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- 407 days ago - samidoun.net
Nour Tamimi, the cousin of Ahed Tamimi who was scheduled to be released on bail today after being charged by an Israeli military court on 1 January, instead remains imprisoned after occupation military prosecutors appealed her release



   

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fly b (26)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 12:14 am
Nour Tamimi remains imprisoned as Israeli military prosecution files appeal.
2 January 2018

Nour Tamimi, the cousin of Ahed Tamimi who was scheduled to be released on bail today after being charged by an Israeli military court on 1 January, instead remains imprisoned after occupation military prosecutors appealed her release.

According to Naji Tamimi, Nour’s father, the military prosecution filed the appeal on 2 January, minutes before Nour was to be released; a military appeals court hearing will be held in the coming days. Nour, 21, was seized by occupation forces a day after Ahed and her mother Nariman; she is charged with Ahed for confronting occupation soldiers on their family’s land outside their home in the village of Nabi Saleh shortly after their cousin Mohammed, 14, was shot in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet by occupation forces, critically injuring him.

Nour, Ahed, Nariman and the rest of the Tamimi family are leaders in the Palestinian indigenous anti-colonial popular resistance and land defense movement in Nabi Saleh, a village of 600 Palestinians targeted and encircled by the illegal Israeli settlement of Halamish, which has stolen the village’s land and even its spring.

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

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

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

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Wednesday January 3, 2018, 12:17 am
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Wednesday January 3, 2018, 12:21 am
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fly b (26)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 12:30 am
Ahed Tamimi's Father: Israeli Occupation Won't Break Us. Dec 27, 2017
TheRealNews

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

https://youtu.be/IHPOUEOGaRk


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

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

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

MANAL ARRESTING 1:21
Dec 27, 2017

https://youtu.be/92tNl_ofPSQ
 

Doris F (19)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 12:45 am
both signed, shared, thank you Jess
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 2:55 am
Signed.
 

Ben O (135)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 3:13 am
269,140 have signed the Avaaz petition. Let's get to 500,000!
https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/free_ahed/?feiNukb
 

Nita L (127)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 3:26 am
Signed and shared this one and Avaaz petition. Thank you Jess and Ben.
 

Freya H (345)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 7:10 am
Signed both petitions - signed the Codepink one a few days ago. We need to stop treating Israel like a sacred cow.
 

fly b (26)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 1:12 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
 

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 1:47 pm
Petition signed. Thanks Jess
 

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Thursday January 4, 2018, 3:32 am
Meows Jess
 

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Thursday January 4, 2018, 7:26 pm
Petition signed. Thank you
 

fly b (26)
Friday January 5, 2018, 1:01 am
UPDATE - January 4 2018
Nour and Manal Tamimi released from Israeli prison; demand freedom for Ahed and Nariman Tamimi!

Late in the night on 4 January 2018, Nour Tamimi was released from Israeli prison, where she was met by her family. Her release followed an occupation military court’s rejection of an appeal of her earlier release order. She was released on bail and subject to a number of harsh conditions, including a requirement to report weekly on Fridays to an occupation police station as well as ongoing charges against her in occupation military courts for “assault” and interfering with the duties of a soldier.

Nour is the cousin of Ahed Tamimi, 16, and also a leader in the popular Palestinian resistance in the village of Nabi Saleh. Nabi Saleh, a village of 600 Palestinians, is surrounded by the illegal settlement of Halamish, which has stolen the village’s land and even its spring. The Tamimi family are leaders in the anti-colonial indigenous land and water defense struggle in Nabi Saleh, which reflects similar situations throughout occupied Palestine. Nour and Ahed were pictured in the same video confronting Israeli occupation soldiers on their land shortly after their cousin, Mohammed, 14, had been shot in the head by a rubber-coated metal bullet by occupation forces invading the village. In the video, Ahed slaps an occupation soldier after he slaps her and refuses to leave the family’s land.

Meanwhile, on 3 January, Manal Tamimi, who was seized by occupation soldiers outside the Ofer military court on Thursday, 29 December as she protested for freedom for Ahed, Nariman and Nour Tamimi, was released after nearly a week in Israeli occupation prisons.

