstration outside the Ofer detention center near Ramallah demanding the release of her relatives.

Ahed Tamimi is well-known across Palestine and the Arab world for videos of her, since her childhood, defiantly resisting Israeli soldiers who clash with Palestinians in her village nearly every week.

Two years ago, her family made headlines when an Israeli soldier violently attempted to arrest her younger brother , who had one arm in a cast at the time. Ahed and her mother manager to pull the soldier of her brother and free him.

Israeli military raids into Palestinian cities, towns, and refugee camps are a near daily occurrence.

Nabi Saleh is one of a number of Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem which are known for their weekly Friday protests against the Israeli occupation.

http://maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=779712
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 12:03 am
Teenager Ahed Tamimi could face years in Israeli prison.
2 January 2018


Protesters holding posters of Khalida Jarrar and Ahed Tamimi to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails on 1 January in Gaza City.
(Ashraf Amra / APA images)

The Israeli military filed 12 charges on Monday against Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi.

The 16-year-old, who was filmed in an encounter with soldiers in her home village of Nabi Saleh last month, could remain in Israeli prisons for years if convicted on charges including throwing stones, incitement and assaulting and threatening a soldier.

Israel’s military tribunals are notorious for their near-100 percent conviction rate against Palestinians.

In an interview with The Real News last week, Ahed’s father Bassem Tamimi described his daughter’s 19 December arrest in a night raid on the family’s occupied West Bank home.

VIDEO - Ahed Tamimi's Father: Israeli Occupation Won't Break Us.
TheRealNews 18:21

https://youtu.be/IHPOUEOGaRk


He also repeated his contention that one of the soldiers Ahed is accused of “assaulting” had earlier shot in the face and severely injured Ahed’s 15-year-old cousin Muhammad Fadel Tamimi.

Ahed and her cousin Nour attempted to remove two Israeli soldiers from the family’s property.

Ahed was seen in a video lightly slapping and shoving one of the armed men.

Ahed, Nour and Ahed’s mother Nariman, were all detained by the army following the circulation of the video amid calls by Israeli leaders for revenge against the family.

Ahed is one of more than 300 Palestinian children currently in Israeli military custody.

Nariman is also facing charges of “incitement” for live-streaming the incident.

Nour, 20, was due to be released on Monday, but was also charged on Sunday with aggravated assault and interfering with a soldier’s duties.

According to her father Naji Tamimi, she remained in custody following an appeal against her release by the Israeli military prosecutor.

In a post on Facebook Tuesday, Naji Tamimi said he expects another hearing in her case in coming days.

The Tamimi family has become well-known for its role in Nabi Saleh’s civil resistance against Israeli occupation and colonization, a campaign that has cost many villagers their lives and freedom due to Israel’s violent response.

Ahed’s aunt Manal Tamimi was arrested on 28 December while protesting near an Israeli military prison:


VIDEO --- MANAL ARRESTING BILAL TAMIMI 1:21

https://youtu.be/92tNl_ofPSQ

According to family member Bilal Tamimi she was set to be released Tuesday if Israeli military prosecutors did not object.

No solidarity from western feminists

Ahed has become an international focus of solidarity, and for many an icon of resistance, since Israeli occupation forces seized her from her home.

From a young age, Ahed has participated in defending her village and home from Israeli soldiers.

Yet the solidarity has been selective. “There has been a curious lack of support for Ahed from Western feminist groups, human rights advocates and state officials who otherwise present themselves as the purveyors of human rights and champions of girls’ empowerment,” gender researcher Shenila Khoja-Moolji observes in a commentary for Al Jazeera.

The silence is all the more noticeable since Ben Caspit, a prominent Israeli journalist, demanded that the army should “exact a price” from the Tamimi women “in the dark, without witnesses or cameras.”

Caspit’s comment was widely interpreted as a suggestion that the women should be sexually assaulted, though he adamantly denied this.

Ahed, like the Nobel Prize-winning education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, has a long history of standing up to injustice, Khoja-Moolji notes, but unlike Malala, Ahed has yet to receive invitations to meet world leaders including Barack Obama or to address the United Nations.

On the contrary, last year Ahed was blocked from traveling to the US to speak about the injustices faced by Palestinians.

Her father Bassem, previously declared by Amnesty International to be a prisoner of conscience, was also denied a visa to speak in Australia.

Collective punishment

The detentions of the Tamimis came amid a wave of almost 600 arrests of Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces since US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on 6 December.

More than 450 Palestinians are currently held without charge or trial – so-called administrative detention which can be renewed indefinitely.

Last week, Israeli military courts confirmed or renewed administrative detention orders against 41 Palestinian detainees.

Among those whose orders were renewed is promiment leftist leader and Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar, who was most recently arrested in July.

Israeli occupation forces detained Nasser Abdel-Jawad, another Palestinian lawmaker, in a pre-dawn raid on his home in the West Bank village of Deir Ballut on Monday, according to prisoners solidarity group Samidoun.

His arrest brought to 12 the number of Palestinian lawmakers jailed by Israel, nine of them without charge or trial.

Palestinians continue to resist their detention by Israel. Rizk Rajoub, 61, began an open hunger strike on 23 December when the Israeli military court made him choose between administrative detention and exile in Sudan, according to Samidoun.

Rajoub has spent approximately 20 years in Israeli prisons, 10 of them in administrative detention. His most recent arrest from his home village of Dura was in November.

Samidoun also reported on Palestinian Israa Jaabis, 32, who was sentenced to 11 years on 7 November by an Israeli court in Jerusalem.

Jaabis, from occupied East Jerusalem, sustained severe burns and lost most of her fingers after a gas canister caused a fire in her car in October 2015. She was then accused of attempting to detonate the car when she was hundreds of meters from an Israeli checkpoint.

Her family vehemently denied the claim, stating that Jaabis was moving to a new apartment and had been transferring furniture for days, including the gas canister when it exploded.

Twitter users have been using the hashtag #FreeIsraa to show support for Jaabis, who according to Samidoun is not receiving adequate medical treatment in prison.

Child detainee Marah al-Jaidi, 16, was released by Israel on Monday

She spent a year in prison accused of possessing a knife and intending to use it against occupation soldiers.

Palestinian media circulated photos of Marah’s family greeting her on her release:

Following her release, Marah told local media about the harsh conditions imposed on women and girls in Israeli prisons and urged support for them.

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/tamara-nassar/teenager-ahed-tamimi-could-face-years-israeli-prison
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 12:06 am
World-renowned Teen Activist Ahed Tamimi Indicted for ‘Assaulting’ Soldier.
January 3, 2018

Excerpt:

On Monday, one day after her 21 year old cousin Nour was charged with assaulting an Israeli soldier, 16-year old Ahed was also charged with the same crime, along with ‘interfering with a soldier’s duties’ and stone throwing.

The charges came after Ahed, her cousin and her mother were seen on a video posted on the internet pushing a soldier off their property, just after 14-year old Mohammed Tamimi was shot point-blank in the face by a rubber-coated steel bullet, losing an eye and part of his face, and requiring surgery to remove part of his skull."


"In response to the abduction of Ahed and her mother, the Palestinian prisoner support organization Samidoun issued a statement which read, in part, “Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network denounces the arrest of Ahed Tamimi and Nariman Tamimi, the latest of over 450 Palestinians arrested by Israeli occupation forces following U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration of recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Issa Qaraqe of the Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Commission stated that approximately half of those detained, like Ahed, Abdul-Khalik Burnat and Fawzi al-Junaidi, are children. There are hundreds of Palestinian children jailed by Israel and frequently subject to beatings, abuse, and interrogations without parents or lawyers present in violation of the law. We urge people of conscience around the world to take action to demand freedom for Ahed and her fellow detained and jailed Palestinian children in occupation detention centers, interrogation centers and prisons – and for Nariman Tamimi and all detained and imprisoned Palestinians.”

http://imemc.org/article/world-renowned-teen-activist-ahed-tamimi-indicted-for-assaulting-soldier/
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 12:46 pm
TAKE ACTION - Call/contact your representatives, now!

