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fly bird (26)
Thursday December 21, 2017, 5:51 pm
Call for Action: 22 December Day of Action to #FreeAhedTamimi and Palestinian Child Prisoners

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network joins the collective call to action for protests and international mobilizations on Friday, 22 December in solidarity with Ahed Tamimi and other Palestinian child prisoners and demanding their immediate release. We urge organizations to join in the call for action, republished below. Sign on at the Google Form.

Posters and Flyers | Call to Action

Events are already being organized in cities around the world, including: a protest in New York City on 22 December and actions in London and Manchester on 23 December, as well as protests for Palestine on 22 and 23 December in Montreal, Berlin, Brussels, Athens and Milan that will include calls for freedom for Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian prisoners. See the full list of demonstrations: http://samidoun.net/2017/12/global-protests-demand-u-s-and-zionist-hands-off-jerusalem-the-capital-of-palestine/

We will add additional events to the list as we become aware of them! Please email us at samidoun@samidoun.net or message us on Facebook to let us know about your protests for the Day of Action and for Palestine.


Posters and Flyers

The following posters and flyers can be used by organizers planning actions to support Ahed Tamimi, Nariman Tamimi, Nour Tamimi and other Palestinian prisoners.

http://samidoun.net/2017/12/call-for-action-22-december-day-of-action-to-freeahedtamimi-and-palestinian-child-prisoners/
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday December 21, 2017, 5:53 pm
Call to Action

Republished from: https://nycsjp.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/demand-an-end-to-child-detention-free-ahed-tamimi-and-all-palestinian-political-prisoners/

Demand an end to child detention: Free Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian Political Prisoners

#FreeAhedTamimi Joint Statement.

On Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 at 4 AM EEST 16-year old Ahed Tamimi, youth leader and daughter of activists Nariman and Bassem Tamimi, was abducted from her home in Nabi Saleh in the West Bank during a pre-dawn raid carried out by Israeli Occupation Forces. According to Bassem, at least 30 soldiers were involved in the raid and Ahed’s arrest. During the raid, occupation forces assaulted multiple members of the Tamimi family, including Nariman and 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, Nariman traveled there to be present for her daughter’s interrogation, only to be arrested by occupation forces upon arrival.

Tuesday’s raid and Ahed and Nariman’s arrests follow on the heels of Ahed’s 14-year-old cousin, Mohammad, being shot in the face with a rubber bullet by IOF on Friday during a protest in Nabi Saleh. Mohammad was put in a medically induced coma for 72 hours and remains in critical condition. A video posted on Facebook by Bassem Tamimi on Friday shows Ahed and Nariman blocking two israeli soldiers from entering their home after occupation forces had just shot Mohammad in the face and fired tear-gas canisters directly at their home, breaking several windows.

The Tamimi family is no stranger to brutal Zionist oppression, as family members have been regularly harassed, detained, beaten, and shot by IOF countless times over the years, targeted for their leading role in organizing weekly protests in the village of Nabi Saleh to demand the end of Israeli encroachment on their lands. According to members of the Tamimi family, Nabi Saleh has been raided on a near nightly basis for the past three months. Bassem, Ahed’s father, has been detained at least 11 times by Israeli authorities and has spent over three years in administrative detention without charge or trial. Israel uses administrative detention to incarcerate Palestinians indefinitely and without ever revealing what the allegations are. Under administrative detention, Palestinians can be detained and re-detained indefinitely, a method used to neutralize political action. There are currently over 450 Palestinians in Administrative detention. Mass incarceration of indigenous peoples is a consistent strategy in the toolbox of colonizers, practiced to neutralize effective political actors and normalize the abduction and torture of sisters, mothers, brothers, fathers, children and comrades. However, history has shown that Palestinians and nationally oppressed have resisted this formula and created their own: one that demands resistance in all its forms in the face of repression.

In the words of Bassem,

“We have no choice but to resist. But because we resist, we pay the price.”

Ahed is one of 311 Palestinian child prisoners in Israeli jails as of November 2017. Israeli Occupation Forces regularly abduct, arrest, and abuse Palestinian children and torture them while in custody. On the evening of December 10, 17-year-old Abd al-Khaliq Burnat, son of activist Iyad Burnat, and two of his friends, Hamzah Al-Khatib and Malik Radhiwas, were abducted by occupation forces while they were out getting pizza. And just days prior on December 7, a photo of 16-year-old Fawzi al-Junaidi went viral in which he is seen blindfolded and handcuffed, surrounded by nearly twenty occupation forces. He now faces charges of throwing stones at israeli soldiers in military court. These are just some of the 450+ Palestinians, over 130 of them children, who have been abducted by Israeli forces since the US administration under Trump recognized Palestinian Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of the settler-colonial occupier state of Israel. This symbolic assault on Palestinian sovereignty has validated and further emboldened the Zionist entity to continue their unchecked hostility towards Palestinians.

The arrest of Ahed Tamimi is not an isolated incident, but rather follows suit with Israel’s policies and increased attacks on Palestinians since Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem. As Palestinians continue to mobilize in light of this decision, and for all issues that occur as a result of it, it is imperative that the international community condemns all efforts by Israel to stifle Palestinian resistance. Israel’s attempts to silence and instill fear in Palestinian youth, must be met with outrage, while extending full support to targeted Palestinians so they are not demoralized.

We stand against the imprisonment of all Palestinians, especially Palestinain children. We believe all occupied people have a right to resist their occupation by all means necessary. We stand by the Tamimi family in this difficult time and salute their struggle in their firm resistance against Zionist aggression.
#FreeAhedTamimi #HandsOffJerusalem #Right2Resist

A Call For Action:

We are calling for individuals and groups to show solidarity by signing onto this statement and distributing it amongst your networks. You can sign on by filling out this google form. We are also calling for:
•A social media flood to #FreeAhedTamimi: Change your individual or group profile photo on social media to the photo included in this post, and include a link to this statement in the caption while spreading the hashtag #FreeAhedTamimi
•Photo campaign: Share a picture of yourself or your organization with a sign that shows support for Ahed Tamimi and her family.
•Organize an action or event: on Friday 12/22 educate and mobilize the demand for freedom for the Tamimi family and all Palestinian political prisoners. This can either be a demonstration, or even just tabling and passing out flyers on the situation. More materials will be provided in the next coming days for this.

If you are unable to do either, US residents can call their local representative and encourage them to sponsor the #NoWayToTreatAChild campaign and H.R. 4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act as well as urge them to demand the release of the Tamimi family and all Palestinian political prisoners.

For those internationally, demand an end to the treatment of Palestinians who are rightfully resisting colonization, and demand for the release of the Tamimi family and all Palestinian political prisoners. Call your government officials to demand the release of the Tamimi family and all Palestinian political prisoners.
•Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop: + 61 2 6277 7500
•Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland: +1-613-992-5234
•United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson: +44 20 7008 1500

The undersigned,
•Jacksonville Palestine Solidarity Network
•NYC Students for Justice in Palestine
•Palestinian Youth Movement
•Palestine Solidarity Committee – Austin, TX
•University of Minnesota Students for Justice in Palestine

Endorsers:
•Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
•Muslim American Society – NY
•Al-Awda NY
•University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Students for Justice in Palestine
•City College of New York Students for Justice in Palestine
•John Jay Students for Justice in Palestine
•Portland Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights
•Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
•American Muslims for Palestine: New Jersey
•American Muslims for Palestine: New York
•US Palestine Community Network
•Labor for Palestine
•Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
•Bears for Palestine – UC Berkeley
•Palestine Solidarity Alliance of Hunter College
•Hunter College SJP
•Decolonize this Place
•Jewish Voice for Peace – Twin Cities
•Eastern Michigan University Students for Justice in Palestine
•Queer Palestinian Empowerment Network
•The Hampton Institute
•DSA LA Refoundation Caucus
•Boston University SJP
•Dallas Palestine Coalition
•Alrahbi
•FSU Students for Justice in Palestine
•Dickinson College SJP
•EMU Queer and Trans People of Color Collective
•Anakbayan NY
•UC Santa Barbara SJP
•Stanford SJP
•Jacksonville Community Action Committee
•SWANA Alliance
•UCT Palestine Solidarity Forum
•MENA-RRC
•Merton PSC
•UCSB Jewish Voice for Peace
 

Animae C (507)
Thursday December 21, 2017, 5:57 pm
i have signed every petition, if you search C2 you'll find them.

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fly bird (26)
Thursday December 21, 2017, 5:58 pm
Nariman and Nour Tamimi’s detention extended until Monday by Israeli military court.
21 December 2017

The detention of Nariman Tamimi, the mother of Ahed Tamimi and an activist, human rights defender and land defender in Nabi Saleh, occupied Palestine, and Nour Tamimi, 21, Ahed’s cousin and also a leading organizer in the village’s popular resistance to Israeli colonization, settlement construction, land confiscation and mass arrests, has been extended until Monday, 25 December by an Israeli military court on Thursday, 21 December; the Ofer military court extended 16-year-old Ahed’s detention until Monday on 20 December. Bassem Tamimi, Nariman’s husband and Ahed’s father, reported the updates on his Facebook page:





The three Tamimi women are currently being held in HaSharon prison, with Ahed in one room and Nariman and Nour in another. Bassem Tamimi wrote that they are being held with Israeli “criminal” prisoners rather than in the rooms with their fellow Palestinian political prisoners in HaSharon; this is used as a tactic of intimidation and an attempt to force confessions, especially as Palestinians are at a high risk for racist abuse and violence.

Thousands of people around the world have responded to the detention of Ahed and the arrests of her family members after she was seized in a pre-dawn raid on the family home for protesting Israeli occupation soldiers’ shooting of her 14-year-old cousin, Mohammed Tamimi, with a rubber-coated metal bullet; Mohammed is hospitalized in critical condition. Ahed’s role in protesting occupation, colonization and apartheid from an early age has seen her become well-known around the world as a social justice activist along with the other members of her family.

People are mobilizing internationally for protests on Friday, 22 December, as well as Saturday, 23 December and participating in the global calls to action for the release of the Tamimi family, whose arrest and persecution epitomizes the ongoing Palestinian rootedness and resistance confronting the brutality, hatefulness and oppression of colonization and occupation.

Take Action:
1.Join the call to action to #FreeAhedTamimi: Sign on to the collective call for action at the Google Form. Organize events and actions for 22 December and post photos and graphics on social media along with the hashtag, #FreeAhedTamimi.
2.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. 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. Call the House switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative’s office.
3.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
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.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.

http://samidoun.net/2017/12/nariman-and-nour-tamimis-detention-extended-until-monday-by-israeli-military-court/
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday December 21, 2017, 6:00 pm
UPDATE: Attack on the Tamimi family: Ahed’s detention extended in military court, Bassem Tamimi detained and released.
20 December 2017

Bassem Tamimi, Palestinian human rights defender and the father of detained Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi, was released late at night on 20 December after being seized by Israeli occupation forces himself in the morning as he attended his daughter’s hearing at the Ofer military court, according to his Facebook post. Ahed was seized in the pre-dawn hours of 19 December from her family home and the Tamimis’ computers, phones and other electronics were confiscated by occupation soldiers.

Ahed’s mother, Nariman Tamimi, was detained later in the morning on 19 December after she was called to the “Benjamin” police station near Jaba village. Both Ahed and Nariman remain jailed; Nariman will be brought for a hearing in military court tomorrow, 21 December, and Ahed’s detention was extended until Monday, 25 December at the earliest. Bassem has previously been detained 11 times and spent 3 years in administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial; he was recognized by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience.

This came one day after both Ahed and then her mother were arrested by occupation forces following attacks on them in Israeli media for protesting and defending their land from Israeli occupation soldiers who had shot another local boy, 14-year-old Mohammed Tamimi, in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet.

In overnight, violent raids, occupation forces seized a cousin of the family, Nour Tamimi, 21, from her family home in Nabi Saleh. This means that Ahed and both of her parents, Nariman and Bassem – all of whom are leading land defenders in Nabi Saleh – are currently seized by the Israeli occupation forces.

Thousands of people around the world have already responded to the call for action against this injustice. We urge you to continue to mobilize and take action to free the Tamimi family and all the Palestinians targeted by the Israeli occupation for imprisonment and detention.

