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Ahed Tamimi Scheduled to Be Released on Sunday, 29 July

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Ahed Tamimi, 17, the Palestinian teen activist whose detention has drawn global outrage and solidarity, and her mother Nariman Tamimi, are scheduled for release from Israeli occupation prisons on Sunday, 29 July


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fly bird (26)
Friday July 27, 2018, 7:02 pm
Ahed Tamimi, 17, the Palestinian teen activist whose detention has drawn global outrage and solidarity, and her mother Nariman Tamimi, are scheduled for release from Israeli occupation prisons on Sunday, 29 July. Both are leaders in the indigenous, anti-colonial land defense movement in their village of Nabi Saleh, which faces land confiscation and even the theft of its well from the illegal, Jewish-only colonial settlement of Halamish.

After their release, the Tamimi women are planning to resume their activism immediately, heading directly to the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, targeted for demolition by Israeli occupation forces for a press conference. Their family eagerly awaits their release; Bassem Tamimi, Ahed’s father and Nariman’s husband, said in an interview with Reuters that “time is an eternity for those who wait, it is mixed feelings. Our home and hearts are open to reunite with her, hopefully we will meet soon.”

Ahed, a globally known activist who has spoken around the world, including in South Africa, Lebanon and throughout Europe, was seized by occupation forces on 19 December 2017 after a video of her slapping a heavily armed Israeli occupation soldier as she demanded he leave her family’s land went “viral” on Facebook. Ahed’s mother, Nariman, was also arrested and charged with livestreaming the video on Facebook. Their case inspired widespread Palestinian, Arab and international solidarity and affirmation of Palestinians’ right to resist occupaition.

Ahed and Nariman are not the only Tamimi family members jailed; indeed, dozens of Tamimis have been arrested and imprisoned for their involvement in the land defense movement. Ahed’s own brother Waed is currently jailed in Ofer prison. Many of the Tamimi family members targeted have been children and teens; they are among over 350 Palestinian children jailed by the Israeli occupation.

In a statement, Saleh Higazi of Amnesty International noted that “Ahed Tamimi’s release must not obscure the familiar and continuing story of the Israeli military using discriminatory policies to lock up Palestinian children. Her unjust imprisonment is a reminder of how the Israeli occupation uses the arbitrary military courts to punish those who challenge the occupation and illegal settlements expansion policies, without any regard to age.”

Ongoing protests around the world have demanded Ahed’s release and that of fellow Palestinian prisoners. In New York, Samidoun activists and others organized protests that drew hundreds of supporters and then joined monthly actions at the “Fearless Girl” statue to highlight the Palestinian fearless girl, Ahed. Over 1.5 million people around the world signed a global petition to demand Ahed’s freedom and numerous organizations campaigned for her release.

A new mural was also created on the Apartheid Wall to honor Ahed Tamimi in advance of her release. Painted by Italian street artist Jorit Agoch, the 13-foot mural rises high in the air with a realistic portrait of the young activist. It borders another mural on the wall honoring slain health worker Razan al-Najjar, shot down by Israeli forces while providing medical support to protesters at the Great Return March in Gaza.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network eagerly awaits the release of Ahed and Nariman Tamimi on Sunday. There are thousands – indeed, millions – of people in Palestine and around the world who have played a role in the campaign to win their freedom. The release of Ahed and Nariman must inspire us to escalate our campaigns to win the freedom of all of the other over 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners behind Israeli bars and to win freedom for the land and people of Palestine.

fly bird (26)
Friday July 27, 2018, 7:06 pm
“Israel effectively declares itself an apartheid state”
July 19, 2018

Palestinian civil society reacts to Israel’s "Jewish Nation-State Law​" which unambiguously defines Israel as a state that belongs exclusively to the “Jewish people.” This is despite the fact that one in five citizens of Israel is an indigenous, non-Jewish Palestinian.

(A Palestinian family in front of the ruins of their home in Umm al-Hiran, a Palestinian community that the Israeli government is destroying so it can build a town for Israeli Jews only in its place. Residents of Umm al-Hiran are Israeli citizens.)

July 19, 2018 — Today, Israeli lawmakers gave their final approval to the “Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People” bill that unambiguously defines Israel as a state that belongs exclusively to the “Jewish people.” This is despite the fact that one in five citizens of Israel is an indigenous, non-Jewish Palestinian.

