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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. Israeli Justice = prime discrimination


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Evelyn B (63)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 4:01 am
Opinion 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 05.01.2018 07:07 Updated: 7:08 AM

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 Story Behind Ahed Tamimi's Slap: Her Cousin's Head Shattered by Israeli Soldier's Bullet

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.

Noa Osterreicher

Peggy B (43)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 7:35 am

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 9:04 am
Shared news article over social media to raise and spread awareness.

fly bird (26)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 10:22 am
Thanks for posting the text, Evelyn.

Clearly, there is a massive difference in how the Israeli government and it's occupation forces/police treat Israeli Jews and Palestinians, Israeli or not!! of course - occupation forces don't harass Israelis!!!

Absolute tyranny and racist apartheid regime, bigoted, apartheid practices and discriminatory.

Good for Noa Osterreicher for publishing this!!

Also see:

"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. "

"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."

Thank you for sharing Evelyn. *************

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 10:41 am
The only "democracy" in the Middle East ??? A "theocracy" where human rights are only for those of the "right ethno-religious ancestry" ...

This is rooted in a political movement; it does not represent any Judaic principles - rather, it betrays the essence of Judaism. And I do not believe that a majority of Israelis would endorse such discrimination - if they allowed themselves to look closely at what ARE the policies and strategies of their government towards those who are not Jewish.
Sadly - many don't want to know, don't want to think about it because they can't cope with the possibility that their sacred "homeland" perpetuates behaviour that their parents fled.

fly bird (26)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 10:56 am
Palestinian Human Rights Organizations condemn Israeli 'death penalty' bill.
4 January 2018

Ramallah 4/1/2018 – Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al Hurryyat Center, and the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainee Affairs condemn the ‘death penalty’ bill, which passed its first reading in the Knesset by a vote of 52 to 49.

Currently, the death penalty is legal under Israeli law but only as a response to crimes laid out in two laws. The first is a law regarding the treatment and detainment of Nazis and their associates (1950), and the second is for punishing and preventing the crime of genocide (1950).

In regards to the military law, capital punishment is currently allowed when an individual is convicted of killing an Israeli though this requires a unanimous ruling from a court with three judges. Additionally, it also requires that the military prosecutor requests the death penalty. As state policy, the death penalty has not been previously requested.

The bill itself will lower the threshold to a simple majority amongst the three judges, and will prohibit the commutation of a death sentence. It does not require the persecutor to seek the death penalty, but will result in an increase in cases where it is sought.

In addition, the bill will include an article that allows Israeli criminal courts to hand down death sentences.

This bill, if passed through its required readings in the Knesset, will represent contravention of Israel’s obligations under international law and will go against accepted international norms.

Under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 6, the death penalty cannot be handed down in instances where a fair trial has not been guaranteed. The military court system has been broadly demonstrated to not be meeting the international standards of a fair trial, and therefore cannot hand down the death sentence.

In addition, the United Nations General Assembly has passed multiple resolutions calling for the death penalty to be progressively restricted, while the European Court of Human Rights has moved to ban it all together.

This bill represents the continuation of a policy of systematic discrimination against the Palestinian people. In a situation where the occupying power has final say over their rights, the move towards mainstreaming the death penalty represents a grave infraction on the humanity of the Palestinian people.

We, as Palestinian civil society, condemn this bill in the strongest terms possible. We call on the international community to hold Israel accountable, and to assist us in securing our basic rights under international law.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 1:05 pm
Signed & Noted, Thank you

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 1:06 pm
Sorry .....Noted, Thank you

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 1:08 pm
Noted, Thank you

Roslyn M (30)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 1:49 pm

Beryl L (79)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 1:49 pm
Being unfair doesn't begin to describe this action.
thank you Evelyn

fahad A (140)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 1:58 pm
Zionist system allows the settlers to take power over the property of the Palestinian owners! He would not care if one of them hit a Zionist soldier !!

Glennis W (392)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 4:36 pm
Thank you for caring and sharing Evelyn

Freya H (345)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 4:45 pm
Israel can get away with crap like this because it is a sacred cow. However, that halo has been severely tarnished. Remember: Sacred cows make the tastiest beef stroganoff.

Also, remember that the real villains are not the citizens of Israel, many of whom oppose their country's brutal ethnic cleansing, but Nuttin-Yahoo and his goons.

Shirley S (187)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 4:54 pm
Noted T Y

Animae C (507)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 5:03 pm

TY Evelyn

Animae C (507)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 5:06 pm
Also thanx to Darren for forwarding.

Marg M (1)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 7:02 pm
Dear fellow Care 2 Members: Put pressure on your politicians and don't let up. If your country is supporting Israel's egregious violation of basic, fundamental human rights of the Palestinians or are abstaining (same thing essentially) contact them and demand they join the rest of the global community.

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday January 7, 2018, 4:08 am
Freya - LOL to the first part of your comment!! (Although having seen some "sacred" cows in Indian streets, I doubt the accuracy!!!)
And **************************************************************** for the second part.

Marg M - ********************************************************************* You're absolutely right!

And along the same lines - for US citizens who object to Nikki Haley announcing that the US position represents what YOU, as an American, want ... let your representatives know that it ISN'T what you want!!
(It certainly isn't even what all American Jews want - see
Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro Reacts to Jerusalem Being Declared the Capital of Israel

Sylvie A (190)
Sunday January 7, 2018, 4:38 am

fly bird (26)
Sunday January 7, 2018, 10:32 am
10 January, International Ahed Week of Action: Write your MPs and National Governments

We call for an International Week of Action for Ahed Tamimi and Palestinian political prisoners.
We call on you, citizens, activists, organizations and unions to make a huge statement to our governments around the globe that the tipping point has been reached: We, international civil society, demand action now against Israel’s institutional human rights abuses, especially against Palestinian children.

Let’s stand up for Ahed and all imprisoned Palestinians, by telling our national lawmakers and ministers to act, holding Israel responsible for its crimes. Let’s blow the whistle together from January 10 till 20: Free Ahed al-Tamimi | End Israeli military arrests and abuse of Palestinian Children | End Israeli apartheid and illegal occupation.

What can you do?
1.Send an email to your Members of Parliament and ministers of your government and ask them:
– to condemn Israels practice of child-detention, which is a violation of children’s rights, human rights and international law.
– to speak up for rights of Palestinian children to be guaranteed by the state of Israel and to be respected by it’s military system.
-to condemn Israel’s child abuse and to call the ambassador to account.
– to urge Israeli authorities to release immediately and unconditionally Ahed Tamimi and other political (child) prisoners.

(See a sample letter at the bottom)

Background – Israel’s occupation targets children:

Israel is the only country in the world that systematically detains and prosecutes children through military courts, lacking basic due process guarantees. According to Defense for Children International-Palestine, Israel prosecutes 500-700 Palestinian children in military courts annually. At this moment 450 Palestinian children are kept in military prisons by Israel, waiting extensive periods for trial, in lonely cells, ill-treated, intimidated, interrogated, often abused and harassed. We see how 16-year-old Ahed al-Tamimi, who is in jail since her abduction 19 december 2017, is brought to face military judges in shackles. According to Middleeasteye, Israel is implementing a deliberate policy to terrorise Palestinian children to dissuade them from engaging in Palestinian resistance as they grow into adulthood.

#FreeAhed #EndIsraeliOccupation

Sample Letter to your MP/Minister. Subject:
“The Arrest And Abuse Of Palestinian Children by Israel Has To Stop”

Dear MP / Minister
I am writing this letter to ask for your support in calling for an end to the detention of Palestinian children in Israeli jails, especially Ahed Tamimi who is being persecuted by the Israeli government.

On December 15th, Mohammed Tamimi, 15, has been shot in the head by Israeli Occupation Forces at close range with a rubber-coated metal bullet. Mohammed was in a critical condition and his cousin, Ahed Tamimi, 16, was visibly upset to hear of his injuries.

The same forces who shot Mohammed approached the family home of Ahed an hour later and she slapped the soldiers telling them to leave. This encounter was filmed by her mother and released on social media. The video showed the bravery of a young unarmed activist standing up to two heavily armed Israeli soldiers.

On December 19th, 2017, Ahed Tamimi was arrested by Israeli occupation forces and taken from her home and parents in the middle of the night. Ahed has appeared in military court and has been charged with 12 crimes which sees her facing a jail term of up to 12 years. Military courts are only used to try Palestinians and have a 99.74% conviction rate, so the future looks bleak without our intervention.

I am calling for you to urgently support the immediate release of Ahed Tamimi and for all charges against her to be dropped.

Unfortunately, Ahed’s case is not an isolated incident in Palestine. According to Defense of Children International – Palestine, Israel prosecutes between 500 and 700 children in military courts each year, some as young as 12, and holds on average more than 200 Palestinian children in detention at any given time.
Investigations by United Nations agencies (including UNICEF), Human Rights Watch, Bt’selem, Amnesty International and Defense for Children International – Palestine, have found evidence that:

– 3 out of 4 Palestinian children arrested experience physical violence during arrest or interrogation by Israeli soldiers
– Palestinian children are often arrested during night raids on their homes
– 85% of Palestinian children arrested were blindfolded and 95% were hand-tied, denied access to lawyers and their parents during interrogation and are coerced into signing confessions
– Palestinian children are often held in ‘administrative detention’ – children can be detained for many months without charge or trial
– Palestinian children are convicted in military courts and imprisoned in detention centres, often inside Israel outside of the occupied West Bank, making it difficult for their families to visit

Since 2016, Israeli authorities have increasingly used solitary confinement for interrogation purposes, a practice amounting to torture under international law.

In 2013, UNICEF released a report titled ‘Children in Israeli military detention: Observations and recommendations’. The report concluded that “ill-treatment of children who come into contact with the military detention system appears to be widespread, systemic and institutionalized throughout the process, from the moment of arrest until the child’s prosecution and eventual conviction and sentencing”.
Regardless of guilt or innocence, children in conflict with the law are entitled to special protections and all process rights under international human rights law and international humanitarian law. Israel agreed to and ratified the International Juvenile Justice Standards in 1991 and these demand that children should only be deprived of their liberty as a last resort, must not be unlawfully or arbitrarily detained, and must not be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

I am calling for you to urgently contact the Israeli Ambassador and hold Israel accountable for its practices of child detention which is a violation of children’s rights, human rights and international law.

Thank you for your attention to this letter and for representing my concerns with the action you will take on behalf of Ahed and all Palestinian child prisoners.

….(name, domicile)….

fly bird (26)
Sunday January 7, 2018, 10:34 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.

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:
5.Sign the petition. Over 150,000 people have already signed on to demand freedom for Ahed:
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

fly bird (26)
Sunday January 7, 2018, 1:56 pm
The Slap That Should Be “Heard Round the World”
January 1, 2018 by wallwritings

by James M. Wall

A slap is a physical act not meant to wound, maim nor kill. It is rather, an act born of frustration, of indignation and a stinging rebuke for unwanted action.

Ahed Tamimi is a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who lives in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh where villagers have resisted the Israeli occupation.

The Israeli occupying army functions as the military defenders of Jewish settlers in the nearby Jewish village of Halamish. This is a settler village whose residents steal the Nabi Saleh villagers’ water, and illegally confiscate their farm land to expand the settlement.