The happiness at the release of Manal, however, was tempered by the sorrow and anger at the killing of 17-year-old Musaab Tamimi from the village of Deir Nizam, the “twin village” of Nabi Saleh. Musaab, a cousin of the Tamimis of Nabi Saleh, was shot dead with a bullet in his neck by an Israeli occupation sniper invading his village on the afternoon of 3 January, the first Palestinian life taken in 2018 by the occupation forces. Occupation forces attempted to justify the murder of Musaab by saying that he “appeared” to be holding a gun, but presented no pictures or evidence that any such gun existed. The use of the term “appeared” seems to be an admission by the Israeli occupation forces that they shot the boy as he protested their repeated invasions of his home village.

Ahed and her mother, Nariman Tamimi, remain imprisoned in HaSharon prison, both of them charged before military courts with a 99.74% conviction rate. Nariman is charged with “incitement” on social media for streaming Ahed’s encounter with occupation soldiers as well as her other political expresson on social media, and with “assaulting” soldiers, while Ahed faces 12 charges that could see her sentenced to years in prison.

Protests around the world are continuing to grow, demanding the immediate release of Ahed and Nariman Tamimi. In Paris, crowds marched through the city center on 4 January carrying signs and banners demanding freedom for Ahed and her fellow Palestinian child prisoners, who number over 300 out of a total of 6,200 Palestinian prisoners.

In Johannesburg, South Africa, students protested in solidarity with Ahed Tamimi and her fellow Palestinian prisoners in Nelson Mandela Square, calling for their immediate release.

Inside Israeli prisons, prominent Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouthi issued a statement from Hadarim prison on the case of Ahed Tamimi:

“My pain is not confined to the child Ahed Tamimi, held in Israeli jails, but for all of her generation, the most courageous generation of Palestinians who are a model of sacrifice and confrontation of the occupier. Like all of the children of the world in schools and universities, behind computers, in playgrounds, squares, libraries, swimming pools and clubs, they want to enjoy life, not to be thrown into dungeons and prisons….Ahed, I promise you and through you, all of the children of Palestine to continue the struggle for you…to achieve your freedom and dignity.”

Protests continue to be planned in a number of international cities in the coming days for the freedom of Ahed and Nariman Tamimi, including actions in New York City, Los Angeles, Glasgow, Manchester and Edinburgh.

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

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

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

fly b (26)
Friday January 5, 2018, 9:28 pm
Spanish party calls on government to intervene in cases of detained Palestinian children.

MADRID, January 5, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

fly b (26)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 10:36 am
Evelyn, posted the text. Please note and share!!

What Happened When a Jewish Settler Slapped An Israeli Soldier.

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fly b (26)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 11:20 am
Please note/share > Freya posted: Israel Victim Blames 16-Year-Old Ahed Tamimi.
She stood up for her family and her people.
January 3, 2018

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fly b (26)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 6:57 pm
flagged spam, earlier.
 

fly b (26)
Sunday January 7, 2018, 10:36 am
Hundreds in New York City protest to free Ahed Tamimi and Palestinian prisoners.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in New York’s Grand Central Station following a blizzard in the city on Friday, 5 January to demand freedom for imprisoned Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi, 16, and her fellow Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Organized by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and CODEPINK: Women for Peace with the active participation of dozens of New York-based Palestine and social justice organizations, participants carried signs, banners and flags supporting Ahed and fellow Palestinian prisoners.

“This rally showed the broad unity Ahed has inspired here, with every organization in solidarity with Palestine standing together to support her and demand her freedom,” said Joe Catron of Samidoun. “Her detention is a crucial test for all supporters of the Palestinian national and prisoners’ movement. Israel’s attacks on Nabi Saleh, the Tamimi family and Palestinian children are atrocities we must continue to confront.”

Ahed’s case – and that of her family members, including her mother, Nariman, currently imprisoned alongside her daughter, and her cousin, Nour, recently released but still facing charges by an occupation military court – has attracted worldwide attention. Ahed and her family are leaders in the anti-colonial indigenous resistance and land defense movement in Nabi Saleh, their village of approximately 600 Palestinians that has been subject to land theft, invasions and extensive violence at the hands of Israeli occupation forces and settlers. Even the village’s spring was seized by the illegal settlement of Halamish. While both Ahed and her mother are held in HaSharon prison, they are isolated from one another and Ahed’s cell has reportedly been freezing in winter temperatures.