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:
http://samidoun.net/2017/12/update-attack-on-the-tamimi-family-aheds-detention-extended-in-military-court-bassem-tamimi-detained-and-released/
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday December 21, 2017, 6:02 pm
Thank you AniMae!
So much concern for these children detained, and abuses in Israeli prison system!!

http://samidoun.net/
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday December 21, 2017, 6:04 pm
TAKE ACTION - Lone posted:

Free Ahed Tamimi.

http://www.care2.com/news/member/762287222/4081004
 

Beverly D (14)
Thursday December 21, 2017, 6:08 pm
Noted!
 

Judy C (91)
Thursday December 21, 2017, 6:37 pm
Signed Lone's petition. Could not sign the Google petition because my browser does not read Captcha's. Thanks Jess, and thanks for all the information.
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday December 21, 2017, 8:40 pm
Abduct, imprison, repeat: Israel systematically imprisons Palestinians on false or no charges.
12 Dec, 2017

People around the world are rightfully outraged by Donald Trump's recent effective handing over of Jerusalem to Israel.

Behind the scenes, out of sight, an outrageous and illegal practice continues, the alleged“only democracy in the Middle East” on a near-daily basis abducts Palestinian men, women, and children under false pretexts (or no charges at all), using sham legal proceedings to enforce prolonged, illegal, detentions.

According to October 2017 statistics by the Palestinian prisoner support group Addameer, Israel holds 6,198 Palestinians in prison (including 280 children and 58 women).

On October 27, Israeli forces abducted Ashraf Abu Rahme (36) from Bil'in, a village of around 2,000 people, just west of Ramallah. Abu Rahme's alleged crime? “Throwing stones.”

Even were Israel's claims true, under international law, he could have been firing a gun at the occupying forces. The UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/37/43 of December 3, 1982, reaffirms:

“...the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples for independence, territorial integrity, national unity and liberation from colonial and foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means, including armed struggle.”

That said, all accounts put Abu Rahme as unarmed and not throwing stones. Bil'in resident Haitham al-Khatib was with Abu Rahme the day of his abduction. Al-Khatib wrote of walking with Abu Rahme and others in Bil'in's fields when the Israeli Army entered and handcuffed Abu Rahme. Khatib included a video of the incident.

On November 21, al-Khatib noted that Abu Rahme's already one month-long detention would be extended by another two months, with an additional fine of 5,000 shekels (over $1,400), adding: “He is a peaceful activist like me! Israel is trying to destroy my village's peaceful demonstrations!”

Protesting land theft

In 2005, Bil'in residents began creatively protesting the theft of 60 percent of their mostly-agricultural land, in part for the building of Israel's massive wall cutting through the occupied West Bank, known to many as the Apartheid Wall. Every Friday since then, Bil'in villagers, and outside supporters have marched on the land, protesting the blatant Israeli land-grab.

Having myself participated in many of these protests in 2007, I'm well aware of the brutality of the Israeli soldiers, who seem to treat the occasion as one of honing their sniping, crowd-control and abduction skills. Using live ammunition and metal bullets thinly-coated with rubber (benignly called “rubber” bullets), Israeli soldiers fire on unarmed protesters, young and old, and otherwise suffocate and injure by firing high-velocity tear gas canisters into crowds and directly at people, as I experienced.

But my experiences were only a glimpse.

In April 2009, Abu Rahme's brother, Bassam, was killed by one such tear gas canister, fired directly at his chest. In December 2010, his sister Jawaher died of cardiac arrest from tear gas inhalation.

Ashraf Abu Rahme has himself been shot point-blank (while blindfolded and handcuffed) by Israeli soldiers, and otherwise arrested over 50 times, according to his wife Rana, held “sometimes 6 months, sometimes two weeks.”

Given that many seen as influential in the Bil'in protests have also been targeted with repeated arrests, it is clear that Israel's motivation in imprisoning Ashraf, and harassing he and his wife, is in seeking to bring about an end to these protests.

This is just one aspect of the farce that is the great Israeli “democracy.”

Fake legal proceedings and family visits denied

The first month of Abu Rahme's imprisonment was spent under administrative detention, which even the UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine, Michael Lynk has addressed, saying:

“I am particularly concerned with Israel’s use of administrative detention, which involves imprisonment without charge, trial, conviction or meaningful due process, as well as the possibility of unrestricted renewal of their detention,” as noted in a May 2017, UN article.

The article also cited Lynk as “highlighting that administrative detainees are imprisoned on secret evidence that neither they nor their lawyers can review or challenge.” Israel holds around 500 Palestinian prisoners in administrative detention, and many of the at least 6,000 Palestinian prisoners are held in prisons within Israel, in contravention of International Humanitarian Law, Lynk noted.

Robert Inlakesh, an Australian journalist, and activist who recently spent several months in Palestine, including substantial time in Bil'in before Abu Rahme's arrest, explained of the eventual trial:

“His court date was held back four times. Up until now his wife Rana has only seen him and spoken to him in court while he was shackled. He was given an Israeli lawyer, but Rana wasn't able to make contact anywhere except on the actual court dates with this lawyer who is defending Ashraf.”

Special Rapporteur Lynk pointed out that holding Palestinian prisoners in prisons in Israel creates, “significant barriers to the families of prisoners who wish to visit them, due to the difficulty of obtaining permits to enter Israel, and the often arduous journey families must undertake to reach their relatives.”

For Palestinians in Gaza under Israeli siege, visiting loved ones in Israeli prisons is nearly impossible. Addameer notes: “Palestinians wishing to visit their relatives detained in Israeli prisons must apply for a permit from the Israeli security services.”

Guess how that works out...

In a recent interview on Sputnik, Inlakesh pointed out the Israelis' astounding 99.7 percent incarceration rate. Also on the interview, Scottish activist Mick Napier noted that a 99.7 percent conviction rate is “not a justice system, it’s an industrial process of snatching Palestinians from homes, schools, and streets, and subjecting them to six months, or five years, or 22 years...”

Followup abductions in Bil'in

Those following Bil'in villagers' struggles to regain their land and end the constant Israeli invasions will be aware that Israel has not only targeted perceived leaders of the protests, but employed psychological warfare, with endless night invasions.

Some weeks following Ashraf Abu Rahme's abduction, in the early hours of November 20, Israeli forces and intelligence invaded anew. Haitham al-Khatib wrote that around 150 soldiers in 20 jeeps entered again in the middle of the night, raiding over 15 homes, and abducting Ahmad Abu Rahme (16) and Abdullah Abu Rahme (46).

Being ripped out of your sleep and home by the Israeli Army is a norm. In 2007, in a village under constant lockdown and invasion by the Israeli Army, I experienced these night raids. In darkness, Israeli soldiers fired flares in the street and at homes, tear gas, sound bombs, and of course live ammunition at and inside Palestinian homes. The psychological terror the village residents felt would have been immense, and endless. The day raids are equally brutal. One youth's spleen was destroyed by the bullet which narrowly missed his heart, as invading Israeli soldiers shot him outside his grandmother's home.

On December 10, Robert Inlakesh updated that 17-year-old Abdul Khaliq Bornat, Hamzah al-Khatib (17) and Malik Radhi (18), also from Bil'in, had just been abducted and imprisoned by Israeli forces. Of Bornat, Inlakesh wrote:

“They beat him and then brutally took him away. He is currently in his last year of school and wishes to study overseas for the university, this last year of school is his only option to achieve this...”

Solidarity with Abu Rahme, and Syria

Robert Inlakesh, who has remained in touch with Bil'in villagers and Abu Rahme's wife Rana, is trying to help raise money to pay for his release, since most Palestinians under occupation don't make the kind of ransom Israel is demanding.

We decided it's best to make a fundraiser for him, because if he doesn't pay in time, he remains in prison.”

He also noted that even after Abu Rahme is released, he'll be under the gun:

“He's on a five-year probation period. So if he even goes to a demonstration for five years, they can put him in prison for one and a half years.”

There's another thing about Ashraf Abu Rahme which Israel definitely doesn't like: on more than one occasion at the weekly Friday protests in Bil'in, Abu Rahme has raised the Syrian flag, in solidarity with a country whose land Israel illegally occupies and fires upon. Israel, known to be treating Al-Qaeda and other extremists in Israeli hospitals, and Israel which has self-professedly dozens of times attacked Syria, certainly doesn't want Syria's southern kin to stand in solidarity.

One day before he was abducted, Ashraf Abu Rahme messaged me on Facebook, sending me a video about the health benefits of garlic, of which he knows I'm fond. I mention this because this is the kind of person he is: gentle, thoughtful, playful, yet brave, so brave, a bravery most of us will never know.

It ain't just Trump: US history of supporting “Israeli” Jerusalem project

Many are surprised by Trump's Jerusalem move.

Indeed, former US president Barack Obama, in a June 2008 speech stated: “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”

In 1995, the US Senate passed an act, “To provide for the relocation of the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and for other purposes.”

As to the notion that Trump's move will affect peace negotiations, what needs to be recognized is that there hasn't ever been fair peace negotiations. Were the “two-state solution” to be enforced, Palestinians would forever live in Bantustans, all borders controlled by Israel, with only a fraction of their historic land.

Meanwhile, daily less-noticed crimes against Palestinians continue, including Israel's continued expansion of illegal Jewish colonies, its imprisonment of Palestinians, and its war crimes.

With the inaction of the United Nations to seriously hold Israel accountable for its decades of breaches of international law, and with America's handing over of more Palestinian land to Israel, it is time for a paradigm shift, and time finally for a just peace for a people robbed of their land, expelled, murdered and imprisoned.

Eva Bartlett is a freelance journalist and rights activist with extensive experience in the Gaza Strip and Syria. Her writings can be found on her blog, In Gaza.

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/412883-palestinian-prisoners-israel-abduct/
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday December 21, 2017, 8:52 pm
Video footage -

On Wednesday, an Israeli military court extended the detention of Ahed Tamimi, a 16-year-old girl who has become the face of Palestinian resistance to Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank for many who follow the weekly protests in her village through social media.

The girl was arrested in an overnight raid of her family’s home in the village of Nabi Saleh early Monday.

The arrest, and images of the less-than-daring raid released by the Israeli police to broadcasters, appeared to be an effort to placate far-right Israelis who were angered by video recorded last Friday, as the Palestinian teenager and a female cousin forced two heavily armed Israeli soldiers from her front yard, slapping and kicking them.

The outrage was stoked by Israelis, who claimed that the confrontation with the soldiers had been staged to generate sympathy and made no mention of the fact that the incident took place after an Israeli soldier shot Ahed’s 15-year-old cousin in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet during a demonstration against the ongoing military occupation. The girl’s father, Bassem, told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that his daughter, who will be 17 in January, was angry because her cousin Mohammed had been shot, and it was unclear at the time if he would survive. (Over the weekend, doctors removed the bullet from the boy’s skull and he was placed in a medically induced coma.)

Video of the incident had been widely shared over the weekend on social networks by Israelis who variously expressed pride in the “quiet restraint” shown by the soldiers and outrage that they appeared to have been bullied by a girl.

As Palestinian activists noted, however, that reading of the incident ignores the fact that the soldiers were on the family’s property, in an area that has been under military occupation for more than half a century.


One copy of the clip posted on Facebook by far-right rapper Yoav Eliasi, known to his fans as The Shadow, was viewed more than a million times, along with his caption decrying the supposed “impotence” of Israel’s “castrated army.”

As the Haaretz correspondent Anshel Pfeffer observed following the girl’s arrest, “What no one could explain was why, if indeed there was a valid reason to apprehend her, was she not taken into custody on Friday? Unless, that is, the real charge against her is having made Israeli soldiers look impotent on camera.”

Israelis who are critical of the occupation voiced their support for the young political prisoner.

The uproar over the incident in Israel was caused, in part, by simmering anger at the success her parents, Bassem and Nariman Tamimi, have had in drawing attention to the Israeli occupation by using social media to document the weekly protests they have led in Nabi Saleh since 2009.

As Ben Ehrenreich explained in a New York Times Magazine profile of the family, Ahed became first became a viral sensation in 2012, when she was caught on camera shaking her fist at an Israeli soldier, demanding to know why her brother had been detained at a protest.


The Internet took over: video of the tiny, bare-armed blond girl facing down a soldier went viral. She and Nariman were invited to Istanbul, where, to their surprise, Nariman said, they were greeted at the airport by dozens of children wearing T-shirts printed with Ahed’s photo. They drove past billboards displaying Ahed’s image. Reporters followed them everywhere. Crowds gathered when they walked in the streets. They were taken to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the southeastern city of Urfa, Nariman said, and flew back with him to Istanbul on his plane.