I was introduced to the area in 1977 when Palestinian leaders encouraged a group of foreign journalists with whom I was traveling, to visit an abandoned “Tegart Fort,” one of a series of military installations placed on strategic hills, first by the British during the Mandate period and later used as police outposts by Jordan.

The Tegart fort above the village of Nabi Saleh had been empty until Israeli Prime Minister Begin authorized six outposts of Gush Emunim Orthodox Jewish families to move into occupied Palestinian land.

Gush Emunim translates from Hebrew to English as “bloc of the faithful”.

The fort overlooking Nabi Saleh later became the Jewish Orthodox settlement of Halamish. It was the most recent of the six outposts authorized by Prime Minister Begin. So we decided to drive north to visit with the Gush Emunim Jewish settlers living comfortably and secure on a hill above the village of Nabi Saleh.

What we saw was that the IDF had established a tented military outpost within sight of the fort to “protect” the settlers. The obvious plan was for the families to be joined by other Jewish families in a future Jewish settlement (Halamish).

I discussed this 1977 visit to the future Halamish in a posting for Wall Writings on April 3, 2010, which I called “Nabi Saleh Has Endured Land Confiscation Since 1977″.

In one of the rooms I found an entire family recently arrived from Chicago. The mother had been born in Israel and then moved to Chicago. Now she was back, this time in the West Bank, land she believed was given by God to the Jewish people.

On that day in 1977 when we went to the Tegart Fort, we saw Jewish settlers occupying Palestine land by living in an abandoned Jordanian police post. We also saw the IDF standing guard.

It was on that day that we saw a carefully planned future for Israel’s invading settlers living under Israeli army protection. That isolated outpost appeared harmless enough to us in 1977.

Now, flash forward to this new year of 2018. The IDF continues with its “protection” of Jewish settlements which are anything but “harmless”. The settlements are an established movement through which Israel plans to totally control Palestine.

What a small group of foreign journalists failed to grasp in 1977, was a dark future which Palestinians suspected and feared.

Israel maintains tight control over the land that Orthodox Jewish mother told me was God’s gift to her family. When Palestinians resist using a religious document as a set of land deeds, they are targeted by the IDF.

Nabi Saleh is one of the IDF’s prime targets because its weekly protest marches attract unwanted foreign media and political attention to Israeli crimes against Palestinian citizens.

Nabi Saleh is a long-established Palestinian farming village in existence since before the Ottoman era. It is 20 kilometers northwest of Ramallah, the current national Palestinian capital.

Ahed Tamimi’s father, Bassem al-Tamimi, and her mother, Nariman Tamimi, are leaders in the Nabi Saleh weekly public acts of resistance. They are under constant surveillance and are frequently arrested.

In the youtube video below, filmed in 2015, their daughter Ahed, was 14 and already a fierce resister.

It is a short video. It should be viewed and studied as a testimony to the courage of a family refusing to yield to the crime of occupation and a teen-ager who wants to someday become a lawyer who can help her people. Click and view.


In the final week of 2017, two years after the release of this video, Ahed Tamimi has been arrested by the IDF in a standard Israeli procedure which demonstrates to those who will see and act, just how vicious the IDF can be.

Ahed’s West Bank home in Nabi Saleh was entered by a squad of IDF soldiers who broke into the house at four a.m. on Christmas morning. They took her out of her bed, handcuffed her, and pushed her into a waiting paddy wagon which took her away to an Israeli prison.

Her “crime”? Two days earlier, two soldiers entered her yard. She and another girl resisted their presence on her private property and pushed them out. In the encounter, Ahed Tamimi slapped one of the soldiers.

The soldiers were not aggressive, knowing they were being filmed by Palestinians. They knew they would be back under the cover of darkness to arrest a 16-year-old girl.

When U.S. Army General George Patton slapped a soldier lying in a hospital bed in the closing days of World War II, he was expressing disdain for what he saw as cowardice. . The army made him offer a public apology directly to the soldier.

Early Monday morning, December 25, Ahed Tamimi was arrested for her slap.

Richard Silverstein, the American Jewish Tikun Olam blogger based in Seattle, describes what followed the arrest:

The girl’s mother followed her to the police station to protect her daughter. Instead, she herself was arrested. That morning, the police dragged Ahed to court where they demanded the judge extend her imprisonment.

Two days later, an Israeli military court extended her incarceration. She is being held without charge, without a lawyer and forbidden contact with her parents.

Silverstein further reports,

Bassem al-Tamimi, Ahed’s father, came to court in order to support his daughter. He then was also arrested. This is the way a regime of bullies and Mafiosi rule. They brook no opposition. If you resist, you will be made an example of so that other Palestinians don’t get any “big ideas” into their heads to join the resistance.

As 2018 begins, Ahed remains in one of the three different jails in which she has been incarcerated.

Ahed’s slap should be “heard around the world”. It should be viewed as an act of resistance by a 16-year-old.

The world’s media, most especially the U.S. media, is so blind to any thing other than the Israeli narrative. that it refuses to see that Ahed’s slap evokes Ralph Waldo Emerson’s hymn Concord, which begins with words which celebrate an act of defiance by a shot against oppression.

In Ahed’s case, it is not a shot, but a slap. Concord begins:

“By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.”

Those words are inscribed at the base of The Minute Man statue by Daniel Chester French, which stands at the North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts. (see above).

The Minute Men of our American Revolution began a fight for freedom as a ragtag farmer’s army. Ahed Tamimi is fighting, in her own way, against the brutality and unjust oppressive Israel occupation.

An UPDATE from Palestine:

Samia Khoury sends a video link (below) of a song and film honoring Ahed Tamimi. A translation of the words into English may be accessed by scrolling down through the comments below:

Samia writes: “As a very sad year filled with a lot of suffering comes to an end, I
would like to wish you all a new year filled with hope and peace.
Here is a clip of a song in honor of Ahed Tamimi who needs all the
support as Israel is trying to use her as a lesson for all those who
dare challenge the occupation.” Samia

The 2015 video of a 14-year-old Ahed Tamimi, is from You Tube. The Minute Man stature is from Wikipedia. The video of the song honoring Ahed Tamimi at bottom is from You Tube. The translation of the original Arabic is provided in the comments below by Samia Khoury. and Cedar Duaybis.

Palestine. The 14-year-old Palestinian girl who confronted the Israeli Army. 3:55
Sep 18, 2015

Zain Jordan 2:35
Dec 29, 2017

Miss You All Dearly (67)
Monday January 8, 2018, 1:24 am
******************************************a galaxy to those that I sent....."The Slap" reminds me of this program:

Hope it is available to you all..........hugs

Evelyn B (63)
Monday January 8, 2018, 3:42 am
Doesn't seem to be, Ros!

fly bird (26)
Monday January 8, 2018, 5:24 am
Call To Action. Human Rights Defenders.

According to the United Nations, a Human rights defender is an individual, “who, individually or with others, act[s] to promote or protect human rights.” A Human Rights defender, according to the United Nations, is an individual who works in:

Address[ing] any human right (or rights) on behalf of individuals or groups. Human rights defenders seek the promotion and protection of civil and political rights as well as the promotion, protection and realization of economic, social and cultural rights.

Seek[ing] to promote and protect human rights in the context of a variety of challenges, including HIV/AIDS, development, migration, structural adjustment policies and political transition.

Working at the local or national level, supporting respect for human rights within their own communities and countries.

Act[ing] at the regional or international level. They may, for example, monitor a regional or worldwide human rights situation and submit information to regional or international human rights mechanisms, including the other special rapporteurs of the United Nations Human Rights Council and treaty bodies.

Collecting and disseminating information on violations

Investigat[ing], gather[ing] information regarding and report on human rights violations.

Supporting victims of human rights violations

Investigating and reporting on violations can help end ongoing violations, prevent their repetition and assist victims in taking their cases to courts.

Provid[ing] professional legal advice and represent victims in the judicial process. Others provide victims with counselling and rehabilitation support.

Action to secure accountability and to end impunity

Lobbying authorities and advocating greater efforts by the State to implement the international human rights obligations it has accepted by its ratification of international treaties.

Encouraging a Government as a whole to fulfill its human rights obligations, for example by publicizing information on the Government’s record of implementation of human rights standards and monitoring progress made.

The UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders defines human rights defenders as individuals who play an important role in furthering the cause of human rights through activities such as the documentation of violations, providing support and assistance to victims seeking remedies, combating cultures of impunity and mainstreaming human rights culture and information on an international and domestic level. Human Rights Defenders in the occupied Palestinian territory face various types of harassment and rights violations by the occupation forces, irrespective of the protection afforded to them in international conventions, and particularly the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. In 2014, the occupation forces intensified prosecution of human rights defenders in the occupied Palestinian territory, aiming to silence them and punish them for their role in exposing violations and crimes perpetrated against the Palestinian people.

The UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders defines human rights defenders as individuals who play an important role in furthering the cause of human rights through different activities. Palestinians who organize and participate in protests and demonstrations for example against the Separation Wall and settlements are widely recognized as human rights defenders, due to their efforts to engage civil society in peaceful methods of resistance aimed at ending Israel’s violations of human rights and international law and its practices of land confiscation, house demolitions and movement restrictions on the Palestinian population. Israel has adopted a policy of arrest, detention, intimidation, threats and, at times, collective punishment against communities who take part in weekly demonstrations and other non-violent actions against the occupation.

Palestinians who organize and participate in protests and demonstrations against the Separation Wall and settlements are widely recognized as human rights defenders, due to their efforts to engage civil society in peaceful methods of resistance aimed at ending Israel’s violations of human rights and international law and its practices of land confiscation, house demolitions and movement restrictions on the Palestinian population. Israel has adopted a policy of arrest, detention, intimidation, threats and, at times, collective punishment against communities who take part in weekly demonstrations and other non-violent actions against the Wall and settlements. Leading Palestinian human rights activists, prominent figures, such as mayors and teachers, and members of the Popular Committees, who are instrumental in coordinating weekly protests and advocacy efforts including legal cases, are often personally targeted and arrested in an attempt to sideline them from organizing the protests, or to discredit them and their efforts. Local cameramen and photographers, as well as members of the press, are also targeted. In 2011, there were at least 295 documented cases of arrest of human rights defenders, 58 of whom were under the age of 18.

Some of the protestors and human rights defenders are prosecuted in the Israeli Military Courts under Military order 101 which was issued by the Israeli military commander in August 1967 and is still in effect in the occupied West Bank despite the Oslo Agreement and the beginning of the Peace Process. Military order 101 criminalizes many civic activities including: organizing and participating in protests; taking part in assemblies or vigils; waving flags and other political symbols; printing and distributing of political material. In addition, the order deems any acts of influencing public opinion as prohibited “political incitement”. Under the heading “support to a hostile organization”, the order further prohibits any activity that demonstrates sympathy for an organization deemed illegal under military orders, be it chanting slogans, waving a flag or other political symbols.

Despite the lack of evidence or independent witnesses, and the vague or empty basis of the charges levied against human rights defenders, the vast majority of activists will be found guilty of committing a “security offense” and sentenced to a term of imprisonment. In the Israeli military courts, the accused’s inalienable right to due process is never upheld. Soldiers’ testimonies and, occasionally, photos of individuals at a demonstration, are very often sufficient for an individual to be found guilty of an offense under the military orders that govern the West Bank. Moreover, if the detainee has been coerced into signing a confession, they will invariably be sentenced and serve time in a military jail.

