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Promoting Human Rights By Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act(Call for Action - US)


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Evelyn
- 518 days ago - youtu.be
This groundbreaking bill would prevent US aid to Israel from being used to detain, interrogate, ill-treat and imprison Palestinian children in its separate-and-unequal military courts. See why this bill is necessary - then ask your Rep to cosponsor



   

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Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday November 15, 2017, 1:09 am
US Campaign for Palestinian Rights - call for your help
On November 14, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and nine original cosponsors introduced the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act.

This groundbreaking bill would prevent US aid to Israel from being used to detain, interrogate, ill-treat and imprison Palestinian children in its separate-and-unequal military courts.

Watch our video to learn more about why this bill is necessary and then contact your Representative using the tool below to ask them to support it.

With your zip code, they'll generate the message to your Representative for you to sign.

(So can only be used by those with a USA address)
 

Animae C (509)
Wednesday November 15, 2017, 2:44 am
Thanks for contacting your Representative.
Rep. Brad James Sherman
District: US Representative

TY Evelyn
 

Lona G (66)
Wednesday November 15, 2017, 3:22 am
This has been going on for far to long, so it is hopeful that the US is finally putting forward a bill to stop, however indirectly, the detention and abuse of Palestinian children, despite the US president and the Israeli PM being BF. Wish I had a representative to conrtact.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday November 15, 2017, 4:28 am
Noted!!!!
 

Peggy B (43)
Wednesday November 15, 2017, 5:20 am
Signed and shared.
 

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Wednesday November 15, 2017, 5:54 am
S&N, Thanks
 

Lone F (58)
Wednesday November 15, 2017, 7:21 am
Noted - page not found
Thanks for sharing, Evelyn!
 

JL A (281)
Wednesday November 15, 2017, 8:00 am
Have written at least twice already, thanks for providing others the opportunity to do likewise Evelyn (and Jess).
 

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Wednesday November 15, 2017, 8:16 am
Signed & Noted, Thank you
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday November 15, 2017, 11:00 am
The original YouTube video is censored from me, Evelyn, from here.
 

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday November 15, 2017, 11:01 am
Petition signed. Thanks Evelyn
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday November 15, 2017, 11:08 am
HYPERLINKED all articles and facebook footage.
HUGE NEWS! There’s a new bill in Congress to defend Palestinian children’s human rights

USCPR Welcomes Introduction of Bill Supporting Palestinian Children’s Human Rights

Freedom Bound: Resisting Zionism & White Supremacy

US Campaign for Palestinian Rights @endthe0ccupation

Zionism: In Their Own Words

US Campaign For Palestinian Rights
 

Shirley S (187)
Wednesday November 15, 2017, 2:44 pm
N&S Why does the U S give Israel $3billion ???
 

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday November 15, 2017, 2:53 pm
I agree Shirley, why do we need to give 3 billion dollars when our bridges fall into the rivers, millions of us have no medical care, our schools are in need of repairs and teachers, we have homeless Veterans and families with children and recently the Trump Administration even removed the low income heat help for the Elders. Every winter up north Elders are found frozen to death, so I suspect this will cause more of them to freeze to death than we normally have.

I had seen this from the FB posting you did so signed already but noted to give it legs on C2.
 

Barb K (1688)
Wednesday November 15, 2017, 4:41 pm
Did not recognize my addy. Sorry Evelyn.
 

Lisa M (15)
Wednesday November 15, 2017, 5:36 pm
Signed.
 

Stephanie V (33)
Wednesday November 15, 2017, 6:01 pm
This is awful. Signed and shared. Thanks for caring and sharing. 🕊️
 

Sara G (104)
Wednesday November 15, 2017, 6:17 pm
Done. Thanks for sharing Barb.
 

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday November 16, 2017, 3:15 am
And another call - American Friends Service Committee:
Take Action: Hold Israel Accountable for Violating Children's Rights
 

fahad Al fahad (140)
Thursday November 16, 2017, 3:33 am
I cant signed its Unfortunately ! but what I will say only that's this Zionist state Israel deliberately kills Palestinian children because they consider them terrorists when they grow up !!
 