Ahed has been charged with 12 charges in an Israeli occupation military court after she slapped an occupation soldier – following the soldier slapping her first – who was on her family’s land and seeking to shoot down at protesters in the village below. The soldier was part of the same unit of occupation forces that had, shortly before, shot her cousin Mohammed Tamimi, 15, in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet, causing serious damage and leaving him in a coma for days.

Ahed is not alone; she is one of over 300 Palestinian child prisoners in Israeli jails. Each year, approximately 700 Palestinian children are brought before Israeli military courts; Palestinian children face torture and abuse under interrogation, violations of their rights as children and political imprisonment in military prisons. In the past two years, dozens of Palestinian children have been imprisoned without charge or trial under so-called administrative detention.

Samidoun organizers in New York worked with CODEPINK and other organizations to build a coalition and outreach to other organizations, especially following the successful NY4Palestine rally on 22 December in support of Ahed and fellow Palestinian prisoners. The rally was joined by an exceptionally broad number of groups in New York City with 32 endorsing groups, including Al-Awda NY, NYC Students for Justice in Palestine, Labor for Palestine, Decolonize this Place, Jewish Voice for Peace, the National Lawyers Guild, International Action Center, ANSWER, BAYAN USA, the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Black4Palestine and many more.

“Israel’s anger at Ahed, their hell bent intention to destroy her, comes from her refusal to submit to their occupation,” said CODEPINK National Director Ariel Gold. “Rather than lowering her eyes in compliance, Ahed stands up to the army, unafraid, and demands her rights. She is accused of slapping a soldier. But Israel, not Ahed, is the real criminal.”

Participants noted the strong, positive reception they received throughout the rally, which was emceed powerfully by Nerdeen Kiswani of NYC Students for Justice in Palestine. Participants chanted for freedom for Ahed and for all of Palestine, and passers-by noted their familiarity with Ahed’s case, supporting her demands for freedom and expressing their solidarity with Palestinians, especially around the issues of the arrest and imprisonment of children and U.S. President Donald Trump‘s declaration purporting to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The chants and the speeches reverberated around the busy station through a megaphone throughout the protest.

“Ahed is only 16 years old and she is sitting in jail,” said Kiswani from NYCSJP. “Palestinians have not only the right to resist their oppression, but the obligation. Ahed is one of many children being detained and tortured in Israel’s military courts. It’s an apartheid system. We are out here today and we will be out here in solidarity as long as Israel continues to imprison Ahed and her mother.”

There were a few isolated counter-protesters from the extreme-right, racist Jewish Defense League, which held Israeli flags and a sign calling to “Jail Ahed.” Their miniscule presence did nothing to detract from the power of the mobilization throughout the station. At one point in the rally, participants collectively read out facts about Ahed, the Tamimis, Nabi Saleh and the escalating attacks on Palestinians by the Israeli occupation following Trump’s Jerusalem delegation from a series of placards. The concept was inspired by NYC Shut it Down, a Black Lives Matter organization that protests every Monday evening in Grand Central and other locations against police killings. NYC Shut it Down activists worked together with John and Lydia of Samidoun to organize this part of the action.

Joe Catron, Samidoun’s U.S. Coordinator, spoke at the rally about Ahed’s 17th birthday, forthcoming on 31 January and urging mobilizations around this day to demand her freedom and that of fellow Palestinian prisoners. Announcements will be forthcoming from multiple organizations to build for these events and actions.


and imprisioned by Israeli Occupation Forces. (Photo by Erik McGregor)

On Monday, 8 January, Samidoun activists will not be holding their regular protest because they will be participating in two events to honor Erica Garner, the activist, organizer and daughter of Eric Garner, killed by New York City police, who passed away recently from a heart attack. The public memorial service for Erica Garner will take place at 5:00 pm on 8 January at First Corinthian Baptist Church, which will be followed by a People’s Monday action for Erica Garner by Shut it Down NYC beginning at 116th and Lenox.

The New York protest was one of a number of protests taking place over the weekend and in the coming days in solidarity with Ahed Tamimi and the Palestinian people, including actions in Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, London, Los Angeles, Dallas, Bratislava, Saint-Etienne, Sydney, Dublin, Madrid, Toulouse, Washington, DC, Johannesburg, Arlington and elsewhere.

