Ahed Tamimi

Israel Indicts Palestinian Teen Activist Ahed Tamimi

These kids cannot be raised in a normal healthy way, because they are constantly seeing the injustice around them. They grow up, with much pain and hatred in their hearts, while this revolting world, continues to look the other way. After all, they are ‘Palestinians’ and don’t have rights, they simply do not deserve to have a normal life. They are treated like animals, like scum, raped, hit and many times shot at. We keep saying that this has to stop, but will it? Or is Palestine just an example of what is coming our way? 

Please inform yourself and read the articles below. Think for a minute … what if the Palestinians were doing this to the Jews? Wouldn’t the world be hearing about it every single day? LET’S HELP GET AHED OUT OF PRISON! 

Ahed Tamimi

“Israel indicts Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi,” Source: aljazeera.com

Bethlehem, occupied West Bank – Israeli authorities are seeking 12 charges against Ahed Tamimi, a prominent 16-year-old Palestinian activist filmed slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank.

The teenager was detained on December 19, four days after the video showing her confronting the soldiers outside her family’s home in the village of Nabi Saleh went viral.

The incident occurred moments after Israeli forces had shot Ahed’s 15-year-old cousin point-blank in the face with a rubber bullet. The wounded minor experienced severe internal bleeding and was placed under a medically-induced coma for 72 hours.

Ahed’s 20-year-old cousin Nour, who also appeared in the video, as well as her mother were also arrested soon afterwards.

During a hearing on Monday at Israel’s Ofer military court near Ramallah, Ahed was charged with 12 counts, including allegedly assaulting an Israeli soldier, interfering with a soldier’s duties and two past instances of stone-throwing, according to her lawyer Gabi Laski.

Laski told Al Jazeera that Nariman was also charged with alleged “incitement” for uploading the video on social media, as well as another charge of assault.

The lawyer said that Ahed and Nariman’s charges include alleged old incidents unrelated to the video.

Nour was charged on Sunday for allegedly assaulting a soldier and interfering with a soldier’s duties, said Laski.

The Tamimi family are well-known activists in Nabi Saleh.

While this is the first time Ahed has been detained by Israeli forces, Nariman has been arrested at least five times before.

On Thursday, Manal Tamimi, who is related to the women, was also arrested during a demonstration outside the Ofer detention centre demanding the release of her relatives and Munther Amira, another prominent Palestinian activist in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem who was arrested last week.

Laski said that she was able to secure the release of Nour and Manal – who has not been charged with a crime. However, the Israeli army’s prosecutors have until Tuesday to appeal the decision.

‘There’s a possibility of her facing a lot of time’

Ahed’s father, Bassem, told Al Jazeera that it was very likely his daughter would be sentenced and imprisoned over the charges.

“They built the case around her specifically to try to keep her in prison as long as they can,” he said.

“I am very worried about my daughter,” added Bassem, who has also been arrested numerous times by Israeli forces.

“Her fate is now in the hands of people who don’t even see Palestinians as full human beings.”

Laski told Al Jazeera that owing to the charges against Ahed, “there’s a possibility of her facing a lot of time”.

She noted that Palestinian teenagers typically face about six-to-nine months in prison for charges over stone-throwing.

Prisoners’ rights group Addameer has reported that stone-throwing is the most common charge levied against Palestinian children. In the occupied West Bank, where Palestinians are governed by Israeli military law, stone-throwing is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The group says that Israel routinely targets “the youngest and most vulnerable” members of politically active Palestinian families in order to “exert pressure on their family and the entire community to put an end to all social mobilisation.”

Bassem told Al Jazeera that Israel is attempting to “break Ahed, because she is a symbol of the resistance”.

“Israel wants to show other young Palestinians what will happen to them if they try to resist.”

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“Ahed Tamimi Is Part of the Palestinian Generations R – for Return,” Source: globalresearch.ca

Featured image: Ahed Tamimi (Source: RT News)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2017 Conference on International Law and the State of Israel: legitimacy concluded in its closing statement that

“…while Israel has relied up to date on the use of ‘hard power’, reflecting its geopolitical and strategic alliances on the world stage and notably the support of the USA, in the long term this would not provide a viable and just solution.”

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

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

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

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