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Sheryl
- 366 days ago - haaretz.com
Judge decides to close the proceedings for Tamimi good despite her attorneys request



   

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Sheryl G (359)
Friday February 16, 2018, 5:47 am
I'm sure not having reporters able to cover the trial is for her own good - not.

 

Animae C (507)
Friday February 16, 2018, 5:50 am
Damn typical!!!!!!!

Shared.

TY S.
 

JL A (281)
Friday February 16, 2018, 5:56 am
Thanks Sheryl for this additional example of how Palestinians are denied basic human rights by Israel these days.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday February 16, 2018, 7:12 am
It's horrible!!
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday February 16, 2018, 8:11 am
Shared news article over social media to raise and spread awareness.
 

Colleen L (3)
Friday February 16, 2018, 11:48 am
Where's her rights. Disgusting. Thanks Sheryl
 

fly bird (26)
Friday February 16, 2018, 8:08 pm
just has to stop!

Thank you, Sheryl
 

fly bird (26)
Friday February 16, 2018, 8:09 pm
It has to be stopped!!

BDS!!
Boycott, Divest, Sanction the apartheid state.

#FreeAhed
#FreeTamimiWomen
#FreePalestine
 

fly bird (26)
Friday February 16, 2018, 10:07 pm
Video: Military court seeks to hide Ahed Tamimi’s trial from public view as global celebrities express solidarity.
13 February 2018

Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi, her imprisoned mother Nariman and her cousin Nour were brought before the Israeli Ofer military court on 13 February, as a military court judge ordered Ahed’s hearings closed in an attempt to blunt international attention and outrage over the arrest, military trial and imprisonment of Ahed and fellow Palestinian children. Ahed is one of over 350 Palestinian children currently imprisoned by the Israeli occupation.

The next hearing in Ahed, Nariman and Nour’s case was set for 11 March. The preliminary hearing today began with the order by the military judge, Lt. General Menachem Liberman, who ordered journalists out of the courtroom and said that the further hearings in Ahed’s case would take place behind closed doors because of Ahed’s right to privacy as a minor. This took place despite the objections of defense lawyer Gaby Lasky, who emphasized that Ahed and her parents waive this right as they believe that it is critical to keep public exposure on the violation of Palestinian children’s rights.

It is particularly ironic given the public media campaign conducted against Ahed by Israeli occupation media and the aggressive statements of politicians like far-right Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who has called for Ahed to be imprisoned for the rest of her life for slapping an occupation soldier invading her family’s land and home in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh. The military court’s concern for Ahed’s rights, however, seemingly does not extend to ending her detention or implementing internationally recognized children’s rights in Ahed’s case or that of her fellow imprisoned Palestinian children.

Lasky and other observers noted that the declaration of a closed trial in Ahed’s case is clearly an attempt to suppress international media interest in the case. Ahed’s case has drawn attention not only from global media but from popular movements; hundreds of protests have been organized around the world to demand her release and that of all Palestinian prisoners.

The defense also submitted a petition to dismiss the case before trial, arguing that the military courts are invalid and have no legitimate authority as they are based on an illegitimate and unlawful colonial occupation. In addition, the defense stated that the prosecution is unlawful because it is part of separate and unequal legal systems in the occupied Palestinian West Bank – one for Israeli settlers in illegal colonies – with civil rights and protections – and the other, a military court system for the indigenous Palestinian people.

The hearing comes as Ahed and Nariman near the end of their second month in Israeli prison. Ahed was seized in a pre-dawn raid on the family home on 19 December, and her mother arrested hours later when going to see her daughter at military police station. Ahed is facing 12 charges in the military court, all of them based on her activity in protesting and resisting the occupation of Palestine and in particular, her family’s village, Nabi Saleh. The village of 600 has been home to a strong protest movement for years, as its spring and agricultural lands have been seized and attacked by the illegal Israeli colonial settlement of Halamish.

Ahed’s mother livestreamed her daughter’s confrontation of the heavily armed occupation soldiers on 15 December 2017, shortly after the family learned that their cousin Mohammed, 15, had been shot in the face and severely injured by a rubber-coated metal bullet. Ahed and her cousin Nour confronted the soldiers, demanding they leave the family’s land as the occupation forces instead attempted to use the family’s high ground to look down on and suppress a demonstration below. Ahed’s slap of the soldier became a viral social media video, a symbol of ongoing resistance to Palestinians – while Zionist media and politicians viewed it as unacceptable disobedience to occupation military might. Since her arrest several days later, Ahed’s case has inspired global outrage and attention not only for her own case but that of the hundreds of other imprisoned Palestinian children and thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Ahed’s family has called for a day of protest and action on 18 February, marking the two-month anniversary of Ahed and Nariman’s arrest, and protests and actions are being organized in many cities to mark the day.