Not everyone reacted so enthusiastically. One right-wing blogger dubbed Ahed “Shirley Temper.” The Israeli news site Ynet took the images as evidence that “Palestinian protesters use children to needle I.D.F. soldiers in the hope of provoking a violent response.”

A similar debate erupted two years ago, when images of Ahed biting the finger of an Israeli soldier who had her younger brother in a headlock went viral.

Israelis who defend the ongoing occupation of the West Bank — and the illegal, Jewish-only settlements there that soldiers are deployed to guard — tried again to blame the girl’s parents for her arrest this week, by claiming that her distress at living under military rule was somehow an act.

The girl’s supporters, however, argued that she and her family have every right to use social media to document the impact of Israel’s military rule on their lives, and on those of millions of Palestinians who are denied basic civil rights.

Despite official calls for Palestinians to commit themselves to unarmed struggle, Israel’s leaders appear deeply unsettled by the protest movement led by the Tamimi family in Nabi Saleh. Education Minister Naftali Bennett told Israel’s Army Radio on Tuesday that the young women filmed slapping the soldiers “should finish their lives in prison.”

When Ahed’s mother Nariman went to the Israeli police station where her daughter was being held, she, too, was arrested.

The Israeli military court that extended Ahed Tamimi’s detention on Wednesday also informed her father Bassem that he is now under investigation as well and subject to arrest. Still, the activist said after the hearing, he is proud of his daughter and his family is determined to continue their protests.

“We believe that this is our way and our duty and responsibility,” Tamimi said, “to resist until we end the occupation.”

https://theintercept.com/2017/12/20/israel-tackles-existential-threat-posed-16-year-old-palestinian-girl/
 

S J (130)
Friday December 22, 2017, 3:59 am
I send my heart and solidarity to be with you there. Meows meow Jess
 

Ben O (135)
Friday December 22, 2017, 5:57 am
I wish that I could do more than signing petitions...
 

Beryl Ludwig (79)
Friday December 22, 2017, 7:07 am
I agree been I wish there were more things we could do other than just signed petitions these things need action physically. Thank you Jess
 

Freya H (345)
Friday December 22, 2017, 9:27 am
I'm with you, Ben O. Maybe a protest at an Israeli embassy? The media love protests, and it would gain some attention for the cause. Meanwhile, let's sign all the petitions we can, and send messages directly to Israel's government.
 

Doris F (19)
Friday December 22, 2017, 9:40 am
tyfs Jess
 

fly bird (26)
Friday December 22, 2017, 3:50 pm
PLEASE READ: The high cost of freedom – Israeli army targets kids.
December 18, 2017

During the past weeks an increasing number of children have been arrested and injured all around the West Bank. ISM met with Iyad Burnat from Bil’in who is witnessing how the second generation of activist, including his own children, are being targeted through made up charges and torture-like interrogation techniques. Right now five youth from Bil’in are being held in Ofar prison. But Ofar is filling up, and more kids are being moved to Meggido outside occupied territory.

Abdul-Khaliq, Iyad’s second son, was in the car with two friends, Hamzah Al-Khatib and Malik Radhi, driving in Bil’in to have pizza, when the soldiers stopped the car. Now they are under arrest, charged for cutting the apartheid fence. No videos, nor witnesses can prove it. But this is not a problem for the Israeli army as soldiers have been proven lying in court when called as a witness.

This is not Abduls’ first direct experience with the Israeli military repression, as he has been already injured in the head by a rubber coated steel bullet. Now the Israeli army focus on him since they have targeted him as a leader inducing other young people to join protests. Iyad Burnat tells the ISM that the Israeli intelligence has been interrogating his son for the last days. The Ofar judge ordered the boys to be released on a bail of thousands of shekel, but despite that the persecution is not over. During the interrogation, the soldiers claimed that they had many secret files have not yet been used by the court.

These last events reflect the general ongoing situation in Bil’in since the settlers’ colonization started in 2005. The construction of the Modi’in Illit settlement brought up the well-known military abuses that Palestinians always suffer from in situations like this. The daily confrontation with the massive Israeli military presence have forced the people from the small village of Billin to elaborate a strategy to respond.

Over the last decade, the non-violent protest, including fence-cutting and the blocking of the road to the settlements, has become a pivotal aspect of the anti-settlement resistance. The Israeli court charges people who cut and damage the fences of settlements as criminals, but the state of Israel never mention that all the settlements are illegal according to international law and some of them according to Israel law itself.

The non-violent method of resistance thus haven’t changed the Israeli violent methods of repression. Since many years, Iyad and his family represent a special target. Already known outside of Palestine from the Cannes-awarded film ‘Five Broken Cameras’, in 2015 he received the James Lawson Award for Achievement in the Practice, Study or Reporting of Nonviolent Conflict presented annually by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. Iyad is constantly involved in the reporting and spreading of the activities of the Palestinian struggle around the world.

This year he met with the English Labour Party and invited them to visit Palestine. He also tries to focus on talking to and meeting Jewish associations outside of Israel, and together they are stressing how the anti-zionism and the fight against the occupation are not a religious matters. This year Iyad was also invited to talk at the UN conference ’50 years of Occupation’. He tells ISM that the first piece of news he read when he landed in the US was that soldiers went to his house to arrest his third son Mohammed.

Also the first son, Majd, has been targeted. In 2014, he was shot during a protest. In that occasion he was standing beside his father when an Israeli soldier approached them, gunned him and moved back. A scenario which reminds of a punitive action, more than a security one which is what the Israeli army usually claims. Majs was hospitalised for 10 days in the Ramallah hospital, where doctors indicated the necessity to travel to Jordan for a neurosurgical operation. The Israeli border police stopped and interrogated him for three hours at the border. In Jordan, he was directed back to the Quds Hospital. As the Israel authority did not give him the permission to travel outside the green line, he managed to get there just when two Israeli activists hid him in the trunk of their car.

What could be a simple report of isolated events underlines an ongoing strategy adopted by Israel. The choice of targeting kids reveals two goals. On one side, it’s easy to notice how the kids in question are usually the children of activists. It’s a way to hit the most human and vulnerable nerve.“Israeli authorities have said that we teach our kids hate,”Iyad says,“But who teaches hate to whom? At my return from the US it was my 3-year old son who explained to me what happened when the soldier came in the night to arrest his brother. A 3-year old kid forced to witness handcuffing and beating in his own home.” On the other side, targeting the young generation is an attempt to eradicate the ‘problem’ of the Palestinian resistance from the root, to scare and warn the people who will lead the struggle in the future.

Most of the 430 Palestinians arrested after Trump’s declaration the 6th of December are under 18 years old. ”They want the youth to hate living in this land”Iyad says. When ISM asks him if he believes his son Abdul, the one now under arrest, is scared he answered that Abdul got used to it since he grew up in this environment:“He reminds me of myself at his age.”And he adds: “I resist and started this struggle to give my kids a better future. But now the story is repeating. Freedom has a high cost.”

https://palsolidarity.org/2017/12/the-high-cost-of-freedom-israeli-army-targets-kids/
 

fly bird (26)
Friday December 22, 2017, 4:02 pm
Thank you, all, for your supportive comments. We can make a difference - sometimes between life and death.

We can call our senators and representatives to take action, on behalf of Ahed and her mother Narimba, who was arrested and imprisoned, when she went to look for her daughter.

It does not matter where you are, what country. Contact your ambassadors/embassies to Israel. Email, call local or D.C. numbers.
Unfortunately it is a federal holiday, apparently, at the White House comment line, today..

which I was unaware of. And I think it will be closed until the next business day - which would be next Tuesday, December 26. Please call, friends and keep the pressure on the White House/Trump, and others.

It is possible to email the white house, which would be important, as well. Phone messages left with staff, is helpful, more personal and expeditious.
Time is of the essence.
One of 'my' representatives is out today, as well, and not back till Jan 3. I left a message anyway at the D.C. office, anyway.

I hope this young girl and her mother will be released, Monday, as reports suggest might happen.
Then again..

I know, the more protests and phone calls/emails/messages are made, the more coverage this will get.
This abuse of Palestinian families, civilians and children must be stopped.
All U.S. aid to Israel, must end, now!!
End the Israeli occupation of Palestine!
 

fly bird (26)
Friday December 22, 2017, 4:06 pm
Witness Report, Video: Israeli War Crimes Against Palestinian Youth in Hebron.
December 2017

Witness accounts and video footage confirm that the Israeli army has been and is committing war crimes in dealing with the current wave of protests against the occupation, colonization, and ethnic cleansing in Palestine.

On Friday, December 8, 2017 around 4:30 PM, ISM activists clearly witnessed and filmed a unit of of around 40 Israeli soldiers and commanders in the H1 area of Hebron – which, according to the 1997 Hebron agreement, should be fully controlled by the Palestinian Authority – intentionally injuring the backs, shoulders, and heads of two randomly arrested teens. Much of this occurred after they had been handcuffed, blindfolded, and were held in custody.

The incidents took place shortly after the Israeli forces invaded Bab al-Zawiya from the military Checkpoint 56 (Shuhada Street in H2) and stormed more than 300 meters up Adel Street, as well as two other main civilian thoroughfares.

The teens were captured near the Hasona Petrol station. If previous child arrests in that area are any indication, they were likely grabbed at random from the street without having been involved in any form of protest beforehand.

The video evidence below, a combination of 3 different camera positions, shows how cruelly the teens are treated by different soldiers, while and after they were handcuffed, blindfolded, and cooperating with the soldiers in walking to Israeli controlled H2.

VIDEO -- December 8 2017, How the Israeli army treats arrested minors in
The almost-raw video footage of all three cameras is included and viewable with the following hyper-links:

Camera 1: from 4:23:10 PM

Camera 2: from 4:23:30 PM

Camera 3: from 4:23:35 PM and from 4:24:05 PM

War Crimes

Human Rights Watch (HRW), an NGO that is widely acknowledged for its monitoring and determination of human rights abuses, compiled a readable publication based on the 685 page ‘ICRC Customary International Humanitarian Law’ study manual.

In the HRW publication, war crimes are defined as:


“Serious violations of international humanitarian law, including the mistreatment of persons in custody and deliberate attacks on civilians and civilian property, when committed with criminal intent amount to war crimes. Criminal intent requires purposeful or reckless action. Individuals may also be held criminally liable for attempting to commit a war crime, as well as assisting in, facilitating, aiding or abetting a war crime. Responsibility may also fall on persons ordering, planning, or instigating the commission of a war crime. Commanders and civilian leaders may be prosecuted for war crimes as a matter of command responsibility when they knew or should have known about the commission of war crimes and took insufficient measures to prevent them or punish those responsible.” [emphasis added]

Based on this definition, the video depicts a war crime committed by the Israeli army, for which it’s soldiers and commanders bear responsibility.

This isn’t the 1st documented war crime committed by the Israeli state or its armed forces against the Palestinian people. Other examples include:
•Extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully;
•Willfully depriving a prisoner of war or other protected person of the rights of fair and regular trial;
•Unlawful deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement;
•Enforced disappearance of persons;
•Persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender;
•The crime of apartheid;
•The transfer, directly or indirectly, by the occupying power of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.

It is the obligation of all states that have signed the multiple international treaties violated here to stop these Israeli war crimes, and a duty of the people to put pressure on their governments to do so.

https://palsolidarity.org/2017/12/witness-report-video-israeli-war-crimes-against-palestinian-youth-in-hebron/
 

fly bird (26)
Friday December 22, 2017, 4:08 pm
ACTION ALERT: Free Ahed Tamimi!

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://palsolidarity.org/2017/12/free-ahed-tamimi/
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 23, 2017, 5:00 am
I've just sent an email asking for her to be released.
 

Marija M (25)
Saturday December 23, 2017, 6:35 am
tks for taking action.
 

fly bird (26)
Saturday December 23, 2017, 9:56 am
#FREE AHED TAMIMI

Sign your letter to Congress today.

http://www.codepink.org/ahed_tamimi

 

fly bird (26)
Saturday December 23, 2017, 9:57 am
Ahed Tamimi Is Part Of The Palestinian Generations R – For Return.
December 23, 2017

The detention of Ahed Tamimi of the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, along with her human rights activist mother Nariman Tamimi, for “lightly slapping” an Israeli soldier, as Amira Hass put it in Haaretz, is remarkable only because of the high profile, courage and sumoud (steadfastness) of the Tamimi family, who were featured on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in 2013.

