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Two more Tamimi family members are said to be arrested, as Ahed, 16, appears in court

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Today the arrest of Ahed Tamimi, 16, in occupied Nabi Saleh early Tuesday morning, after a video surfaced showing her slapping an Israeli soldier, is gaining global attention, including from the Washington Post. Ahed’s arrest by Israeli soldiers was followed by the arrest of her mother Nariman.

Today Ahed appeared in a military court, and there are reports on social media that two more members of the Tamimi family have been arrested. Notably, Bassem Tamimi, Ahed’s father, is said to have been arrested during the court proceedings. And a cousin, Noor, who reportedly appeared in the slapping video, was arrested yesterday– amid claims by Israel supporters that the incident was an example of “Pallywood,” encounters allegedly staged by Palestinians to publicize the occupation.

Ahed Tamimi in court, from Mahmoud Milano Facebook page

There are several reports of Bassem’s arrest on Facebook:

Hours ago Bassem Tamimi was arrested while attending his daughter Ahed Tamimi’s arraignment in Israel’s colonial court. The court also extended Ahed’s detention for another 10 days. Now mother, daughter, and father are jailed.

Ahed Tamimi in court, from Mahmoud Milano Facebook page

Tali Shapiro also states that Bassem (the courageous protagonist of the Ben Ehrenreich book on resisting occupation, The Way to the Spring), was arrested.

Shapiro says that Ahed Tamimi’s detention was extended for ten days in Israel’s military court; while other reports are that mother Nariman Tamimi’s detention has also been extended.

Shapiro is someone we have worked with in Palestine; she is highly reliable; and she states that yet another member of the extended family was arrested:

So after kidnapping 17 year-old Ahed, & her mother Nariman, once again, in the wee hours of the morning, © descended on the tiny village, & abducted yet another member of the Tamimi family. Nour is 21 years old. Her father Naji, said:

“We are proud of our , Nour, who has been raised to resist the occupation and the injustice, an extension of her parents and grandparents, and take pride in her struggle against this terrorist state, and we warn these thugs not to touch or endanger her.”

There is this report on the same person:

According to this report, Noor Tamimi is also shown in the slapping video, confronting Israeli soldiers.

The Washington Post has a horrifying story up on the Ahed Tamimi case, by Ruth Eglash. It presents the two sides, Israeli soldiers and the Tamimi family, as somehow on an equal footing. It glosses the occupation of Nabi Saleh and the theft of the village’s lands and spring by the illegal settlement next door.

The villagers accuse Israel of expropriating their lands in favor of the nearby Jewish settlement of Halamish.

Accuse? The occupation and confiscation of lands are a settled fact; a flagrant violation of international law, in the eyes of the U.N. Security Council. The article valorizes the Pallywood narrative by quoting Israelis calling Ahed Tamimi “Shirley Temper”– as if Ahed Tamimi chose this life in a tiny occupied besieged village as a career move, at age 10. And Eglash says that meantime she is a hero to “Arabs.” But it’s not just “Arabs.” Palestinian solidarity activists find Ahed Tamimi inspiring.

Eglash notes that Israeli society is up in arms over the slapping video:

“This was a severe incident, when Palestinian women attacked an [Israel Defense Forces] officer and attempted to use social media as a platform to provoke the officers to respond,” said Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. He said police were continuing to investigate what had happened.

In an interview with Israel Army Radio on Tuesday, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party, said the young women “should finish their lives in prison.”

“The pictures are harsh,” Bennett said. “I trust that the incident will be investigated, the lessons will be learned, and those activists who attacked will be tried.”

The article also glosses the fact that a 14-year-old member of the Tamimi family, was severely injured when he was shot in the head by Israeli soldier last week. Unnamed! His name is Mohammed, according to Al Jazeera, which did a whole story on the injury. Imagine the U.S. press leaving an Israeli boy so severely injured unnamed. Access to their lands is an existential issue to the Tamimis of Nabi Saleh. A few years ago Mustafa Tamimi was killed by Israeli soldiers during a demonstration. That isn’t Pallywood.

Eglash reflects former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren, who said that the Tamimi children are dressed in “American clothes” to stage their confrontations, by doing a fashion report on Ahed:

In 2015, wearing a bright pink Tweetie Pie T-shirt…

She was also the focus of media attention in 2012, when, wearing red pants…

This is shocking.

The on-the-one-hand, on-the-other coverage of occupation is reminiscent of Daniel Estrin’s coverage of the Jerusalem announcement by Donald Trump two weeks ago on NPR. He repeatedly characterized the Jerusalem matter as a question of disputed claims, with Palestinians claiming the city is occupied. When that too is settled fact; Israel gained sovereignty by conquest, and it is not recognized by the world.