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

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

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

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Monday January 8, 2018, 6:14 am
US Palestine Solidarity: Reviving Original Patterns of Political Engagement.
Loubna Qutami
January 4, 2018

Overview (Excerpt)

The past decade has seen major shifts in Palestinian and Palestine solidarity activism in the US. Many of these changes both inform and are caused by the explosion of awareness of the Palestinian struggle, which has long languished at the periphery of the US political, social, and cultural mainstream. The role of students and youth in cultivating a more conscious commitment to justice in Palestine has been a critical component of these changes. In particular, Palestinian youth born and raised in the US have used their social and citizenship capital – which many of their immigrant or refugee parents did not have – to intensify the inclusion of Palestine in social justice and left agendas, institutions, and political programs.

The severity of injustice for Palestinians as the occupation has intensified and war has swept through the region is now broadcast through new alternative and social media outlets accessible to the public. However, Palestine’s newfound popularity does not necessarily translate into more political power or better conditions for Palestinians.

It is a matter of debate whether the wins to date are the fruit of Palestinian collective labor in the US or of the growing US Palestine solidarity movement, or of both. While the two are not mutually exclusive they should also not be seen as interchangeable. Positionality often determines investments, interests, goals, and strategies that are key both in empowering Palestinian community spaces and in engaging Palestine solidarity organizations and campaigns.

This policy brief reviews the evolution of the Palestine solidarity movement; considers where Palestinians in the US are situated in that movement and how their investments, interests, goals, and strategies are or are not being cultivated; and how the engagement between Palestinians in the US and other struggles can be strengthened in pursuit of freedom, self-determination, and justice in more meaningful and effective ways.

The brief also discusses how campaigns for some of the major victories of the Palestine solidarity movement in the US have created a more robust, multifaceted, intersectional, and collaborative politic in which Palestine has become eligible to be taken up by and contribute to other movements for racial equity, justice, and freedom. It explores the limits and challenges of the US Palestine solidarity movement and concludes with recommendations for ways to strengthen organizing for Palestinian rights – by Palestinians – in the US.

The Evolution of the US Palestine Solidarity Movement

The US Palestine solidarity movement is less of a movement and more of a loose network with little structural and political centrality. I use the term here for ease of reference to encompass all those organizations and individuals working for justice in Palestine who contribute to the growing awareness and activism for Palestine in the US. While a diversity of social and political identities and philosophies are found in this growing movement, the principles of the global, Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign has increasingly unified efforts in the last decade.

The BDS principles, which emanate from Palestinian civil society and not the Palestinian political leadership, have established a consistent reference for allies and are legitimized by international law. Certainly, there are individuals and organizations who self-identify as activists who have not endorsed BDS and others who do not endorse all three of the movement’s political goals in their BDS campaigns. The loose network of the Palestine solidarity movement allows – and can do little to police – these differences, but there remains a general consensus to endorse BDS campaigns and the principles for which they stand.

There are four types of categories or “brands” in this movement. First are the Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim organizations and groups that focus on community-based organizing and services in the US. Second are the individual activists and/or scholars who work on project-based or campaign-based initiatives and who are key figures advancing the Palestinian cause within US circuits.

Third are those groups comprised of both Palestinians and allies who have come together to work for the advancement of Palestinian rights. These groups are not bound by any particular ideology or community-based demographic, and their general brand of solidarity became the largest expanding and most visible in the aftermath of the 1993 Oslo Accords and especially through the second Palestinian Intifada. During this period, such groups as the International Solidarity Movement played a vital role in bringing awareness of the Israeli occupation through trips to the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the published reports that followed.

The Palestine solidarity movement long utilized a single-issue agenda in its activism.
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A variation of this category has developed recently, namely institutions that remain focused on Palestine in their work but that offer support services, funds, and skills for the broader Palestine solidarity movement. For example, Palestine Legal was founded in 2012 to offer legal services for Palestine activists experiencing repression. Several of these organizations that emerged in the 1990s were largely comprised of older, middle-class, white communities drawn to the Palestinian cause as a hyper-visible form of colonial occupation. This has changed in contemporary Palestine-focused organizations, along with a new, increased professionalization of Palestine activism, which comes with its own limitations in terms of sustained, organic, and grassroots political discourse, strategy, and processes.