Nita L (127)
Thursday November 16, 2017, 8:02 am
Signed and shared. Thank you Barb for sending and thank you Evelyn for posting.
 

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday November 16, 2017, 8:11 am
Fahad - according to Breaking the Silence witnesses - it's not even a question of "when they grow up". IDF soldiers are encouraged to ignore age or sex of Palestinians: the fact of being Palestinian means one is automatically a "probable terrorist".
 

TOM TREE (247)
Thursday November 16, 2017, 8:56 am
Surely Hope So !!
Truly wish it to be so !
 

Winn A (179)
Thursday November 16, 2017, 8:59 am
Message sent!!!!!
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday November 16, 2017, 10:25 am
Shared original YouTube footage over social media to raise and spread awareness.
Shared Evelyn's petition for help over social media to encourage signers.
Shared Evelyn's message over my friend network on CARE2 to spread the awareness.
 

Teresa Fazackerley (393)
Thursday November 16, 2017, 10:26 am
this is awful,
 

Pat B (356)
Thursday November 16, 2017, 10:40 am
Signed,
Thanks Evelyn.
 

. (0)
Thursday November 16, 2017, 10:53 am
S&N. Thx Evelyn and Barb!
 

Dawn M (141)
Thursday November 16, 2017, 11:03 am
Signed!
 

Roslyn McBride (26)
Thursday November 16, 2017, 1:47 pm
Noted.
 

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday November 16, 2017, 7:31 pm
Thank YOU, Jess ...
 

S J (124)
Friday November 17, 2017, 1:50 am
Meows Evelyn
 

Kimberly Wallace (0)
Friday November 17, 2017, 6:25 am
noted
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday November 17, 2017, 3:04 pm
Signed & noted. Thanks, Evelyn. Also already signed the one from AFSC earlier.
 

Glennis W (393)
Friday November 17, 2017, 7:20 pm
Deplorable and despicable Thank you for caring and sharing Evelyn and passing on Darren
 

Joanne D (37)
Saturday November 18, 2017, 8:49 am
If this is a duplicate, I apologize - I tried once with no result so am trying again.
I was able to find the cosponsors' names right on google ... I was looking because I am on so many mailing lists and didn't want to invalidate anything by signing too many times.
Mark Pocan
Earl Blumenauer
Andre Carson
John Conyers
Danny Davis
Pete DeFazio
Raul Grijalva
Luis Gutierrez
Pramila Jayapal
Eddie Bernice Johnson
Ro Khanna
Chellie Pingree
I should get it once from Pete, once from Raul, and once from Pramila, which is not too many, so signed it here. If any of those are yours, you might want to write through their websites to thank them.
 

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday November 19, 2017, 1:58 am
Joanne ****************************************
Good suggestion, to thank them.
It counters the attacks they're bound to get for speaking up.
 

Danuta W (1251)
Sunday November 19, 2017, 3:53 am
noted
 

fly b (26)
Tuesday November 21, 2017, 5:16 am
Signatures needed. Please sign.

U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli occupation.

http://www.care2.com/news/member/739002257/4077236
 

fly b (26)
Friday December 8, 2017, 6:04 pm
How Israel Forces Confessions From Jerusalem Boys .

Israel subjects detained Palestinian children from Jerusalem to “extensive denial of their rights,” according to a new report.

The mistreatment of child detainees is part of a wider policy “aimed at encouraging Palestinian residents to leave the city,” the Israeli rights groups B’Tselem and HaMoked state.

These violations include physical abuse, sometimes amounting to torture, and other means of coercing children, usually suspected of throwing stones at occupation forces, to sign confessions which could lead to indictments.

More than 1,700 Palestinian boys aged 12 to 17 from occupied East Jerusalem were arrested from January 2014 through August 2016.

The groups collected testimonies from 60 boys aged 12 to 17 who were arrested and interrogated by Israeli forces in East Jerusalem between May 2015 and October 2016.

