In yet another example of the horrific nature of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the Israeli government has now brutally arrested 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi for daring to slap an Israeli soldier who was attempting to kidnap her brother.
After the video of Ahed’s “assault” on the Israeli soldier was broadcast across Israeli media, a massive social media campaign developed calling for her arrest, demonstrating the sickness that is so pervasive in Israeli society as well as in the Israeli government. “Naftali Bennet,” Israeli Minister of Education even called for the sixteen year old to face life imprisonment.
As Robert Inlakesh writes for al-Masdar News,
At approximately 3 A.M this morning, Israeli police forces invaded the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, raiding the home of the well known Tamimi family, arresting (16 year old) Ahed Tamimi.
Israeli forces turned the Tamimi household upside down, stealing phones, laptops and other electronic devices, before violently arresting the 16 year old.
Days before, a video that went viral on Facebook was plunged into the Israeli media, making Newspaper front pages and being repeatedly played throughout several TV broadcasting stations (Within Israel).
The video included Ahed Tamimi slapping and kicking at two fully armed Israeli soldiers, who had just attempted to force themselves into her home.
The 16 year old girl was, of course, painted by the Israeli press as the violent antagonist, to the point that there came a large social media campaign advocating to have her arrested and charged.
The campaign against little 16 year old Ahed, was not limited to Israeli broadcasting stations and social media. Israeli defence minister ‘Avigdor Leiberman’ advocated for her punishment and families arrest, along with ‘Naftali Bennet’, Israeli Minister of Education, who demanded that ‘Ahed Tamimi’ face life imprisonment for her actions.
Later that morning, after Israel’s brutal arrest of 16 year old Ahed, her mother ‘Nariman Tamimi’ was also kidnapped, in front of ‘Benjamin Camp’ North of Ramallah.
The week prior to this, 14 year old ‘Mohammed Tamimi’ was shot in the head by Israeli gunmen, he still remains on life support, in critical condition.
A subsequent report by the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network reveals that Ahed’s father was also arrested. PPSN writes,
Bassem Tamimi was also seized by Israeli occupation forces today, 20 December, as he attended the hearing for his daughter Ahed in Ofer military court, which extended her detention for 10 more days. In overnight, violent raids, occupation forces seized a cousin of the family, Nour Tamimi, 21, from her family home in Nabi Saleh. This means that Ahed and both of her parents, Nariman and Bassem – all of whom are leading land defenders in Nabi Saleh – are currently seized by the Israeli occupation forces.
PPSN suggests the following for those who want to help:
For supporters in the US: Call your member of Congress to support H.R. 4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. Tell them specifically about Ahed’s arrest, and urge them to act for her release. Click here to tell your member of Congress to support the bill. Tell them to pressure Israel to free Ahed and other detained Palestinian kids.
For international supporters: Call your government officials and demand action for Ahed Tamimi and other Palestinian child prisoners, and freedom for Nariman Tamimi.
Call your country’s officials urgently:
Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop: + 61 2 6277 7500
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland: +1-613-992-5234
European Union Commissioner Federica Mogherini: +32 (0) 2 29 53516
New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully: +64 4 439 8000
United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson: +44 20 7008 1500
United States President Donald Trump: 1-202-456-1111
Call your nearest Israeli embassy and let them know that you know about the detention of Ahed Tamimi in Nabi Saleh and other Palestinian child prisoners. Demand Ahed, her mother Nariman, and the other detained children be immediately released. Contact information here: https://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/israel
Join one of the many protests for Jerusalem and distribute this post and other news about Ahed and the Palestinian prisoners. Get others involved in the struggle for Palestinian freedom! Build the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel and complicit corporations like HP and G4S.
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Ich bin ein Palestinian! Having said that, similar conduct by girls in the US would have resulted in the perpetrators being shot or at least incarcerated. The Palestinians need to take a few pages from Ghandi’s hymnal.
Gandhi also explains that someone who cannot use violence to defend themselves or their family is a helpless coward and a “worm.”
In his own words from the text Between Cowardice And Violence
“…He who cannot protect himself or his nearest and dearest or their honour by non-violently facing death may and ought to do so by violently dealing with the oppressor. He who can do neither of the two is a burden. He has no business to be the head of a family. He must either hide himself, or must rest content to live for ever in helplessness and be prepared to crawl like a worm at the bidding of a bully …[When violence] is offered in defence or for the defence of the defenceless, it is an act of bravery far better than cowardly submission.”
We need to remember some past greats who encouraged bravery, like Winston Churchill, who said, “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others”. Or Martin Luther King Jr, who implored us to “build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear”.
“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”– Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago
What will the price of Palestinian liberty be and who will pay it? Your quote from Ghandi posits the resistance has the physical means to resist. Are rocks versus M-16s and tanks an appropriate defense? A rebellion by Palestinians will be paid for in blood by their families which the Israelis has made abundantly clear. So long as this remains an internal struggle the outlook is bleak. David now appears to be Ishmael and Goliath has a big brother.
‘Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!’
…. upon it is written these words by Winston Churchill, a man who knew much about fighting tyranny:
“Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
Nelson Mandela on a Palestinian state:
“The UN took a strong stand against apartheid; and over the years, an international consensus was built, which helped to bring an end to this iniquitous system. But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”
It will take blood, an awful lot of blood.
But the rest of the world is tired of Israel and the US pretending virtue whilst stealing and slaughtering.
It will be American blood if they insist in defending the Zionist scum.
“This is the way the world ends, this is the way the world ends, this is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.” – T.S. Elliot The Hollow Men
Just be honest and say that you won’t be happy until every Jew is dead. You couch your genocidal intent behind the words of great statesmen and patriots, but anyone with half a brain sees through you.
I have said it before and i will keep on saying until at the very least, Israel is back behind its original borders, that the creation of this entity was the greatest boondoggle ever perpetrated on the people of planet Earth.
there is only one question to ask, if they had a legitimate reason to seek her brother, why do it as thieves in the night? at 3AM?
everything else is so much BS
and yes, i am pro-israeli, most definitely anti-moslem
Why don’t you return to your homeland Poland? Take that Khazarian pos Satanyahu with you.
The Phylistine construct died with Rome.
If this the “end times””, let it end. This s**t has been going on, for what, thousands of years now. Get yer done.
Remember; many Palestinians are CHRISTIANS!!!!
& also remember; many U.S. Police Departments train in Israel.
This explains their abusive, illegal and un-Constitutional behaviours!