In addition, the action comes as dozens of Black celebrities, artists and influential figures signed a statement initiated by the Dream Defenders in support of Ahed Tamimi and her fellow Palestinian prisoners.

Signers of the statement include Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander, Alice Walker, actors Jesse Williams, Rosario Dawson, Danny Glover and LisaGay Hamilton, sports star Michael Bennett, musicians Vic Mensa, Talib Kweli and Tom Morello and many others. The full statement is reprinted below:

On December 15th, 2017, 15-year-old Mohammad Tamimi was shot in the face by an Israeli soldier while participating in an unarmed protest of Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. Just minutes later, his 16-year-old cousin Ahed rose up to protect her family’s home after two armed soldiers invaded her yard. For over 50 years, the Israeli army has stationed itself on Palestinian land in order to enforce its violent military occupation of the West Bank. Ahed stood her ground and asked the soldiers to leave. When they refused and tried to use her property as a base from which to shoot at protesters, she slapped one of them.

Ahed was arrested a few days later in the middle of the night. Her cousin Noor and her mother Nariman were also arrested. All three have been indicted by Israel’s military court, which has a 99.7% conviction rate and lacks basic fair trial protections. Ahed has been denied bail and her trial will begin February 12th. Both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called for her release.

In the US, we know all too well what it’s like to be oppressed simply because you exist, because you refuse to give up your fight for freedom. Last year, a Dream Defenders delegation of artists traveled to Palestine to bear witness to life under Israel military occupation and met the Tamimi family in their village of Nabi Saleh. Songs and stories of struggle were shared, from the US to Palestine. The Tamimis spoke about their daily lives — the Israeli army patrolling and shooting into their streets as their children play, Israeli settlers stealing their water. The delegation learned that every year hundreds of Palestinian kids across the West Bank are arrested and detained by Israeli soldiers and police who kick, punch, and beat them. Torture is routinely used to get signed confessions from children, mainly on charges of stone throwing.

While our struggles may be unique, the parallels cannot be ignored. US police, ICE, border patrol and FBI train with Israeli soldiers, police, and border agents, utilizing similar repressive profiling tactics to target and harass our communities. Too many of our children quickly learn that they may be imprisoned or killed simply for who they are. From Trayvon Martin to Mohammed Abu Khdeir and Khalif Browder to Ahed Tamimi – racism, state violence and mass incarceration have robbed our people of their childhoods and their futures.

In a bold move to protect Palestinian children like Ahed from widespread abuse by Israeli forces, Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota introduced an unprecedented bill last November entitled: Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. The bill has 22 co-sponsors and counting.

We the undersigned call on all US representatives to sign this bill and protect the lives and childhoods of Palestinian children.

The Tamimi family stands up to Israel’s brutality because they believe Palestinians, like ALL people, should be free. Dream Defenders stands with them and all Palestinians in their righteous struggle. Now, and always, we commit to building a more just and loving world for us all.

#FreeAhed #nowaytotreatachild

SIGNATORIES
Danny Glover
Jesse Williams
Michelle Alexander
Rosario Dawson
Tom Morello
Angela Davis
Michael Bennett
Alice Walker
Vic Mensa
Talib Kweli
Angela Rye
Cornel West
Patrisse Cullors
Marc Lamont Hill
Alicia Garza
Tunde Adebimpe
Gary Clark Jr.
LisaGay Hamilton
Emory Douglas
dream hampton
Robin D.G. Kelley
B Mike
Tef Poe
Kam Franklin
Michael McBride
Jasiri X

http://samidoun.net/2018/02/military-court-seeks-to-hide-ahed-tamimis-trial-from-public-view-as-global-celebrities-express-solidarity/
 

fly bird (26)
Friday February 16, 2018, 10:14 pm
Palestinian Teenager Ahed Tamimi's Trial Begins. 1:47

https://youtu.be/rsHTOpd2yNY

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http://samidoun.net/2018/02/military-court-seeks-to-hide-ahed-tamimis-trial-from-public-view-as-global-celebrities-express-solidarity/
 

Liliana Garcia (203)
Saturday February 17, 2018, 6:34 am
The double talk on the part of the Israeli court is not only opportunistic but immoral. The so called soldier is at best a cry baby. Just slapped while he and his army demolish the homes of people while armed to the teeth?
 