Arrested while in bed

More than half of the boys interviewed by B’Tselem and HaMoked were arrested at home between the hours of 11pm and 5:30am, while most were asleep in bed. Others were arrested on the street or were summoned to police stations for questioning.

Sixteen of the boys reported being physically abused while they were being transported to interrogation centers. Once at the interrogation centers, most were subjected to pain and discomfort while they waited.

“The boys were ordered to sit in painful positions (such as crouching) for lengthy periods of time,” the rights groups state. “In some cases, their hands were painfully bound, or they were ordered to face the wall and forbidden to turn their heads.”

Some of the children were denied food or water and access to a toilet, and others reported being physically abused by police while they were waiting.

Most children were not fully informed of their rights, as required by Israeli law.

“The right to remain silent was either glossed over or misrepresented,” the groups state. Half of the boys “were told by the interrogators that exercising the right would hurt them in court; that they would do better not to remain silent as this would prove their guilt.”

Most of the boys were allowed to speak with a lawyer before being interrogated, but were “only allowed a brief conversation of a few minutes.”

Eleven of the 42 boys who were allowed to talk to a lawyer before they were interrogated did so “in the presence of the interrogator, on the interrogator’s phone, in a phone call the interrogator dialed himself.”

Nearly all of the boys interviewed by B’Tselem and HaMoked said that it wasn’t until they were interrogated that they were told why they were arrested.

Only police or Israeli intelligence agents were present at the vast majority of the interrogations, even though Israeli law requires a parent to be present during questioning of a minor.

“However, once a minor has been placed under arrest,” according to the rights groups, the police have “discretion as to whether or not to allow this.”

The groups add police arrest children rather than summon them for questioning because it allows “the police to get around the requirement to have parents present at the interrogation.”

Interrogation and coerced confessions

The interrogation itself usually lasted a few hours; some of the boys were interrogated multiple times. Nine went through five or more interrogation sessions.

Boys were slapped and beaten during interrogation, or threatened, cursed and shouted at by interrogators. Extreme cold and sleep deprivation were also employed against the boys.

Some were told they would only be allowed to use a toilet or get food and water if they confessed to allegations against them.

Fifty of the boys signed confessions. “In 41 of these cases, the confession was written in Hebrew and the boys did not understand what they were signing,” the groups state.

Most of the boys were held at the notorious Russian Compound interrogation center in Jerusalem, where many were strip-searched and nearly all denied contact with their family.

One boy testified that he was held for two weeks in solitary confinement in a small cell with a bright light that remained on at all hours.

“It was easier to be tied up in interrogation than to stay in that cell, cold and alone,” the boy, who was 16 at the time of his arrest, stated.

“Being in solitary confinement was very hard. I signed a lot of confessions. They had me sign one after every interrogation session.”

The rights groups state that police officers, interrogators and prison guards enjoy total immunity as Palestinian child detainees’ rights are extensively violated.

Such conduct is nothing new. A report issued by B’Tselem in 1990 showed similar findings.

“The system strives to keep up the appearance of following legal provisions and regulations,” HaMoked and B’Tselem state, but such safeguards “are routinely rendered hollow and meaningless.”

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/10/28/how-israel-forces-confessions-from-jerusalem-boys/
 

fly b (26)
Tuesday December 12, 2017, 10:46 am
US Tax Dollars Must Not Be Used to Detain Palestinian Children.

It’s time to stand up for the human rights of Palestinian children who are mistreated and abused in the Israeli-military detention system.
Betty McCollum

Israel is a powerful nation with the most advanced and capable military in the Middle East. It is the single greatest beneficiary of American military assistance, receiving $3.8 billion, some 25 percent of its defense budget, from American taxpayers each year. The security of Israel is obviously important to the United States, with missile defense programs like Iron Dome and David’s Sling as success stories.

But Israel is allowed to spend as much as $800 million a year with little transparency, accountability, or oversight by US officials. Some of this money almost certainly flows to Israel’s abusive military detention of Palestinian children. This detention system must end—and, until it does, Congress must prohibit Israel from using American taxpayer dollars to support it.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has persisted for decades, including 50 years of Israeli military occupation of Palestinian lands. To help sustain the occupation, Israel’s military and police forces have arrested, interrogated, and imprisoned thousands of Palestinian children, mostly for throwing stones.