The Israeli occupation forces arrested 7 Palestinian journalists during 2015, bringing the number of journalists detained in Israeli jails to 18 journalists, six of whom were arrested during 2014. These arrests and prosecutions reached dozens of human rights activists, most of which were detained under administrative detention orders; this includes Addameer colleague Ayman Naser, the Coordinator of the Legal in Addameer. He was re-arrested under an administrative detention order on 18 September 2014. In addition, Mr. Osama Shaheen, Director of the Palestinian Prisoners Studies Center, was arrested in December 2014.

Human rights defenders who have been arrested and detained include Khalida Jarrar, a Palestinian Legislative Council Member, who was arrested on the 2nd of April 2015, hunger striking administrative detainee Mohammad Al-Qeiq, and Director of Bisan, Eteraf Rimawi. Human rights defenders face ongoing forms of indiscriminate and arbitrary punishment long after they have been released. Requests from them and their families for permits from the Israeli authorities are consistently denied, they face targeted persecution and intimidation, detention and questioning at checkpoints, defamation, and, in some cases, re-arrest.

Following is a table of the names of journalists arrested by the occupation forces from January 2014 until January 2016:

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association is also partnered with Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR) to provide practical and effective support for Palestinian human rights defenders in the occupied Palestinian territory that face the Israeli policy of arrest and intimidation. This is carried out by seeking the optimal implementation of the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders (EU Guidelines). The aim of this is to establish a centralized mechanism to comprehensively monitor and compile all cases that are bought to our attention through our network of Palestinian grassroots organizations and popular committees. We then lobby EU member state diplomatic missions on a regular basis to take required action under the EU Guidelines. The EU Guidelines provide guidance for countries of the European Union to carry out their obligations to promote and respect the rights of human rights defenders and to protect them from attacks from state and non-state actors. In addition, we aim to support Palestinian Human Right Defenders by submitting UN complaints regarding the detention and harassment of several Human Right Defenders.

fly bird (26)
Monday January 8, 2018, 5:30 am

July 2017

Approximately 700 Palestinian children under the age of 18 from the occupied West Bank are prosecuted every year through Israeli military courts after being arrested, interrogated and detained by the Israeli army. The most common charge levied against children is throwing stones, a crime that is punishable under military law by up to 20 years in prison. Since 2000, more than 12,000 Palestinian children have been detained.

In practice before the military court system, there are no special interrogation procedures for children detained by the Israeli military, nor are there provisions for an attorney or even a family member to be present when a child is questioned. The majority of children report being subjected to ill-treatment and having forced confessions extracted from them during interrogations. Forms of ill-treatment used by the Israeli soldiers during a child’s arrest and interrogation usually include slapping, beating, kicking and violent pushing. Palestinian children are also routinely verbally abused. Despite recommendations by the UN Committee against Torture in May 2009 that the interrogations should be video recorded, no provisions to this effect have yet been enacted.

Many Palestinian children even serve time in the same Israeli prisons and detention facilities as adults. Military Order 1644, issued on 29 July 2009, established a separate military court for Palestinian children and ended 42 years of trying children as young as 12 years of age in the same courts as adults. However, the order fails to correct many of the fair trial deficiencies in the military courts relating to children (including insufficient provisions regarding qualifications for the judges, no added protections during interrogations, and discretionary language granting the prosecutor broad authority to suspend protections for children), which indicate that Military Order 1644 will do little to improve the protection of Palestinian children before the Israeli military legal system.

While the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a “child” as “every human being below the age of eighteen years,” according to Israeli military order 132, Palestinian children age 16 and older were previously tried and sentenced by Israeli military courts as adults. By comparison, juvenile legislation defines Israeli children as age 18 or younger. What’s more, a Palestinian child’s sentence is decided on the basis of the child’s age at the time of sentencing, and not at the time when the alleged offense was committed. Thus, a child who is accused of committing an offense when he or she is 15 will, therefore, be punished as an adult if he or she has a birthday while awaiting sentencing.


Maria Papastamatiou (4)
Monday January 8, 2018, 11:25 am
Thanks for posting. Unfortunately justice is not simply blind, it has a tendency to close the eyes at will.

fly bird (26)
Monday January 8, 2018, 6:41 pm
Ahed Tamimi's Relative 1st Palestinian killed by Israel in 2018
4 January 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Janet B (0)
Monday January 8, 2018, 8:29 pm

Miss You All Dearly (67)
Monday January 8, 2018, 9:36 pm
It was a book and mini series (Australian) about a "Slap" and the witnesses to it had very different thoughts... when it came to arrest and trial ........very much like depends on who does the slapping and who gets slapped.......

Must correct this statement from the article: "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".

You are not born Jewish.....Judaism is a Religion......and you can convert to are NOT a "Citizen of Jewish" are a Citizen of Israel, can become a Dual Citizen of Israel if you practise Judaism even as a convert... why Government of other Countries allow these Dual Citizens is beyond me......but then again Israel is Israel

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday January 9, 2018, 12:16 am
Ros, you're right about Jewish - but the political "Jewish" that suits Zionism is a construct that suits Israeli political purposes. Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro's explanation covers this quite well!

Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro Reacts to Jerusalem Being Declared the Capital of Israel

But I understand that recent conversion doesn't work so well for getting Israeli citizenship - there has been some resistance to acceptance of Latin Americans "discovered to be of Jewish origin" who converted "back" to Judaism after being sought out by ... ? Zionist recruiters, is that the term?!! The first couple of groups doing 'aliyah' went through OK, then the third was subject to question ...

And I too have difficulty with the special dual citizenship accorded to Israelis. Not so much the dual citizenship as such, but the way that they are allowed to be "exceptions" to rules about dual nationality. E.g. At one stage, US citizens lost their US citizenship if they served in the forces of another country ... except if this was the Israeli forces. I don't know if others with dual nationality can now serve in the army of their second nationality & retain US citizenship ... I suspect not.

And of course, the blatant situation of holding high office in the US and having decision-making power concerning matters related to Israel. In any other circumstances, one would expect someone to recuse themselves in cases of potential conflict of interest (well, prior to the present POTUS' administration, anyway) - but this is never considered where Israel is concerned.

Miss You All Dearly (67)
Tuesday January 9, 2018, 2:13 am
LOL Evelyn...........I am actually a Dual Citizen myself......something I can not relinquish it seems.....I was born in Germany......not that I ever remember that Country (was under 3yo when my parents migrated) .......Australia is my home and that is my Citizen status I would like to think (not so it seems)...but I have no choice in that I said .....when you base citizenship on can pick and choose who is a "Citizen of Jewish".......must put in a call to the see what he classifies as a 'Citizen of Vatican City" Maybe another game of DOMINOS?????????????

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday January 9, 2018, 4:40 am
I just posted the story that Jess left on this thread. Perhaps if people would like to note it so someone might see it. Not many active members on C2 anymore beyond animals but I still post in hopes more will join perhaps in the future with the infusion of new money C2 was seeking out.


I don't expect my Nation to give two sh*ts, in particular who is in the White House, not that any past Presidents cared either, but this idiot only caused more issues by poking the wasp nest with a pole on the Jerusalem situation. If you can't do anything helpful then stay out of it, in fact, I'm disgusted that our money goes to Israel to support actions like this. But then my Country doesn't give a crap about even it's own who sleep at night on sidewalks while children and our Elders go hungry and the meager food help our Elders were given has now been stopped by the Federal Govt. in Meals on Wheels.

Different standards in this case between the two girls - both human beings however the humanity is one of them is not recognized.

fly bird (26)
Tuesday January 9, 2018, 1:23 pm
U.S. media I not covering this.
I have only heard of one report, CNN.
It has left out many important facts and is, therefore, misrepresentative.

Take action. Call on CNN to present the whole story behind Ahed Tamimi’s Slap !!

Americans and the world need to know.

fly bird (26)
Tuesday January 9, 2018, 1:49 pm
The Story Behind Ahed Tamimi’s Slap: Her Cousin’s Head Shattered by Israeli Soldier’s Bullet.

Gideon Levy and Alex Levac 
Jan 05, 2018

Just before Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi slapped one of the soldiers who'd invaded her yard, she learned that her 15-year-old cousin Mohammed had been shot in the head at close range.

Half a head.

(Some other interesting articles..)

Winn Adams (179)
Tuesday January 9, 2018, 4:42 pm
Thank you Evelyn

fly bird (26)
Tuesday January 9, 2018, 7:42 pm
Ahed Tamimi's indictment paints a clear picture of apartheid Israel.

VIDEO Jeremy Corbyn on Ahed Tamimi

The treatment of Ahed Tamimi is not uncommon for the children of Palestine and shows Israel's systemic oppression of Palestinians clearly argues Shabbir Lakha

Yesterday, an Israeli military court issued twelve charges against Ahed Tamimi, a 16 year old Palestinian girl, including throwing stones which can carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Her detention has been extended and the expectation is that she will face a lengthy prison sentence. Her father, Bassem Tamimi, said the charges that have been brought are clearly planned to guarantee significant prison time.

There are several aspects of Ahed’s plight that highlight Israel’s brutality against Palestinians, its system of apartheid and its disregard for international law. The first is the circumstances of her arrest. It is widely reported that she slapped and punched Israeli soldiers outside her home in Nabi Saleh in the Occupied West Bank. The soldiers did not retaliate, and Ahed was later arrested.

What’s missing from these reports is that the soldiers had entered and fired tear gas into the Tamimi family’s property and had earlier shot Ahed’s 14 year old cousin Mohammed with a rubber bullet. In his face. At point blank range. The rubber bullet – which is an ordinary bullet coated in rubber and not as harmless as the name might suggest – caused internal bleeding and Mohammed has had to be placed in a medically induced coma.

Similarly, reports mention the protests that Ahed and her cousin were at, but fail to explain what it is they are protesting about. The fact that there is an Israeli settlement built on the confiscated land of their village, that Israeli forces control their water supply and direct unlimited water to the settlement while restricting water to the Palestinians, that their homes are regularly sprayed with sewage and their olive trees are set on fire by the settlers, that the demolition order issued for Ahed’s family’s home can be executed at any time, that her parents have been arrested numerous times and her brother is currently in prison, that their home has been raided over 150 times, and the list goes on.

Then there is her arrest. As is usual practice when it comes to Palestinians, and children in particular, Israeli soldiers raided Ahed’s home in the middle of the night, shackled her and dragged her out. Midnight raids, without warrants or evidence of any kind, are a common occurrence in the occupied West Bank. Children are routinely dragged out and taken to detention centres during these raids, but often the raids are nothing more than a show of force, a tool of psychological oppression and a means of collective punishment.

Ahed was then transported to Ofer Prison in the West Bank to be detained. Often Palestinians are taken to detention centres in Israeli territory which means their families (and sometimes even their lawyers) are unable to secure permits to visit them. The transfer of Palestinians into Israeli territory to be detained, interrogated and tried is also a clear violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

But international law is clearly not an issue Israel particularly cares about when you think about the land they have occupied and annexed, the siege on Gaza and brutal offensives carried out there, illegal settlements etc. But this is also clear when you consider the very widespread use of torture against detained Palestinians, especially children. Between arrest, charge and trial, Palestinians are routinely beaten, electrocuted, sexually abused and worse. There is abundant evidence of Palestinians being tortured into signing confessions for crimes they don’t even know they’ve confessed to.