It is a fate shared by thousands of Palestinians. Ahed’s father Bassem, like close to a million Palestinians since 1967, has also seen the inside of an Israeli jail.

Ahed was reacting in frustration to the shooting, by an Israeli soldier, of a 15-year-old Palestinian boy distantly related to her (Mohammed Tamimi). who had just been wounded in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet and taken to a Palestinian hospital. (See Israelis shoot boy in head, take revenge against his family)

Your question, ‘What do you consider to be justice for Ahed Tamimi?’, raises an important point related to Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and the legitimacy of the legal system it imposes on Palestinians there (Jewish “settlers”. and Jews in general in the West Bank are governed by a different set of rules).

In the documentary film The Law in these Parts, Israeli military judges and prosecutors have exposed the legal framework and its human impact on Palestinians, young and old.

The egregiousness of this situation in Palestine is being addressed today in US Congress, where a new US bill: Palestinian children’s rights under Israeli military occupation.

Ahed is refusing to answer questions at her interrogation, a clear indication that she does not accept the legitimacy of her detention or the military legal system imposed upon her protest activities in occupied Palestine.

Justice for Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian political prisoners means their immediate release.

The 2017 Conference on International Law and the State of Israel: legitimacy concluded in its closing statement that
“…while Israel has relied up to date on the use of ‘hard power’, reflecting its geopolitical and strategic alliances on the world stage and notably the support of the USA, in the long term this would not provide a viable and just solution.”

Ahed Tamimi is part of Generations R, if you like, the generations of Palestinians who have not given up on return to their homeland and self-determination – and never will. It’s been reported that 95% of new Palestinian detainees in Israel jails are youth. This youngest generation of Palestinians has proved to be as courageous and steadfast as their legendary elders, including, to name a few, 15 year olds Ibrahim Al-Qawasmi and LouayNashteh from Hebron, Wael Hashash, 19, and AttallahHashash, 24, from Nablus, Ahmed Qassem, 19, from Jenin, and Ahmed Abu Rahma (17) from Ramallah.

Over 6,500 Palestinians, including 300 children, are currently languishing in Israeli prisons.


Rima Najjar is a Palestinian whose father’s side of the family comes from the forcibly depopulated village of Lifta on the western outskirts of Jerusalem. She is an activist, researcher and retired professor of English literature, Al-Quds University, occupied West Bank.

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/12/23/ahed-tamimi-part-palestinian-generations-r-return/
 

fly bird (26)
Saturday December 23, 2017, 10:09 am
TAKE ACTION: # FREE AHED TAMIMI
On December 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. Today, when Ahed’s mother, Nariman, went to inquire which detention center her daughter was being held in, the military arrested her as well.

It is well documented that Palestinian children are beaten, abused, and tortured during their arrests by the Israeli military. For Ahed’s sake we need as many members of Congress as possible to sign onto the legislation congresswoman Betty McCollum just introduced to end the abuse and detention of Palestinian children.

Ahed is a high school student preparing for college. She lives in a Palestinian village famous for women leadership in resistance to the occupation. As a young girl, Ahed rose to headlines for her bravery to confront the Israeli soldiers who enter her village on a regular basis. In 2014, at the age of 13, she received the Hanzala Courage Award in Turkey. In 2015, she and her family were profiled by the New York Times Magazine. Now she and her mother are sitting in Israeli jails. No one knows where they are being held or if they are okay.

Tell your member of Congress to sign onto H.R. 4391 to make the condition that US military aid to Israel not be used for the abuse and detention of Palestinian children in Israel’s military court system. Then share on Facebook and Twitter that the Israeli military must release mother and daughter activists Ahed and Nariman Tamimi.

http://www.codepink.org/ahed_tamimi
 

fly bird (26)
Sunday December 24, 2017, 11:50 am
READ - Why does the Israeli occupation forces go after Ahed, and children?

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.830229
 

fly bird (26)
Monday December 25, 2017, 8:58 am

mondediplo.net/-Nouvelles-d-Orient-

Palestine : A girl’s chutzpah -

Ahed Tamimi, 16, is a heroine, a Palestinian heroine. Maybe the intifada of slappings will succeed where all other methods of resistance have failed

Gideon Levy Dec 20, 2017
https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.830229[en]

Last Tuesday, Israel Defense Forces soldiers shot Hamed al-Masri, 15, in the head, wounding the unarmed boy from Salfit severely. On Friday, soldiers shot the unarmed Mohammed Tamimi, also 15, in the head, wounding the Nabi Saleh boy severely. Also on Friday, soldiers killed Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, a double amputee, shooting him in the head, too. On the same day Ahed Tamimi, 16, stood in the courtyard of her home with her girlfriend and slapped an IDF officer who had invaded her home.
Israel woke from its slumber angry: How dare she. The three victims of the barbaric shooting didn’t interest Israelis, and the media didn’t even bother to report on them. But the slap (and kick) by Tamimi provoked rage. How dare she slap an IDF soldier? A soldier whose friends slap, beat, abduct and of course shoot Palestinians almost every day.
She really has chutzpah, Tamimi. She broke the rules. Slapping is permitted only by soldiers. She is the real provocation, not the soldier who invaded her house. She, who had three close relatives killed by the occupation, whose parents have been detained countless times and whose father was sentenced to four months in prison for participating in a demonstration at the entrance to a grocery store – she dared to resist a soldier. Palestinian chutzpah. Tamimi was supposed to fall in love with the soldier who invaded her house, to toss rice at him, but, ingrate that she is, she rewarded him with a slap. It’s all because of the “incitement.” Otherwise she certainly wouldn’t hate her conqueror.
But there are other sources of the unbridled lust for revenge against Tamimi. (Education Minister Naftali Bennett: “She should finish her life in prison.”) The girl from Nabi Saleh shattered several myths for Israelis. Worst of all, she dared to damage the Israeli myth of masculinity. Suddenly it turns out that the heroic soldier, who watches over us day and night with daring and courage, is being pitted against a girl with empty hands. What’s going to happen to our machismo, which Tamimi shattered so easily, and our testosterone?
Suddenly Israelis saw the cruel, dangerous enemy they are confronting: a curly-haired 16-year-old girl. All the demonization and dehumanization in the sycophantic media were shattered at once when confronted by a girl in a blue sweater.

Israelis lost their heads. This is not what they were told. They’re used to hearing about terrorists and terror and murderous behavior. It’s hard to accuse Ahed Tamimi of all that; she didn’t even have scissors in her hands. Where’s the Palestinian cruelty? Where’s the danger? Where’s the evil? You could lose your mind. Suddenly all the cards were reshuffled: For one rare moment the enemy looked so human. Of course you can rely on Israel’s machinery of propaganda and brainwashing, which are so efficient, to assassinate Tamimi’s character soon enough. She too will be labeled a cruel terrorist who was born to kill; it will be said she has no justifiable motives and that there’s no context for her behavior.

Ahed Tamimi is a heroine, a Palestinian heroine. She succeeded in driving Israelis crazy. What will the military correspondents and right-wing inciters and security experts say? Why good are 8200, Oketz, Duvdevan, Kfir and all these other special units if at the end of the day the IDF is confronting a helpless civilian population that is tired of the occupation, embodied by a girl with a kaffiyeh on her shoulder?
If only there were many more like her. Maybe girls like her will be able to shake Israelis up. Maybe the intifada of slappings will succeed where all other methods of resistance, violent and non-violent, have failed.
Meanwhile Israel has reacted the only way it knows how: a nighttime abduction from her home and detention with her mother. But in his heart of hearts, every decent Israeli likely knows not only who is right and who isn’t, but also who is strong and who is weak. The soldier armed from head to toe who invades a house that doesn’t belong to him, or the unarmed girl defending her home and her lost honor with her bare hands, with a slap?
 

fly bird (26)
Monday December 25, 2017, 9:03 am
mondediplo.net/-Nouvelles-d-Orient-

Palestine : A girl’s chutzpah -

Ahed Tamimi, 16, is a heroine, a Palestinian heroine. Maybe the intifada of slappings will succeed where all other methods of resistance have failed

Gideon Levy Dec 20, 2017
https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.830229[en]

Last Tuesday, Israel Defense Forces soldiers shot Hamed al-Masri, 15, in the head, wounding the unarmed boy from Salfit severely. On Friday, soldiers shot the unarmed Mohammed Tamimi, also 15, in the head, wounding the Nabi Saleh boy severely. Also on Friday, soldiers killed Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, a double amputee, shooting him in the head, too. On the same day Ahed Tamimi, 16, stood in the courtyard of her home with her girlfriend and slapped an IDF officer who had invaded her home.
Israel woke from its slumber angry: How dare she. The three victims of the barbaric shooting didn’t interest Israelis, and the media didn’t even bother to report on them. But the slap (and kick) by Tamimi provoked rage. How dare she slap an IDF soldier? A soldier whose friends slap, beat, abduct and of course shoot Palestinians almost every day.
She really has chutzpah, Tamimi. She broke the rules. Slapping is permitted only by soldiers. She is the real provocation, not the soldier who invaded her house. She, who had three close relatives killed by the occupation, whose parents have been detained countless times and whose father was sentenced to four months in prison for participating in a demonstration at the entrance to a grocery store – she dared to resist a soldier. Palestinian chutzpah. Tamimi was supposed to fall in love with the soldier who invaded her house, to toss rice at him, but, ingrate that she is, she rewarded him with a slap. It’s all because of the “incitement.” Otherwise she certainly wouldn’t hate her conqueror.
But there are other sources of the unbridled lust for revenge against Tamimi. (Education Minister Naftali Bennett: “She should finish her life in prison.”) The girl from Nabi Saleh shattered several myths for Israelis. Worst of all, she dared to damage the Israeli myth of masculinity. Suddenly it turns out that the heroic soldier, who watches over us day and night with daring and courage, is being pitted against a girl with empty hands. What’s going to happen to our machismo, which Tamimi shattered so easily, and our testosterone?
Suddenly Israelis saw the cruel, dangerous enemy they are confronting: a curly-haired 16-year-old girl. All the demonization and dehumanization in the sycophantic media were shattered at once when confronted by a girl in a blue sweater.

Israelis lost their heads. This is not what they were told. They’re used to hearing about terrorists and terror and murderous behavior. It’s hard to accuse Ahed Tamimi of all that; she didn’t even have scissors in her hands. Where’s the Palestinian cruelty? Where’s the danger? Where’s the evil? You could lose your mind. Suddenly all the cards were reshuffled: For one rare moment the enemy looked so human. Of course you can rely on Israel’s machinery of propaganda and brainwashing, which are so efficient, to assassinate Tamimi’s character soon enough. She too will be labeled a cruel terrorist who was born to kill; it will be said she has no justifiable motives and that there’s no context for her behavior.

Ahed Tamimi is a heroine, a Palestinian heroine. She succeeded in driving Israelis crazy. What will the military correspondents and right-wing inciters and security experts say? Why good are 8200, Oketz, Duvdevan, Kfir and all these other special units if at the end of the day the IDF is confronting a helpless civilian population that is tired of the occupation, embodied by a girl with a kaffiyeh on her shoulder?
If only there were many more like her. Maybe girls like her will be able to shake Israelis up. Maybe the intifada of slappings will succeed where all other methods of resistance, violent and non-violent, have failed.
Meanwhile Israel has reacted the only way it knows how: a nighttime abduction from her home and detention with her mother. But in his heart of hearts, every decent Israeli likely knows not only who is right and who isn’t, but also who is strong and who is weak. The soldier armed from head to toe who invades a house that doesn’t belong to him, or the unarmed girl defending her home and her lost honor with her bare hands, with a slap?
 

fly bird (26)
Monday December 25, 2017, 9:21 pm
Court Orders Tamimi Under Further Interrogation For Four More Days.
December 26, 2017

The “Ofer” Israeli military court decided, Monday, to remand world-renowned teen journalist ‘Ahed Tamimi, for four more days, after refusing to release her on bail, and accusing her of “threatening Israel’s security.”

‘Ahed Tamimi, 17, will be sent to court again this coming Friday, and is facing charges, which include “attacking officers,” along with her detained cousin, Nour Naji Tamimi, 21, when the army raided her family home in Nabi Saleh town, near Ramallah, last Tuesday, before abducting her along with her mother, Nariman Tamimi, 43.

The court will later be determining the fate of her detained mother, and cousin. Both ‘’Ahed and Nour, were seen on tape, arguing with Israeli soldiers who invaded Nabi Saleh.