5 January, NYC: Rally to Free Ahed Tamimi and All Prisoners of Israel.
Friday, 5 January
5:30 pm
Grand Central Station
NYC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1683011105090755/

Emergency Rally to #FreeAhedTamimi and all Prisoners of Israel

WHEN: 5:30-7pm Friday Jan. 5, 2018
WHERE: Grand Central Station, New York City

On December 19, Israel arrested 16-year-old girl Ahed Tamimi. They have levied 12 charges against her, including rock throwing, incitement and assault of a soldier. All of Ahed’s actions were legitimate resistance to Israel’s ongoing military occupation. She is facing years in an Israeli prison.

We say the Israeli army, not the women and girls of Palestine, who are the criminals. We call for immediate freedom for Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian prisoners of Israel.

Organized by: Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, CODEPINK: Women for Peace, NYC Students for Justice in Palestine, NY4Palestine, Al-Awda NY, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, NY4Palestine, International Action Center, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, Labor for Palestine, Committee to Stop FBI Repression NYC, American Muslims for Palestine NY and NJ and the ANSWER Coalition.

http://samidoun.net/2018/01/5-january-nyc-rally-to-free-ahed-tamimi-and-all-prisoners-of-israel/
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 3:31 pm
https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/free_ahed/

https://www.change.org/p/human-rights-campaign-free-ahed-tamimi-and-all-other-kids

Ahed Tamimi - Living Resistance Tour.


Write to Ahed Tamimi, lets shower her with notes of hope, light and love. Let her know the world is watching and standing beside her in solidarity!

Ahen Tamimi
HaSharon Prison
Ben Yehuda,
PO BOX 7
40 330 Israel

https://teifidancer-teifidancer.blogspot.com/2017/12/free-ahed-al-tamimi-and-palestinian.html
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 3:33 pm
Free Ahed Al -Tamimi and Palestinian child prisoners. (VIDEOS)

A Palestinian girl, Ahmed Al - Tamimi aged 16 years, from a well-known activist family who lives in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, who may Palestinians view as their hero, is currently wearing prison clothes, her only crime being is that she was born in Palestine and showed resistance to her oppressors, and called for Freedom, Peace, and ending the occupation and removing the apartheid wall. Her courage is unrivalled.
This brave girl has been participating against her oppressors ,standing up against injustices. She has been protesting the theft of land and water since 2012. She has had to endure personal sacrifice, having lost an uncle and cousin to the occupation. Her parents Nariman and Bassem Tamimi, have been arrested time and again.
A video posted on facebook last Friday shows Ahed and her mother blocking two Israeli soldiers from entering their home after occupation forces had shot her 14 year old cousin Mohammad in the face by a rubber bullet, and fired tear-gas canisters directly at their home, breaking several windows.

Two years ago a video featuring her went viral as she sought to protect her brother being taken away by a soldier. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=485&v=mg1-_oIfjqc
On Tueday December 18th Ahed , was abducted from her home, during a pre-dawn raid carried out by Israeli Occupation Forces. At least 30 soldiers were involved in the raid and Ahed's arrest. During this raid, occupation forces assaulted various members of her family, including Ahed's 14 year old brother, and confiscated their cell phones and computers. Later in the day after learning that Ahed was being held at a police station near Jabaa village, her mother travelled there to be present for her daughters interrogation, only to be arrested by occupation forces on her arrival. An Israeli cour yesterday extended her detention.
Ahed is currently one of 211 Palestinian child prisoners in Israeli jails as of November 2017 http://www.addameer.org/statistics Israeli Occupation forces regularly abduct, arrest, and abuse Palestinian children and torture them while in custody.The arrest of Ahed is sadly not an isolated incident, but rather follows suit with Israel's policies and increased attacks on Palestinians since Donald Trump's symbolic assault on Palestinian sovereignty with his announcement on Jerusalem. As Palestinians continue to mobilize in light of this decision, it is imperative that the international community condemns all efforts by Israel to stifle Palestinian resistance. Israel's attempts to silence and install fear in Palestine youth , must be met with outrage, while extending full support to targeted Palestinians so they are not demoralized.
The United Nations has repeatedly called on Israel to withdraw from occupied Palestinian territory. accusing Israel of being guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid against the Palestinian people, in violation of international law.
I stand against the imprisonment of Palestinians, especially children, believing that all occupied people have a right to resist their occupation. and therefore stand with Ahed and her family in this difficult time and salute their struggle of firm resistance against their illegal occupation
Please consider adding your name to the following petitions demanding Ahed and Palestinian children are released from Israeli prisons now. The international community must put an end to the ill-treatment of Palestinian children. Enough is enough. To Ahed and the children in Isreli jails. We stand by your side, and are holding you in our hearts. We wil not give up until you are free. You are not alone. I urge fellow people of conscience to demand freedom for Ahed and her fellow detained and jailed Palestinian children in occupation detention centers, interrogation centers and prisons. The resistance of the Palestinian people has never been quelled by arrests or repression, and it must be clear that we, around the world, continue to stand alongside the Palestinian peope as they defend Jerusalem and their entire land and people under attack. This includes standing with detained and jailed Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for themselves, their people, and their occupied homeland.
It is only a few days now untill the new year, but children are still being imprisoned in the modern age. Love and peace will never die, and the people of Palestine and the free world, salute you Ahed for the courage that you have shown.

https://teifidancer-teifidancer.blogspot.com/2017/12/free-ahed-al-tamimi-and-palestinian.html

 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 3:59 pm
There is only one reason why Ahed al-Tamimi remains in prison.
Richard Silverstein

Thursday 28 December 2017

This is how a regime of bullies rule: if you resist, you will be made an example of so that other Palestinians don't get any 'big ideas' into their heads to join the resistance.

On 15 December, an Israeli army sniper shot 14-year-old Palestinian teen Mohammed al-Tamimi. The incident took place during the weekly demonstration in the village of Nabi Saleh where Israeli authorities have gradually stolen the land and water resources on behalf of the nearby settlement of Halamish.

Al Tamimi was severely wounded by a rubber bullet that entered his brain and caused severe injury. He was put into a medically induced coma and is expected to recover.

A report by NBC News on the shooting repeats a serious misconception commonly advanced by Israeli forces in justifying the firing of such ammunition at children and teenagers: rubber-coated bullets are commonly used to disperse crowds. While considered non-lethal, they nonetheless can be dangerous.

Rubber bullets are lethal. They routinely wound, maim and kill innocent Palestinian protesters. Accepting the Israeli perspective on this matter constitutes journalistic malpractice.

veteran protester

After the shooting, the West Bank village erupted in anger and began throwing stones at the Israeli army, who attempted to put a stop to the unrest by patrolling at the site of a home where protesters were gathered. This aroused the anger of 16-year-old Ahed al-Tamimi, a veteran of many protests against Israeli forces.

She ran outside her home and confronted two Israeli soldiers demanding that they leave the family property. The army officers refused. At that point, Ahed escalated from demands that they leave to a physical confrontation.

She lunged at the soldiers, trying to slap and kick them. She did little damage and the soldiers essentially tried to ignore her.

There is only one reason for the soldiers' restraint. They were being videotaped. They knew that if they arrested her or retaliated it would be documented on film and the world would see. So they chose the path of least resistance.