P.S. Yesterday we posted a story about the Ahed Tamimi arrest then took it down after a factual statement in the article — that Ahed’s brother was severely injured — was questioned. The injured boy, Mohammed Tamimi, is said to be her cousin. We apologize for our error on this fast-moving story.

Thanks to James North.

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15 Responses

  1. Jackdaw on December 20, 2017, 11:21 am

    Another whirl around the vortex guys?
    Count me out.

    • Marnie on December 20, 2017, 11:35 am

      ‘Count me out’.

      With pleasure Jackdoff. Yer out!

      • Mooser on December 20, 2017, 1:28 pm

        “With pleasure Jackdoff. Yer out!”

        But not without adding a ‘UPV’ and some ‘hits’ within a short time after the article appears. And drawing a few more in response.
        I’m telling you, these Internet Hasbara tacticians will be hard to beat.

      • Kay24 on December 21, 2017, 5:44 am

        Aw, the bird not feeling much love around here…I wonder why!

    • eljay on December 20, 2017, 11:47 am

      || Jackdaw: Another whirl around the vortex guys?
      Count me out. ||

      …says the first person to post a comment on the story. You, sir, a very amusing! :-)

    • Misterioso on December 21, 2017, 11:01 am


      We get it. You can’t handle the ugly truth.

      Here’s more of it:

      “A Girl’s Chutzpah: Three Reasons a Palestinian Teenage Girl Is Driving Israel Insane.”

      “Ahed Tamimi, 16, is a heroine, a Palestinian heroine. Maybe the intifada of slappings will succeed where all other methods of resistance have failed”

      By Gideon Levy. Dec 21, 2017, Haaretz.


      “Last Tuesday, Israel Defense Forces soldiers shot Hamed al-Masri, 15, in the head, wounding the unarmed boy from Salfit severely. On Friday, soldiers shot the unarmed Mohammed Tamimi, also 15, in the head, wounding the Nabi Saleh boy severely. Also on Friday, soldiers killed Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, a double amputee, shooting him in the head, too. On the same day Ahed Tamimi, 16, stood in the courtyard of her home with her girlfriend and slapped an IDF officer who had invaded her home.

      “Israel woke from its slumber angry: How dare she. The three victims of the barbaric shooting didn’t interest Israelis, and the media didn’t even bother to report on them. But the slap (and kick) by Tamimi provoked rage. How dare she slap an IDF soldier? A soldier whose friends slap, beat, abduct and of course shoot Palestinians almost every day.

      “She really has chutzpah, Tamimi. She broke the rules. Slapping is permitted only by soldiers. She is the real provocation, not the soldier who invaded her house. She, who had three close relatives killed by the occupation, whose parents have been detained countless times and whose father was sentenced to four months in prison for participating in a demonstration at the entrance to a grocery store – she dared to resist a soldier. Palestinian chutzpah. Tamimi was supposed to fall in love with the soldier who invaded her house, to toss rice at him, but, ingrate that she is, she rewarded him with a slap. It’s all because of the ‘incitement.’ Otherwise she certainly wouldn’t hate her conqueror.”

      “But there are other sources of the unbridled lust for revenge against Tamimi. (Education Minister Naftali Bennett: ‘She should finish her life in prison.’) The girl from Nabi Saleh shattered several myths for Israelis. Worst of all, she dared to damage the Israeli myth of masculinity. Suddenly it turns out that the heroic soldier, who watches over us day and night with daring and courage, is being pitted against a girl with empty hands. What’s going to happen to our machismo, which Tamimi shattered so easily, and our testosterone?”

      Suddenly Israelis saw the cruel, dangerous enemy they are confronting: a curly-haired 16-year-old girl. All the demonization and dehumanization in the sycophantic media were shattered at once when confronted by a girl in a blue sweater.

      “Israelis lost their heads. This is not what they were told. They’re used to hearing about terrorists and terror and murderous behavior. It’s hard to accuse Ahed Tamimi of all that; she didn’t even have scissors in her hands. Where’s the Palestinian cruelty? Where’s the danger? Where’s the evil? You could lose your mind. Suddenly all the cards were reshuffled: For one rare moment the enemy looked so human. Of course you can rely on Israel’s machinery of propaganda and brainwashing, which are so efficient, to assassinate Tamimi’s character soon enough. She too will be labeled a cruel terrorist who was born to kill; it will be said she has no justifiable motives and that there’s no context for her behavior.”

      • eljay on December 21, 2017, 11:13 am

        || Misterioso: @Jackdaw

        We get it. You can’t handle the ugly truth.