Fourth are those organizations and constituencies who have catalyzed around a constituent-, ideological-, or cause-based struggle and have taken up Palestine in their political program because it signifies a similarity to their cause, or is a manifestation of the oppression they are fighting. Many race-based joint struggle allies with the Palestinian cause belong in this group, as do labor organizations, faith-based institutions, academic associations, and anti-capitalist groups. This category has the longest history in engaging Palestinian liberation in the context of internationalism.

These four categories do not always share political similarities, while some groups may overlap across the categories. For example, National Students for Justice in Palestine is a Palestine-specific solidarity organization, but it is also tied to a specific demographic: students. In addition, groups that are radical, anti-colonial, and anti-capitalist in their political philosophies may be situated alongside groups that have taken up Palestine for humanitarian purposes.

Tracing the Shift to a “Joint Struggle” Approach

In recent years, Palestinians and Palestine solidarity activists have achieved major wins, particularly with campaigns for the academic and cultural boycott of Israeli institutions. At least nine major national academic associations have endorsed the boycott and hundreds more artists, writers, and cultural workers and a growing number of athletes have pledged not to participate in the normalization of occupation. The consumer boycott has also taken off, targeting companies that profit from the occupation.

These efforts have largely been stimulated by the work of the student divestment movements that have led student representatives across the nation to vote to withdraw university investments from companies profiting from the Israeli occupation: Nearly 40 North American university student governments have voted to divest. The campaigns, coupled with social media, popular education, arts, and academic pursuits have nurtured conversations on Palestine, pulling it into mainstream avenues and breaking the longstanding institutional silence regarding the question of Palestine. They have also influenced the broader wins for BDS campaigns in the US.

Much of the success of this work has relied on showing how varying dimensions of the struggle in Palestine symbolize oppression in global contexts. This has offered Palestinians and solidarity activists a direct connection with communities in the US affected by systemic oppression. It has included Palestine in social justice politics in the US and placed it in conversation with other historical causes that have reached a boiling point since the Obama administration. This is particularly true regarding the bridges forged with the Movement for Black Lives, the struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux and other American Indian nations, and the movement for immigrant rights and de-militarization of borderlands.

To understand the significance of this evolution it is worth tracing the US-based Palestine solidarity movement’s shift toward a politics of joint struggle.

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https://al-shabaka.org/briefs/us-palestine-solidarity-reviving-original-patterns-political-engagement/
 

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Monday January 8, 2018, 6:40 pm
Ahed Tamimi's Relative 1st Palestinian killed by Israel in 2018
4 January 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday January 9, 2018, 7:45 pm
Ahed Tamimi’s arrest sheds a disturbing light on how children are targeted by Israel.
The National – 8 January 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But few Israelis are so enamoured.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.jonathan-cook.net/2018-01-08/ahed-tamimi-children-targeted-israel/
 

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Wednesday January 10, 2018, 7:11 am
Nita's post - USCPR Statement on Israeli Blacklist of Palestinian Rights Organizations.

Please note/share.

http://www.care2.com/news/member/222574295/4083406
 

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Wednesday January 10, 2018, 7:25 am
First-ever Bill on Palestinian Human Rights Introduced in Congress.
14 November 2017

Defense for Children International-Palestine issued the following press release on November 14, 2017:

Members of Congress on Tuesday introduced a bill prohibiting U.S. financial support of abuses against Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system, putting violations under the magnifying glass of U.S. taxpayers.

The Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act requires the Secretary of State to certify annually that no funds obligated or expended in the previous year by the United States for assistance to Israel have been used to support the ill-treatment of Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces from the occupied West Bank.

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) brought the bill to the floor, with eight original co-sponsors, including Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

An estimated 10,000 Palestinians between the ages of 12 and 17 in the West Bank have been subject to arrest, detention, interrogation, and/or imprisonment under the jurisdiction of Israeli military courts since 2000. This bill was drafted in response to widely documented rights violations carried out by Israeli military and police against children within the military detention system, including torture or cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment.