Palestinian members of the Israeli Knesset condemned the law, which enjoys constitutional power, as an “apartheid law.”

Adalah, a leading Palestinian human rights organization in Israel, describes how the law “affirms the principle of apartheid in housing, land and citizenship.” It concludes that “this law constitutionally sanctions institutionalized discrimination.”

Najwan Berekdar, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, reacted:
As a Palestinian citizen of this state, this bill entrenches my third-class citizenship on the land where generations of my family have lived since long before the state of Israel even existed.

The Jewish-Israeli majority is loudly reminding us indigenous Palestinian citizens of Israel that we are not welcome in our own ancestral homeland. My people have always suffered from legalized racism by the state of Israel and its institutions, but this law makes our apartheid reality the law of the land like never before.

As “non-Jews” we are already not allowed to buy or rent land on 93% of the area controlled by the Israeli state, and many of our communities are declared to be “unrecognized” and bulldozed out of existence by Israeli forces. I received a racially segregated and inferior education in a school system that conspicuously privileges Jewish-Israelis.

Israel is now stripping us of any semblance of equal rights based solely on our ethno-religious identity. It’s even demoting our language from one of the state’s two official languages.

Omar Barghouti from the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) commented:

Israel has dozens of racist laws, including some which strikingly fit the UN definition of apartheid. But with the constitutional power of this Basic Law, Israel is effectively declaring itself an apartheid state and dropping its worn-out mask of democracy.

From now on, it will not just be legal to racially discriminate against the indigenous Palestinian citizens of the state. It will be constitutionally mandated and required. This should stir people, institutions and governments to take effective action to hold Israel accountable.

Omar Barghouti concluded:

If ever there was a time for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel’s system of oppression, it is now. Israel’s official adoption of apartheid opens the door for the Palestinian people, Arab nations and our allies around the world to pressure the UN to activate its anti-apartheid laws and impose serious sanctions on Israel like those imposed on apartheid South Africa.

We shall double our efforts to further grow the BDS movement for Palestinian rights to hold Israel accountable for all its crimes against our people. No Israeli law will erase our right to self-determination in our homeland or the right of our refugees to return home. No Israeli far-right government, with all the blind support it receives from xenophobic and outright fascist forces in the United States and Europe, will ever extinguish our aspiration for freedom, justice and equality.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.

fly bird (26)
Friday July 27, 2018, 7:07 pm
Ahed Tamimi to be Released on Sunday.
July 28, 2018

17-year-old Palestinian civil protest icon Ahed Tamimi is expected to be released from Israeli prison on Sunday, after serving eight months in detention for slapping an armed Israeli soldier who invaded her home in Nabi Saleh village, near Ramallah, late last year.

Tamimi was snatched from her bed and home in the middle of a cold winter night, in December, when she was only 16 years old, after a video showed her facing and slapping a fully armed Israeli soldier, at her home.

Her mother, Nariman, was arrested the next day, when she went to visit her at her a detention center, where she was charged with incitement for posting the video on social media.

Both daughter and mother were sentenced, by an Israeli court, to eight months in prison, almost the same time that an Israeli soldier received for shooting and killing an incapacitated and wounded Palestinian in Hebron, and whose sentence was later reduced. The soldier received a hero’s welcome after his early release, by fellow extremist Jewish settlers in Hebron, where he committed his crime in front of cameras and soldiers.

Plans are underway to give a hero’s welcome to the Tamimis upon their release, on Sunday.

They are expected to be freed at a checkpoint in the north of the occupied West Bank.

Evelyn B (61)
Saturday July 28, 2018, 1:55 am
I do so hope this goes smoothly -

But one can be sure that the family will (continue to) be harassed by IDF & settlers :>(

fly bird (26)
Saturday July 28, 2018, 9:37 pm
Italian Artists Who Painted Mural of Ahed Tamimi Arrested (VIDEO)
July 28, 2018

Israeli forces on Saturday arrested two Italian graffiti artists who were painting a mural of Ahed Tamimi, on the Apartheid Wall in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian officials.

One of the detained artists, Agostino Chirwin, also known as ‘Jorit Agoch,’ has a reputation for hyper-realistic murals of activists, politicians and other campaigners.

He was painting a 13-foot mural of Palestinian resistance icon Ahed Tamimi, as part of the preparations to celebrate Tamimi’s release, as she would be released on Sunday.

(Reuters, PC)
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