However, their refusal to act aroused a hornet's nest of anger among Israelis, who saw "their boys" as being beaten down by a mere girl. It was humiliating, and the ultra-nationalist ruling coalition demanded punishment.

No Palestinian, let alone a girl, must be permitted to disrespect the might of the Israeli nation in such a fashion, they argued.

As a result, the Israeli army prepared a raid on the al-Tamimi home the next morning at 4am. Soldiers barged into her home, grabbed Ahed from her bed, put her in handcuffs, and hustled her to a waiting paddy wagon. They also stole the family's electronic devices including cell phones and computers, apparently hoping to document the "crime" Ahed had committed.

The girl's mother followed her to the police station in order to protect her daughter. Instead, she herself was arrested. That morning, the police dragged Ahed to court where they demanded the judge extend her imprisonment.

A regime of bullies

Bassem al-Tamimi, Ahed's father, came to court in order to support his daughter. He then was also arrested. This is the way a regime of bullies and mafiosi rule. They brook no opposition. If you resist, you will be made an example of so that other Palestinians don't get any "big ideas" into their heads to join the resistance.

Ahed's detention has been extended for a week by the settler military court because the judge determined she was likely to compromise the investigation of her alleged crimes.

Judge Lidor Drachman of the Judea region Juvenile Military Court said that while Ahed did not pose any danger, concerns that the teen would try to obstruct the investigation justified keeping her locked up until next Monday.

"Despite the provocative and outrageous behavior of the suspect, given the limited risk she poses in addition to her young age, I was prepared to release her into an alternative detention," wrote Drachman.

However, he continued, he had changed his mind after being supplied with evidence that she was a serial offender and that releasing her would compromise the investigation. "The confidential report submitted to the court indicates that…[she posed a] significant threat and would compromise the investigation.'"

There is only one reason she remains in prison. As punishment for her temerity. Clearly, this young girl cannot compromise any investigation. It's also worth noting that the Israeli army maintains its own juvenile court.

Can you imagine any other western democracy in which the army was charged with prosecuting children?

The missing context

The Israeli media also joined the chorus of abuse against the al-Tamimis. Israelis were so unnerved at the sight of a Palestinian teenager berating the cream of Israel's army that they belittled her by calling her "Shirley Temper", a derogatory reference to 30s child film-star Shirley Temple.

Former Israeli ambassador to the US and current MK Michael Oren implied in a tweet that Ahed's curly blond hair must mean that she wasn't really Palestinian or a true member of the family. He tweeted that it was doubtful the al-Tamimis were a "real family".

He added that the children, when they protested, wore American clothes, another racist claim that these Palestinians were trying to manipulate a Western audience to feel sympathy for their plight. What did Oren expect the kids to wear?

The offensive term "Pallywood" was also widely used, indicating that Israelis believe that Palestinians stage hoaxes to fool the world into sympathising with them. For the coup de grace, the Israeli legislator accused the al-Tamimis of paying their children to protest.

To be absolutely clear, this is fake news, charges with no basis in fact. Yet because Oren is a Knesset member and loyal Likudist mouthing the racist smears of his fellow citizens, this is rhetoric that resonates in Israel.

Rarely did the Israeli or foreign press note that the near-murder of Mohammed al Tamimi had preceded Ahed's physical resistance against the Israeli army patrol. The media conveyed a narrative that removed critical context which would permit a reader to understand the full picture and how events played out.

US media such as the Washington Post and the New York Times followed suit in using these racist terms in portraying the protest. They justified this by claiming they were merely reporting on the sentiment inside Israel. A wholly unconvincing argument.

The Post in particular displayed a picture purporting to show Ahed verbally confronting Israeli troops in an earlier protest. However, the girl who is arguing with the soldiers is not, in fact, Ahed. Though the latter is in the picture, she is not the one arguing. Such graphic mistakes refute the purpose of the image, which was to show Ahed's purported angry, confrontational style.

As if this wasn't bad enough, one of Israel's major newspaper columnists, Ben Caspit, wrote a horrifying story in Maariv in which he praised the soldiers for doing their best under trying circumstances. He showed no such sympathy for Ahed. In fact, he was quoted in an AP story saying: "In the case of the girls, we should exact a price at some other opportunity, in the dark, without witnesses and cameras."

Social media platforms lit up in outrage at this not so subtle call for rape and torture against a teenage girl. There were calls for Al Monitor, where Caspit's work is regularly published in English, to fire him.

I asked the management of Al Monitor whether they were reviewing this matter and whether Caspit's comment met the outlet's journalistic standards. They had not replied by the time this piece went to press.

Misogyny and occupation

These days the world has become more sensitive to the treatment of women in the workplace and in the media. That makes Caspit's comment even more glaring in its misogyny. But we shouldn't be surprised at this in the Israeli context.

As a society, Israel faces an epidemic of sexual harassment and violence against women. Police routinely disbelieve female victims and are loathe to prosecute such cases.

Though much of this may be attributed to general societal attitudes toward women, there is another important factor: Israel's occupation impacts the nation in ways both great and small.

The notion that Israel is a security-obsessed nation in which individuals must often sacrifice their rights on behalf of the greater whole, overwhelms the status of women. They become casualties of the national security state. Their advancement and rights are relegated to lesser status.

This is even more the case for Palestinian women. If Israeli women are inferior to Israeli men, then Palestinian women are even lower. They are the blacks of Israel. They are ripe for ridicule of just the sort I outlined above.

Israel’s heavy-handed approach, instead of quelling unrest, incited even more anger and violence. Protests broke out in Palestine/Israel since US President Donald Trump's decision on Jerusalem being the capital of Israel on 6 December. So far, 15 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces protesting against the Trump declaration.

According to the Palestine Red Crescent Society, nearly 3,600 Palestinians were injured during these protests, 729 of whom were wounded with rubber bullets and at least 192 by live rounds. The Palestinian Prisoners' Club said on Wednesday that since 6 December the Israeli army arrested 620 Palestinians - 170 of them were children and 12 are women.

The latest to die was 17 year-old Mohammed Sami al-Dadouh who was shot in the neck by Israeli troops in a Gaza protest at the border fence. The bullet severed his spinal cord and he died on Monday.

- Richard Silverstein writes the Tikun Olam blog, devoted to exposing the excesses of the Israeli national security state. His work has appeared in Haaretz, the Forward, the Seattle Times and the Los Angeles Times. He contributed to the essay collection devoted to the 2006 Lebanon war, A Time to Speak Out (Verso) and has another essay in the upcoming collection, Israel and Palestine: Alternate Perspectives on Statehood (Rowman & Littlefield).

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Eye.

Photo: Ahed al-Tamimi's detention has been extended for a week by the settler military court because the judge determined that she was likely to compromise the investigation of her alleged crimes (Twitter)

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/ahd-tamimi-palestine-israel-resistance-1529335057
 

Dandelion G (367)
Thursday January 4, 2018, 4:10 am
I hope others are following but perhaps not commenting. Thanks for the updates and places one can take action on this Jess.
 

Winn A (177)
Thursday January 4, 2018, 7:52 am
Signed
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 4, 2018, 4:42 pm
Ahed and Nariman Tamimi charged in Israeli occupation military court.
1 January 2018

Palestinian teen and youth activist Ahed Tamimi, 16, whose arrest and detention by the Israeli occupation military has drawn worldwide attention, was charged in an Israeli military court with multiple allegations on Monday, 1 January. Her mother, Nariman, was also charged with several allegations related to the Tamimi family’s anti-occupation organizing and expression; the detention of both Ahed and her mother was extended for an additional eight days, until next Monday, when the military court will convene again.