Israel’s military court and detention system is unique in the world in its systematic incarceration of children, in this case Palestinian children. It is a system that denies basic due-process rights and is cruel, inhumane, and degrading.

Children as young as 12 years old are taken from their beds at night by Israeli soldiers and police. They are bound, blindfolded, and taken to detention centers. Under Israeli military law they are denied access to lawyers during interrogation, and even the youngest children are regularly denied access to their parents during interrogations. This happens to around 500 to 700 Palestinian children every year.

Numerous international human-rights organizations and even the State Department have documented the ill treatment, isolation, and dehumanization these children suffer. Children in military detention are subjected to physical and psychological violence, including death threats, the threat of family home demolition, and other extreme forms of child abuse that can only be described as torture.

A 2013 UNICEF report concluded that “the ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized throughout the process, from the moment of arrest until the child’s prosecution and eventual conviction and sentencing.”

The report’s details are chilling. Israeli soldiers and security officials kick, punch, and beat children. They utilize sensory-deprivation techniques. Their ultimate goal is to get signed confessions—usually in Hebrew, a language the children cannot read or understand.

Underscoring the profound injustice of this military-law system, Israeli children are subject to a civilian juvenile-justice system that appropriately respects and protects their rights in accordance with international law. Instead of implementing an equally just and rights-respecting juvenile-justice system for Palestinian children under their control, Israel subjects them to the full punitive force of its military courts.

It should not require tremendous moral courage to stand up for the human rights of children. Sadly, the exception appears to be when those children are Palestinian.

I firmly believe that Palestinian children deserve to be treated with the same humanity, dignity, and human rights as any child anywhere, including children in the United States or Israel.

For Israel, this means honoring its international commitments and ending the widespread and systematic cruel and inhumane treatment of Palestinian children. For the United States, it means prohibiting American funds from being used to support Israel’s abusive military detention of children and requiring the State Department to certify Israel’s compliance.

Israel’s policy of detaining and abusing Palestinian children exacerbates the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, generating more animosity instead of bringing us closer to a negotiated peace.

Wherever children are being abused, mistreated, or degraded, responsible adults—and especially elected leaders—have a duty to speak out and work to seek justice. It is even more important to have that frank conversation when the offending country is an ally, as is the case with Israel.

There is simply no reason for a country that prides itself on being a democracy to use its powerful military to target and systematically abuse children under their control.

With 40 percent of the Palestinian population under age 14, peace between Israel and the Palestinians starts with promoting the dignity and the inherent human rights of Palestinian children.

Hopefully, these children will one day be the leaders of a Palestinian state living in peace and security alongside Israel. The alternative is more violence in an endless conflict that suffocates hope and crushes dreams.

Editor’s note: On November 14, Representative McCollum introduced the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, HR 4391. The legislation has 17 co-sponsors.

https://www.thenation.com/article/its-time-to-stop-us-tax-dollars-from-funding-the-imprisonment-of-palestinian-children/
 

fly b (26)
Thursday December 21, 2017, 2:29 am
Israeli Forces Kidnap 16-Year-Old Ahed Tamimi And Her Entire Family.
December 20, 2017

In yet another example of the horrific nature of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the Israeli government has now brutally arrested 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi for daring to slap an Israeli soldier who was attempting to kidnap her brother.

After the video of Ahed’s “assault” on the Israeli soldier was broadcast across Israeli media, a massive social media campaign developed calling for her arrest, demonstrating the sickness that is so pervasive in Israeli society as well as in the Israeli government. “Naftali Bennet,” Israeli Minister of Education even called for the sixteen year old to face life imprisonment.

At approximately 3 A.M this morning, Israeli police forces invaded the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, raiding the home of the well known Tamimi family, arresting (16 year old) Ahed Tamimi.

Israeli forces turned the Tamimi household upside down, stealing phones, laptops and other electronic devices, before violently arresting the 16 year old.

