By Mahmoud El-Yousseph
Israeli Occupation Forces arrested 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi , a prominent Palestinian activist, in the middle of the night after reportedly beating up her parents and a sibling.
Ahed Tamimi is from the village of Nabi Sahih (pop. 600), north west of the city of Ramallah. She was taken from her home in Nabi Salih in the Occupied Palestinian Territories during a 4:00 AM raid after a video emerged of her slapping an Israeli Occupation Force (IOF) officer went viral. Israel was outraged and considered the video an insult to its military and harmful to its occupation. Later on when Ahed’s mother, Narihan Tamimi, went to a local occupation police station to inquire about her child, she was put under arrest too.
Here is the short video that went viral:
Ahed Tamimi is an icon for many Palestinians. She has been protesting the Israeli occupation and the slow annexation of her village since she was seven years old. Ahed lost two of her uncles, an aunt who were shot dead by the IOF, and now her 14-year old cousin who was severely injured by a rubber bullet fired into his face by an Israeli soldier. Nevertheless, members of Israel’s far-right and the Israeli media accused her and her family of deliberately using social media to discredit Israel and portray it in the worst possible light.
What does Israel expect from the Palestinians when the IOF raid their villages at midnight, kill or injure their children, and confiscate their land?
Under US law, the IOF soldiers ought to be considered criminal trespassers, for it is lawful to shoot dangerously armed intruders into your house, if only in self-defense. It is outrageous for Israel to label this courageous young Palestinian freedom fighter a “provocateur” engaged in terrorism when they are breaking into the houses of Palestinians on a daily basis and beating up Palestinians and even killing them.
The truth is, Ahed Tamimi is a fearless Palestinian activist and a symbol of the popular Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation.
Israeli War Minister Avidor Lieberman went ballistic when he saw the video of Ahed slap one of the IOF soldiers on the face. He then issued an order to silence the Tamimi family once and for all. What does Lieberman expect? You can’t toss a snake into a cradle and then act surprised if the baby get bitten.
AHED TAMI, YOUNG PALESTINIAN ACTIVIST,
CONFRONTING AN ISRAELI OCCUPATION SOLDIER
This is the same Lieberman who said Palestinian citizens of Israel who do not swear allegiance to Israel should have their heads “chopped off by an axe.” He even suggested in 2003, when he was serving as transportation minister, that it might be a good idea for Israel “to drown any released Palestinian prisoners in the Dead Sea.”
Why does ISIS come to mind?
After Ahed Tamimi’s father told the world on his Facebook page what happened to his wife and daughter, the IOF soldiers came bursting into his home and stole all phones, computers, cameras, and his laptop Later on when Ahed’s mother, Narihan Tamim, went to a local occupation police station to ask for news about her child, she was immediately placed under arrest.
News Flash: As I am writing this, the newswires service reported that Nour Naji Tamimi, 21, a cousin of Ahed, was arrested by the IOF too.
A few days ago, Al-Jazeera also reported that 14-year-old Mohammad Tamimi, a cousin of Ahed, has been placed in a medically-induced coma after Israeli Occupation soldiers shot him in the face. This was during a protest against Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as “the eternal capital of Israel”.
Mohammad underwent a six-hour operation involving the services of seven Palestinian surgeons at a Ramallah hospital.
Human rights groups have accused Israel of abusing detained Palestinian children. As of January 2017, Israel is holding 339 Palestinian children and 400 Palestinian women at 13 concentration camps inside Israel.
It looks like Israel has declared all-out war on the Tamimi family. Ahed is a child, and like thousands of Palestinian children, she could well be subjected to serious abuse behind bars. She needs to be freed as soon as possible.
It is a well documented fact that Palestinian children like Ahed Tamimi are beaten, abused and tortured during their arrest by the Israeli military.
For Ahed’s sake, peace loving people in the United States need to urge their Representative in Congress to sign onto legislation H.R. 4391 that Congresswoman Betty McCollum(D-MN) just introduced to end the abuse and detention of Palestinian children.
Readers living in the US can have their voices heard, by challenging the illegal detention and inhumane treatment of Ahed, Narihan, and Nour Tamimi, by expressing their concerns to the embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C. to the Israeli Embassy’s press office email address: email@example.com
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Today an Israeli court has extended the detention of Ahed and her mother for another 10 days. There is also an unconfirmed report that Ahed’s father, Bassam Tamimi, has just been arrested at his home by the IOF. To rub salt in the wound, the Israeli Education Minister has recommended that Ahed Tamimi, age 16, should spend the rest of her life in an Israeli prison.
SEE HOW THE BRUTAL OCCUPIERS TREAT
A PALESTINIAN CHILD
New York City — The Trump administration received a concerted middle finger from much of the rest of the world on Thursday when it learned very publicly that its longstanding bullying tactics may be losing their effectiveness. From the New York Times:
“A majority of the world’s nations delivered a stinging rebuke to the United States on Thursday, denouncing its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and ignoring President Trump’s threats to retaliate by cutting aid to countries voting against it.