Ahed was charged with “assault” for slapping an Israeli occupation soldier outside of her home in Nabi Saleh – after the soldier slapped her – and for “threatening a soldier…interfering with a soldier in carrying out his duties, incitement, and throwing objects at individuals or property.” Nariman Tamimi was charged with “incitement” on social media for streaming Ahed’s encounter with the occupation soldiers at the family home in Nabi Saleh on Facebook Live and for her other political expression on social media, as well as assaulting soldiers. The Tamimi women and their family are leaders in the anti-colonial land defense and popular resistance movement in the Palestinian village of 600. The village is surrounded by the illegal settlement of Halamish, which has stolen the village’s land and even its spring.

The incident itself took place shortly after Mohammed Tamimi, 14, Ahed’s and Nour’s cousin, was shot by an Israeli occupation soldier invading their village with a rubber–coatled metal bullet. Mohammed was in a medically induced coma in critical condition for several days and is now released from the hospital after a six-hour operation by seven surgeons on his face and head.

Nour Tamimi, 21, Ahed’s cousin, was also indicted by the Israeli occupation military court on Sunday, 31 December; she was initially ordered released on bail, then remained in prison due to an appeal by the military prosecution. On Monday, she was ordered released once more, but the decision was stayed for 20 hours to give the occupation military prosecution time to appeal once again. Nour is accused of “aggravated assault on a soldier” and “interference with a soldier.” She is being ordered to present herself every Friday to an Israeli police station, potentially intended to deter her from participating in Nabi Saleh’s weekly protests.

Meanwhile, Manal Tamimi was arrested by the Israeli occupation on Thursday, 29 December as she protested outside the Israeli occupation military court in Ofer. On Monday, 1 January, she was ordered released on Tuesday, but with the order stayed in order to give the military prosecution, once again, time to appeal.

It should be noted that Ahed is refusing to answer questions during interrogation or speak with the interrogators, emphasizing her commitment to sumoud (steadfastness) under interrogation and refusal to cooperate with or confess to the occupation. There is a long tradition of Palestinian resistance to interrogation and refusal to confess or provide information.

Ahed has become internationally known for her defense of Palestinian rights under occupation, including her defense of her younger brother when he was seized by an occupation soldier and regular protests against land confiscation targeting Nabi Saleh and other villages around Ramallah. She has spoken internationally, including in Turkey, South Africa, and in the European Parliament in a conference earlier this year on women in Palestinian resistance, where she spoke alongside Leila Khaled, Sahar Francis and several members of parliament.

Bassem Tamimi, Ahed’s father and Nariman’s husband, wrote a piece in Ha’aretz about his daughter’s case and participation in struggle from a young age despite her and her family’s desire to enjoy childhood. “My daughter is just 16 years old. In another world, in your world, her life would look completely different. In our world, Ahed is a representative of a new generation of our people, of young freedom fighters. This generation has to wage its struggle on two fronts. On the one hand, they have the duty, of course, to keep on challenging and fighting the Israeli colonialism into which they were born, until the day it collapses. On the other hand, they have to boldly face the political stagnation and degeneration that has spread among us. They have to become the living artery that will revive our revolution and bring it back from the death entailed in a growing culture of passivity that has arisen from decades of political inactivity.”

Daily Twitterstorms organized by the Facebook page Free the Tamimi Women have highlighted the cases of Ahed, Nariman, Manal and Nour. The Twitterstorms are continuing on a daily basis, with the hashtag released at the time of the Twitterstorm; the storms take place at 10 am Pacific time/1 pm Eastern time/6 pm UK time/7 pm Central Europe time/8 pm Palestine time.

International protests in New York, Berlin, Brussels, Milan and elsewhere have highlighted the cases of the Tamimi women, including Ahed’s case and that o other Palestinian children targeted for persecution by the Israeli occupation in military courts with a conviction rate of over 99 percent. Protests are being organized in the coming days, on 5 January in New York and 6 January in Manchester, to demand freedom for Ahed, the Tamimi women and their fellow Palestinian prisoners. In Argentina, a collective of organizations dedicated a mural to Ahed Tamimi:

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network denounces the ongoing imprisonment of Ahed, Nariman, Nour and Manal Tamimi, among over 500 Palestinians arrested by Israeli occupation forces following U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration of recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Issa Qaraqe of the Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Commission stated that approximately half of those detained, like Ahed, Abdul-Khalik Burnat and Fawzi al-Junaidi, are children. There are hundreds of Palestinian children jailed by Israel and frequently subject to beatings, abuse, and interrogations without parents or lawyers present in violation of the law. We urge people of conscience around the world to take action to demand freedom for Ahed and her fellow detained and jailed Palestinian children in occupation detention centers, interrogation centers and prisons – and for the Tamimi women and all detained and imprisoned Palestinians.

The resistance of the Palestinian people has never been quelled by arrests or repression, and it must be clear that we, around the world, stand alongside the Palestinian people as they defend Jerusalem and their entire land and people under attack. This includes standing with detained and jailed Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for liberation for themselves, their people, and their occupied homeland.

TAKE ACTION:
1.Join the Twitterstorm! Every day, a Twitterstorm is being organized with a new hashtag released at the moment the campaign begins to raise awareness and urge action to free Ahed, Nour and Nariman Tamimi. You can join in and follow the campaign at the Free the Tamimi Women facebook page and @YASHebron on Twitter. The twitterstorms are currently scheduled for 10 AM Pacific, 1 PM Eastern, 6 PM UK, 7 PM in Europe, 8 PM in Palestine – updates and hashtags are posted regularly on Facebook and Twitter.
2.Organize a protest for Ahed or join one of the protests being organized in cities like New York and Manchester and distribute this post and other news about Ahed and the Palestinian prisoners. Get others involved in the struggle for Palestinian freedom! Build the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel and complicit corporations like HP and G4S.
3.For supporters in the US: Call your member of the House of Representatives to support H.R. 4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. Tell them specifically about Ahed’s arrest, and urge them to act for her release. Tell them to pressure Israel to free Ahed and other detained Palestinian kids. Call the House switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative’s office. CODEPINK has an action to highlight this case specifically.
4.Call your nearest Israeli embassy and let them know that you know about the detention of Ahed Tamimi in Nabi Saleh and other Palestinian child prisoners. Demand Ahed, her mother Nariman, and the other detained children be immediately released. Contact infomation here: https://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/israel
5.Sign the petition. Over 150,000 people have already signed on to demand freedom for Ahed: https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/free_ahed/?feiNukb
6.Write to Ahed, Nour and Nariman. While Zionist jailers frequently censor Palestinian prisoners’ mail, these letters can help bolster morale and even send a message to the jailers and censors themselves. Write to Ahed Tamimi, Nour Tamimi or Nariman Tamimi (choose one and address your letter to one only) at: HaSharon prison
Ben Yehuda, P.O. Box 7
40 330 Israel

http://samidoun.net/2018/01/ahed-and-nariman-tamimi-charged-in-israeli-occupation-military-court/
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 4, 2018, 4:46 pm
Thanks, dandelion.
This last post, from the 1st of January, has a lot of information, and could be posted, it has video and images.

I have not seen any further updates, but will post , as I can.

This has to get to the attention of the mainstream media.
I encourage people to call/contact them.

I have, because I am appalled to see nothing reported, in newspapers, or news.
But I know, the real news network, has and is covering this.
The more calls, the more contacts, the better. Including White House.... and Nikki Halley (umph!)