Unlike Israelis (including those living in settlements inside Palestinian territories), Palestinians are tried in military courts and not under civil law. This means that they can be held in detention for 90 days without charge (and this detention can be extended indefinitely anyway based on security recommendations); 16 year old children are tried as adults; the standard of evidence is the bare minimum and more often than not witnesses are not required; and importantly, being a military court, Palestinians who are charged with anything from standing peacefully at a protest to throwing a stone to something far more serious are all tried as threats to the security of the State of Israel.

Ahed Tamimi has become a symbol of resistance against Israeli occupation and aggression. Her arrest has sparked outrage and calls for her freedom from people all over the world. Except in the mainstream. The outpouring of support for Ahed on social media has meant the media have to report the developments of her case – but with little sympathy, and there has been radio silence from political leaders – apart from Jeremy Corbyn):


There’s an important point to take from this silence in the wake of Trump’s Jerusalem announcement a little while back. There was global disagreement with Trump’s decision, including from Theresa May (albeit meekly), the UN Security Council and General Assembly and swathes of politicians who called the Jerusalem move reckless and dangerous and what have you.

Why was recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel so bad if the actual oppression of Palestinians like Ahed is not worthy of comment or condemnation? The only explanation is that the real outrage was that Trump’s move endangered the status quo, and when it comes to Ahed, her treatment at the hands of the Israeli military is the status quo. Many commentators said that Trump’s move effectively marked the end of the peace process. The same peace process that has been going on for decades alongside Palestinians, much like Ahed and her family, having their basic human rights violated. In the words of Ahed’s father: “In Palestine, the peace process has become the means to dispossess people.”

It was great to see global solidarity with Palestine and people across the world standing up to say “Hands off Jerusalem”. But if we are serious about fighting for justice and peace, we need to be clear about what the liberal commentariat and the political class stand for and what we stand for. And the case of Ahed Tamimi makes this issue as black and white as it can possibly be.

Free Ahed Tamimi. Free Palestine.

Miss You All Dearly (67)
Wednesday January 10, 2018, 12:26 am
Just a small window to respond.......again......hopefully Care2 will become the Powerhouse it use to be
Dear Dandelion.......Trump is Trump......he admitted that he handed back control to the Pentagon on on Foreign Policy matters.. and now he has handed back control of the Middle East to the least it is all in the open as to "who is screwing....who" and good on him for that......let them deal with the outfall....the Generals and the the end of the day.....he will say "I told you so" when all goes wrong.......unfortunately the USofA still thinks the "old ways" work and they won't get found out........ there is more open opposition to Isreal now than there has ever been.....other Countries are speaking out against Israel and the role the US plays......this teenager is more of a symbol of Palestine than Abbass who just looks like a puppet in comparison........I remember another young woman that spoke for the Palestinian peoples back in the '70's and she was mostly muzzled

Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday January 10, 2018, 5:33 am
I fear for Ahed - that she might be put through the treatment suffered by Rasmeah Odeh, raped in prison as part of the strategy to break her. Terrible for a woman, even worse for an adolescent. And unfortunately, reports from ex-prisoners of sexual harassment & abuse are not rare.

Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday January 10, 2018, 5:34 am
Ahed Tamimi Offers Israelis A Lesson Worthy Of Gandhi
by Jonathan Cook — January 9, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But few Israelis are so enamoured.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A version of this article first appeared in the National, Abu Dhabi.

Jonathan Cook won the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His books include “Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East” (Pluto Press) and “Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair” (Zed Books). His website is

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 10, 2018, 6:30 am
Evelyn, I am very concerned, like you, and so many others.
(Your comment Jan 10 5:33)

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 10, 2018, 6:46 am
First-ever Bill on Palestinian Human Rights Introduced in Congress.
14 November 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

( Hyperlinks woild be appreciated, if able. Thank you)

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 10, 2018, 7:47 am
Take action on 10 January: Day of Action for Palestinian Child Prisoners

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

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

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


It’s simple.

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

Marija M (25)
Wednesday January 10, 2018, 9:40 am
Martin L. King was right...

Miss You All Dearly (67)
Wednesday January 10, 2018, 4:12 pm
You are right Dearest Evelyn........only non-humans resort to rape in order to "break" another human....I fear for her too....

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 10, 2018, 5:12 pm
Israel/OPT: Military must end excessive force to avoid further bloodshed and deaths
21 December 2017
Ahead of planned protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territories tomorrow, and in the wake of the deaths of four Palestinian protesters and the injuring of hundreds of others in the last two weeks, Amnesty International is calling on the Israeli authorities to put an end to the excessive force that has been part of its response to demonstrations and clashes resulting from the decision by the US administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 10, 2018, 5:37 pm
Witness Report, Video: Israeli War Crimes Against Palestinian Youth in Hebron.

December 8 2017, How the Israeli army treats arrested minors in Hebron.

Friday, December 8, 2017 in occupied Palestine, a day of non-violent protests worldwide against the USA-Israel Jerusalem agreement.

The Israeli army in Hebron illegally invaded the Palestinian area H1 and brutally intervened with the demonstration.
Many young boys were randomly arrested and treated inhumanely on their way to the Israeli police station.

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

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

Hebron-H1 – Checkpoint 56 – Hebron-H2

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

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

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

December 8 2017, How the Israeli army treats arrested minors in Hebron.

The almost-raw video footage of all three cameras is included and viewable with the following hyper-links:

Camera 1: from 4:23:10 PM

Camera 2: from 4:23:30 PM

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

War Crimes

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

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

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

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

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

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 10, 2018, 5:38 pm

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 10, 2018, 5:45 pm
also - if you look, carefully, at the video of the soldiers/'police' harassing the Tamimi family, one can see one of the occupation police/soldiers, striking Ahed in the face/head.

It was after this, not immediately, but very soon after, that Ahed slapped the same soldier. The soldier's movement is very fast, soon after the beginning of the video.
Before this, apparently, Ahed was pushing, the two soldiers, telling them to get off the property; later, it escalated.

(I believe, I read about this, first, in a mondoweiss post)
This was pointed out in a few articles, I read.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 10, 2018, 10:51 pm
Free Ahed Tamimi
December 18, 2017
Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:
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.

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday January 11, 2018, 3:21 am
Jess you refer to videos without identifying which - where one can see them - e.g. on harassing the Tamimis (Wednesday January 10, 2018, 5:45 pm)

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 11, 2018, 12:36 pm
How Ahed Tamimi was slapped first, and why no one is talking about it.
Jonathan Ofir on December 28, 2017

In this screen shot of Shehab news agency video, Israeli soldier is seen slapping away Ahed Tamimi with his left arm.

The video of Ahed Tamimi slapping Israeli soldiers, which last week caused heated debate in Israeli society concerning the soldiers supposed lack of response, or ‘restraint’ as it were, needs no lengthy introduction these days. The discussion was rather exclusively about the slap, and the humiliation – of the Israeli soldiers, that is. Should they have reacted violently? Was their supposed ‘restraint’, ‘good for the Jews or bad for the Jews’? Was it good to be such a ‘most moral army’ or was it counterproductive to Israel’s image and deterrence?

In this writing, I am going to talk about another slap that has hardly featured in any coverage of this case – a hard slap that was given to Ahed Tamimi by the ‘restrained’ soldier, just 5 seconds before her now-famous slap back to the soldier from Ahed. In a 3-minute video posted on Shehab Agency Facebook page, one can witness this slap from the soldier at 0:59. It comes after some rather relatively gentle pushing and demands from Ahed for the soldiers to go away – the soldiers who are occupying her family lawn, that is, the force which had just shot her cousin Mohammed in the face and put him in coma. There is even another slap at Ahed from the soldier at 0:23, a quicker and less forceful one, which Ahed hardly reacts to at the point. But it is the forceful slap in 0:59 that causes Ahed to go livid, where she manages to slap the the soldier 5 seconds later.

That moment, at 1:04 of the video, has become the ‘famous’ slap by Ahed to the soldier. Now, many might be wondering, why hasn’t this slap, by the soldier to Ahed, featured more prominently? Why have we hardly noticed it? Why, and how, has it drowned in the mainstream narrative of the supposedly ‘restrained’ soldiers?

The answer lies probably and mostly in Israeli propaganda, known as Hasbara, and in the way in which Israeli media has willingly picked up the story – which was subsequently taken up with limited critical examination by international media. The new framing of the story had to focus exclusively upon Ahed’s response, and that response was to be stripped of all causes – in order to be framed as a provocation which was solely construed in order to create bad PR for Israel.

I thus wish to provide an analytical background for how this omission has occurred, why it has occurred, as well as explain why the soldier’s slap and its general omission from discussion, are about a grand societal pathology of denial. Let it be added, that Ahed was not just standing there when she was hit. She was attempting to get the soldiers to leave, she was being physical with them in putting her hands on them occasionally, pushing them lightly, slapping their arms – all that happens – but it doesn’t get very aggressive until when she is slapped at 0:59. It is then that Ahed first kicks the legs of the soldier and then slaps him. It is possible to suggest, from the angle of filming, that the soldier is possibly responding to Ahed’s putting of aher hand on his shoulder, and that he attempts to remove her arm – but his action is so forceful, that it cannot be called a mere ‘removing’ of her arm. It is a forceful lashing from the soldier.

Anyhow, I am not here to forensically evaluate where the soldier exactly hit Ahed when he did. I am here to question why that hit was so widely omitted from the story.

We can begin to see the pathology in the video tailoring of pro-Israeli sites. Now, if you search for “Ahed Tamimi video” on Google for example, the first hits of an actual video will be tailored ones, by pro-Israel organisations. At the top I get a “Legal Insurrection” video of 1:12 minutes. It is conditioned by text saying that “the Tamimi clan is notorious for sending their children to confront Israeli police and soldiers for the cameras, hoping for a reaction that will create a viral video”, that “in this video from 2017, Ahed Tamimi, who has been exploited for videos since early childhood, hits and kicks Israeli soldiers, who do not react”. The video edits the mentioned slapping of Ahed out.

Next actual video search hit: A Stand With Us video. Here they elevate the level of mockery. It starts with the title “BDS fake films presents”…”She waits for the camera to record”…”and starts a fake fight” etc. – “starring Ahed Tamimi AKA Shirley Temper”. Then comes the short ‘slap’ clip, where the first slapping by the soldier is edited out. It ends with further mockery: “Available in your inciting social media”, with small print, including “as soon as the camera turn on [sic], she provokes IDF soldiers, hoping they would lose their temper”.

It is not particularly surprising that such Israel-apologia organizations dominate the social media like this. As the Israeli Seventh Eye has been uncovering recently, the Israeli Ministry of Strategic affairs under Gilad Erdan is also a ministry of Hasbara, which has been infusing millions of shekels into various organizations worldwide in an attempt to bolster Israel’s image through supposedly independent organizations. This also includes Israeli media such as Yediot Aharonot – the same media which hosted an anti-BDS conference last year, the same media which was ready and rolling yesterday, when Israeli lawmaker Oren Hazan (Likud) got on an ICRC bus of Gazan Palestinian families visiting relatives in Israeli prison, calling them “dogs”, “human scum” and “beasts”. As the Seventh Eye’s Itamar Benzaquen notes, “the relationship between the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Yedioth Ahronoth is only part of a much broader, well-funded campaign: in June and July of 2017 the ministry spent nearly NIS 7 million ($2 million) on spreading its messaging to the public in Israel and abroad. That is larger than any of the other campaigns that have been exposed by The Seventh Eye in recent years.”