Liliana Garcia (203)
Saturday February 17, 2018, 6:41 am
An additional thought comes to mind. I have no qualms with the basic idea children should be protected from war and all forms of violence BUT i do think that there is a lot of hypocrisy going on related to it. If children see their parents perpetually threatened and humiliated with waves of well provided for people coming to settle on the land they were taught was home I don't see how much sheltered they can reasonably be. If the idea come from the maddened Israeli government then its sheer hypocrisy.
 

Richard A (2)
Saturday February 17, 2018, 10:33 am
The free press is under attack, world over.
This action will impinge on the freedom of everyone, everywhere.

Thank you.
 

TOM T (247)
Saturday February 17, 2018, 11:16 am
Truly UNBELIEVABLE !!
SCARY STUFF !
WTF !
 

John B (185)
Saturday February 17, 2018, 11:26 am
Thanks Sheryl for sharing the link to the article by Yotam Berger. Absolutely outrageous! All the more reason to support BDS.
Noted.
 

Marija M (25)
Saturday February 17, 2018, 12:39 pm
Thank you Sheryl.
 

Janet B (0)
Saturday February 17, 2018, 7:18 pm
Thanks; BDS!
 

Sue H (7)
Sunday February 18, 2018, 8:56 am
Prayers Up.
 

Joanne Dixon (37)
Sunday February 18, 2018, 4:20 pm
Sounds like they know in advance that they will commit injustice. It's almost a perverted form of honesty.
 

fahad Al fahad (140)
Monday February 19, 2018, 3:41 am
This Palestinian girl shook the throne of the Zionist state! The expulsion of journalists from the proceedings is a fear of scandal for this illegal court against a teenager demanding only freedom for her land and her people
 

fly bird (26)
Monday February 19, 2018, 8:07 pm
Zionism, in action??
 

fly bird (26)
Monday February 19, 2018, 8:09 pm
No justice, no peace!
 

fly bird (26)
Monday February 19, 2018, 8:11 pm
just like the apartheid regime in South Africa, in former years - except, many say, it is even worse!!!

Shame on the racist bigots of this century!
 

fly bird (26)
Tuesday February 20, 2018, 10:37 am
Ahed Tamimi’s Arrest Breach of Geneva Convention: UN Expert.

A UN rights expert said the detention of Ahed Tamimi, a teenage girl who became a hero to Palestinians after she was filmed slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank, is in obvious violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
February, 18, 2018

“The offenses that Ms. Tamimi has been charged with, even taken at their highest, would not appear to present a danger to the public order, and could instead be dealt with during her pre-trial period with an order to be in her village and report to a neighboring police station on a regular basis. She has been incarcerated for almost two months for offenses that, in most countries which follow the rule of law, would have been handled with minimal, if any, imprisonment. As such, there appears to be no proportionality between the alleged offenses and the length of her incarceration,” Michael Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur on situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory, said in an interview with the Tasnim News Agency.

Michael Lynk is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Western University, in London, Ontario. He joined the Faculty in 1999, and has taught courses in labour, human rights, disability, constitutional and administrative law. He served as Associate Dean of the Faculty between 2008-11.

The following is the full text of the interview.

Tasnim: Do you believe that Israel is violating the international Convention on the Rights of the Child by detaining a Palestinian teenager for slapping an Israeli soldier?

Lynk: Article 37(b) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child expressly states, “No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time;” As well, Article 37 requires that the best interests of the child be a primary consideration. The offenses that Ms. Tamimi has been charged with, even taken at their highest, would not appear to present a danger to the public order, and could instead be dealt with during her pre-trial period with an order to be in her village and report to a neighboring police station on a regular basis. She has been incarcerated for almost two months for offenses that, in most countries which follow the rule of law, would have been handled with minimal, if any, imprisonment. As such, there appears to be no proportionality between the alleged offenses and the length of her incarceration.

I also note that, as a protected person under the Fourth Geneva Convention, Ms. Tamimi is required to be detained within the occupied territory. She is instead imprisoned at Hasharon prison, within Israel, a violation of Article 76 of the 4GC.