********** Dandelion.
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 4, 2018, 4:47 pm
http://www.care2.com/news/member/124335883/4082858
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 4, 2018, 4:52 pm
Ahed Tamimi's Father: Israeli Occupation Won't Break Us. Dec 27, 2017
TheRealNews

Bassem Tamimi, father of jailed 16-year old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, says the arrest of Ahed along with her mother and cousin won't break the family's determination to resist Israeli occupation.

https://youtu.be/IHPOUEOGaRk


Israel Responds to 'Threat' of Defiant Palestinian Teen. 11:17
Jan 3, 2018

Israel's governing Likud party has called for annexing the Occupied West Bank, and the Knesset has passed a law that seeks to cement control of East Jerusalem. Shir Hever says the moves are a response to growing Israeli isolation in the wake of a recent UN vote and the defiance of jailed Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20840:Israel-Responds-to-%27Threat%27-of-Defiant-Palestinian-Teen

MANAL ARRESTING 1:21
Dec 27, 2017

https://youtu.be/92tNl_ofPSQ
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 4, 2018, 5:27 pm
Israel Responds to 'Threat' of Defiant Palestinian Teen.
January 3, 2018

Israel's governing Likud party has called for annexing the Occupied West Bank, and the Knesset has passed a law that seeks to cement control of East Jerusalem. Shir Hever says the moves are a response to growing Israeli isolation in the wake of a recent UN vote and the defiance of jailed Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20840:Israel-Responds-to-%27Threat%27-of-Defiant-Palestinian-Teen
 

fly bird (26)
Friday January 5, 2018, 1:04 am
APARTHEID ISRAEL: What Happened When A Jewish Settler Slapped an Israeli Soldier.

"In the last few days, numerous Palestinian solidarity activists have been pointing out the treatment of Palestinian teenager, Ahed Tamimi is at complete odds with the way in which Israeli settlers have been treated when they have similarly "slapped" an Israeli occupation soldier. Yesterday, Haaretz published an article also drawing attention to this fact. The arrested of Ahed and Nour Tamimi is the latest incident to expose Israel's apartheid regime to the world.

Please find the text of the Haaretz article below.

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.832939

What happened when a Jewish settler slapped an Israeli soldier.

Both Ahed Tamimi and Yifat Alkobi were questioned for slapping a soldier in the West Bank, but little else about their cases are similar — simply because one is Jewish, the other Palestinian.

https://livefromoccupiedpalestine.blogspot.com/
 

Victoria P (111)
Friday January 5, 2018, 6:58 am
Signed with thanks ~♥~
 

fly bird (26)
Friday January 5, 2018, 2:56 pm
Share

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http://samidoun.net/category/news/
 

fly bird (26)
Friday January 5, 2018, 9:04 pm
Spanish party calls on government to intervene in cases of detained Palestinian children.

MADRID, January 5, 2018

The Spanish left wing political party Podemos Friday called on the Spanish government to intervene to release Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian children detained in Israeli jails and pressure Israel to abide by children's rights treaties.

In a question addressed to the Foreign Relations Committee of the Spanish Senate on the situation of children in the occupied Palestinian territories and how they suffer from repression and occupation, the group demanded the Spanish government to pressure Israel to immediately release Tamimi and Palestinian children detained in Israeli prisons.

They focused in their call on children who remain under administrative detention, which is contrary to the Geneva Convention and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The group also called on the Spanish government to urge the Israeli authorities to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Israel signed in 1991 and continues not to abide by according to the United Nations report of the Committee on the Rights of the Child in its 63 session.

The party also called on Israel to sign treaties and conventions that is not part of such as, the civil and political rights, women's rights, the Convention for the Prevention of Torture of Prisoners and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with disability.

It stressed that Israel must sign the Rome Treaty in order to be held accountable under international criminal law and the Hague Tribunal.

http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=grkLJEa95928136623agrkLJE
 

fly bird (26)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 10:26 am
Evelyn, posted the text. Please note and share!!

What Happened When a Jewish Settler Slapped An Israeli Soldier.

http://www.care2.com/news/member/312733850/4083223
 

Dandelion G (367)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 10:48 am
spam reported and already had noted the article of Evelyn's.
 

Evelyn B (62)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 11:36 am
What Happened When a Jewish Settler Slapped An Israeli Soldier

Haaretz compares two cases:
Ahed Tamimi - on her family property, shortly after one of the IDF soldiers fired a "rubber bullet" (rubber-coated metal bullet) in the face of her 14-year old cousin .. Arrested in a night raid a few days afterwards (mainly due to outcry by rightwing Israelis who didn't like to see "their boys" slapped ... by a Palestinian girl)

Yifat Alkobi - Israeli settler living in Hebron - who slapped & scratched an IDF soldier who was trying to prevent her from throwing stones at Palestinians.

One has a two-year sentence, the other nothing ... guess which is which!!!
 

Evelyn B (62)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 11:39 am
Also flagged the spam. Can't do so from her page -
 

Patrick Donovan (345)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 3:32 pm
Signed; thank you for the post.
 

fly bird (26)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 6:56 pm
flagged spam, earlier- also in PM.
 

Betty K (304)
Sunday January 7, 2018, 2:16 pm
Set her free!
 

fly bird (26)
Monday January 8, 2018, 6:43 pm
Ahed Tamimi's Relative 1st Palestinian killed by Israel in 2018
4 January 2018

People gather around the body of Mosab Tamimi, who was killed during clashes with Israeli troops, at a hospital in the West Bank city of Ramallah Jan. 3, 2018.

Musaab Tamimi was shot at close range by Israeli soldiers during a raid on one of the villages where the Tamimis have been persecuted for years.

Musaab Firas Tamimi, 17, was shot and killed Wednesday by Israeli occupation forces near Ramallah in the West Bank, making him Israel’s first victim in the year 2018 amid major clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and Gaza.

Tamimi was shot by an Israeli soldier, reportedly at a close range, in Deir Nitham village after occupation forces raided the village.

"He died shortly after the occupation forces fired a bullet into his neck," Maria Aqraa, a spokesman for the Palestinian health ministry, told Al-Jazeera Wednesday. "He was transferred to a hospital in Ramallah and he passed away minutes later."

Israeli officials told local media that Tamimi was shot after he appeared to be carrying a gun. The Times of Israel reported the army saying it was "not immediately confirmed that Tamimi had been armed at the time of the shooting."

The slain teen is also a relative of Ahed Tamimi, the iconic revolutionary teen who was arrested and charged with assaulting an Israeli soldier and throwing stones after a video of her slapping an Israeli soldier in her home’s yard in the nearby village of Nabi Saleh went viral. It was revealed later that the Palestinian girl was upset after soldiers had shot her 14-year-old cousin in the face a day earlier.

The Israeli occupation has been actively persecuting the family for decades over their weekly protests against the theft of their lands in favor of the illegal Jewish settlement of Halamish near their villages. Several members of the family have been detained and killed over the years.

"The occupation army has been raiding both Deir Nitham and Nabi Saleh day in and day out. They come in, irritate the residents, raid our homes at night and throw sound bombs in the street. This has been our reality every day," Firas Tamimi, Mussab’s father, told Al-Jazeera.

"We cannot just keep quiet and keep watching. No one is listening to us - no one feels the pain that we're going through. The world is just silently watching."

According to a tally by Ma’an news agency Tamimi was the 14th Palestinian to have been killed by Israel since U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last month, sparking widespread protests across the West Bank, gaza, and East jerusalem.

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Ahed-Tamimis-Relative-1st-Palestinian-killed-by-Israel-in-2018-20180104-0001.html
 

Dandelion G (367)
Tuesday January 9, 2018, 4:15 am
omg this is so horrible. How much can one family endure.
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 10, 2018, 7:15 am
Ahed Tamimi’s arrest sheds a disturbing light on how children are targeted by Israel.
The National – 8 January 2018

Sixteen-year-old Ahed Tamimi may not be what Israelis had in mind when, over many years, they criticised Palestinians for not producing a Mahatma Gandhi or Nelson Mandela.