When Ahed was 12, her mother’s cousin, Mustafa Tamimi, was killed before her eyes during a protest, shot in the head by a gas canister.

One year later, she witnessed the army shoot and kill her uncle Rashadi. Last week, her cousin Mohammed, nearly her age, was shot in the face by a rubber-coated bullet that penetrated his skull. He remains unconscious.”

http://imemc.org/article/court-orders-tamimi-under-further-interrogation-for-four-more-days/
 

fly bird (26)
Tuesday December 26, 2017, 6:06 pm
Video: Resistance icon Ahed Tamimi in Israeli military court.
24 December 2017

This video shows Ahed Tamimi in an Israeli military court on Sunday.

The 16-year-old appears to be in handcuffs as she is led in by Israeli officers. As a lawyer talks to Ahed, a woman, likely the person filming the video, can be heard asking her how she is doing.

Ahed looks at the camera and nods and smiles in answer, indicating she is doing fine.

The video was shared on the Facebook page “Free the Tamimi women.”

Ahed Tamimi has become an international focus of solidarity since Israeli occupation forces seized her from her home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh during a night raid last week.

Boy shot

That followed an incident the previous Friday, when Israeli occupation forces shot and gravely wounded her cousin 14-year-old Muhammad Fadel Tamimi.

Ahed and two women from the family – her mother Nariman and cousin Nour – then attempted to remove Israeli soldiers from the family’s property. Ahed was seen in a video lightly slapping and shoving one of the armed men.

Bassem Tamimi, Ahed’s father, explains in an article for Newsweek that less than half an hour before this incident, “a soldier shot Ahed’s 14-year-old cousin in the face at close distance with a rubber-coated steel bullet, causing severe injuries and leaving him in a coma. Then, two soldiers had jumped the wall of our backyard and forced their way on to our property when Ahed confronted them in an effort to make them leave.”

“Israel’s military occupation is in contrast to all that is just and humane, from the abuse of our children to the abuse of our land,” Bassem adds. “As parents, we try to shelter our children against the occupation and all its violence, inequality and lack of freedom, but there is only so much we can do to protect them.”

According to Naji Tamimi, Nour’s father and one of Muhammad’s uncles, Muhammad barely survived his injury.

But he is now recovering after a complex hours-long surgery and will require long-term care and rehabilitation. A photo posted by Naji Tamimi on Facebook shows the extent of the injuries to Muhammad’s face and head.

Nariman and Nour were also arrested as part of a revenge campaign instigated by Israeli political and military leaders bent on expunging the humiliation of heavily armed men being confronted by women from a family known for its sacrifices as part of Nabi Saleh’s ongoing resistance to military occupation and settler-colonization.

Damage control

According to family sources, Ahed’s lawyer requested the hearing on Sunday in an attempt to get the teenager released.

Ahed was held in the notorious Russian Compound interrogation center in Jerusalem overnight and was previously in Ramleh prison.

The Free the Tamimi women Facebook page stated that Ahed “spent the night alone in a cold cell” after enduring several transfers between Israeli prisons.

According to her father Bassem Tamimi, Ahed, Nariman and Nour had previously been held in HaSharon prison.

Arbitrary transfers between prisons under harsh conditions are another way Israel abuses detainees.

Ahed Tamimi is one of hundreds of Palestinian children who each year are subjected to night raids and Israeli military detention each year, where many suffer abuse including torture and solitary confinement.

Concern over this systematic violence against Palestinian children prompted US lawmakers last month to introduce a historic bill to prevent US military aid to Israel being diverted to such practices.

Revenge in the dark

The Israeli army’s attack on the Tamimi family was meant to appease its virulently right-wing and anti-Palestinian domestic audience, but it has become an international embarrassment, prompting The New York Times to go into damage control mode to mitigate further harm to Israel’s tattered reputation.

Writing at Mondoweiss, James North notes that the Times’ coverage “does everything it can to reduce the power of the case” and “make the Israeli soldier look like the victim.”

Ben Caspit, a journalist with Israel’s Maariv newspaper and the online publication Al-Monitor caused shock Saturday when he was quoted by the Associated Press stating in reference to the Tamimi family, “In the case of the girls, we should exact a price at some other opportunity, in the dark, without witnesses and cameras.”



This was widely interpreted as incitement to violence including possible sexual assault, though Caspit has vehemently denied this.

Caspit claims that comments he made in a radio commentary were taken out of context and mistranslated.

But as Jonathan Ofir points out, also at Mondoweiss, Caspit had also made the statement in his Maariv column.

After calling for revenge in the dark with no witnesses present, Caspit writes that the “Tamimi family needs to learn the hard way that such systematic provocations against Israeli soldiers will cost them dearly.”

He added that the Israeli army has the “capabilities, creativity and means” to do this “without paying an exorbitant public price.”

Ahed, Nariman and Nour are due to appear in military court again on Monday.

This article has been updated since initial publication

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Thursday December 28, 2017, 3:06 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
 

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Thursday December 28, 2017, 4:47 pm
Twitter account of imprisoned Palestinian teenage girl Ahed Tamimi deleted.

Without explanation, the Twitter account belonging to imprisoned Palestinian teenage girl Ahed Tamimi was deleted. Tamimi was arrested and imprisoned by the Israeli ...


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Thursday December 28, 2017, 10:32 pm
Twitter Account of imprisoned Palestinian Teenage Girl Ahed Tamimi Deleted (PHOTOS & VIDEO)
December 27, 2017

Without explanation, the Twitter account belonging to imprisoned Palestinian teenage girl Ahed Tamimi was deleted. Tamimi was arrested and imprisoned by the Israeli military.

Another account has been created, calling for Twitter to reinstate Tamimi’s original account

While it is unclear if Twitter itself deleted the account, Manal Tamimi, a relative of Ahed, suggested Twitter did indeed ban the account.

The Palestinian teenager was arrested last week after a video of her slapping Israeli soldiers who were blocking the steps at her family’s house went viral.

Israeli forces confiscated computer equipment from the Tamimi residence during the nighttime raid. It is possible that Israel accessed Ahed Tamimi’s account from those computers.

Tamimi’s cousin Nour was also arrested. Her mother Nariman Tamimi was detained as well, when she went to the police station where her daughter was being held.

The Tamimis are prominent anti-occupation activists who reside in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. They lead demonstrations every Friday to protest the confiscation of the village’s well for the nearby settlement of Halamish.

An Israeli soldier shot Ahed Tamimi’s cousin, Mohammad, 14, in the head during a demonstration earlier in December 22. He has been released from the hospital after undergoing surgery and a medically induced coma.

The Tamimis have long been targeted for their activism.



In 2011, an Israeli soldier fired a tear gas canister from closer range at Mustafa Tamimi, killing him. Israel’s Military Advocate General cleared the soldier who fired the canister of any wrongdoing.

The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said the ruling “conveys the indifference of the military law enforcement system to the lives of Palestinians in the West Bank.”

While it is unknown if Israeli authorities requested that Twitter suspend Tamimi’s account, the social media giant has collaborated with Israel before.

In 2016, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked revealed that Twitter was removing content it deemed “harmful.”

https://www.palestinechronicle.com/twitter-account-imprisoned-palestinian-teenage-girl-ahed-tamimi-deleted/
 

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Friday December 29, 2017, 1:13 pm
Update - Israel to charge iconic Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi.
28 December 2017

Despite international calls for her release, Tamimi continues to be detained and will face charges.

The iconic 16-year old Palestinian activist Ahed al-Tamimi, who has fearlessly stood up to the Israeli military occupation numerous times, is facing charges at an Israeli cmilitary court after she was arrested two weeks ago.

At a hearing Thursday near Ramallah, Israeli court prosecutors announced their decision to indict the young “heroine” on charges that include aggravated assault and insulting a soldier.

Israeli soldiers raided Tamimi's home and whisked her away on Dec. 18, three days after a video of her standing up to an Israeli soldier was posted on the internet and had gone viral. In the video, the teenager is seen shouting at the soldiers to leave in front of her family’s home in Nabi Saleh, a village in the occupied West Bank.

Shortly after she was detained, her father, Bassem Tamimi confirmed the news on Facebook.

"Dear friends, Israeli occupation forces raided my home and arrested my daughter Ahed Tamimi. They beat us, searched our home and confiscated all our electronic devices, including cameras, computers, and mobile phones," he wrote.

Tamimi, along with her cousin Nour and her mother Nariman, remain detained despite international calls for her release. In fact, Tamimi’s detention will be extended for several days as prosecutors prepare the charges.

She first gained worldwide attention in 2010, when a photograph of her circulated in international in which she stands before a soldier with her fist raised.

In 2015, she once again earned the admiration of Palestine solidarity activists worldwide after photos and videos circulated of the then-14-year-old – along with her female cousin, her aunt and her mother – fighting an Israeli occupation soldier who was pinning down her 12-year old male cousin. In the photo, Ahed can be seen biting the soldier's hand after he smacked her in the face.

The Tamimi family are popular advocates for the Palestinian cause in the village, which is the site of weekly protests against the Israeli occupation.

The hashtag #FreeAhedTamimi began circulating on Twitter and memes calling for her release in English and Arabic have been shared across social media.

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Israel-to-Charge-Iconic-Palestinian-Teen-Activist-Ahed-Tamimi-20171228-0032.html
 

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Saturday December 30, 2017, 4:34 pm
US Protects Israeli Attacks, Not Unarmed Palestinians.
December 19, 2017
VIDEO

As the U.S. vetoes a UN Security Council measure on Jerusalem, it is also protecting Israel's deadly attacks on Palestinian civilians, including one that killed a wheelchair-bound double amputee. We speak to Yousef Munayyer of the US Campaign for Palestinian

