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Israeli military forces released Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi and her mother Nariman from prison on Sunday.The pair were given a heros welcome in their occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh


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fly bird (26)
Sunday July 29, 2018, 6:09 pm

Israeli military forces released Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi and her mother Nariman from prison on Sunday.

The pair were given a hero’s welcome in their occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh and their release was covered by world media:

Ahed and her mother spent eight months in prison and paid fines totalling more than $3,000.

Ahed said she had no regrets for slapping an Israeli soldier, the action which brought down the revenge of Israel’s military against her and her family.

“I did nothing wrong that I should regret,” Ahed told Al Jazeera. “It was a natural reaction to the presence of a soldier in my home. The soldier came to my house, I didn’t go looking for him in order to hit him.”

“I won’t regret something that isn’t wrong,” Ahed added.

“Taught me to love life”

At a press conference following her release, Ahed said, “Prison taught me how to International support

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Ahed to congratulate her on her release and to commend her on her “bravery and determination,” Turkish media reported.

Other politicians, artists and celebrities, including Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, expressed their congratulations to Ahed on Twitter:

Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, met with Ahed Tamimi on the day of her release.

Artists arrested

Last week, defense lawyer Gaby Lasky announced that Ahed and her mother would be released on Sunday.

While family, friends and media waited for that moment early Sunday, Israeli authorities changed the release point several times, something many saw as a deliberately malicious act.

On Saturday, Israeli military forces detained two Italian artists and one Palestinian artist who painted a mural of Ahed on Israel’s West Bank separation wall in the days before her release.

Israel released the artists on Sunday and ordered the two Italians to leave the country within 72 hours.

Child abuse

While Ahed is being celebrated as a symbol of Palestinian resistance in her community and abroad, many have noted that she is still a child – one of hundreds subjected to abuse and detention by Israeli occupation forces.

“I left behind three female child prisoners, Lama al-Bakri, Hadiya Ereinat and Manar Shweiki,” she told Al Jazeera.

There are currently almost 300 Palestinian children in Israeli military detention, almost 50 under age 16.

“Now it’s time to free hundreds more Palestinian children wrongfully imprisoned by Israeli military courts,” Amnesty International stated in light of Ahed’s release.

Her case highlights the systematic abuses of Palestinian children that have prompted even US lawmakers to demand action.

Last week, Minnesota Democrat Betty McCollum spoke in the US House of Representatives to urge fellow lawmakers to co-sponsor the bill she introduced in November that would ban US military aid to Israel being used for the detention, abuse and torture of Palestinian children.

The legislation currently has the support of 29 lawmakers.

Imprisoned for a slap

Ahed, who turned 17 while in prison, was charged with assaulting soldiers and incitement after a video recorded by her mother circulated showing Ahed and her cousin Nour slapping and shoving two heavily armed Israeli soldiers on 15 December.

Shortly before Ahed’s viral videotaped confrontation, Israeli soldiers shot in the head and seriously injured her 15-year-old cousin Muhammad Fadel Tamimi.

Ahed was arrested in the middle of the night at her home in Nabi Saleh on 19 December.

Nour and Nariman were also detained by the army following the videotaped incident. Nour spent 16 days in prison and had to pay a fine of almost $600.

Muhammad was also detained by Israeli soldiers in February along with several other members of the Tamimi family, most of them children.

Muhammad was released after being forced to falsely confess that he was not shot in the head by Israeli soldiers, but that he fell off his bike.

In May, Israeli occupation soldiers detained Waed Tamimi, Ahed’s brother, from his home in Nabi Saleh.

Israeli soldiers beat and bruised Waed, 21 years old at the time, and he was hospitalized.

He remains in prison.

While Ahed and her family have been subjected to the iron fist of Israel’s military occupation and sham court system, no soldier has been held accountable for the shooting of Muhammad Tamimi, nor for the killings and injuries to residents of Nabi Saleh and other members of the Tamimi family.

Imprisoning journalists

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation forces arrested Palestinian writer and journalist Lama Khater from her home in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on 24 July.

Khater’s daughter, Bisan al-Fakhouri, posted pictures on social media of her mother embracing her younger brother before she was taken away:

Israel is subjecting Khater to abuse during interrogations and sleep deprivation, her lawyer told the Ma’an News Agency.

Khater contributes to Al Jazeera, Quds News Network and Meem Magazine among others.

“We are concerned about the arrest of Lama Khater given Israel’s frequent use of legal measures, including administrative detention, to keep journalists in jail without bringing any charges against them,” Sherif Mansour of the Committee to Protect Journalists stated.

“Israeli authorities must explain immediately why they are holding her or let her go.”

Khater’s son was reportedly denied entry to a military court hearing and prevented from seeing his mother.

Ali Abunimah contributed research.

fly bird (26)
Sunday July 29, 2018, 6:11 pm
Ahed Tamimi released after eight months in Israeli prison.

Ahed Tamimi and her mother Nariman are released after eight months behind bars for slapping an Israeli soldier.

Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager who was arrested after being filmed for slapping an IDF soldier in her family’s yard, was released from Israeli prison Sunday morning, along with her mother Nariman, after eight months behind bars.