But isn’t Israeli mainstream media more critical than that, you may ask?

Three days ago +972 Magazine published an exquisite article by Lisa Goldman titled “Nabi Saleh is where I lost my Zionism”. Goldman had been reporting on site from the West Bank for four years before she came to Nabi Saleh, and then she spent several months there covering the weekly Friday protests. Referring to the recent Ahed Tamimi case, Goldman writes:

“The Israeli media has, for the most part, promoted the army’s narrative about the incident — of a restrained and mature soldier who dealt admirably with a difficult and stressful situation involving enemy actors.”

Her article features a segment from Yaron London’s primetime magazine program on channel 10 (the 9-minute segment can be viewed in article). It features Or Heller, the station’s military affairs correspondent, and Jonathan (Yonatan) Pollak, a veteran anti-occupation activist. Whilst rewarding London with the description of “an intelligent and educated man who does, I am sure, identify as a liberal”, Goldman nonetheless notes that he “mirrors the perspective of the army”:

The conversation between the three men is salutary because it provides real insight into the mentality of mainstream Israeli society. First we hear Or Heller, an experienced military affairs correspondent, repeating the army’s narrative. He expresses pride in the soldiers, makes the claim that the Tamimi family provoked the confrontation as a means of creating an anti-Israeli propaganda video, and asserts that the soldiers were only in the vicinity to prevent Palestinian residents from throwing rocks.

Yaron London, an intelligent and educated man who does, I am sure, identify as a liberal, fails to question Heller’s narrative. Both men are completely focused on the challenge those unarmed adolescent girls supposedly present to “their” soldiers, rather than on the actual violence that those soldiers visit upon the village week after week.

Jonathan Pollak was in Nabi Saleh when the incident occurred. Watch as he calmly provides the context, and note how shocked Heller and London are when Pollak refers to “your” army — rather than “our” army. (Pollak refused to serve, which is a radical act in Israel).

It is further worth noting, that the military affairs correspondent Heller, expressed “enormous pride” at the soldiers’ ‘restraint’, saying that they acted “intelligently and correctly”:

“Intelligently”, because “to smack the butt of a rifle in a 15-year old girl’s head is not very smart” (actually the English translation there omits the “butt of the rifle” and just says “smack”, and “not very smart” is translated to “pathetic”); and “intelligent”, because the soldiers understood that “this whole event was not a military event, but rather a media event”.

So Heller is actually suggesting that a “normal” response (albeit not the “very smart” one) would, or could easily be, hitting Ahed with the butt of a rifle – which could actually smash her skull. This is mistranslated, so it looks a bit more benign for the Goyim. A smack – well that could just be a little slap, right? And that’s what already happened anyway. The “intelligent” part is, it would seem, avoiding doing such things when being filmed. Like Ben Caspit really, who wrote that “to keep one’s restraint in this impossible situation is far more difficult than applying force, especially when the bitter enemy in front of you is three girls who do everything to get beaten up, knowing fully well that any laying of a hand by armed combatants upon supposedly innocent girls will serve as a deadly propaganda weapon in the endless war fought for hearts on social media.” It’s all about doing it in the dark and when there are no cameras – that’s the “intelligent” part…

London, with his liberal-Zionist schmaltz, notes that he has a grandson serving there, and asks himself, “I thought to myself what I would do if I were there – and I’m not sure”. Heller asks London: “What would you do, Yaron?”. London says first that he doesn’t know. Heller literally asks London “would you shove the butt of a rifle into a girl of 15?” (this is then egregiously mistranslated to “if you got punched in the face by a 15-year old girl”) to which London finally answers: “I don’t know whether my nervous system would have handled it” (this is mistranslated to “I don’t know if I could have handled it”).

This expression is Israeli jargon for going amok. It’s a bit like what ‘leftist’ journalist Ben Caspit wrote, that “I, for example, if I were to encounter that situation, I would have long ago been in detention until end of procedures”. In other words, Caspit was saying he would run amok on the girls to a degree that would get him arrested. That’s what he’s indirectly suggesting would be ‘normal’, because he would do it…

Now, during this magazine program, the video clip of Ahed Tamimi slapping the soldier runs in the background. It appears in loop three times throughout the debate. All three times, the slap of the soldier is edited out. The sequence begins precisely 1 second later, just after Ahed was slapped. This becomes a background semi-conscious conditioning for the Israeli audience.

But why is this omitted slap important? First of all, we can see how Ahed’s slap to the soldier was important, critically important, for the Israeli public. It represents a defiance that ‘boils the blood’ and ‘turns the stomach’ of so many – even, according to the ‘leftist’ Ben Caspit, it did that to all Israelis. So why is the slap from the soldier not important? Because it confuses the ‘restraint’ narrative. Even if it were shown, it would be reducing the soldier’s act (slapping Ahed) to the level of a petty fight with a 16-year old girl, and that would perhaps be further humiliating for the Israeli public. It was better to run with Ahed’s slap to the soldier, so that this could manufacture consent for the ‘price’ Ahed would later pay. If the soldiers are portrayed as ‘moral’ and full of ‘restraint’, then Ahed’s image as a ‘provocateur’ is strengthened. But this is more than just about a slap here and a slap there. This is about denial on a grand scale. The whole violence of the occupation needs to be denied, for Israelis to feel good about themselves and their liberal, nearly “superhuman restraint” as Caspit would phrase it. If there is no background – no occupation, no violent crackdown on demonstrations, no shooting of a boy in the head, no jumping of the fence and no occupation of the family lawn, and finally no slap from a soldier – then Ahed Tamimi’s response is just a ‘provocation’.

As Orly Noy wrote in +972 Magazine, “The two soldiers may have acted according to their consciences in refusing to beat Ahed Tamimi, but the army in which they serve later broke into the Tamimi home in the middle of the night to arrest Ahed, and then arrested her mother when she accompanied her daughter to the police station. In other words, regardless of their best intentions, their encounter with the Tamimis began with violence and ended with violence. From the moment they put on their uniform, their ethical sensibilities ceased to be a factor.”

That slap from the soldier is, in itself, a small thing in relation to the grand, systemic violence enacted upon the Tamimis, Nabi Saleh and Palestinians in general. So the slap from a soldier on top of that, is adding insult to injury. One could argue that it’s not the issue in itself. But if Ahed Tamimi’s slap which she delivers to the soldier in direct response is so important, then why is the soldier’s slap so unimportant?

The soldier’s slapping of Ahed is arguably just as important as Ahed’s slapping of him. But Israelis don’t want to know about it, or think about it too much. Because such a slapping of a Palestinian is so insignificant for them. After all, it would have been pretty normal to smack a rifle butt to her head, why the big fuss? But Ahed’s slap to a soldier, that we cannot forget. For that she will pay forever.


PS In response to my 2nd article on Caspit and his backpedaling, Annie Robbins commented:

“[I]t is as if they think palestinians have no normal emotions. can you imagine if a palestinian entered a settlement after shooting an israeli child, or a settler child, in the head? the people showing restraint here, are without a doubt the tamimi’s. because under similar circumstances, with the perps reversed, a settler family would have greeted the palestinians not by slapping them, but by killing them.”

Indeed, a few months ago, in response to a murder of three settlers in Halamish by a Palestinian, lawmaker Oren Hazan said on video that if it was up to him, he would “enter the terrorist’s home last night, take him and his family with him and execute them all.”

But Hazan’s genocidal incitement has largely been forgotten and forgiven, like Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked’s genocidal advocacy to kill “little snakes” (Gazan children) or medic/killer Elor Azarya’s support for genocide (and his parents’ support too). Those are just details, let’s move on – Hazan is just a loudmouth, the court already called Azarya a “positive personality” and a “normative person until his current complication”, Shaked is already Justice Minister, no less… but never forget Ahed’s slap. The price for that one is endless.

Shehab News Agency
December 18, 2017 at 10:40pm

(See interesting comments below article, second and third.)

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 11, 2018, 6:58 pm
VIDEO: Jonathan Pollak on London & Kirschenbaum. 9:00
Activist Jonathan Pollak is interviewed about the arrest of Ahed Tamimi in Nabi Saleh.

December 24, 2017
Nabi Saleh is where I lost my Zionism.

By the time I began going to Nabi Saleh, I had spent about four years reporting on what I saw in the West Bank and Gaza, watching detachedly as my politics moved ever leftward. What I witnessed in that small West Bank village was the last straw.

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli troops during a protest to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 21, 2017. (Flash90)

A short video of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi slapping an Israeli soldier has dominated the Israeli media for the past week, and received prominent coverage internationally as well. Ahed, a Palestinian girl from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, makes a big impression with her eye-catching mane of blonde hair, the fierce, intelligent expression in her blue eyes — and her fearlessness.

One of the most striking aspects of the immense discussion generated by the video is the near-binary contrast between what Israelis and their advocates see, and what everyone else sees.

For Israelis, one of their soldiers was provoked, almost unbearably, but still managed to rise above the situation. For almost everyone else, the video shows an unarmed adolescent — who could easily, based on her appearance, be an Israeli teenager shopping at the mall — bravely confronting an armed soldier in her own village. Even without knowing the circumstances, a fully-grown man in combat gear and carrying a powerful weapon refraining from hitting a much smaller, unarmed adolescent girl, seems not remarkably praiseworthy but rather a response predicated on basic humanity and ethics.

The Israeli media has, for the most part, promoted the army’s narrative about the incident — of a restrained and mature soldier who dealt admirably with a difficult and stressful situation involving enemy actors.

In the segment below, Yaron London, the host of an eponymously named primetime news magazine program on Channel 10, mirrors the perspective of the army. London’s guests are Or Heller, the station’s military affairs correspondent, and Jonathan (Yonatan) Pollak, a veteran anti-occupation activist:

Video -- Jonathan Pollak on London & Kirschenbaum. 9:00

The conversation between the three men is salutary because it provides real insight into the mentality of mainstream Israeli society. First we hear Or Heller, an experienced military affairs correspondent, repeating the army’s narrative. He expresses pride in the soldiers, makes the claim that the Tamimi family provoked the confrontation as a means of creating an anti-Israeli propaganda video, and asserts that the soldiers were only in the vicinity to prevent Palestinian residents from throwing rocks.

Yaron London, an intelligent and educated man who does, I am sure, identify as a liberal, fails to question Heller’s narrative. Both men are completely focused on the challenge those unarmed adolescent girls supposedly present to “their” soldiers, rather than on the actual violence that those soldiers visit upon the village week after week.

Jonathan Pollak was in Nabi Saleh when the incident occurred. Watch as he calmly provides the context, and note how shocked Heller and London are when Pollak refers to “your” army — rather than “our” army. (Pollak refused to serve, which is a radical act in Israel.)

An Israeli soldier warns photographers during clashes following the funeral of Mustafa Tamimi in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, December 11, 2011. (photo: Oren Ziv/

This segment encapsulates the Achilles heel of the Israeli media — i.e., its willingness to report communiqués issued by the army as straight news, without any fact checking. Even though the Israeli security establishment has been caught lying on countless occasions, journalists who report for mainstream media outlets continue to accept without question the information they are given about events they neither witnessed nor verified independently.

Throughout the many months I attended Friday demonstrations in Nabi Saleh, I never saw a single reporter from an Israeli media outlet. And yet, during the drive home after those long and distressing days, the news presenter on Israel Radio would report that there had been “riots” in a West Bank village and that “our forces” responded with crowd control measures.