Tasnim: Ahed Tamimi’s trial is being held behind closed doors. What is your take on this based on international legal standards?

Lynk: The rule of law demands that every court proceeding, particularly one involving criminal offenses, shall be open to the public. The exceptions to this rule are narrow, involving such issues as public security, personal reputation, or that the public interest demands a restriction or ban on an open court. I understand that Ms. Tamimi’s lawyer expressly requested an open court, yet the military judge nevertheless ordered the court proceedings to be closed to protect her. I also note that there was a substantial crowd wanting to witness the proceedings, which the Tamimi family welcomed. The public’s confidence in the Israeli military court system to deliver justice, as required by international standards, is substantially diminished by such a ruling.

Tasnim: “Figures from Palestine show that Israel detains and prosecutes between 500 to 700 Palestinian children in military courts annually", you noted in a recent address. Would you elaborate?

Lynk: The international NGO Defence of Children International -- Palestine reports that Israel has the distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes between 500 and 700 children each year in its military courts in the West Bank. These children lack fundamental rights regarding due process and fair trials. The DCIP, using statistics from the Israeli Prison Service, says that an average of 310 Palestinian children were in the Israeli prison system each month. Approximately 60 of these children were between 12 and 15 years old. Many of them have reported abuse, intimidation and some form of physical violence while they were in custody. Some have been kept in solitary confinement or have been subject to administrative detention (where there are imprisoned without charge or trial, often based on secret evidence). These conditions are in violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Tasnim: Do you believe that Palestinian children are commonly mistreated while in Israel’s detention and subjected to both physical and psychological abuse?

Lynk: Reputable international organizations – such as UNICEF and Defence of Children International – Palestine have regularly reported that Palestinian children have been abused while in detention.

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2018/02/18/1660328/ahed-tamimi-s-arrest-breach-of-geneva-convention-un-expert
 

fly bird (26)
Tuesday February 20, 2018, 6:05 pm
Israel military trial of Palestinian teen opens behind closed doors.
13.2.2018

A Palestinian teenager charged after a viral video showed her hitting two Israeli soldiers in a case that has gained global attention went on trial in military court on Tuesday in closed-door proceedings.

The judge in the trial ordered journalists removed from the courtroom, ruling that open proceedings would not be in the interest of 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi, who is being tried as a minor.

Only family members were allowed to remain in the courtroom, with diplomats present to observe also asked to leave.

A large crowd of local and international journalists had shown up to cover the trial of Tamimi, who has become something of an icon for Palestinians and supporters of their cause worldwide.

Trials of minors in military court are typically closed, but Tamimi’s lawyer said previous hearings for the teenager were open and she argued for it to remain that way.

“They understand that people outside Ofer military court are interested in Ahed’s case, they understand that her rights are being infringed and her trial is something that shouldn’t be happening,” Tamimi’s lawyer Gaby Lasky told journalists after having unsuccessfully objected to the judge’s decision to close the trial.

“So the way to keep it out of everybody’s eyes is to close doors and not allow people inside the court for her hearing.”

Tamimi arrived at the military court near Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank dressed in a prison jacket with her hands and feet shackled, smiling slightly as journalists photographed her.

Her father Bassem Tamimi waved to her from the audience, yelling out “stay strong, you will win.”

Closed-door proceedings were held for a couple hours before adjourning. Lasky said she argued that the trial could not move forward because Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and its court system there is illegal.

Prosecutors requested more time to prepare a response and a new date was set for March 11, according to Lasky.

Lasky added that she would make a new request to have the trial opened.

Bassem Tamimi told journalists after the adjournment that “having people attend the court — journalists, consuls, diplomats, observers and lawyers — is very important because it keeps them safe and makes us feel that those in court are safe.”

Tamimi has been hailed as a hero by Palestinians who see her as bravely standing up to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.

Israelis accuse her family of using her as a pawn in staged provocations.

She has been charged with 12 counts including assault and could face a lengthy jail term if convicted.

The charges relate to events in the video and five other incidents. They include stone-throwing, incitement and making threats.

– Criticism of case –

Tamimi’s mother, Nariman, and cousin Nour, 20, were also due to go on trial later Tuesday.

Ahed Tamimi and her mother have been ordered held in custody until the end of the proceedings, while her cousin has been released on bail.

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has criticised Israeli authorities’ actions in the case, while the European Union has expressed concern over Israel’s detention of minors, including Ahed Tamimi.