“Despite ongoing engagement with U.N. bodies and repeated calls to abide by international law, Israeli military and police continue night arrests, physical violence, coercion, and threats against Palestinian children,” said Khaled Quzmar, general director of Defense for Children International- Palestine. “These practices remain institutionalized and systemic rather than last resort measures, and we call on the U.S. to halt its support of these violations.”

The bill aims to establish, as a minimum safeguard, a U.S. demand for basic due process rights for and an absolute prohibition against torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian children arrested and prosecuted within the Israeli military court system.

Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes an estimated 500 to 700 children each year in military courts that lack fundamental fair trial rights and protections.

In every annual report on Israel and the occupied territories released since 2007, U.S. authorities have openly acknowledged the prevalence of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian children and the denial of fair trials rights in the Israeli military detention system.

In 2013, UNICEF released a report titled Children in Israeli Military Detention: Observations and Recommendations. The report concluded that “ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized throughout the process.”

Despite sustained engagement by UNICEF and repeated calls to end night arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention, Israeli authorities have persistently failed to implement substantive reforms to end violence against child detainees.

https://www.wrmea.org/in-the-news/first-ever-bill-on-palestinian-human-rights-introduced-in-congress.html


Special Report

As Pawns of the Occupation, Palestinian Children Face Regular Abuse and Torture.

In ratifying the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, Israel vowed to respect the dignity of all children, Palestinian and Israeli alike.

But according to two human rights observers who spoke at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies on March 27, there is ample evidence that Israel has drifted far from the principles of this document and regularly violates several of its key provisions.

Palestinian children are regularly subjected to violence and torture by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), noted Brad Parker, international advocacy officer and staff attorney at Defense for Children International Palestine (DCI Palestine).

Nor is this violence limited to military campaigns such as the 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead assault on Gaza, he emphasized. “Kids are subjected to violence regularly throughout the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza,” he stated.

Parker described children living in refugee camps and areas near the separation wall, settlements and IDF military camps as particularly vulnerable. “Those are communities that are targeted and affected,” he explained, “and where we spend most of our time documenting cases.”

Palestinian children face “systemic discrimination,” Parker continued, since, unlike their Jewish neighbors living in illegal West Bank settlements, they are subject to Israeli military law. “It’s really the basic definition of discrimination,” he said.

The military laws governing Palestinians are not meant to keep peace and order, but rather to suppress the people, Parker argued. “They’re not necessarily meant to punish people for conduct they have done,” he noted. “It’s really more of a system to control a population.”

Parker cited several “occupation-related offenses” which apply only to Palestinians: being a member of a banned organization, throwing stones at the separation wall and throwing an object at a moving vehicle. Maximum sentences for these offenses range from 10 to 20 years, he said.

Children are frequently charged with these crimes, he pointed out. “Under military law, anyone 12 years and older is subject to being prosecuted in a military court.” These children, sometimes as young as 5, are often arrested in the middle of the night, without a warrant or probable cause.

Parker described the harrowing journey a typical Palestinian child charged with throwing stones faces after being awoken from sleep at 2 a.m. by armed IDF soldiers.

Taken out of their homes, the children are blindfolded and have their hands tied behind their backs. They are then placed in a military jeep and transported to a military camp. While in the jeep, many children report being hit with helmets, beer bottles or other objects, Parker noted.

When they arrive at the military camp, the children—still bound and blindfolded—are forced to sit on the ground, exposed to the elements, and wait until the sun rises to be interrogated. During this period they are denied food, water, and access to medical assistance, Parker said. If they ask for their handcuffs to be loosened, he added, Israeli authorities often respond by making the handcuffs painfully tighter.

Meanwhile, the parents of those arrested have no idea where their children are or why they’ve been arrested, as the Israelis withhold this information.

The scared, sleepless and hungry children are then subjected to a brutal interrogation, Parker said. Those who do not cooperate risk being placed in solitary confinement. Throughout this process the children have no access to their parents or to legal council. “They’re alone,” Parker said. “They don’t really have much of a chance.”

Many children, desiring nothing more than to be reunited with their families, sign forced “confessions” written in Hebrew. These confessions are then used—along with testimony from the arresting IDF officer and witness statements submitted by other tortured children—as the basis for their conviction when they appear before a military judge, Parker said.

Parker characterized the treatment of Palestinian children by the Israeli military courts as a blatant violation of international law.