Days before, a video that went viral on Facebook was plunged into the Israeli media, making Newspaper front pages and being repeatedly played throughout several TV broadcasting stations (Within Israel).

The video included Ahed Tamimi slapping and kicking at two fully armed Israeli soldiers, who had just attempted to force themselves into her home.

The 16 year old girl was, of course, painted by the Israeli press as the violent antagonist, to the point that there came a large social media campaign advocating to have her arrested and charged.

The campaign against little 16 year old Ahed, was not limited to Israeli broadcasting stations and social media. Israeli defence minister ‘Avigdor Leiberman’ advocated for her punishment and families arrest, along with ‘Naftali Bennet’, Israeli Minister of Education, who demanded that ‘Ahed Tamimi’ face life imprisonment for her actions.

Later that morning, after Israel’s brutal arrest of 16 year old Ahed, her mother ‘Nariman Tamimi’ was also kidnapped, in front of ‘Benjamin Camp’ North of Ramallah.

The week prior to this, 14 year old ‘Mohammed Tamimi’ was shot in the head by Israeli gunmen, he still remains on life support, in critical condition.

A subsequent report by the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network reveals that Ahed’s father was also arrested. PPSN writes,

Bassem Tamimi was also seized by Israeli occupation forces today, 20 December, as he attended the hearing for his daughter Ahed in Ofer military court, which extended her detention for 10 more days. In overnight, violent raids, occupation forces seized a cousin of the family, Nour Tamimi, 21, from her family home in Nabi Saleh. This means that Ahed and both of her parents, Nariman and Bassem – all of whom are leading land defenders in Nabi Saleh – are currently seized by the Israeli occupation forces.

PPSN suggests the following for those who want to help:

TAKE ACTION:

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.

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

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 information here: https://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/israel

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.

You can learn more about Ahed Tamimi here:

Videos -

https://www.activistpost.com/2017/12/israeli-forces-kidnap-16-year-old-ahed-tamimi-entire-family.html
 

fly b (26)
Thursday December 21, 2017, 2:38 pm
TAKE ACTION - Lone posted:

Free Ahed Tamimi.

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

fly b (26)
Friday December 22, 2017, 4:12 pm
ACTION ALERT: Free Ahed Tamimi!

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

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

TAKE ACTION:
1.1.For supporters in the US: Call your member of Congress to support H.R. 4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. Tell them specifically about Ahed’s arrest, and urge them to act for her release. Click here to tell your member of Congress to support the bill. Tell them to pressure Israel to free Ahed and other detained Palestinian kids.
2.For international supporters: Call your government officials and demand action for Ahed Tamimi and other Palestinian child prisoners, and freedom for Nariman Tamimi.Call your country’s officials urgently:
Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop: + 61 2 6277 7500
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland: +1-613-992-5234
European Union Commissioner Federica Mogherini: +32 (0) 2 29 53516
New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully: +64 4 439 8000
United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson: +44 20 7008 1500
United States President Donald Trump: 1-202-456-1111
3.Call your nearest Israeli embassy and let them know that you know about the detention of Ahed Tamimi in Nabi Saleh and other Palestinian child prisoners. Demand Ahed, her mother Nariman, and the other detained children be immediately released. Contact infomation here: https://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/israel
4.Join one of the many protests for Jerusalem and distribute this post and other news about Ahed and the Palestinian prisoners. Get others involved in the struggle for Palestinian freedom! Build the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel and complicit corporations like HP and G4S.