The Tamimi family has been demonstrating every Friday for about a decade, protesting the takeover of Nabi Saleh’s natural water spring by nearby settlers. As Bassem Tamimi once explained to me, in quite fluent Hebrew, the villagers said nothing when the army built the settlement of Halamish (originally Neve Tzuf) on their land. But when the settlers confiscated their spring, and the army then prevented the Tamimis from accessing it, Bassem and his extended family decided to draw a red line.

Palestinian protesters sit in front of Israeli soldiers during a protest against the occupation and in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners hunger strike, in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, May 12, 2017. (Haidi Motola/

Every week they gather at the top of the hill inside their village, carrying flags and banners, and walk toward the road that separates them from the spring. The goal is simply to cross the road and walk to the spring. And every week, the army deploys security forces inside and around the village to stop the protesters from reaching their destination.

The way it works is this: at around noon, military vehicles enter the village and park at the bottom of its bisecting road. Security forces, heavily armed and wearing combat gear, descend from the vehicles, load their weapons, and wait. Sometimes they start shooting as soon as the demonstration begins, and sometimes they wait for a teenager to throw a stone in their direction before opening fire.

As Ben Ehrenreich notes in his New York Times Magazine article about Nabi Saleh, the army spokesperson told him there has never been a single case of a soldier being injured by a stone at those demonstrations. But over the past few years, soldiers have injured and killed several demonstrators.

Palestinian, Israeli and international women enjoy a picnic near a water spring in Nabi Saleh, April 22, 2012. (Oren Ziv/

In one now notorious incident, a soldier cracked open the rear door of his armored jeep as it was on its way out of the village, and shot a tear gas canister directly into the face of Ahed’s 21-year-old cousin Mustafa, killing him. No-one was ever censured or prosecuted for that act of murder.

These are just a few of the things I saw in Nabi Saleh.

Once, I was standing on the roof of a home with three teenage girls who lived there. We were watching the demonstration from a bit of a distance — maybe 150 meters. Suddenly one of the soldiers standing down the road pivoted in our direction, raised his weapon, aimed, and shot tear gas canisters directly at us. He shot another couple of canisters at the house, shattering the living room window. The older girl told me that her family had stopped replacing it every time the soldiers broke it; the glass had become too expensive.

I also witnessed soldiers deliberately blanketing a small house in tear gas until its occupants, coughing and retching long streams of mucus, were forced to emerge. They were two elderly women, wrinkled and bent over, and a young woman in her twenties.

Mustafa Tamimi, a 28 year-old Palestinian from Nabi Saleh, is seen seconds before he gets hit with a tear gas canister shot by an Israeli soldier from a short distance during the weekly demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, December 9, 2011. (Haim Scwarczenberg/Activestills guest photographer)

I’ve seen soldiers grab crying children and shove them into military vehicles, pushing aside their screaming mothers.

I’ve seen soldiers grab a young woman by her arms and drag her like a sack of potatoes for several meters along an asphalt road so hot that it melted the rubber soles of my running shoes, before tossing her into a military vehicle and driving away.

I’ve had my ankles singed black when a security officer looked me straight in the eyes and threw a stun grenade at my legs.

Israeli army sharp-shooters regularly shoot unarmed demonstrators in Nabi Saleh with both rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition. They break into houses and drag people out, arresting them on the claim that they allowed demonstrators to hide in their garden.

And then I would go back to Tel Aviv and be told by my friends that I could not have seen what I saw, because “our soldiers” do not behave that way. Soon, I had to distance myself from those friends in order to keep my own emotions in check.

An Israeli Border Police officer beats a Palestinian protester with a club during a demonstration in Nabi Saleh, January 15, 2010. (Yotam Ronen/

I write these sordid descriptions of what I saw at the demonstrations as a means of explaining how and why that place radicalized me. After Nabi Saleh I was, in a way, broken. The impact of the violence on my psyche was exhausting and traumatic, with long-lasting effects that I still experience today.

By the time I began going to Nabi Saleh, I had spent about four years reporting on what I saw in Gaza and the West Bank, and watching detachedly as my politics moved ever leftward from the liberal place at which they started, as a consequence of what I saw on the ground. But it was in Nabi Saleh that I lost the last remnants of what I would call — for lack of a word to describe my nostalgia for the idea of a state for the Jews — my Zionism.

My radicalization was not only a consequence of witnessing brutal violence perpetrated right in front of my eyes, by soldiers of the army that was supposed to protect me. It was also a result of my seeing the Tamimi family endure that violence week after week, seeing their relatives injured, arrested and killed, and still not coming to the conclusion that the price of resistance was too high. They simply refuse to submit.

Nariman Tamimi (left), Bassem Tamimi (center), and Ahed Tamimi seen in their home in Nabi Saleh, February 2017. (Oren Ziv/

Week after week, they welcome strangers into their home with kindness and hospitality. No one in Nabi Saleh ever expressed an ideological political opinion to me. They didn’t have to. The situation is clear; the actions of the Israeli government and security forces there are impossible to defend, on any level. And of course that is the source of the Tamimis’ strength — the knowledge that their cause is just, and that they are fighting it with ethical, nonviolent means.

The Tamimis clearly understand the power of social media. But they don’t manufacture those confrontations. In fact, I have never seen a video that comes remotely close to conveying the true brutality I saw in Nabi Saleh. Maybe you need to smell the tear gas and feel the smallness of the place to see how outrageous it is for soldiers to act as they do there: to, with a sense of entitlement, enter a village and break up a gathering of unarmed demonstrators; to kick open the doors of homes and drag off to jail unarmed people who pose no threat; to break into a house at 4 a.m., to roust a teenage girl from her bed and drag her off to jail, denying her even the right to be accompanied by a guardian.

I am sure Ahed understands very well the effect of her striking appearance. I am sure that Bassem Tamimi knows his genuine warmth and hospitality go a lot further in winning over hearts and minds than didactic political lectures ever could. With no money, and by sacrificing their own bodies and emotional well being, the Tamimis are drawing world attention to the hundreds of Palestinian children sitting in jail, who don’t have blonde hair and a strong, supportive family. They are showing the world what the occupation means, in tangible terms, to real people. They taught me, purely by example, what grassroots resistance means.

Is Israel, with all the money and manpower it pours into sophisticated advocacy campaigns via social media, really in a position to criticize the Tamimis for understanding how to publicize their own cause? As Jonathan Pollak says to Yaron London: the reason those Nabi Saleh videos make Israel look bad, is because Israel is doing bad things.

(Hyperlink to video would be appreciated)

Roberto MARINI (88)
Friday January 12, 2018, 8:57 am
thanks for posting this article

fly bird (26)
Friday January 12, 2018, 1:26 pm
NEWS - VIDEO Mohammed Tamimi, 19, seized by occupation forces as global solidarity escalates.
12 January 2018

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

1.For supporters in the US: Call your member of the House of Representatives to support H.R. 4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. Tell them specifically about Ahed’s arrest, and urge them to act for her release. Tell them to pressure Israel to free Ahed and other detained Palestinian kids. Call the House switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative’s office. CODEPINK has an action to highlight this case specifically.
2.Take action around the world: From 10 January to 20 January, there is an international week of action to contact local parliamentarians in each country and urge the freedom of Ahed Tamimi and her fellow Palestinian prisoners.
3.Call your nearest Israeli embassy and let them know that you know about the detention of Ahed Tamimi in Nabi Saleh and other Palestinian child prisoners. Demand Ahed, her mother Nariman, and the other detained children be immediately released. Contact infomation here:
4.Sign the petition. Over 150,000 people have already signed on to demand freedom for Ahed:
5.Organize a protest for Ahed or join one of the many protests for Jerusalem and distribute this post and other news about Ahed and the Palestinian prisoners. Get others involved in the struggle for Palestinian freedom! Build the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel and complicit corporations like HP and G4S.
6.Write to Ahed, Nour and Nariman. While Zionist jailers frequently censor Palestinian prisoners’ mail, these letters can help bolster morale and even send a message to the jailers and censors themselves. Write to Ahed Tamimi, Nour Tamimi or Nariman Tamimi (choose one and address your letter to one only) at: HaSharon prison
Ben Yehuda, P.O. Box 7
40 330 Israel

Angela J (61)
Friday January 12, 2018, 2:48 pm
Thank you.

Christina Klein (0)
Friday January 12, 2018, 4:39 pm

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Friday January 12, 2018, 8:53 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Friday January 12, 2018, 9:41 pm
Anyone who slaps a soldier or a policeman, in any country, should be incarcerated

Miss You All Dearly (67)
Friday January 12, 2018, 11:41 pm
Even if the Soldier or Policeman are breaking the Law....Margie......should they be that "infallible"? Margie

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday January 13, 2018, 2:44 am
I'd ask, rather - should they have total impunity even when breaking the law themselves?
And should the law be applied differently according to ethnic/religious background?? As described in this article.

And in the Tamimi case, they were inside Tamimi property without any mandate to be there.
Personally, I believe that when "forces of law and order" step OUTSIDE the law, it is THEY that should be incarcerated!

And - incidentally ... the 1st soldier not only was part of a unit who had shot a rubber (coated) bullet into the face of Ahed's 15 year-old cousin shortly earlier, but he had also hit Ahed first - see the FULL video
Jonathan Pollak on London & Kirschenbaum (Israeli Channel 10 TV)

Whereas in the other case, the settler allowed to go free was actually in the act of throwing stones when the soldier tried to stop her ... and she slapped & scratched him while resisting arrest.

fly bird (26)
Saturday January 13, 2018, 9:53 am
Lieberman imposes collective punishment on Tamimi family; Nabi Saleh declared “closed military zone”.
13 January 2018

The Israeli occupation army has declared the Ramallah-area Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh to be a closed military zone in an attempt to suppress a planned demonstration in support of Jerusalem against Israeli ethnic cleansing and U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration of recognizing it as the capital of Israel.

The mass march was attacked by Israeli occupation forces who fired large amounts of tear gas on the marchers, many of whom suffered as a result of inhaling tear gas. They also attacked the demonstration with rubber-coated metal bullets after surrounding the village and blocking the roads and entrances. Journalists seeking to attend the march were prevented from passing through the checkpoint and denied entry to Nabi Saleh.

This latest attack on Nabi Saleh, the village that has been at the center of an indigenous Palestinian land defense struggle after its land and spring were stolen by the illegal settlement of Halamish, comes in addition to repeated raids and arrests, particularly those targeting Ahed Tamimi and her family, one of the largest and most active families in the village.

The order comes shortly following the decision of far-right, racist Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s collective punishment order against the Tamimi family. Bassem Tamimi, the father of Ahed and the husband of Nariman, Ahed’s mother, who is also imprisoned, was banned from traveling outside Palestine. Bassem was previously imprisoned for several years for his involvement in protests and was recognized as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.

The Tamimi family have traveled to South Africa, Lebanon, Europe and elsewhere to speak about the situation in Nabi Saleh and the Palestinian people’s struggle for liberation. This comes as a clear attempt to cut off the Tamimi family from international support.