Amnesty International has called for her immediate release, saying her “continued detention is a desperate attempt to intimidate Palestinian children who dare to stand up to repression by occupying forces.”

Ahed Tamimi’s family says the December 15 incident that led to the arrests occurred in the yard of their home in Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah in the West Bank.

The Israeli military said the soldiers were in the area to prevent Palestinians from throwing stones at Israeli motorists.

The video shows the cousins approaching two soldiers and telling them to leave before shoving, kicking and slapping them.

Ahed Tamimi is the more aggressive of the two in the video.

The heavily armed soldiers do not respond to what appears to be an attempt to provoke rather than seriously harm them.

They then move backwards after Nariman Tamimi becomes involved.

The scuffle took place amid clashes and protests against US President Donald Trump’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Relatives say that a member of the Tamimi family was wounded in the head by a rubber bullet fired during those protests.

Twenty-three Palestinians have been killed since Trump’s declaration on December 6, most of them in clashes with Israeli forces. Two Israelis have been killed since then.

Ahed Tamimi, who comes from a family of prominent activists, has been involved in a series of previous incidents, with older pictures of her confronting soldiers widely published.

Palestinians have flooded social media with praise and support.

https://citizen.co.za/news/news-world/1817795/israel-palestinians-conflict-trial/
 

fly bird (26)
Tuesday February 20, 2018, 7:06 pm
Congresswoman Betty McCollum introduced the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, H.R. 4391 to prevent US tax dollars from supporting the Israeli militaryâEUR(TM)s detention and mistreatment of children.

See Freya's post:
http://www.care2.com/news/member/739002257/4089737
 

Mandi T (366)
Wednesday February 21, 2018, 1:27 pm
Terrible !
 

fly bird (26)
Sunday March 11, 2018, 4:30 pm
Ahed's trial was today - March 11, 2018, supposedly.
It is a closed military hearing.
Any news, anyone, please share. Thank you!!

“All I Wish is for Palestine to be Free” — Freedom Fighter Ahed Tamimi

The Palestinian cause is not just for Palestinians, not even just for Arabs. The Palestinian cause is a humanitarian cause. What makes me happy is to see the humanitarians of the world stand with us in solidarity to free our land.

— Ahed Tamimi, Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets Ahed Tamimi—Message From A Freedom Fighter.

In 1976, the Palestinian villages of Nabi Saleh and Deir Nidham were encroached upon by Israeli settlers, and their ever-expanding colony of Halamish was born. In December 2009, little Nabi Saleh began holding peaceful demonstrations every Friday in opposition to settlement growth and the usurpation of the land’s fresh water springs.

Eight years later, on Friday, December 15, 2017, the residents of Nabi Saleh were protesting US president Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. During the protest, Israeli occupation forces shot 15-year-old Mohammad Tamimi in the face with a rubber bullet, seriously wounding him. Shortly afterward, Mohammad’s 16-year-old cousin Ahed Tamimi responded by accosting two Israeli soldiers right in front of her home. She reviled, slapped, and kicked them in a remarkable act of defiance. By Monday, a video of the confrontation taken by her mother had gone viral worldwide.

(Ahed has been resisting Israeli occupation since she was nine years old. And she’s not the only one in her family to do so. Her parents have been resisting the occupation for many years and several members of her extended family have been killed by Israeli troops. Most recently another of her cousins, Musab Firas al-Tamimi of Dier Nidham, was the first teen to be shot and killed by occupation forces earlier this year.)

In the early hours of December 19, Israeli forces raided Ahed’s home and arrested her. According to her father Bassem Tamimi, it took “at least 30 soldiers” to carry out the raid. When that afternoon Ahed’s mother Nariman went to the police station where her daughter was being held, in order to be present for her interrogation, she herself was arrested.

On January 31, 2018, Ahed turned 17 in prison.

Ahed’s trial began on February 13, behind closed doors. She has been slapped with twelve charges, including stone-throwing, a charge levied against the vast majority of detained Palestinian children and punishable under military law by up to 20 years in prison. Stone-throwing and even participating in demonstrations are “security offenses” under the Israeli military court system.

When I first started work on this embroidered poster of Ahed Tamimi, I wanted it to be a testimony to her predicament. But as I read further about the treatment of Palestinian children at the hands of Israeli occupation forces and learned, for instance, that since the 2000 Al-Aqsa Intifada, more than 12,000 children have been detained by the Israeli military, I was reminded that beyond Ahed’s story are countless incidents that have yet to attract much media attention. For example, following Trump’s call to move the embassy to Jerusalem, the Israeli occupation forces detained not one but about 450 children.