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

fly b (26)
Saturday December 23, 2017, 10:33 am
US Protects Israeli Attacks, Not Unarmed Palestinians.
December 19, 2017
VIDEO

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20756:US-Protects-Israeli-Attacks%2C-Not-Unarmed-Palestinians
 

fly b (26)
Saturday December 23, 2017, 10:39 am
Ahed Tamimi Is Part Of The Palestinian Generations R – For Return.
December 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Monday December 25, 2017, 9:08 am
mondediplo.net/-Nouvelles-d-Orient-

Palestine : A girl’s chutzpah -

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

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

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

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

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

fly b (26)
Monday December 25, 2017, 9:13 am
mondediplo.net/-Nouvelles-d-Orient-

Palestine : A girl’s chutzpah -

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

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

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

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

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

fly b (26)
Monday December 25, 2017, 9:23 pm
Court Orders Tamimi Under Further Interrogation For Four More Days.
December 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

fly b (26)
Monday December 25, 2017, 9:33 pm
Court Orders Tamimi Under Further Interrogation For Four More Days.
December 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

fly b (26)
Tuesday December 26, 2017, 6:10 pm
Video: Resistance icon Ahed Tamimi in Israeli military court.
24 December 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Boy shot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Damage control

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Revenge in the dark

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

This article has been updated since initial publication

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/video-resistance-icon-ahed-tamimi-israeli-military-court
 

fly b (26)
Tuesday December 26, 2017, 6:12 pm
Related - Amnesty International: Stop judicial bullying of Palestinian activist Nariman Tamimi.
4 July 2013

Amnesty International issued the following statement on July 4, 2013:

Amnesty International has accused the Israeli authorities of bullying and judicial harassment of Nariman Tamimi, a Palestinian rights activist who was placed under partial house arrest today to prevent her taking part in peaceful protests while she awaits trial next week.

“This is an unrelenting campaign of harassment, the latest in a litany of human rights violations against Nariman Tamimi, her family, and her fellow villagers. These arbitrary restrictions should be lifted immediately and the charges should be dropped,” said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International.

Tamimi was arrested along with another activist Rana Hamadi on Friday 28 June, when villagers of Nabi Saleh walk towards a nearby spring in protest against the loss of their land. In 2009 Israeli settlers occupied the Al-Qaws spring near Nabi Saleh village where Tamimi lives. The illegal settlement now enjoys the protection of the military.

During the protest a soldier approached them waving a piece of paper and saying they could be arrested if they did not leave. When they tried to leave the area, more soldiers approached and arrested them. Both women were charged with being in a “closed military zone”.

Following their release on bail on Monday, the court has now put them under partial house arrest. They are not allowed to leave their family homes between 9am to 5pm on Fridays when the weekly protest takes place.

“They have been denied the basic human right to peacefully protest over land illegally seized by Israeli settlers, and the Israeli judiciary has used spurious legal tools to punish them for exercising their basic human right to peaceful protest,” said Philip Luther.

Speaking to Amnesty International following her arrest, Nariman Tamimi described how the two women were kept in conditions that included being held in leg-cuffs, detained overnight in a car, and held in a van carrying male Israeli prisoners who she said shouted verbal abuse at them and intimidated them physically.

Tamimi has already suffered previous arrests and raids on her home. Her husband Bassem has been jailed least twice and held as a prisoner of conscience.

Her brother Rushdi Tamimi was shot in the back with live ammunition by Israeli soldiers during a demonstration last year. He died two days later in hospital. Video evidence shows that Israeli soldiers delayed his family’s attempts to take him to hospital.

“This shows the sustained brutality of the military and the Israeli authorities’ determination to target and harass those prepared to stand up for their rights. They use every tool in the box to intimidate activists and their families into silence,” said Philip Luther.

Since 2009, Israel has banned Palestinians, including landowners, from access to their spring and surrounding land while settlers enjoyed free access to the spring and were allowed to continue building in its vicinity.

The weekly protests are characterized by unnecessary and excessive use of force by the Israeli military, including live fire, rubber coated metal bullets, stun grenades thrown at protestors, pepper spray, batons, and the misuse of teargas.

Israeli forces have killed two protesters at Nabi Saleh, and have injured hundreds of others in the last four years. The subsequent military investigations have not met international standards of independence or partiality.

Soldiers regularly raid the village, conducting house searches and arresting people including children late at night.

Nariman Tamimi and Rana Hamadi have been charged with being in a “closed military zone”. The trial is scheduled for Tuesday 9 July.

http://samidoun.net/2013/07/amnesty-international-stop-judicial-bullying-of-palestinian-activist-nariman-tamimi/
 

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Thursday December 28, 2017, 4:55 pm
Twitter account of imprisoned Palestinian teenage girl Ahed Tamimi deleted.