However, that international support has only continued to grow. In addition to protests in Sydney, Berlin, Athens, Rome, Porto, Lisbon, Dublin, New York, Brussels, Portland, Braga, Toulouse and elsewhere to demand freedom for Ahed Tamimi and her fellow Palestinian prisoners, French trade unionists also showed their support for Ahed. CGT railway workers at a conference in Versailles responded to the World Federation of Trade Unions’ call for solidarity:

Ahed is one of over 300 Palestinian children currently jailed by the Israeli occupation. Each year, approximately 700 Palestinian kids are brought before Israeli military courts and are frequently subject to beating, solitary confinement, physical and psychological abuse and other forms of cruel and inhumane treatment.

In addition, Lieberman withdrew the Israeli work permits of 20 Tamimi family members in an apparent attempt to impoverish the family into submission. Six Tamimi family members, including Mohammed Bilal Tamimi, the son of Manal Tamimi, earlier arrested and released, were also seized by occupation forces on Thursday in pre-dawn raids.

Justifying the collective punishment, Lieberman declared that “Dealing with Tamimi and her family has to be severe, exhaust all legal measures and generate deterrence” of involvement in popular Palestinian resistance.

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fly bird (26)
Saturday January 13, 2018, 9:08 pm
Ahed and Nariman Tamimi charged in Israeli occupation military court.
January 1 2018

"Ahed was charged with “assault” for slapping an Israeli occupation soldier outside of her home in Nabi Saleh – after the soldier slapped her – and for “threatening a soldier…interfering with a soldier in carrying out his duties, incitement, and throwing objects at individuals or property.” Nariman Tamimi was charged with “incitement” on social media for streaming Ahed’s encounter with the occupation soldiers at the family home in Nabi Saleh on Facebook Live and for her other political expression on social media, as well as assaulting soldiers. The Tamimi women and their family are leaders in the anti-colonial land defense and popular resistance movement in the Palestinian village of 600. The village is surrounded by the illegal settlement of Halamish, which has stolen the village’s land and even its spring."

fly bird (26)
Saturday January 13, 2018, 9:11 pm
Rallying for Ahed and Palestine

Gillian Russom and James Zeigler report on protests in support of Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, her family and all Palestinian political prisoners.

January 11, 2018

SUPPORTERS OF justice for Palestine have organized events in in several cities to show their solidarity with Ahed Tamimi and her family--and to demand the release of the 16-year-old Palestinian activist arrested by Israeli soldiers.

After Tamimi's arrest and detention on December 19, an Israeli military court charged the teenager with at least 12 counts, including throwing stones, incitement and assaulting a soldier. The charges stem from a video of Ahed slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers outside her home in Nabi Saleh. What's less talked about is that the soldier slapped the teenager first.

Five charges were also filed against her mother, Nariman, including using Facebook "to incite others to commit terrorist acts." Ahed's cousin Nour, who is also an anti-occupation activist, was indicted by the Israeli occupation military court in December.

Over the last week, protests demanding that the Israeli military free Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian prisoners took place in Paris and London. In New York City, hundreds turned out at Grand Central Station on January 5.

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IN LOS Angeles, several hundred protesters took part in a protest and speak-out at the Israeli Consulate on January 6, where Ahed's father called in to address the crowd.

Bassem Tamimi compared the struggle for Palestine to the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa:

I'm calling to send our appreciation for what you are doing. The struggle for the Palestinian issue is a part of the struggle for humanity. We don't what to present ourselves as victims--we are freedom fighters. We are struggling for our humanity and for our rights.

Protesters demanded freedom and amnesty for Ahed Tamimi and the entire Tamimi family--and made it clear that her incarceration isn't an exception to the rule, but the standard, under Israel's occupation of the Palestinian people.

Several groups and individuals representing Palestinian rights participated in the speak-out, including Jewish Voice for Peace member and Middle East in Focus radio show producer and co-host Estee Chandler, and North American coordinator for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) National Committee Garik Ruiz.

Also in attendance were representatives from Peace Project, American Indian Movement, Black Lives Matter (BLM) Pasadena, CODE PINK, Progressive Democrats of America and others.

"If Ahed is not free, then I'm not free, and if I'm not free, then you're not free," said BLM Pasadena's Jasmine Abdullah Richards.

"We know what oppression looks like. We know what genocide looks like," said Idle No More's Lydia Ponce, laying out the parallels to the Native American oppression in the U.S.

Estee Chandler declared: "There are two systems of justice in Palestine. Israelis are governed under and represented by Israeli law, so if an Israeli child (or adult) violates the law, they are tried within the Israeli justice system. However, if a Palestinian child, or adult, breaks 'the law' they are immediately subjected to a military tribunal."

This is what Ahed Tamimi currently faces. This is the system that weeks earlier played its part in the severe disfigurement of Mohammed Tamimi, Ahed's 15-year-old cousin, who was shot in the head by Israeli military police at close range with a rubber bullet, putting him in a coma.

"Israel has a 99.7 percent conviction rate of Palestinians," added Chandler, referencing the "10,000 children since 2000 that have been arrested and detained, or are still detained" in Israeli prisons for "refusing to submit to occupations or surveillance."

She also described how under the military system of policing, these children are subjected to military interrogation tactics like sensory deprivation, denied access to family and legal representation.

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RALLY ORGANIZERS called for attendees to back HR 4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, in Congress. The act requires the certification that taxpayer funds won't be used in the violation of international humanitarian law against Palestinian children.

Getting Congress to pass HR 4391 would certainly be a step forward. However, the act falls short of ensuring that all Palestinians will be protected from inhumane treatment while in custody, nor does it end the supply of funds from U.S. taxpayers currently used to supply equipment and aid to Israel's military.

We can learn from the BDS success in Portland, Oregon, in 2017, when the City Council was convinced to end all investment in companies that are complicit in the active oppression of Palestinians.

At the rally, a Palestinian woman named Abir El Zowidi shared her experience:

I lived in Palestine, and I saw the truth. Palestine and its people need your support. I witnessed the young mothers of my family suffering, watched their kids being captured by Israeli soldiers. I remember seeing them, crying and brokenhearted...

Many of my own family members have been taken by the Israeli soldiers, some of them taken [at 16 years old] and freed at the age of 40--not allowed to live their lives. There is no reason or justification...parents will likely not be informed why or where they are being taken. Israel must be held accountable for many crimes against Palestinian children, and it must be stopped!

There are about 450 children 16 [years old] and under who are going to spend most of their life in a prison for no just cause. These kids are not numbers! They are human beings. They have been kidnapped while they are playing with their friends in the street. Or were pulled from warm beds in the middle of the night at gunpoint, from mothers' arms, taken from classrooms...

As long as our U.S. tax money funds the Israeli military warplanes, guns, gas and white phosphorous attacks to target and kill innocent Palestinian people, we must take responsibility. We have to stand up for them and their rights and let the world know that Palestinian kids' lives matter. They deserve to live in peace, to dream, to play and be safe. We have to stop the oppression of Palestine!

Miss You All Dearly (67)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 3:59 am
It really doesn't matter what "word" I use Dearest Evelyn ....... Margie will not anything I say or you say.........paid troll???????? maybe????????maybe not??????? who knows?????????

fly bird (26)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 5:42 pm
Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets Ahed Tamimi—Message From A Freedom Fighter.

Published on Jan 10, 2018

Recently, the struggle for Palestinian human rights gained international attention surrounding a new icon of resistance--16 year old Ahed Tamimi.

While in the West Bank in late 2016, Abby Martin interviewed Ahed Tamimi about her hardships and aspirations living under occupation and it becomes clear why her subjugators are trying to silence her voice. Her brother Waad and father Bassem also talk about their experiences with Israeli soldiers harassing their village and targeting their family.

In this exclusive episode, Abby outlines the Tamimi family's tragic tale and unending bravery in the fight for justice and equality in Palestine and how the story of their village of Nabi Saleh is emblematic of the Palestinian struggle as a whole.

FOLLOW // @EmpireFiles // @AbbyMartin // @telesurenglish


fly bird (26)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 5:47 pm
All persons have the right to defend themselves - and their property.

Police can't use their badges to intimidate and solicit sex.. but they have done so, sometimes. That is not consensual.
Physical force, coercion and threats, including, invading a person's home and property without a warrant and refusing to leave, does not give police/IOF (Israeli occupation forces) any authority to abuse the rights of civilians and children, who are defending those rights.

fly bird (26)
Sunday January 21, 2018, 10:13 am
Israeli military court refuses to release Ahed Tamimi
17 January 2018

An Israeli military court has refused to release Ahed Tamimi, a 16-year-old girl.

In a hearing Wednesday, Israeli occupation authorities sought that Ahed and her mother Nariman Tamimi remain in detention for another 101 days, until the end of proceedings.

Ahed’s trial will begin on 31 January, the day she turns 17.

Israel’s military courts deny basic due process rights and notoriously have a near-100 percent conviction rate for Palestinians.

Concerned by Israel’s systematic abuses, 20 members of Congress are backing legislation to ban Israel from using US aid for the military detention, abuse and torture of children like Ahed Tamimi.

Nariman’s trial will begin on 6 February, her husband Bassem Tamimi wrote on Facebook.

The Tamimis’ defense attorney, Gaby Lasky, demanded their immediate release, which the Israeli military court rejected.

Bassem Tamimi, Ahed’s father, also wrote that his wife Nariman suffers from a stress disorder and diabetes, exacerbated by the low quality and quantity of food in prison.

He added that Ahed and Nariman are constantly transported between detention centers, an arduous and painful process for prisoners.

“Ahed is transported with criminals who intimidate her with threats and insults,” Bassem stated.

He added that his wife and daughter are still in good form, despite their ordeal.

“While in jail, my daughter Ahed informed us that she studies [for] four classes from her school curriculum, and she read two books outside the curriculum. She additionally asked us all to focus on every imprisoned woman and child and to work towards a campaign to highlight their cases.”

There are currently 350 Palestinian children and 58 women in Israeli detention, according to prisoners rights group Addameer.

This tweet shows a letter written by Nariman to her family. She writes that “we remain resilient” behind bars.

Ahed was arrested in a night raid days after she and her cousin Nour attempted to remove two Israeli soldiers from the family’s property after a soldier shot another cousin, 15-year-old Muhammad Fadel Tamimi, in the head causing him serious injuries.

Ahed was seen in a video filmed by her mother, Nariman, slapping and shoving one of the heavily armed men.

The Israeli military filed 12 charges against Ahed on 1 January.

If convicted on charges that include throwing stones, incitement and assaulting and threatening a soldier, the 16-year-old could remain in Israeli prisons for years.

In a video from Ahed’s hearing on Monday, a reporter asks Ahed if she is proud of what she did, to which she replies smiling that she is.

Ahed’s mother Nariman is facing charges of “incitement” for livestreaming the incident with the soldiers.

Collective punishment

Israeli defense minister Avigdor Lieberman is enforcing collective punishment on the Tamimi family and their village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank.

Israel has declared Nabi Saleh a closed military zone to suppress demonstrations in support of the Tamimi family and other political prisoners.

Lieberman has also issued a military order to prevent Bassem Tamimi from traveling outside Palestine. And he has withdrawn about 20 Israeli work permits from Ahed’s relatives, according to the Ma’an News Agency.

“Dealing with Tamimi and her family has to be severe, exhaust all legal measures and generate deterrence,” Lieberman said, as reported by Samidoun, a group which supports Palestinian prisoners.

“There is justice in the military court,” Lieberman tweeted on Wednesday, welcoming the decision to keep Ahed locked up.