Eventually, colonised peoples bring to the fore a figure best suited to challenge the rotten values at the core of the society oppressing them. Ahed is well qualified for the task.

She was charged last week with assault and incitement after she slapped two heavily armed Israeli soldiers as they refused to leave the courtyard of her family home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah. Her mother, Nariman, is in detention for filming the incident. The video quickly went viral.

Ahed lashed out shortly after soldiers nearby shot her 15-year-old cousin in the face, seriously injuring him.

Western commentators have largely denied Ahed the kind of effusive support offered to democracy protesters in places such as China and Iran. Nevertheless, this Palestinian schoolgirl – possibly facing a long jail term for defying her oppressors – has quickly become a social media icon.

While Ahed might have been previously unknown to most Israelis, she is a familiar face to Palestinians and campaigners around the world.

For years, she and other villagers have held a weekly confrontation with the Israeli army as it enforces the rule of Jewish settlers over Nabi Saleh. These settlers have forcibly taken over the village’s lands and ancient spring, a vital water source for a community that depends on farming.

Distinctive for her irrepressible blonde hair and piercing blue eyes, Ahed has been filmed regularly since she was a small girl confronting soldiers who tower above her. Such scenes inspired one veteran Israeli peace activist to anoint her Palestine’s Joan of Arc.

But few Israelis are so enamoured.

Not only does she defy Israeli stereotypes of a Palestinian, she has struck a blow against the self-deception of a highly militarised and masculine culture.

She has also given troubling form to the until-now anonymised Palestinian children Israel accuses of stone-throwing.

Palestinian villages like Nabi Saleh are regularly invaded by soldiers. Children are dragged from their beds in the middle of the night, as happened to Ahed during her arrest last month in retaliation for her slaps. Human rights groups document how children are routinely beaten and tortured in detention.

Many hundreds pass through Israeli jails each year charged with throwing stones. With conviction rates in Israeli military courts of more than 99 per cent, the guilt and incarceration of such children is a foregone conclusion.

They may be the lucky ones. Over the past 16 years, Israel’s army has killed on average 11 children a month.

The video of Ahed, screened repeatedly on Israeli TV, has threatened to upturn Israel’s self-image as David fighting an Arab Goliath. This explains the toxic outrage and indignation that has gripped Israel since the video aired.

Predictably, Israeli politicians were incensed. Naftali Bennett, the education minister, called for Ahed to “end her life in jail”. Culture minister Miri Regev, a former army spokeswoman, said she felt personally “humiliated” and “crushed” by Ahed.

But more troubling is a media debate that has characterised the soldiers’ failure to beat Ahed in response to her slaps as a “national shame”.

The revered television host Yaron London expressed astonishment that the soldiers “refrained from using their weapons” against her, wondering whether they “hesitated out of cowardice”.

But far more sinister were the threats from Ben Caspit, a leading Israeli analyst. In a column, he said Ahed’s actions made “every Israeli’s blood boil”. He proposed subjecting her to retribution “in the dark, without witnesses and cameras”, adding that his own form of revenge would lead to his certain detention.

That fantasy – of cold-bloodedly violating an incarcerated child – should have sickened every Israeli. And yet Mr Caspit is still safely ensconced in his job.

But aside from exposing the sickness of a society addicted to dehumanising and oppressing Palestinians, including children, Ahed’s case raises the troubling question of what kind of resistance Israelis think Palestinians are permitted.

International law, at least, is clear. The United Nations has stated that people under occupation are allowed to use “all available means”, including armed struggle, to liberate themselves.

But Ahed, the villagers of Nabi Saleh and many Palestinians like them have preferred to adopt a different strategy – a confrontational, militant civil disobedience. Their resistance defies the occupier’s assumption that it is entitled to lord it over Palestinians.

Their approach contrasts strongly with the constant compromises and so-called “security cooperation” accepted by the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas.

According to Israeli commentator Gideon Levy, Ahed’s case demonstrates that Israelis deny Palestinians the right not only to use rockets, guns, knives or stones, but even to what he mockingly terms an “uprising of slappings”.

Ahed and Nabi Saleh have shown that popular unarmed resistance – if it is to discomfort Israel and the world – cannot afford to be passive or polite. It must be fearless, antagonistic and disruptive.

Most of all, it must hold up a mirror to the oppressor. Ahed has exposed the gun-wielding bully lurking in the soul of too many Israelis. That is a lesson worthy of Gandhi or Mandela.

https://www.jonathan-cook.net/2018-01-08/ahed
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 10, 2018, 5:13 pm
Israel/OPT: Military must end excessive force to avoid further bloodshed and deaths
21 December 2017
Ahead of planned protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territories tomorrow, and in the wake of the deaths of four Palestinian protesters and the injuring of hundreds of others in the last two weeks, Amnesty International is calling on the Israeli authorities to put an end to the excessive force that has been part of its response to demonstrations and clashes resulting from the decision by the US administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.


“Respect for the right to peaceful protest is an obligation binding on Israel and, even where violence erupts, the Israeli security forces must use the minimum force necessary to address it.”

Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International

“Israeli authorities must stop using excessive force against protesters once and for all. The fact that live ammunition has been used during protests in Gaza and the West Bank is particularly shocking. Under international human rights law lethal force can only be used when lives are at imminent risk, which clearly was not the case in the examples we have documented,” said Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.

“Respect for the right to peaceful protest is an obligation binding on Israel and, even where violence erupts, the Israeli security forces must use the minimum force necessary to address it, while allowing peaceful marches and demonstrations to continue.”

Over the last two weeks, four Palestinians, three in the Gaza Strip and one in the West Bank, have been killed by the Israeli authorities during demonstrations and ensuing clashes. Figures issued by the Palestinian ministry of health indicate that more than 3,000 others have been injured and, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, more than 400 have been arrested.

Israeli forces have used tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at a number of demonstrations, sometimes in response to protesters throwing stones and, in the case of the West Bank, Molotov cocktails. Particularly alarming has been the Israeli army’s use of live ammunition against Palestinian protesters in Gaza during demonstrations at or near the fence that separates the Strip and Israel. One of those killed was 29-year-old Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, who was shot in the head by a soldier on 15 December. At the time he was shot, he was sitting with a group of young protesters near Nahal Oz, a heavily militarized area, where barbed wire separated them from the Israeli army, positioned approximately 15 metres away. According to eyewitnesses, Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, who was wheelchair-bound after losing both his legs in an Israeli air strike in 2008, was waving a Palestinian flag and chanting slogans. He was in possession of a slingshot, which he did not use. Israeli military investigations have concluded there were “no moral or professional failures” identified in this killing.

The other two Palestinian protesters killed in the Gaza Strip were Mahmoud Abdelmajid al-Masri on 8 December and Yasser Naji Sukkar on 15 December. The fourth Palestinian protester killed – in the West Bank – was Basel Mustafa Ibrahim, also on 15 December.

“There’s no denying that Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza threw stones at Israeli soldiers, but it’s hard to believe how any of them posed an imminent danger to the lives of well-equipped soldiers protected by concrete blocks,” said Philip Luther.

“The Israeli authorities have consistently refused to investigate killings of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers or police or at least not done so to international standards. As long as Israeli officers are not held to account for abusing their powers, the pattern of unlawful killings will continue, and Palestinians will be denied their right to peaceful protest without fear of injury or death.

“If further bloodshed is to be avoided as these demonstrations continue, the Israeli authorities must properly investigate all incidents in which arbitrary and otherwise abusive force appears to have been used and bring those suspected of being responsible to justice. This is all the more important when serious injury and loss of life are involved. Israel must also reform its investigation systems to ensure their impartiality and independence. A failure to do so will only perpetuate years of impunity.”