Ahed and Nariman’s trial, which took place at Ofer Military Court near Ramallah, turned into a media sensation. After a number of hearings, the court decided to kick out journalists and diplomats, ostensibly to protect Ahed’s interests as a minor. In March, Ahed, Nariman, and Nur signed a plea bargain according to which she would serve eight months in prison, including three months time served.

Ahed and Nariman are expected to visit the Muqata’a, the Palestinian Authority headquarters, in Ramallah on Sunday, where they will stop by Yasser Arafat’s grave and meet top PA officials. From there they will celebrate privately with family members before returning to Nabi Saleh. In the days after her release, Ahed will give interviews every day for one hour to all media outlets. Nabi Saleh will hold a large ceremony to celebrate her release this coming weekend. In the coming week she is expected to visit the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, which is at risk of demolition by the Israeli authorities.

Past Member (0)
Monday July 30, 2018, 3:13 am
It's a great thing that she's been released.

Cathy B (424)
Tuesday July 31, 2018, 9:13 am

There are "activists".. and there are Activists!

Malala's story

I was born in Mingora, Pakistan on July 12, 1997.

Welcoming a baby girl is not always cause for celebration in Pakistan — but my father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, was determined to give me every opportunity a boy would have.

My father was a teacher and ran a girls’ school in our village.

I loved school. But everything changed when the Taliban took control of our town in Swat Valley. The extremists banned many things — like owning a television and playing music — and enforced harsh punishments for those who defied their orders. And they said girls could no longer go to school.

In January 2008 when I was just 11 years old, I said goodbye to my classmates, not knowing when — if ever — I would see them again.

I spoke out publicly on behalf of girls and our right to learn. And this made me a target.

In October 2012, on my way home from school, a masked gunman boarded my school bus and asked, “Who is Malala?” He shot me on the left side of my head.

I woke up 10 days later in a hospital in Birmingham, England. The doctors and nurses told me about the attack — and that people around the world were praying for my recovery.

After months of surgeries and rehabilitation, I joined my family in our new home in the U.K.

It was then I knew I had a choice: I could live a quiet life or I could make the most of this new life I had been given. I determined to continue my fight until every girl could go to school.

With my father, who has always been my ally and inspiration, I established Malala Fund, a charity dedicated to giving every girl an opportunity to achieve a future she chooses. In recognition of our work, I received the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2014 and became the youngest-ever Nobel laureate.

Now I am studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford.

And every day I fight to ensure all girls receive 12 years of free, safe, quality education.

I travel to many countries to meet girls fighting poverty, wars, child marriage and gender discrimination to go to school. Malala Fund is working so that their stories, like mine, can be heard around the world.

We invest in developing country educators and activists, like my father, through Malala Fund’s Gulmakai Network. And we hold leaders accountable for their promises to girls.

With more than 130 million girls out of school today, there is more work to be done. I hope you will join my fight for education and equality. Together, we can create a world where all girls can learn and lead.

Malala, a worthy Icon!
Dare to compare..


Cathy B (424)
Tuesday July 31, 2018, 9:20 am

She has turned a personal tradgedy into triumph for thousands of girls.

Truly inspirational!

fly bird (26)
Friday August 3, 2018, 9:53 pm
Ahed Tamimi: "I am a Freedom Fighter. I will not be the victim."

(Malala's circumstances, are not those of Ahed and Palestinian youth and families. Comparing apples and oranges, has little to do with the situation if India, or Palestine.

Comparisons and judgements, or 'approval', of actions of some, over those of others, is discrediting and contrary to support of women's human rights, across the world, whether, aware, or sufficiently informed, or not, imo.)

fly bird (26)
Friday August 3, 2018, 9:57 pm
‘Resistance Continues’, Says Palestinian Teen Released from Israel Jail.
July 29, 2018

The Palestinian teenager released from prison by Israel on Sunday after completing a sentence for kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier called for Palestinians to continue their struggle against the occupation of the West Bank.

Ahed Tamimi, 17, became a heroine to Palestinians after the incident last December outside her home in Nabi Saleh, a village which has campaigned for years against land seizures by Israel, leading to confrontations with Israel’s military and Jewish settlers.

Israelis saw the incident, which Tamimi’s mother relayed live on Facebook, as a staged provocation.

Tamimi, who was 16 at the time of her detention, faced 12 charges, including aggravated assault. In March, she pleaded guilty to a reduced charge sheet that included assault and was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment, dating back to her arrest in December.

Wearing her trademark black-and-white kuffiah, Tamimi greeted dozens of well-wishers in brief remarks outside the home of a Nabi Saleh villager killed by Israeli forces.

She told reporters:
“From this martyr’s house, I say: resistance is continuing until the occupation is removed.”

She added:

“All the female prisoners in jail are strong, and I thank everyone who stood by me while I was in prison.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in a statement published by the official news agency Wafa after he met Tamimi and her mother, , described the teenager as:

“A model of peaceful civil resistance…, proving to the world that our Palestinian people will stand firm and constant on their land, no matter what the sacrifice.”

Palestinians want the West Bank for a future state, along with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Most countries consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be illegal, something Israel disputes.

Tamimi’s case drew global attention and Amnesty International said after her conviction that her sentence was at odds with international law, saying imprisonment of a minor must be used only as a last resort for the shortest appropriate period of time.

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