An Israeli military court also extended the detention of Ahed’s cousin Muhammad Bilal Tamimi until 25 January.

Muhammad, 19, was taken prisoner during a night raid on the village of Nabi Saleh on 11 January.

Israeli forces transferred Muhammad to solitary confinement in the Petah Tikva detention center near Tel Aviv.

Muhammad’s parents, Manal and Bilal Tamimi were unable to attend his hearing on 14 January because it was held in Israel, and they were denied entry for “security reasons,” according to Manal Tamimi’s update on Facebook.

Israel’s transfer of Palestinian detainees to prisons inside Israel is a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the occupying power.”

Night raids and killings

Israel arrested another eight children in an overnight raid on Tuesday.

They were all between the ages of 11 and 17, according to the Ma’an News Agency.

Israel also arrested a Palestinian child, Muhammad Samer Mansour, 14, in an overnight raid in Ramallah on 9 January.

On Tuesday, Israel killed Palestinian student leader and former prisoner Ahmad Abd al-Jaber Muhammad Salim, 28, during confrontations in Qalqiliya in the northern occupied West Bank on Tuesday.

Salim was a student at al-Quds Open University in Qalqiliya and the secretary of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s student bloc.

“Salim was critically injured in the head with a live bullet during clashes in his hometown of Jayyous before he succumbed to the wounds just minutes later,” the Ma’an News Agency reported.

Citing witnesses, Ma’an said that “Israeli soldiers opened fire at Salim from less than 20 meters away, and that forces prevented Palestinian ambulances from reaching him by firing tear gas at ambulances and paramedics.”

“Release her without delay”

The European Union’s office in Ramallah issued a “local” statement on 12 January expressing “concern” about the arrest of Ahed Tamimi and the killing of another child, 16-year-old Musab Tamimi, in the village of Deir Nitham on 3 January.

But the European Union’s embassy in Tel Aviv made no acknowledgement of the statement on its social media accounts.

Israel has killed three Palestinian children since the start of the year.

Amnesty International is calling for the immediate release of Ahed Tamimi.

“Nothing that Ahed Tamimi has done can justify the continuing detention of a 16-year-old girl,” the human rights organization said on Monday. “The Israeli authorities must release her without delay.”

fly bird (26)
Tuesday January 30, 2018, 11:10 pm
30 January, Washington DC: Rally to free Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian Prisoners.
Tuesday, 30 January
5:15 pm
Inside Union Station
Washington, DC

On the occasion of Ahed Tamimi’s 17th birthday, we will gather to demand the immediate release of Ahed, her mother Nariman and all Palestinian political prisoners.

Israel arrested youth activist Ahed Tamimi on December 19, 2017. A few hours later they arrested her mother. Israel has since levied 12 charges against Ahed, including rock throwing, incitement and assault of a soldier. All of Ahed’s actions were legitimate resistance to Israel’s ongoing military occupation. She faces years in an Israeli prison.

We say that Israel, not the women and girls of Palestine, are the criminals.

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday February 3, 2018, 6:10 am
Bassem Tamimi's moving Open Letter to his daughter on her birthday
NB - Note the details of life for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli military prisons that are revealed in tiny details of his advice to her ...
He's writing from first-hand experience ...

Good morning my friends
Birthday… and trial

To be able to write you in a moment like this, I had to lay down in your bed. Then, when I rested my head on your little pillow, you recharged my soul was charged to the brim with gratitude the memory of your generosity. How can my spirit not be lifted when you were the one who brought the world to a gale like a hurricane, you made it bare itself like a volcano?

My courageous, beautiful, shy and bold little girl – victory is befitting of you as much as joy suits you. My daughter, I am so sorry I could not protect you from the ugliness of the Occupation. I am sorry I left the oranges of Yafa sad and unpeeled, yearning for your touch. You are now surrounded by bars of iron, in a place where time is stale, and freedom and love are non-existent. Yet, it is in that cell that my hope of a better future and the certainty we will achieve it is now placed. You, my ray of hope, are locked in a prison, which is built on the ruins of Imm Khaled, near the shore of our sea. The same Imm Khaled that was ethnically cleansed by the army you slapped.

Ahed, your cell, halfway to Haifa, on the through which we will one day return. There, I imagine myself with you, the sound of my voice resonating from behind the walls – Ahed… Ahed… Ahed… My daughter, the strings of my soul - may each year see you shine brighter with the truth you hold inside. May each year see you stronger, more joyful, and as solid as the rocks that hold back the rage of oceans.

Happy birthday.

When parents celebrate their children's birthdays, we try to make them special and unforgettable - worthy of this wondrous occasion. As parents, these days bring a soft and graceful joy to our hearts.

Today is your birthday, but I woke up in the middle of the night, not with excitement, but rather uncomfortable and short of breath. This birthday of yours different than the ones before it. Yes, it is the day you were born in, but you are forcefully kept farther away than I can bare. Still, you are closer to my heart than you could ever imagine.

Today my daughter you are a year wiser, a year filled with an even deeper love for your homeland. Today you enter a year that will be harder than those that preceded it. I dread the thought of your prison nights and the knowledge of their chill.

Prison nights are not like those at home, with us. The commotion of birthday parties is a stark contrast to the loneliness of the prison cell they have you in. I am so sorry. All I want is to gently stroke your golden hair my little girl, as I've done since you were a baby; to tenderly embrace you after you blow the 17 candles on your birthday cake, like I have done since you turned one. But how can my longing for you can surpass those bars of steel that are now placed between us?

Do not worry Ahed, we will see joy again and celebrate as we always have. I hereby promise, your brothers and I will stand at the gates of prison and sing for you and your mother's freedom. We will demand the freedom of all those imprisoned unjustly; we will demand freedom for all free spirits. And you and your mother will sing with us, and pound on the prison walls with your mighty power.

Tonight we will celebrate your birthday by showing the world that no matter what happens, we celebrate life. We teach life. We love life and will not let this love be squashed. Never.

But until this evening comes when we celebrate together as a family, I wish you to stay strong and resilient. I know the soldiers may come at midnight, shackle you, and drag you through another interrogation session. If you can dress warmly, put on an extra shirt, because they will do their best to take away the warmth. Every room they will put you in, every military vehicle, will be freezing cold, on purpose. But I know I need not worry. I know how warm your soul is. You shouldn’t be, you really shouldn’t be, my little girl, but I know that you can take whatever darkness and coldness they try and torture you with.

Whatever decision it will make, the Israeli military court you will be tried in will not give you justice. These courts were not built to bring justice, these judges do not desire justice, they were built in a realm outside of humanity. 99% of those who stand before them are found guilty. But these are all just the symptoms of the illness – even if you are acquitted, these courts cannot ever be a tool of justice, since they are just another cog in the machine of military occupation. Colonialism and the basic values of mankind will never cross paths. the Occupation can never intersect with freedom, justice, and dignity.

Humanity is beautiful. It paints life with a brush of grace and endows it with beauty. The occupation is ugly, and it is made to disfigure the face of humanity. My daughter, free people do not get lost in their own narcissism, for none of us alone are anything if we do not connect to a deeper purpose and do not dedicate ourselves to positive action. It is through our deep connection, purpose, and action that we move from the solitary conditions of our birth to the real meaning and preciousness that the world has to offer. It is this awareness that allows humanity collective consciousness. You, my little girl, have tapped into that consciousness of all humanity.

They take you to trial because they want to kill that sense of humanity that is in you; they want to destroy your sense of collective struggle for a better world. It is too dangerous for them to handle. Believe it or not, they are even trying to take away your youth saying that, as you turn 17, you are a child no more. And I ask, does your childhood take a different path than you yourself on the day of 17, or does your childhood have a little more time to play in the orchards of youth and enjoy the last of your school days in peace?

Israel's experts in immoral law may freely deliberate the unlawfulness of the slap served to their fully armed soldier by a girl and shattered their military manliness and put their fragile institutions at risk of collapse. Let them. Care not about their immoral military laws, for these laws are outside of the confines of humanity.

My little angel… Do not bother yourself with the words of those who trade in politics and religion like merchants in the market. Religious men, pious in their own eyes, want to discuss your hair in order to take attention away from your struggle and its legitimacy. The indoctrinated, unadulterated in their own eyes, do not recognize the humanity and truth in anyone who does not blindly pleads loyalty to their dogmas.

Then there are those who are always absent; the ones who refuse to take a stance for that which is right, who shiver at the idea of standing up in the face of oppression. They refuse to confront brutality, and those who struggle for freedom, like you, tear off their masks to show them for what they are.

Don't worry about those who criticize you now, my little girl. Your bravery has turned you into a lightning rod and those fear their own hypocrisy revealed want to hide by hurting you. All their criticism of you is made up so that they can continue to hide behind their fears. They know, it is your courage that has reminded everyone – the emperor has no clothes.

Here you stand before the world - like days past and days to come - full of truth because you were raised to be honest with yourself and others, and you have learned from our land and history that true freedom comes from having agency. It comes from being willing to challenge fear time and time again. To refuse to give up your dignity.

Now your tiny slap has shaken their mighty blood thirsty military to the core and shattered their symbolic deterrence. Your own personal truth is our truth, the truth of our historical and human struggle to stay on this land. It challenges the false narratives they have, about us and of themselves.

Your truth now carries with it a whole generation that has refused to surrender to oppression, a generation that will continue to fight for its freedom. Your truth shines through because you stood up for your community and your homeland and those you love. You refused to belong to anything but yourself and Palestine.

Your truth is purer than ever, because in our day and age in Palestine, those who are pure can be found in two places, either as political prisoners on the edge of freedom, or as martyrs who have been taken from us and are now watching us in heaven. Your truth is now a beacon of hope for people around the world that have chosen to resist oppression instead of succumbing to it.

Do not worry, my little daughter – your freedom, as is the end of the Occupation is near, and those who stood against our freedom – the hypocrites and extremists and cowards – will not be left with nothing but disappointment when history is written.

When I return home tonight, I will go to your room with your brothers and we will light a candle for you, and feel your presence with us, chanting that you are our "Ahed", our promise for a better world. Like an Olive Tree grounded in the earth.

Your mother is waiting for you back in prison. If you get to see her, please hug her for me, and celebrate your birthday together with us in your hearts. And if you are kept alone until dawn in their metal boxes, just take a seat on the saddle of hope, rise up on the horse of courage you have imagined since you were a little girl, do not pay attention to those who want to deceive and hurt you, just look at the sun rise from the small hatch and shine your smile back at it, for it is your smile that will bring us towards a brighter future.

I miss you Ahed, but I say happy birthday. May every year that comes make you stronger. May you always be full of love and bursting with truth.

Your loving father.

Betty Kowall (304)
Wednesday February 21, 2018, 1:40 pm

fly bird (26)
Wednesday March 14, 2018, 5:18 pm
VIDEO - The People of Israel vs. Ahed Tamimi. 20:12
Published on Mar 9, 2018

The People of Israel vs. Ahed Tamimi tells the remarkable story of a 17-year-old girl who has been jailed indefinitely for slapping an Israeli soldier raiding her family’s home. The documentary presents a portrait of a family, the Tamimi’s, that has become the target of the Israeli military and an object of hatred by right wing Israelis. Set in the occupied village of Nabi Saleh, we depict the unarmed methods this family has used to resist occupation, and the brutal repression they have faced. And we show how they have inspired an international movement that is rallying for Ahed’s release.
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