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


https://www.rt.com/usa/414396-twitter-delete-ahed-tamimi
 

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Friday December 29, 2017, 2:43 pm
Ahed and Nariman's detentions extended.
December 25, 2017

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/ahed-nariman-tamimi-detentions-extended-171225212559689.html
 

fly b (26)
Sunday December 31, 2017, 12:32 pm
Congresswoman tells Netanyahu to end abuse of Palestinian children.
15 February 2017

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

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

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

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

McCollum also took to Twitter to demand accountability from Netanyahu:

Breaking silence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday January 5, 2018, 6:13 pm
APARTHEID ISRAEL: What Happened When A Jewish Settler Slapped an Israeli Soldier.
January 4, 2018

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

Please find the text of the Haaretz article below.

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.832939
What happened when a Jewish settler slapped an Israeli soldier.

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

Noa Osterreicher Jan 04, 2018/Haaretz

This slap didn’t lead the nightly news. This slap, which landed on the cheek of a Nahal soldier in Hebron, did not lead to an indictment. The assailant, who slapped a soldier who was trying to stop her from throwing stones, was taken in for questioning but released on bail the same day and allowed to return home.

Prior to this incident, she had been convicted five times — for throwing rocks, for assaulting a police officer and for disorderly conduct, but was not jailed even once.

In one instance, she was sentenced to probation, and in the rest to a month of community service and practically a token fine, as compensation to the injured parties. The accused systematically failed to heed summonses for questioning or for legal proceedings, but soldiers did not come to drag her out of bed in the middle of the night, nor were any of her relatives arrested. Aside from a brief report by Chaim Levinson about the incident, on July 2, 2010, there were hardly any repercussions to the slap and scratches inflicted by Yifat Alkobi on the face of a soldier who caught her hurling rocks a Palestinians.

The Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Unit said at the time that the army “takes a grave view of any incidence of violence toward security forces,” and yet the assailant goes on living peacefully at home. The education minister didn’t demand that she sit in prison, social media have not exploded with calls for her to be raped or murdered, and columnist Ben Caspit didn’t recommend that she punished to the full extent of the law “in a dark place, without cameras.”

Like Ahed Tamimi, Alkobi has been known for years to the military and police forces that surround her place of residence, and both are considered a nuisance and even a danger. The main difference between them is that Tamimi assaulted a soldier who was sent by a hostile government that does not recognize her existence, steals her land and kills and wounds her relatives, while Alkobi, a serial criminal, assaulted a soldier from her own people and her religion, who was sent by her nation to protect her, a nation in which she is a citizen with special privileges.

Jewish violence against soldiers in the territories has been a matter of routine for years. But even when it seems like there’s no point asking that soldiers in the territories protect Palestinians from physical harassment and vandalism of their property by settlers, it’s hard to understand why the authorities continue to turn a blind eye, to cover up and close cases or not even open them, when the violators are Jews. There is plenty of evidence, some of it recorded on camera. And yet the offenders still sleep at home in their beds, emboldened by divine command and amply funded by organizations that receive state support.

In the winter it’s nice to get warm and cozy under these double standards, but there’s one question that every Israeli should be asking himself: Tamimi and Alkobi committed the same offense. The punishment (or lack thereof) should be the same. If the choice is between freeing Tamimi or jailing Alkobi, which would you choose?

Tamimi is to remain in custody for the duration of the proceedings — trial in a hostile military court — and is expected to receive a prison sentence. Alkobi, who was not prosecuted for this offense, and was tried in a civilian court for much more serious offenses, lived at home for the duration of the proceedings. She was represented by a lawyer who did not have to wait at a checkpoint in order to serve his client and her only punishment was community service.

The Likud and Habayit Hayehudi cabinet ministers have no reason to rush to pass a law that would apply Israeli law in the territories. Even without it, the only thing that matters is if you were born Jewish. Everything else is irrelevant.

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Sunday January 7, 2018, 10:40 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

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