Three other Palestinians, two armed group members and one civilian, have been killed as a result of Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for rockets fired by Palestinian armed groups. The air strikes targeted a military site used by Hamas in Beit Lahya, in the north of the Gaza Strip. Another Palestinian was killed in al-Bireh in the West Bank on 15 December by Israeli soldiers who said he had attempted to stab one of them.

Background

US President Donald Trump’s recent decisions to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv has caused widespread condemnation and protest in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and around the world.

This decision has implied a “unified” Jerusalem and implicitly recognized the illegal annexation of East Jerusalem in disregard of the mass violations of Palestinian human rights resulting from Israel’s annexation policies.

Israel’s illegal annexation of occupied East Jerusalem was formalized in domestic law in 1980. It has been repeatedly condemned by the international community through various UN Security Council resolutions.

For more than 10 years, Gaza’s 2 million residents have been subjected to collective punishment as a result of Israel’s illegal blockade. Between October 2015 and September 2016, Amnesty International documented the killings of 21 protesters in Gaza, including a 10-year-old child.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/12/israelopt-military-must-end-excessive-force-to-avoid-further-bloodshed-and-deaths/
 

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Wednesday January 10, 2018, 10:59 pm
Free Ahed Tamimi

https://portside.org/2017-12-20/free-ahed-tamimi
Samidoun
December 18, 2017
Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

Ahed Tamimi, 16 years old and a prominent activist in the occupied Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh, whose courage along with that of her family in standing up to armed Israeli soldiers, land confiscation and settlement construction stealing the resources and even the well of their village has become world-renowned, was seized by occupation soldiers who invaded the Tamimi family home on the morning of 19 December 2017.

Ahed’s father, Bassem, posted on Facebook that Ahed was targeted for arrest after she was attacked by Israeli media after she protested occupation soldiers in Nabi Saleh who shot a 14-year-old boy in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet; the boy, Mohammed Tamimi, is in a medically-induced coma. Tamimi reported that the soldiers violently invaded the home, hitting Ahed’s mother, Nariman Tamimi, and siblings, and confiscating phones, cameras, laptop and other electronics. Ahed was taken away by the occupation soldiers to an unknown location.

Ahed has become internationally known for her defense of Palestinian rights under occupation, including her defense of her younger brother when he was seized by an occupation soldier and regular protests against land confiscation targeting Nabi Saleh and other villages around Ramallah. She has spoken internationally, including in Turkey, South Africa, and in the European Parliament in a conference earlier this year on women in Palestinian resistance, where she spoke alongside Leila Khaled, Sahar Francis and several members of parliament.

Ahed’s visa to the United States in early 2017 was put under “administrative review,” when she was to participate in a tour across the U.S. with writer and activist Nadya Tannous and Black liberation activist and minister Amanda Weatherspoon on Palestinian-Black solidarity and joint struggle. The lengthy delay and effective visa denial meant that Ahed was unable to join the tour live.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network denounces the arrest of Ahed Tamimi and Nariman Tamimi, the latest of over 450 Palestinians arrested by Israeli occupation forces following U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration of recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Issa Qaraqe of the Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Commission stated that approximately half of those detained, like Ahed, Abdul-Khalik Burnat and Fawzi al-Junaidi, are children. There are hundreds of Palestinian children jailed by Israel and frequently subject to beatings, abuse, and interrogations without parents or lawyers present in violation of the law. We urge people of conscience around the world to take action to demand freedom for Ahed and her fellow detained and jailed Palestinian children in occupation detention centers, interrogation centers and prisons – and for Nariman Tamimi and all detained and imprisoned Palestinians.

The resistance of the Palestinian people has never been quelled by arrests or repression, and it must be clear that we, around the world, stand alongside the Palestinian people as they defend Jerusalem and their entire land and people under attack. This includes standing with detained and jailed Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for liberation for themselves, their people, and their occupied homeland.

TAKE ACTION:
1. 1.For supporters in the US: Call your member of Congress to support H.R. 4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. Tell them specifically about Ahed’s arrest, and urge them to act for her release. Click here to tell your member of Congress to support the bill. Tell them to pressure Israel to free Ahed and other detained Palestinian kids.
2.For international supporters: Call your government officials and demand action for Ahed Tamimi and other Palestinian child prisoners, and freedom for Nariman Tamimi.
Call your country’s officials urgently:
Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop: + 61 2 6277 7500
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland: +1-613-992-5234
European Union Commissioner Federica Mogherini: +32 (0) 2 29 53516
New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully: +64 4 439 8000
United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson: +44 20 7008 1500
United States President Donald Trump: 1-202-456-1111

3.Call your nearest Israeli embassy and let them know that you know about the detention of Ahed Tamimi in Nabi Saleh and other Palestinian child prisoners. Demand Ahed, her mother Nariman, and the other detained children be immediately released. Contact infomation here: https://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/israel
4.Join one of the many protests for Jerusalem and distribute this post and other news about Ahed and the Palestinian prisoners. Get others involved in the struggle for Palestinian freedom! Build the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel and complicit corporations like HP and G4S.

https://portside.org/node/16088/printable/print
 

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Thursday January 11, 2018, 7:01 pm
VIDEO: Jonathan Pollak on London & Kirschenbaum. 9:00
Activist Jonathan Pollak is interviewed about the arrest of Ahed Tamimi in Nabi Saleh.

December 24, 2017
Nabi Saleh is where I lost my Zionism.

By the time I began going to Nabi Saleh, I had spent about four years reporting on what I saw in the West Bank and Gaza, watching detachedly as my politics moved ever leftward. What I witnessed in that small West Bank village was the last straw.

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli troops during a protest to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 21, 2017. (Flash90)

A short video of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi slapping an Israeli soldier has dominated the Israeli media for the past week, and received prominent coverage internationally as well. Ahed, a Palestinian girl from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, makes a big impression with her eye-catching mane of blonde hair, the fierce, intelligent expression in her blue eyes — and her fearlessness.

One of the most striking aspects of the immense discussion generated by the video is the near-binary contrast between what Israelis and their advocates see, and what everyone else sees.

For Israelis, one of their soldiers was provoked, almost unbearably, but still managed to rise above the situation. For almost everyone else, the video shows an unarmed adolescent — who could easily, based on her appearance, be an Israeli teenager shopping at the mall — bravely confronting an armed soldier in her own village. Even without knowing the circumstances, a fully-grown man in combat gear and carrying a powerful weapon refraining from hitting a much smaller, unarmed adolescent girl, seems not remarkably praiseworthy but rather a response predicated on basic humanity and ethics.

The Israeli media has, for the most part, promoted the army’s narrative about the incident — of a restrained and mature soldier who dealt admirably with a difficult and stressful situation involving enemy actors.

In the segment below, Yaron London, the host of an eponymously named primetime news magazine program on Channel 10, mirrors the perspective of the army. London’s guests are Or Heller, the station’s military affairs correspondent, and Jonathan (Yonatan) Pollak, a veteran anti-occupation activist:

Video -- Jonathan Pollak on London & Kirschenbaum. 9:00

The conversation between the three men is salutary because it provides real insight into the mentality of mainstream Israeli society. First we hear Or Heller, an experienced military affairs correspondent, repeating the army’s narrative. He expresses pride in the soldiers, makes the claim that the Tamimi family provoked the confrontation as a means of creating an anti-Israeli propaganda video, and asserts that the soldiers were only in the vicinity to prevent Palestinian residents from throwing rocks.