Among the articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child that Israel violates is Article 37, which states that the “arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child…shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest period of time.” In addition, “No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

According to Parker, however, “75 percent of kids encounter some form of physical violence during their arrest, transfer and interrogation.”

Israel also disregards Article 40 of the convention, which affirms a child’s right “to have the free assistance of an interpreter if the child cannot understand or speak the language used.” Furthermore, Article 9 requires governments to “ensure that a child shall not be separated from his or her parents against their will.”

Responding to growing international criticism, in February Lt. Col. Maurice Hirsch, Israel’s chief military prosecutor for the West Bank, told The Jerusalem Post that a pilot program will be launched in which written summons will be issued to Palestinians wanted for questioning instead of arresting them in the middle of night. “We approach this with an open mind; we are going to try to make it work,” Hirsch told the Post.

At the same time, Hirsch gave no indication that Israel will stop targeting Palestinian children. “We have no intention of reducing the intensity of the fight against Palestinian terrorism, stone throwing and offenses committed by minors,” he said.

In addition to the persistant problem of torture, Palestinian children also suffer from subpar access to education.

Sulieman Mleahat, education program manager at American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), described the developmental challenges posed by the occupation.

Most Palestinian children (60 to 72 percent) do not have access to critical early childhood programs, he explained. Schools are overcrowded and do not have such essential services as proper hygiene facilities. Furthermore, most teachers, particularly those in Gaza, have not received adequate training for their job. Indeed, Mleahat pointed out, only 3 percent of instructors in Gaza hold a teaching diploma.

These realities mean that young Palestinian children face developmental disadvantages at a key moment in their lives, Mleahat explained, since at two-and-a-half years of age, the child’s brain is at its peak. Furthermore, a recent study has found that for every dollar invested in early childhood care, there is a $17 return to society—a powerful argument for doing more to improve education in Palestine.

Mleahat concluded by lamenting that many of the impediments to childhood development in Palestine are preventable and exist only because of the Israeli occupation. “Many of these issues are avoidable,” he pointed out. “They really shouldn’t be happening.”

For more information see the March 2013 Washington Report, p. 16, and December 2013 Washington Report, p. 68

https://www.wrmea.org/2014-june-july/as-pawns-of-the-occupation-palestinian-children-face-regular-abuse-and-torture.html
 

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Wednesday January 10, 2018, 7:46 am
Take action on 10 January: Day of Action for Palestinian Child Prisoners

The Arab American Civic Council is holding a day of action on Wednesday, January 10 to show Members of Congress that we will not be silent as American tax dollars are supporting the detention, interrogation, ill-treatment, and imprisonment of children in Israeli separate-and-unequal military courts.

On November 14, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced H.R. 4391: the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act (http://bit.ly/2AZzaDk). The bill prohibits any U.S. assistance appropriated to Israel being used to support military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children in violation of international law.

Now is the time to take action, support the bill, and send a message to our elected officials and the Trump Administration, that we will not be complicit. The bill is a step towards justice and equality for Palestinians and ensuring that American taxpayers know that human rights abuses of Palestinians are being funded through the $3.8 billion in weapons provided annually.

WHAT ARE WE ASKING?

It’s simple.

1. Call your Member of Congress at 202-224-3121
2. Say: “As your constituent, I urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 4391: the “Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act”
3. Share on social media. Express your concern with others. Share your thoughts and use #FreeTheChildren & #NoWayToTreatAChild

http://samidoun.net/2018/01/take-action-on-10-january-day-of-action-for-palestinian-child-prisoners/
 

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Wednesday January 10, 2018, 5:20 pm
Israel/OPT: Military must end excessive force to avoid further bloodshed and deaths
21 December 2017
Ahead of planned protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territories tomorrow, and in the wake of the deaths of four Palestinian protesters and the injuring of hundreds of others in the last two weeks, Amnesty International is calling on the Israeli authorities to put an end to the excessive force that has been part of its response to demonstrations and clashes resulting from the decision by the US administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Background

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

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

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

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

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

fly b (26)
Thursday January 11, 2018, 2:00 pm
Free Ahed Tamimi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

fly b (26)
Friday January 12, 2018, 1:27 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.

**

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/
 

fly b (26)
Friday March 16, 2018, 7:34 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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