AARON MATÉ: It's The Real News. I'm Aaron Maté. The Trump administration sparked global outrage when it recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and said it would move its embassy there. Now it's undermined a global response. On Monday, the U.S. vetoed a UN Security Council measure critical of its Jerusalem decision. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley called the measure an insult.
NIKKI HALEY: What we witnessed here today in the Security Council is an insult. It won't be forgotten. It's one more example of the United Nations doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Today for the simple act of deciding where to put our embassy the United States was forced to defend its sovereignty. The record will reflect that we did so proudly.
AARON MATÉ: Joining me now is Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights. Yousef, welcome. Let's start with Haley's remarks there saying that the U.S. was forced to defend its sovereignty and veto that UN measure. Your thoughts on what she said?
Y. MUNAYYER: Yeah, thanks for having me. Obviously every state around the world has a sovereign right to determine what it recognizes, but at the same time they don't have a right to then expect that the entire world can take them seriously if those decisions fly in the face of an international consensus about the territory that they recognize. Well in this situation the United States decided to break with decades of its own policy, decades of international consensus around the question of sovereignty in Jerusalem, which going back to 1947 through United Nations resolutions, the international community has determined that the status of Jerusalem is one that is separate and has an international dimension, and that any recognition of sovereignty over Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians would be subject to a negotiated outcome. So the United States is obviously free to determine whatever its policy is, but at the same time it can't expect that the international community will stand by and accept whatever determination it makes. I think that's exactly why you saw the vote at the United Nations Security Council go down the way that it did.
AARON MATÉ: Now a lot of commentary pointed out that the U.S. has isolated itself on this issue. But I'm wondering if you can talk about the extent to which you think previous administrations laid the groundwork for Trump's decision. This is not the first time that the U.S. has vetoed a measure at the UN critical of Israel. It's a long history to go through, but I'm wondering if you think that the commentary that we've seen around this issue has downplayed the role of previous White Houses.
Y. MUNAYYER: Well look, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations casting their veto in order to protect Israel from international opprobrium is a time honored bipartisan American tradition. It's something that has been going on for decades now, and in fact over 40 instances of the United States being the single solitary no vote and veto on United Nations Security Council resolutions critical of Israeli violations of international law have taken place over the last several decades since the 1980's. So no, this is not something new. In fact the Obama administration cast a veto to protect Israel from a UN resolution condemning settlements back in 2011. And that was I believe the only veto that the Obama administration had ever used at the United Nations Security Council. And now this is the first that the Trump administration exercises at the Security Council. So this is something that has happened before, and of course American administrations have consistently played the role of protecting Israel as it continues with this occupation and the process of colonizing Palestinian territory.
AARON MATÉ: So let's talk about what's happening on the ground. Over a thousand Palestinians have been wounded since protests broke out over Trump's Jerusalem decision. There have been a number of deaths. And let's talk about just a few of them. One of the most prominent cases to get attention is that of Ibrahim Abu Thuraya. He is a wheelchair-bound Palestinian man. He lost his limbs in a previous Israeli strike, and then as he protested against the Jerusalem decision near the Gaza border, he was shot dead by an Israeli sniper. The Israeli military on Monday just cleared itself of wrongdoing in that case. Can you talk about what happened there?
Y. MUNAYYER: Right, so here you have an instance, as you noted, of a Palestinian who was disabled, that had lost both of their legs in previous Israeli airstrike on Gaza. And despite that made protesting Israeli oppression an important part of their lives. Routinely he would go down to the demarcation between Gaza and where the Israeli forces are to wave a Palestinian flag. He was known for climbing to the top of towers and displaying the Palestinian flag on high as part of his symbolic protest to the Israeli presence there. And nonetheless he too was targeted and killed by Israeli snipers attempting to repress a Palestinian protest after of course the decision of President Trump in recent days.
So the fact that a wheelchair-bound double amputee is not someone who can expect the protection under international law and the rules of engagement while protesting non-violently, it makes you wonder who, if anyone at all, could expect protection and could expect their rights to protest to be safeguarded before this Israeli military presence.
AARON MATÉ: Well on that front let's talk about children as well, because children have been for a long time, and certainly over the past few weeks, the victims of Israeli repression. And there was one viral case of a teenage girl, Ahed Tamimi, who was seen on video slapping an Israeli soldier. And I want to read to you Michael Oren, the former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. He wrote on Twitter, "The Tamimi family, which may not be a real family, dresses up kids in American clothes and pays them to provoke IDF troops on camera. The cynical and cruel use of children constitutes abuse."
Y. MUNAYYER: Yeah, well unfortunately Michael Oren is a pathetic and proven liar. He had appeared on American cable news in the past and questioned whether or not Palestinians who were shot and killed by Israeli soldiers, who were in fact documented as killed by Israeli soldiers both on camera and by the investigations of the Israeli military, he questioned whether or not they were even dead. So this is a person who has a long track record of whitewashing Israeli crimes and really there seems to be no depth to which Mr. Oren would not stoop in an effort to smear Palestinians and defend the murder of Palestinians at the hands of Israeli soldiers. So I am not in any way surprised by his tweet. It is very much in line with a long history of trying to excuse this kind of behavior on the part of the Israeli military.
AARON MATÉ: Just to update those figures I gave before, there have been at least 10 Palestinians killed and over 2,800 wounded according to Al Jazeera. Finally Yousef, the PLO said today it's going to renew a push for full membership at the UN. It reaffirmed a previous announcement that it will no longer consider the U.S. a partner in the so-called peace process. Your thoughts and concerns about what the Palestinian strategy should be from here?
Y. MUNAYYER: Well I think right now there is no clear Palestinian strategy that has been enunciated by the so-called Palestinian leadership or the official Palestinian leadership that's recognized by the international community. And that's a big part of the problem. From the leadership of the PLO there's a series of tactical responses that have been outlined, but no real clear strategy for how people achieve national liberation. What we hear is all this talk about applying to this international agency or putting a complaint in with this international court or what have you. But how that is going to actually translate into the kind of pressure necessary to press Israel into ending its occupation of Palestinian territory and finally afford Palestinians the basic human rights they deserve, none of that has been elaborated by the Palestinian leadership.
And I think what this moment with the declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital by the President of the United States makes clear that this strategy or this approach of attempting to achieve national liberation through negotiations mediated by Washington is as bankrupt as it has ever has been before. And so there is a demand now, I think a very clear demand for an alternative strategy that actually holds some promise, and not merely the kind of tactical responses that can subdue perhaps public anger in this moment, but act as nothing more but a cover for continued colonization in the years to come.
AARON MATÉ: And very briefly as a very prominent advocate here in the U.S. for Palestinian rights, the obstacles you face in getting your message out both to the media and to Capitol Hill?
Y. MUNAYYER: Well there's a number of obstacles that we face here of course. Part of it is just a great deal of ignorance unfortunately about the situation. And also a great deal of misinformation that is being effectively produced by those who are supportive of Israeli apartheid. And too often the American media is very much complicit in disseminating this information and also preventing accurate information from reaching American audiences that desperately need it to inform policy makers about what a proper policy would be towards achieving a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians alike.
AARON MATÉ: Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, thank you.
Y. MUNAYYER: Thank you.
AARON MATÉ: And thank you for joining us on The Real News.

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Saturday December 30, 2017, 6:42 pm
Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 21-27 December, 2017.

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (21 – 27 December 2017)

Israeli forces escalated the excessive use of force against protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Two Palestinian civilians were killed, while 2 others succumbed to their wounds in the Gaza Strip. 128 Palestinian civilians, including 22 children, 2 journalists and a paramedic, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

(photo: The 17-year-old girl, ‘Ahed al-Tamimi, during her trial in Israeli “Ofer” Military Court.)

Shooting:

During the reporting period, in new crime of excessive use of force, Israeli forces kill 2 Palestinians while 2 others succumbed to their wounds in the Gaza Strip. They also wounded 89 Palestinian civilians, including 14 children, in the Gaza Strip, while 39 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children, 2 journalists, and a paramedic, were wounded in the West Bank. The Israeli forces continued to chase fishermen in the Gaza Sea and target border areas in the Gaza Strip.

This high number of casualties and killed persons proves that Israeli forces deliberately killed protectors, especially in the border areas in the Gaza Strip. PCHR’s follow-up showed that it is clear that the Israeli forces heavily and upon a decision use live ammunition; some of which is explosive, to confront the unarmed civilians. Therefore, for the second consecutive Friday, the number of Palestinians, who were deliberately wounded with live bullets increased in addition to directly killing them through direct sniper in peaceful protests. It should be noted that the protestors did not pose any threat to the soldiers.

In the Gaza Strip, on 22 December 2017, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians. According to PCHR’s investigations, dozens of young men and youngsters gathered few meters away from the border fence with Israel near former Nahal Oz Crossing, east of al-Sheja’eya neighbourhood, east of Gaza City. They set fire to tires and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the border fence in protest against the U.S. President’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel. During the clashes, the Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters and live bullets at the protestors. As a result, Mohamed Nabil Mohamed Muhasin (30), from al-Shuja’iyia neighbourhood, was killed after he sustained a live bullet wound to the left thigh.

In similar circumstances on the same day, Zakaria Adham Hussein al-Kafarna (20), from al-Amal neighborhood in Beit Hanoun, was killed after being hit with a live bullet to the chest while he was near the crossing vehicles’ gate on the asphalt road of the crossing.

In the same context, 2 Palestinian wounded persons succumbed to their wounds in similar circumstances. On 23 December 2017, medical sources at the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, announced the death of Sharif al-‘Abed Mohammed Shalash (28) from Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Sharif was staying in the Intensive Care Unit ( ICU) after being hit with a live bullet to the abdomen on Sunday, 17 December 2017, while he was participating in a protest organized in the east of the al-Shuhada’a Islamic Cemetery, east of Jabalia.

On Sunday morning, 24 December 2017, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City announced that of Mohammed Sami Hashem al-Dahdouh(18), who succumbed to wounds he sustained on 08 December 2017, after being hit with a live bullet wound to the neck, when he was near the border area in “Nahel Oz” area, east of al-Sheja’eya neighbourhood, east of Gaza city. Mohammed while he was participating in a protest against the U.S President Donald Trump’s Decree to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to it.

The border areas with Israel witnessed protests against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem s the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to it. During the protests, the Israeli forces used force against the protestors. Due to opening fire to disperse the protests, 89 civilians, including 14 children, were wounded; 57 of them were hit with live bullets, 12 were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets, and 20 were directly hit with tear gas canisters.

As part of targeting fishermen in the sea, Israeli naval forces heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip. They surrounded a fishing boat and then arrested 2 fishermen. The boat was sailing within 300 meters offshore and 1200 meters away from the northern Gaza Strip. Opening fire at Palestinian fishing boats repeated on 22 and 26 December 2017. Moreover, on 23 December 2017, the Israeli naval forces targeted fishing boats in al-Sudaniyia area, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip.

As part of the Israeli airstrikes, Israeli warplanes fired flare bombs, east of ‘Abasan and al-Qararah villages, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. On 26 December 2017, the Israeli warplanes fired flare bombs again, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Yunis.

As part of targeting the border areas, on 21 December 2017, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Gaza Valley (Johor al-Deek), opened fire at Palestinian farmers and shepherds. On 27 December 2017, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at empty lands, east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported. On 27 December 2017, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza strip and Israel, east of Beit Hanoun village in the northern Gaza strip, opened fire at the border area. No casualties were reported.

In the West Bank, All the cities witnessed protests against the U.S. President’s decision. During those protests, Israeli forces used force against the protesters. The shooting to disperse the protests resulted in the injury of 35 civilians, including 8 children, 2 journalist, and a paramedic; 10 of them were hit with live bullets, 27 with rubber-coated metal bullets and 2 were directly with tear gas canisters.

Moreover, on 23 December 2017, 4 Palestinian civilians were wounded when a group of Israeli settlers sneaked into the outskirts of Madamah village, south of Nablus. After that, a group of Palestinian young men gathered and then confronted the Israeli settlers. Meanwhile, Israeli forces immediately arrived at the area to protect the settlers and then fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at the Palestinian young men. As a result, the 4 Palestinian civilians were wounded.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 58 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank while they conducted 6 incursions into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 54 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children, in the West Bank. Twenty-five of them, including 5 children, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs. During peaceful protests, the Israeli forces arrested 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, in the West Bank, and 9 others, including a child and a woman, in Jerusalem. As a result, the number of arrested persons increased to 91 civilians, including 15 children and a woman.
As part of the Israeli forces’ maltreatment against Palestinian civilians during the house raids, on 23 December 2017, Israeli soldiers raided a house belonging to Ahmed Jom’ah Najib Ba’jawi in Ya’bud village, southwest of Jenin. After the Israeli forces raided the house, a wrangle broke out between the soldiers and Ahmed’s sons and his nephew. After that, the soldiers beat the 3 young men and then pepper-sprayed the face of one of them. On 27 December 2017, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Rashid Mohammed Redwan in ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyia. They raided the house searching for Rasheed’s son Mohamed, who was out of the house, and then threatented the family to kill Mohamed. Moreover, the Israeli forces threatened the family of Murad ‘Awad al-Rjoub (38), who was deported to the Gaza Strip, to kill him as well. Murad is from al-Moreq village, southwest of Hebron.

In the Gaza Strip, on 26 December 2017, Israeli forces moved into the southeast of Beit Hanoun village in the northern Gaza Strip. They headed to the south side and stationed near Abu Safiyah site, east of Jabalia. The bulldozers leveled the lands that were leveled earlier. On 27 December 2017, Israeli forces moved into the east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. They patrolled the area and then levelled lands.

Measures to Create A Jewish Majority:

As part of the house demolitions, on 23 December 2017, ‘Amr Abu Rajab self-demolished his house in al-Bostan neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, to implement the Israeli Municipality decision under the pretext of non-licensing. Abu Rajab said that the Israeli police summoned him last week and informed him that the Israeli Municipality ordering him to self-demolish his house or the Israeli Municipality will demolish it next week and he will pay all costs to the municipality and forces accompanying with it. The demolition costs is estimated at NIS 72.000. The house was built on an area of 45 square meters roofed with tin plates. It should be noted that the Israeli Municipality demolished a house belonging to him and his son in late October.

On 26 December 2017, the Israeli Municipality staff demolished a room in Beir Ayoub neighborhood and a barrack, which was established in 2002 in ‘Ain al-Louz neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

As part of Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and property, on 21 December 2017, a group of Israeli damaged around 20 fruitful olive trees from a plot of land in Madamah village lands, south of Nablus, near “Yitzhar” settlement.

On 23 December 2017, around 50 Israeli settlers from “Yitzhar” settlement, which is established at the southern side of Madamah village, south of Nablus, sneaked into the village outskirts. As a result, a group of Palestinian young men gathered and then confronted the settlers. After that, Israeli forces immediately arrived at the area to protect the settlers. As a result, 4 Palestinian civilians were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets.

Two Civilians Succumbed to their Wounds:

•On Saturday, 23 December 2017, medical sources at the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, announced the death of Sharif al-‘Abed Mohammed Shalash (28) from Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Sharif was staying in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after being hit with a live bullet to the abdomen on Sunday, 17 December 2017, while he was participating in a protest organized in the east of the al-Shuhada’a Islamic Cemetery, east of Jabalia.

