“The pictures went viral. That’s important,” Ahed Tamimi, 14, tells Allison Deger, “so the world can see what happens.” Ahed is the blond teen on the far left of the widely-published photo of a violent confrontation between Palestinian women and children, and an Israeli soldier in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. “When you see someone in your family in danger you don’t have time to think about it,” Nour Tamimi, 16, explains. “He was beating me and I saw his hand on my face, so I bit him,” the soft-spoken Ahed added.
Max Blumenthal was in Gaza during last year’s ferocious Israeli assault, and his book tells truths that are missing from the New York Times. Even those of us who followed Israel’s attack as it happened will still learn plenty from this book.