        Here’s more of it: …

        … “Tamimi was supposed to fall in love with the soldier who invaded her house, to toss rice at him … ” ||

        It’s true – just ask JeffB:

        … If the Palestinians act like Israelis they won’t be a perceived as a demographic threat and the Jewish Israelis will breed with them …

      • Marnie on December 21, 2017, 12:10 pm

        The slap heard round the world! She is being painted as the most dangerous creature alive. She slapped a soldier, but she was slapped first. She is my hero!

      • Misterioso on December 21, 2017, 12:53 pm

        More ugly truth:

        “Two-thirds of Palestinian Minors Testify to Abuse in Israeli Detention
        The incidence of reported physical violence against child detainees has risen since a 2013 UNICEF report on the matter.”

        Amira Hass. Dec 21, 2017, Haaretz.

        “About two thirds of the 70 Palestinian minors who testified about their arrest and incarceration in 2017 reported that they were subjected to violence and physical abuse by soldiers during their custody.

        “The kinds of violence reported were slaps, kicks, pinches, blows with various objects, pushing and being forced to sit in painful positions, according to the October report published by Military Court Watch, a group of lawyers and social activists that monitors the treatment of children in Israeli military detention.

        “The 70 minors, ages 12 to 17, are but a sample of the hundreds of Palestinian minors arrested this year by the Israeli army. The final figures for 2016 and this year haven’t been submitted yet.”

        “In 2013, UNICEF published a report on Palestinian children arrested by Israel, concluding that ‘the ill treatment of children who come in contact with the military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized throughout the process, from the moment of arrest to indictment of the child, the conviction and issuing of the verdict.’ ”

  2. lonely rico on December 20, 2017, 12:51 pm

    > Jackdaw

    Count me out

    Is that a promise Jackoff?
    Counting on you to keep your word.

    Suggestion from FOSNA – Urgent Action for Tamimi Family

    Call your nearest Israeli embassy –

    and let them know you are aware of Ahed Tamimi’s arrest in Nabi Saleh, among other Palestinian child prisoners. Demand Ahed, her mother Nariman, and the other detained children be immediately released.

  3. Rob Roy on December 20, 2017, 6:36 pm

    It’s time (way passed time, in fact) for the world to sanction this little upstart ignorant country and entirely cut it off from association with other countries. It should be shunned until Israel gives back to the Palestinians the land, farms animals, water, electricity, services and everything else it’s stolen. Palestinians should have full citizenship, voting rights, passports and freedom of movement anywhere in Israel and the rest of the world. The IDF is a well funded, well trained, well weaponized and US supported terrorist organization. I’ve seen them in action. The world should sanction and shun the USA, too, as that country supports the openly racist Israel. I know Israelis who hate what their country does to the Arabs, but those folks, just like in America, have no power to stop the criminals. Actually, they could if they had the will power to speak and act out in the open. Israel and the US are not democracies and they know it.

  4. JosephA on December 20, 2017, 6:36 pm

    Let the international media cover this insane arrest. Let’s see how the U.N. general assembly votes tomorrow under US threat.

  5. Marnie on December 21, 2017, 1:43 am

    “The pictures are harsh,” Bennett said. “I trust that the incident will be investigated, the lessons will be learned, and those activists who attacked will be tried.”

    The pictures showed, IMHO, 2 idiots in military garb who clearly didn’t know whether to shit or get off the pot, so decided to shit themselves. the israeli public is furious as they looked weak and impotent (because of course they were supposed to shoot these women, right?). The Tamimi women have incredible street cred. They’ve killed exactly 0 soldiers, but have scored to the 7th heaven on the deflating the zionist hard-on scale. Go team! And the israeli response? Where oh where is a soldier with balls of steel when you need one? Awaiting a pardon, of course. Bennett is trying to spin it as a case of brave ‘soldiers’ restraining themselves from the taunts, kicks and slaps of teenagers instead of soldiers who maybe, just maybe because of current events, felt that less is more. Occupation is a real mofo and Bennett will be sure and school these soldiers on just how easy it is to kill Arabs. And it’s no problem.

  6. Kay24 on December 21, 2017, 5:47 am

    They do the most despicable things, and resort to inhumane tactics, and then whine that everyone is out to get them, making themselves out to be the victims. That is a crazy zionist world over there. Once again innocent Palestinians pay the price for such arrogance.

  7. eljay on December 21, 2017, 8:06 am

    … “This was a severe incident … ,” said Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. …

    I agree with Mr. Rosenfeld that this was a severe incident: “Jewish State” military goons were in not-Israel trespassing on private, not-Israeli property.

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