•On Sunday morning, 24 December 2017, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City announced that of Mohammed Sami Hashem al-Dahdouh(18) succumbed to wounds he sustained on 08 December 2017, after being hit with a live bullet wound to the neck, when he was near the border area in “Nahel Oz” area, east of al-Sheja’eya neighbourhood, east of Gaza city. Mohammed while he was participating in a protest against the U.S President Donald Trump’s Decree to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to it.

Demonstrations in protest against the U.S. President’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel:

Upon calls for demonstrations protesting against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s Presidential Decree to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to it, Palestinian civilians organized protests against the decision throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. As a result, 2 civilians were killed, 128, including 2 children, and 2 paramedics were wounded. Sixty seven of them sustained live bullet wounds, 39 civilians sustained metal bullet wounds and 22 others were directly hit with tear gas canisters. The demonstrations were as follows:

West Bank:

•Following the end of Friday prayer on 23 December 2017 , dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest in front of al-Hussein Bin Ali Stadium on ‘Ein Sarah Street in the center of Hebron. They arrived at Bab al-Zawiyah Gate area in the center of the city where and Israeli force stationed near a military checkpoint established on al-Shuhada’a Street. The protestors set fire to tires and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 19-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the right thigh.

•Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian youngsters gathered in the vicinity of Howarah Checkpoint at the southern entrance to Nablus. They set fire to tires, put barricades on the street that leads to the abovementioned checkpoint and threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers. The soldiers fired live and metal bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 10 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded. One civilian sustained a live bullet wound while 9 civilians sustained metal bullet wounds. Moreover, a civilian’s right leg was fractured after an Israeli military vehicle run him over. Israeli forces also arrested Mohammed Jamal Abu Kamil (12) from Nablus.

•Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered in the vicinity of “Itamar” settlement’s gate where an Israeli outpost is established. They threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed at the gate. The soldiers fired metal bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 2 civilians, including a child, were wounded. One of them sustained a metal bullet to the head and the other sustained a metal bullet wound to the left leg.

•Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered near a checkpoint of Beit Furik village, east of Nablus. They threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed at the abovementioned checkpoint. The soldiers fired live and metal bullets and tear gas canisters at the protesters and chased them. The soldiers arrested Maher Faleh Nasasrah (18) from Beit Furik village, and Abdul Hadi Kan’an Abu Hanish (18) from Beit Dajan village.

•Following the same Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered in the vicinity of Bilal Ben Rabah Mosque known as “Rachel Tomb” at the northern entrance to Bethlehem. Israeli soldiers forcibly dispersed the protestors firing live and metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, 3 civilians sustained metal bullet wounds.

•Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest Um Rukbah area, in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. Israeli forces fired metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the thigh.

•Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest at the northern entrance to al-Birah. They threw stones and empty bottled at the Israeli soldiers stationed at DCO Checkpoint. The soldiers forcibly dispersed the protestors firing live and metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, 5 civilians sustained metal bullet wounds. Among the wounded was paramedic Amir Sa’ed Njoum (30), who sustained a metal bullet wound to the head. Israeli forces also arrested Tha’er Nazih Hejazi (19), who sustained a metal bullet wound to the head and was taken to a hospital in Israel. Moreover, Salem Hamdan (31), a photojournalist at Al Arabiya News Channel, suffered tear gas inhalation.

•Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest in the vicinity of “Jishuri” Factories, west of Tulkarm. Israeli forces fired metal bullets and sound bombs at them. As a result, a civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the left foot.

•Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians protested at the northern entrance to Qalqiliyah. Israeli soldiers fired live and metal bullets and sound bombs at the protestors. As a result, a 15-year-old child sustained a live bullet wound to the right foot.

•Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered at the northern entrance to Salfit. The soldiers forcibly dispersed the protestors firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, 2 civilians were wounded. One of them sustained a metal bullet wound to the right leg and the other sustained a Two-Two bullet wound.

•At approximately 14:00, dozens of Palestinian young men organized a protest in Jawabrah Neighborhood at the sub-entrance, which connect between al-‘Aroub refugee camp and the Bypass Road (60), north of Hebron where an Israeli military checkpoint is established. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers. The soldiers opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 17-year-old child sustained a metal bullet wound to the back.

•At approximately 14:30, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest at the entrance to Qarawet Bani Hassan village, northwest of Salfit. Israeli forces fired live and metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the left leg.

•At approximately 15:00, dozens of Palestinian young men protested in ‘Asida area near the entrance to Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They threw stones at Israeli soldiers. The fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 15-year-old child sustained a live bullet wound to the right foot.

•Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest at the entrance to al-Sawiyah village, south of Nablus. Israel soldiers forcibly dispersed the protestors firing live and metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a young man sustained a metal bullet wound to the abdomen.

•On Saturday afternoon, 23 December 2017, a Christmas demonstration titled: “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine” were organized at Nessan Intersection in the center of Bethlehem, and made their way to the northern entrance to the city. When the protestors approached the entrance, Israeli soldiers fired live and metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them and targeted journalists. A solider targeted journalist Hesham Abu Shaqrah from short distance with a tear gas canister to his right hand.

•At approximately 14:00 on Tuesday, 26 December 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest in Jawabrah Neighborhood at the sub-entrance, which connects between al-‘Aroub refugee camp and the Bypass Road (60), north of Hebron where an Israeli military watchtower is established. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 3 children sustained live bullet wounds to the lower limbs. They were transferred to the Governmental Hospital in Hebron via an ambulance of the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS).

Gaza Strip:

Friday, 22 December 2017:

•Northern Gaza Strip: the confrontations were mainly in the vicinity of al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery, east of Jabalia and in the vicinity of Beit Hanoun Crossing. As a result, 24 Palestinians, including 5 children, were wounded. Ten of them sustained live bullet wounds and 14 were hit with tear gas canisters. During the clashes, Isralei soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canister at the protestors, who gathered few meters away from the border fence with Israel near Beit Hanoun “Erez” as a result, Zakariya Adham Husein al-Kafarneh (20) from al-Amal neighborhood in Beit Hanoun, was killed with a live bullet to the chest while he was near the crossing vehicles’ gate on the asphalt road of the crossing.

•Gaza City: the clashes and Israeli shooting were mainly near former Nahal Oz Crossing, east of al-Shuja’iyah neighborhood. As a result, 25 Palestinians, including 4 children, were wounded. Thirteen of them were hit with live bullets; 12 were hit with metal bullets, 6 paramedics suffered tear gas canisters. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 13:00, dozens of young men and youngsters gathered few meters away from the border fence with Israel near former Nahal Oz Crossing, east of al-Sheja’eya neighborhood, east of Gaza City. They set fire to tires and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the border fence. Clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, Mohamed Nabil Mohamed Muhasin (30), from al-Shuja’iyia neighborhood, was killed after he sustained a live bullet wound to the left thigh.

•Central Gaza Strip: the clashes and Israeli shooting occurred in the eastern side of al-Bureij refugee camp. As a result, 11 Palestinians, including 3 children, were wounded. Nine were hit with live bullets; 2 were directly hit with tear gas canisters; and others suffered tear gas inhalation. Moreover, a PRCS ambulance sustained damage after being hit with a tear gas canister.

•Khan Yunis: the clashes and Israeli shooting were concentrated in 4 areas: ‘Abasan al-Kabirirah; Khuza’ah; and al-Qararah. As a result, 21 Palestinians, including 2 children, were wounded. Nineteen were hit with live bullets and 2 civilians were hit with tear gas canisters. Among the wounded was lawyer Mohammed ‘Esam Ahmed Abu Hajar (27), from ‘Abasan al-Kabirah, sustained a live bullet wound to the left foot. Mohammed was dressing as Santa Claus and distributing gifts to participants.

•Rafah: the clashes and Israeli shooting mainly occurred in the eastern side of al-Shokah village, east of Rafah. As a result, 5 civilians sustained live bullet wounds.

Saturday, 23 December 2017:

•Northern Gaza Strip: the confrontations were mainly in the vicinity of al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery, east of Jabalia and in the vicinity of Beit Hanoun Crossing. As a result, 2 civilians wounded. One of them sustained a live bullet wound to the left foot and the other was hit with a live bullet wound to the neck.

•Gaza City: the clashes and Israeli shooting were mainly near former Nahal Oz Crossing, east of al-Shuja’iyah neighborhood. As a result, a civilian was hit with a tear gas canister to the abdomen.

Efforts to Create A Jewish majority

Israeli forces escalated their attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property. They have also continued their raids on al-Aqsa Mosque and denied the Palestinians access to it:

•Use of force against demonstrations protesting the U.S. President’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel:

•For the second consecutive Friday, clashes has been continued in Jerusalem, rejecting the United States President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to it. Following the Friday prayer, 22 December 2017, a massive protest started from al-Aqsa Mosque towards Bab al-‘Amoud (Damascus Gate). When Palestinian worshipers arrived at al-Wad Street, Israeli forces attacked them, closed the street with iron barriers, kept the worshipers away, surrounded hundreds of civilians in the area and then forced them to move backwards to Bab al-‘Asbat (Lions Gate) and the Old City area. Meanwhile, the Israeli forces severely beat and pushed the protestors in addition to dozens of worshipers, who were walking in the area, without excluding women, elderly, and children who were in the area. Moreover, the Israeli forces beat journalists up and prevented them from staying in the area. As a result, Liwaa Wael Abu Rimilah (26), journalist at Palestine Today Channel, sustained bruises and wounds to the right hand after being hit and push by the Israeli forces. In the meantime, the Israeli forces raided shops and houses in the area and prevented civilians from hiding inside their houses and then forced them to leave. They also beat a group of foreigner worshipers, who showed their passports, to inform the Israeli forces that they did not know the side roads and attempt to inquire about a road leading to the Old City. The Israeli forces continued the establishment of iron barriers on Bab al-‘Amoud stairs and in its yards in order to prevent organizing any sit-in. A large force of Israeli soldiers and special Israeli officers deployed in the area and beat 2 women while staying on Bab al-‘Amoud stairs.

Mofeed al-Haj, lawyer at the Palestinian Prisoners Club, said that on Friday morning, the Israeli forces arrested Mohamed Ghaith (11) while he was in the western side of Bab al-‘Amoud yard. They also arrested Ghadah Zaghir after getting her out of Bab al-‘Amoud in the afternoon. Ghadah was later released on condition that she will be deported from Bab al-‘Amoud and Salah al-Deen Street for 5 days. Halah Abu Gharibah sustained wound to the head while getting her out of Bab al-‘Amoud area by force.

In the evening, the Israeli forces arrested 3 Turkish tourists after preventing them from entering al-‘Aqsa Mosque through al-Qataneen Gate. Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli forces prevented a group of Turkish persons from entering al-‘Aqsa Mosque under the pretext that they were wearing T-shirts with Turkey’s flag. When the Turkish persons returned again at al-‘Aqsa Mosque dressing white T-shirts, they were prevented from entering the mosque as well. Meanwhile, the Israeli forces severely beat them up without any reason and then arrested one of them. Few minutes later, 2 others were arrested. Al-Haj said that the Israeli Intelligence Services extended their arrest until Saturday, 23 December 2017. On Saturday, the Israeli Magistrate Court released the arrested Turkish persons on bail of NIS 1,000 for each one and on condition that they will be deported from the Old City until the beginning of 2018. The arrested persons were identified as Adam Kouj, Abdullah Gazal Irmaq, and Mohamed Qarghily. The first and second arrested persons hold Belgian and Turkish nationalities. Moreover, the Israeli forces arrested cameraman, Ameen Siyam; Rami ‘Obaidat; Mohamed Da’nah; and another person from Uzbekistan while suppressing a protest on al-Wad Street.

In Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, a 50-year-old civilian sustained a sound bomb shrapnel to the foot when the Israeli forces moved into ‘Ain al-Louz neighborhood in Silwan village. The wounded civilian was then taken to al-Maqased Hospital in al-Tour neighborhood, where he received 8 stiches for a wound on his foot.
•House demolitions and notices:

•On Saturday, 23 December 2017, ‘Amr Abu Rajab self-demolished his house in al-Bostan neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, to implement the Israeli Municipality decision under the pretext of non-licensing. Abu Rajab said that the Israeli police summoned him last week and informed him that the Israeli Municipality ordering him to self-demolish his house or the Israeli Municipality will demolish it next week and he will pay all costs to the municipality and forces accompanying with it. The demolition costs is estimated at NIS 72.000. ‘Amr added that he forced to demolish his house and on Friday, he vacated all his house contents. On Saturday morning,‘Amr self-demolished his 45-square-meter house roofed with tin plates. Moreover, ‘Amr clarified that his house was built in 2005 and used as a grocery store, but 4 months later the municipality forced him to close it under the pretext of non-licensing. He added that in 2009, he turned the grocery store into a house, where his son family lived in it and then he along with his wife and their 3 sons lived in it. Abu Rajab pointed out that the Israeli Municipality demolished a house belonging to him and his son in late October, under the pretext of non-licensing.
•At approximately 07:00 on Tuesday, 26 December 2017, the Israeli Municipality staff accompanied with a large force of Israeli soldiers moved into ‘Ain al-Louza and Beir Ayoub neighborhoods in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. These staff conducted incursions into commercial shops, where they checked papers and documents and then confiscated some contents. Eyewitnesses said that Israeli bulldozers demolished a brick-roofed room built of tin plates 5 years ago in Beir Ayoub neighborhood. They also demolished a barrack, which was built in 2002 in ‘Ain al-Louza neighborhood. Eyewitnesses added that the Israeli forces broke one of the commercial shops door used for selling gas cylinders and then confiscated 7 gas cylinders. The Israeli forces also confiscated a fridge, which was in front of a shop, and vehicles, which were parked on the village’s streets. Moreover, the Israeli Municipality staffs removed and dismantled some of shops banners, including the banner of “Madar Medical Center” and slogans written on Silwan village’s walls. The village residents said that the Israeli authorities imposed parking violations against vehicles parked in front of houses and shops. One of the residents added that the Israeli forces ordered the owner of a scrap shop to break his shop door under the pretext of non-licensing. The Israeli forces also arrested a civilian along with his donkey in the village and imposed fines against the village residents under the pretext that they had non-licensed animals.

•Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

Israeli settlers’ attacks
•On Thursday, 21 December 2017, a group of Israeli settlers from “Yitzhar” settlement, which is established at the southern side of Madamah village, south of Nablus, damaged around 20 fruitful olive trees from a plot of land in al-Sawanah and al-Rasem areas in the mentioned settlement. The plot of land belongs to Abed al-Rahman Qasem Nassar and Idrees Sadeq Qat.

•At approximately 15:00 on Saturday, 23 December 2017, around 50 Israeli settlers from “Yitzhar” settlement, which is established at the southern side of Madamah village, south of Nablus, sneaked into the village outskirts near al-Sawanah and al-Rasem areas. When the village residents saw the settlers, a group of Palestinian young men gathered and then confronted them. After that, Israeli forces immediately arrived at the area to protect the settlers. The Israeli forces then fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at the Palestinian young men. Clashes between the Israeli forces and Palestinian young men continued until the evening. As a result, 4 Palestinian civilians were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets.

Recommendations to the International Community.

PCHR warns of the escalating settlement construction in the West Bank, the attempts to legitimize settlement outposts established on Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the continued summary executions of Palestinian civilians under the pretext that they pose a security threat to the Israeli forces. PCHR reminds the international community that thousands of Palestinian civilians have been rendered homeless and lived in caravans under tragic circumstances due to the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight closure for almost 11 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334, which states that settlements are a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions and calls upon Israel to stop them and not to recognize any demographic change in the oPt since 1967. PCHR hopes this resolution will pave the way for eliminating the settlement crime and bring to justice those responsible for it. PCHR further reiterates that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation in spite of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan of 2005. PCHR emphasizes that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law. Israel is bound to apply international human rights law and the law of war, sometimes reciprocally and other times in parallel, in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for the victims.
1.PCHR calls upon the international community to respect the Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334 and to ensure that Israel respects it as well, in particular point 5 which obliges Israel not to deal with settlements as if they were part of Israel.
2.PCHR calls upon the ICC in 2017 to open an investigation into Israeli crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement crimes and the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.
3.PCHR Calls upon the European Union (EU) and all international bodies to boycott settlements and ban working and investing in them in application of their obligations according to international human rights law and international humanitarian law considering settlements as a war crime.
4.PCHR calls upon the international community to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine.
5.PCHR calls upon the international community and United Nations to take all necessary measures to stop Israeli policies aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem and at voiding Palestine from its original inhabitants through deportations and house demolitions as a collective punishment, which violates international humanitarian law, amounting to a crime against humanity.
6.PCHR calls upon the international community to condemn summary executions carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinians and to pressurize Israel to stop them.
7.PCHR calls upon the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
8.PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligations under article (1) of the Convention to ensure respect for the Conventions under all circumstances, and under articles (146) and (147) to search for and prosecute those responsible for committing grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions to ensure justice and remedy for Palestinian victims, especially in light of the almost complete denial of justice for them before the Israeli judiciary.
9.PCHR calls upon the international community to speed up the reconstruction process necessary because of the destruction inflicted by the Israeli offensive on Gaza.
10.PCHR calls for a prompt intervention to compel the Israeli authorities to lift the closure that obstructs the freedom of movement of goods and 1.8 million civilians that experience unprecedented economic, social, political and cultural hardships due to collective punishment policies and retaliatory action against civilians.
11.PCHR calls upon the European Union to apply human rights standards embedded in the EU-Israel Association Agreement and to respect its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights when dealing with Israel.
12.PCHR calls upon the international community, especially states that import Israeli weapons and military services, to meet their moral and legal responsibility not to allow Israel to use the offensive in Gaza to test new weapons and not accept training services based on the field experience in Gaza in order to avoid turning Palestinian civilians in Gaza into testing objects for Israeli weapons and military tactics.
13.PCHR calls upon the parties to international human rights instruments, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), to pressurize Israel to comply with its provisions in the oPt and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the relevant committees.
14.PCHR calls upon the EU and international human rights bodies to pressurize the Israeli forces to stop their attacks against Palestinian fishermen and farmers, mainly in the border area.

Fully detailed document available at the official website of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

http://imemc.org/article/pchr-weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-21-27-december-2017/
 

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Sunday December 31, 2017, 12:29 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
 

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Saturday January 6, 2018, 10:52 am
Please note and share!! Evelyn posted:

What Happened When a Jewish Settler Slapped An Israeli Soldier.

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Friday January 12, 2018, 1:32 pm
TAKE ACTION! NEWS: Mohammed Tamimi, 19, seized by occupation forces as global solidarity escalates. VIDEO
12 January 2018

The ongoing Israeli harassment and targeted oppression of the Tamimi family, organizers in the anti-colonial land defense and popular resistance in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh, continued in the pre-dawn hours of 11 January. While 16-year-old activist Ahed Tamimi and her mother Nariman remain in Israeli prison, facing a series of charges before an Israeli military court, Israeli occupation forces raided the family home of Manal and Bilal Tamimi, seizing their 19-year-old son Mohammed. Manal, Mohammed’s mother, was released one week ago after nearly a week in Israeli prison.


VIDEO
https://www.facebook.com/Shashaps/videos/1881084728568796/

Mohammed smiled and raised his fingers in the “victory” sign as he was taken from his family home surrounded by occupation soldiers. Manal later reported on Facebook that her son is currently being held in the infamous Petah Tikva interrogation center. He is the latest member of the Tamimi family to be targeted in an ongoing series of raids and and arrests in the village of Nabi Saleh and the neighboring village of Deir Nizam, both near Ramallah. Nabi Saleh, a village of 600, has become a center of popular organizing and indigenous land defense after the illegal settlement of Halamish has stolen the village’s agricultural land as well as its spring.

Ahed and Nariman’s imprisonment has drawn international attention; Ahed’s cousin Nour is also facing several charges before an Israeli military court. The military courts have a conviction rate of over 99 percent, and the two women are charged with incitement for political posts on social media, “assault” on an occupation soldier on their family’s land, and throwing stones, among other allegations. The “assault” charges refer to the livestreamed interaction in which Ahed and Nour demand an occupation soldier leave their home; he was attempting to move to higher ground on the family’s land in order to position himself to shoot at demonstrators in the village. After being slapped by the soldier, Ahed slapped the occupation soldier with her bare hand.

Ahed’s 15-year-old cousin Mohammed was shot in the head by a rubber-coated metal bullet and was in a coma for days; he continues to struggle with serious injuries. Last week, another Tamimi cousin, Musa’ab, 17, was shot and killed by occupation forces in the village of Deir Nizam, the first Palestinian killed in 2018.

As the repression targeting the Tamimi family has continued and intensified, Palestinian and international support for Ahed Tamimi and her family has only grown. Ahed, who has traveled to South Africa, Europe, Lebanon and elsewhere to speak about the Palestinian struggle, is an internationally-known leader in the indigenous land defense movement. She has been involved in the movement in Nabi Saleh since she was only 11 years old.

Protests are continuing around the world to demand Ahed’s freedom and that of the other 6,200 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. Upcoming protests are scheduled in London (on both 12 January and 13 January), Saint-Etienne, Brussels, Rosario, Montevideo, Sydney, Toulouse, Dublin, Braga, Porto, Lisbon, Rome, New York City, Portland, Copenhagen, Berlin, Washington, DC, Arlington and elsewhere.

Street visual actions are also taking place to highlight Ahed’s case and the Palestinian struggle for freedom. In London, grassroots activists put up “guerilla” transit ads and posters on bus stops and Tube trains throughout the city. @Protestencil on Twitter has made the stencil-style posters available for download and use in supporters’ local cities.

London Palestine Action has highlighted the ongoing appearance of these “adhacks” throughout London, bringing Ahed’s case and the struggle of Palestinian child prisoners to the streets of the UK capital. Italian activists in Venice replicated the posters on the streets of the city as well:

On the streets of Berlin, Jewish Antifa Berlin shared images of large stickers and posters highlighting Ahed Tamimi’s case and those of the Tamimi women posted on signboards and advertising spaces around the German capital city. Women in Berlin are also organizing a bloc for the women’s march on 21 January that will highlight Ahed’s case.

An international action week is taking place from 10 to 20 January, focusing on pressure on national parliamentarians in countries around the world to speak out about the case of Ahed Tamimi, including actions targeting Dutch, French, German and Portuguese politicians. In addition, UK minister of state for the Middle East Alistair Burt responded to questions from Labour MP Julie Elliott on 10 January by noting that “the soldiers should not be there and the young woman should not have needed to do what she did.” This followed an earlier Early Day Motion submitted by a multi-party group of parliamentarians on Ahed’s case.

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Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network denounces the arrest of Ahed Tamimi and Nariman Tamimi, the latest of well 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. 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.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.
2.Take action around the world: From 10 January to 20 January, there is an international week of action to contact local parliamentarians in each country and urge the freedom of Ahed Tamimi and her fellow Palestinian prisoners.
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.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
5.Organize a protest for Ahed or 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.
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/mohammed-tamimi-19-seized-by-occupation-forces-as-global-solidarity-escalates/
 

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Friday March 16, 2018, 7:38 am
Please share - UPDATE

Ahed Tamimi's case has been delayed until March 21st. Right now her court case is closed to the public and media. Sign and RT if you believe Ahed should have an open trial: buff.ly/2IceRTx #FreeAhed pic.twitter.com/dAjeWUCEks

https://mobile.twitter.com/hashtag/FreeAhed?src=hash


PLEASE SIGN/SHARE: Open military courtroom for Ahed's Trial.

After a video of Ahed confronting Israeli soldiers outside her house went viral, she was arrested in the middle of the night. Overnight, she became a hero for young women throughout the world. Israel wants her case to be forgotten so they have closed her trial to the public. No media, no diplomats, no human rights observers. Help us call on the US State Department to demand that Ahed’s trial be opened, and that they send a US official to monitor the trial.

Dear US State Department,

It is horrible that Israel has closed the courtroom for the military trial of 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi. They are trying to hide from the international community while they try a child in a military court with an over 99% conviction rate.

Seventeen-year-old Ahed Tamimi is facing up to 10 years in prison. Each year, Israel arrests and prosecutes around 700 Palestinian children in military court. Israel’s abuse of Palestinian children must stop.

We ask you to demand that Israel open the courtroom and that you send a representative of the US government to be present throughout Ahed Tamimi’s trial.

Sincerely,

http://www.codepink.org/opentrial
 
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