“In a collective act of defiance toward Washington, the General Assembly voted 128 to 9, with 35 abstentions, to demand that the United States rescind its Dec. 6 declaration on Jerusalem, the contested holy city.”
The United Nations resolution, drafted by Turkey and Yemen, was the second condemning Trump’s decision to upend decades’ worth of internationally recognized policy on the hornet’s nest that is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The first resolution, written by Egypt, went before the fifteen-member U.N. Security Council on December 18. United States delegate Nikki Haley vetoed the draft while all fourteen other member nations voted in favor of it.
It was Haley, in a letter sent to U.N. member nations on Tuesday, who fanned the flames of what was already a controversial decision — which includes moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — on the part of the Trump administration. She wrote that the president would be watching Thursday’s vote “carefully” and that he’d “requested I report back on those countries who voted against us.”
She echoed the warning on Wednesday via Twitter, claiming the embassy move was “the will of the American ppl” and that the U.S. would be “taking names” of those who stand against the decision.
Trump praised Haley’s effort at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. This was also when he made the threat to cut off financial assistance to nations opposing the will of the United States:
“I like the message that Nikki sent yesterday at the United Nations, for all of these nations that take our money and then they vote against us at the Security Council, or they vote against us potentially at the assembly. They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us, well, we’re watching those votes. Let ’em vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”
Following Thursday’s lopsided vote, a defeated Haley said the U.S. would “remember this day” on which it was “singled out for attack in the General Assembly.” Continuing, Haley reiterated her president’s position, saying the administration wouldn’t forget the affront when it was “called upon once again to make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations.”
But it was precisely this threatening tone that rubbed so many people the wrong way in the first place, and some took the opportunity to speak on the subject once the vote had been tallied.
“The world is not for sale,” said Venezuela’s representative to the U.N., Samuel Moncada Acosta, adding that U.S. threats “imperil global peace.”
Palestinian foreign minister Riad Malki produced a comparable sentiment, stating that Palestine “will not be threatened” and that the Trump administration, with its action regarding Jerusalem, is “ignoring the dangerous repercussions of its decision.”
Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour questioned the motivations behind the U.S. decision itself:
“What does this decision serve? It serves the Israeli government in implementing its colonial plans. It serves the powers of extremism.”
Mansour then highlighted that even stalwart U.S. allies such as Britain and France voted in favor of the resolution.
“Does the United States not wonder why it stands isolated,” he asked, “and why even its closest allies couldn’t turn a blind eye to this decision?”
Fittingly, in his comments, the foreign minister of Turkey — one of the two drafters of the resolution — used the word that best sums up the U.S. strategy to get countries to play ball on the vote: bullying.
Calling Trump’s decision on Jerusalem “an outrageous assault to all universal values,” Mevlut Cavusoglu vocalized what many appeared to be thinking.
“This is bullying,” he said. “We will not be intimidated.” Then, addressing the U.S. directly, he added: “You can be strong, but this doesn’t make you right.”
Despite such unified opposition, the Trump administration remains resolute. Nikki Haley has already rejected the U.N. vote and said that plans regarding Jerusalem, including moving the U.S. embassy there, will go forward as scheduled.
This article originally appeared on The Anti-Media.
UN Condemns ‘Wanton’ Killing of Palestinian Double-Amputee
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’d al-Hussein has said that the killing of Palestinian double-amputee Abu Thurayeh is “incomprehensible,” citing his “severe disability, which must have been clearly visible to those who shot him.”
Abu Thurayeh was protesting U.S. President Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli state when he was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers on Friday at the north-eastern Gaza border.
Trump’s declaration has ignited protests across Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which have so far resulted in 10 deaths. Thousands have been injured by live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets, with hundreds more arrested, including children.
Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh’s case caught international attention because he was left wheelchair-bound after losing both legs during a 2008 Israeli missile strike on the besieged Gaza strip.
In a military statement, Israel claimed that it is impossible to determine what killed Abu Thurayeh: “No live fire was aimed at Abu Thurayeh. It is impossible to determine whether Abu Thurayeh was injured as a result of riot dispersal means, or what caused his death.”
The military statement acknowledges soldiers used live rounds aimed at “main instigators,” partially admitting to the use of excessive force.
“The lethal use of firearms should only be employed as the last resort, when strictly unavoidable, in order to protect life,” al-Hussein said.
The UN official called on Israel to open an independent investigation into casualties and stressed U.S. responsibility. “These events, including the loss of five irreplaceable lives, can sadly be traced directly back to the unilateral U.S. announcement on the status of Jerusalem, which breaks international consensus and was dangerously provocative,” he said.
Hours after his statement, al-Hussein sent an e-mail to his staff informing them he has decided to step down when his term ends next summer.
“I have decided not to seek a second four-year term,” he wrote. “To do so, in the current geopolitical context, might involve bending a knee in supplication; muting a statement of advocacy; lessening the independence and integrity of my voice — which is your voice.”
Earlier this year, another senior UN official, Rima Khalaf, resigned after publishing a report stating that Israel imposes an “apartheid regime” on Palestinians.