Yaron London, an intelligent and educated man who does, I am sure, identify as a liberal, fails to question Heller’s narrative. Both men are completely focused on the challenge those unarmed adolescent girls supposedly present to “their” soldiers, rather than on the actual violence that those soldiers visit upon the village week after week.

Jonathan Pollak was in Nabi Saleh when the incident occurred. Watch as he calmly provides the context, and note how shocked Heller and London are when Pollak refers to “your” army — rather than “our” army. (Pollak refused to serve, which is a radical act in Israel.)

An Israeli soldier warns photographers during clashes following the funeral of Mustafa Tamimi in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, December 11, 2011. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

This segment encapsulates the Achilles heel of the Israeli media — i.e., its willingness to report communiqués issued by the army as straight news, without any fact checking. Even though the Israeli security establishment has been caught lying on countless occasions, journalists who report for mainstream media outlets continue to accept without question the information they are given about events they neither witnessed nor verified independently.

Throughout the many months I attended Friday demonstrations in Nabi Saleh, I never saw a single reporter from an Israeli media outlet. And yet, during the drive home after those long and distressing days, the news presenter on Israel Radio would report that there had been “riots” in a West Bank village and that “our forces” responded with crowd control measures.

The Tamimi family has been demonstrating every Friday for about a decade, protesting the takeover of Nabi Saleh’s natural water spring by nearby settlers. As Bassem Tamimi once explained to me, in quite fluent Hebrew, the villagers said nothing when the army built the settlement of Halamish (originally Neve Tzuf) on their land. But when the settlers confiscated their spring, and the army then prevented the Tamimis from accessing it, Bassem and his extended family decided to draw a red line.

Palestinian protesters sit in front of Israeli soldiers during a protest against the occupation and in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners hunger strike, in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, May 12, 2017. (Haidi Motola/Activestills.org)

Every week they gather at the top of the hill inside their village, carrying flags and banners, and walk toward the road that separates them from the spring. The goal is simply to cross the road and walk to the spring. And every week, the army deploys security forces inside and around the village to stop the protesters from reaching their destination.

The way it works is this: at around noon, military vehicles enter the village and park at the bottom of its bisecting road. Security forces, heavily armed and wearing combat gear, descend from the vehicles, load their weapons, and wait. Sometimes they start shooting as soon as the demonstration begins, and sometimes they wait for a teenager to throw a stone in their direction before opening fire.

As Ben Ehrenreich notes in his New York Times Magazine article about Nabi Saleh, the army spokesperson told him there has never been a single case of a soldier being injured by a stone at those demonstrations. But over the past few years, soldiers have injured and killed several demonstrators.

Palestinian, Israeli and international women enjoy a picnic near a water spring in Nabi Saleh, April 22, 2012. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

In one now notorious incident, a soldier cracked open the rear door of his armored jeep as it was on its way out of the village, and shot a tear gas canister directly into the face of Ahed’s 21-year-old cousin Mustafa, killing him. No-one was ever censured or prosecuted for that act of murder.

These are just a few of the things I saw in Nabi Saleh.

Once, I was standing on the roof of a home with three teenage girls who lived there. We were watching the demonstration from a bit of a distance — maybe 150 meters. Suddenly one of the soldiers standing down the road pivoted in our direction, raised his weapon, aimed, and shot tear gas canisters directly at us. He shot another couple of canisters at the house, shattering the living room window. The older girl told me that her family had stopped replacing it every time the soldiers broke it; the glass had become too expensive.

I also witnessed soldiers deliberately blanketing a small house in tear gas until its occupants, coughing and retching long streams of mucus, were forced to emerge. They were two elderly women, wrinkled and bent over, and a young woman in her twenties.

Mustafa Tamimi, a 28 year-old Palestinian from Nabi Saleh, is seen seconds before he gets hit with a tear gas canister shot by an Israeli soldier from a short distance during the weekly demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, December 9, 2011. (Haim Scwarczenberg/Activestills guest photographer)

I’ve seen soldiers grab crying children and shove them into military vehicles, pushing aside their screaming mothers.

I’ve seen soldiers grab a young woman by her arms and drag her like a sack of potatoes for several meters along an asphalt road so hot that it melted the rubber soles of my running shoes, before tossing her into a military vehicle and driving away.

I’ve had my ankles singed black when a security officer looked me straight in the eyes and threw a stun grenade at my legs.

Israeli army sharp-shooters regularly shoot unarmed demonstrators in Nabi Saleh with both rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition. They break into houses and drag people out, arresting them on the claim that they allowed demonstrators to hide in their garden.

And then I would go back to Tel Aviv and be told by my friends that I could not have seen what I saw, because “our soldiers” do not behave that way. Soon, I had to distance myself from those friends in order to keep my own emotions in check.

An Israeli Border Police officer beats a Palestinian protester with a club during a demonstration in Nabi Saleh, January 15, 2010. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

I write these sordid descriptions of what I saw at the demonstrations as a means of explaining how and why that place radicalized me. After Nabi Saleh I was, in a way, broken. The impact of the violence on my psyche was exhausting and traumatic, with long-lasting effects that I still experience today.

By the time I began going to Nabi Saleh, I had spent about four years reporting on what I saw in Gaza and the West Bank, and watching detachedly as my politics moved ever leftward from the liberal place at which they started, as a consequence of what I saw on the ground. But it was in Nabi Saleh that I lost the last remnants of what I would call — for lack of a word to describe my nostalgia for the idea of a state for the Jews — my Zionism.

My radicalization was not only a consequence of witnessing brutal violence perpetrated right in front of my eyes, by soldiers of the army that was supposed to protect me. It was also a result of my seeing the Tamimi family endure that violence week after week, seeing their relatives injured, arrested and killed, and still not coming to the conclusion that the price of resistance was too high. They simply refuse to submit.

Nariman Tamimi (left), Bassem Tamimi (center), and Ahed Tamimi seen in their home in Nabi Saleh, February 2017. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Week after week, they welcome strangers into their home with kindness and hospitality. No one in Nabi Saleh ever expressed an ideological political opinion to me. They didn’t have to. The situation is clear; the actions of the Israeli government and security forces there are impossible to defend, on any level. And of course that is the source of the Tamimis’ strength — the knowledge that their cause is just, and that they are fighting it with ethical, nonviolent means.

The Tamimis clearly understand the power of social media. But they don’t manufacture those confrontations. In fact, I have never seen a video that comes remotely close to conveying the true brutality I saw in Nabi Saleh. Maybe you need to smell the tear gas and feel the smallness of the place to see how outrageous it is for soldiers to act as they do there: to, with a sense of entitlement, enter a village and break up a gathering of unarmed demonstrators; to kick open the doors of homes and drag off to jail unarmed people who pose no threat; to break into a house at 4 a.m., to roust a teenage girl from her bed and drag her off to jail, denying her even the right to be accompanied by a guardian.

I am sure Ahed understands very well the effect of her striking appearance. I am sure that Bassem Tamimi knows his genuine warmth and hospitality go a lot further in winning over hearts and minds than didactic political lectures ever could. With no money, and by sacrificing their own bodies and emotional well being, the Tamimis are drawing world attention to the hundreds of Palestinian children sitting in jail, who don’t have blonde hair and a strong, supportive family. They are showing the world what the occupation means, in tangible terms, to real people. They taught me, purely by example, what grassroots resistance means.

Is Israel, with all the money and manpower it pours into sophisticated advocacy campaigns via social media, really in a position to criticize the Tamimis for understanding how to publicize their own cause? As Jonathan Pollak says to Yaron London: the reason those Nabi Saleh videos make Israel look bad, is because Israel is doing bad things.

https://972mag.com/nabi-saleh-is-where-i-lost-my-zionism/

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