It doesn’t matter how, when, or at what age a Palestinian might resist illegal Israeli military occupation. Any resistance is a crime in the eyes of the occupier’s law—in a nation whose own citizens’ first and last toy is fated to be a gun.

To such jaded eyes, a Palestinian resister, whether it be 13-year-old Abdel Raouf al-Bilawi from Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem, who was sentenced on January 22 to four months in prison for throwing stones or 24-year-old journalist and photographer Bushra al-Taweel who was arrested at her home in Um al-Sharyet, Ramallah on the night of November 1, 2017, Palestinians of every shape, size, age or gender are being gradually cleansed from their land.

A shocking tactic in the ethnic cleansing being carried out by the Israeli military is that they target their “enemy” when they’re young. Bushra al-Taweel, for example, was first arrested on July 6, 2011, when she was just 18 years old. Get them young and then break them. That’s the strategy.

This trend—the arrest of Palestinian children by occupation forces—is a rising one. Over the years, the Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association Addameer has witnessed “a decrease in the overall prison population, but … a vast increase in the number of children being held,” and has found that around “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.”

They [the Israeli soldiers] laughed and laughed at me. I told them: ‘You are laughing at us now, but you don’t know that Palestine will be free and we will laugh at you when you leave.’

— Ahed Tamimi.

Pity the occupier of Palestinians that are viewing their “enemy” through the barrel of a gun—a barrel-visioned fighting force that never really grew up or maybe was never even really a child. Is it any wonder that such a force is incapable of distinguishing between a child and an adult? Not that it matters, because whether an adult or a child, each and every occupied Palestinian feels the hot wrath of occupation.

Denial of resources like water to Palestinians does not discriminate between the old and the young. It parches them equally. The wall that separates a farmer from his fields does not magically open up when a child approaches it. It sends a message equally. The tear gas that is fired by Israeli forces into Palestinian homes (before they are eventually bulldozed) tortures all who are inside. Even so, attacking and imprisoning children is unconscionable by any International law standards.

We often play, but we get shocked when soldiers enter places of play, therefore, they destroy all of our happiness. Children often go to school and encounter locked barricades, so they are forced to return to their homes…. We often come back from parties and find locked barricades, so that destroys all the joy and happiness we had.

— Ahed Tamimi.

The systematic collective punishment imposed on Palestinians includes arrests, interrogations, house arrest, and zero protection in their formative years. It thereby alienates them from their families and familiar surroundings and disrupts their studies. There are sexual threats aimed at coercing false confessions; deceptive techniques aimed at recruiting informants; psychological and physical torture; slapping, beating, kicking, and denial of food and water for long periods; and, of course, false accusations of terrorism.

While the focus on Ahed Tamimi is important and her commitment is something that we should all admire, it is essential that there is focus on the situation for all children in the occupied Palestinian territory. Ahed Tamimi’s case, and her treatment, is not exceptional; it is, unfortunately, the norm.

— Addameer, Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Palestinian child prisoner population doubles over last three years, January 18, 2018.

As of 2017, there are 350 children being held in Israel’s prisons. Each of them, as well as each of those who preceded them, is a freedom fighter like Ahed. They all deserve their own embroidered posters and media attention.

I leave you with some more of Ahed’s heartbreaking words, arising from a place where the most natural children’s activities—playing, studying—are barricaded, walled and settled. She describes the discovery of lost childhood pleasures under almost unimaginable circumstances.

These are the bullets which the soldiers shoot at us (the necklace Ahed is wearing in the embroidered poster.) We collect them after they leave the village. [Touching her necklace Ahed says] These came from my uncle who was martyred. My cousin gave them to me. We make beautiful things out of them, like jewelry. We create life from death. They come to kill us with it, but we convert it into things which we enjoy and benefit from.

http://www.codepink.org/all_i_wish_is_for_palestine_to_be_free
 

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday March 11, 2018, 5:08 pm
Thanks Jess....
 

fly bird (26)
Monday March 12, 2018, 8:52 pm
I'm wondering if there is a gag order?!!

Anyone see any news out there - updates??
 

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday March 13, 2018, 4:47 am
I'm sure if there is you or Evelyn will find it first my time on the computer due to health is limited.
 
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