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Last night, 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi, a well-known activist in occupied Nabi Saleh, was arrested by Israel in a night raid on her home. A short video of the long-haired young woman being taken away is being circulated around the ‘net today. Code Pink reports:

The whereabouts of where she is now being held are unknown. In the middle of the night, dozens of Israeli soldiers burst into the house in a night raid, taking Ahed into custody…

Her mother, Nariman Tamimi, was arrested the next day while trying to inquire at the Israeli police station about the whereabouts of her daughter.

Ahed is a high school student concentrating on general studies and preparing for college. She has received worldwide acclaim for her childhood activism

Last week, Mohammad Tamimi, 14, Ahed’s cousin, was shot in the face during a demonstration and left in a coma. Ahed is said to have responded to the shooting by slapping a soldier in this encounter with Israeli soldiers. The slapping incident was widely-circulated, and prompted calls in Israel for Ahed to be arrested, and evidently resulted in her arrest.

The case is sure to call more attention to Israel’s inhumane occupation and disgraceful and illegal treatment of children. Which is why–

Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador, tweeted today that the whole family is fake and the children are being dressed in American clothes, whatever that means, and paid to provoke the Israeli soldiers.

[The Tamimi family—which may not be a real family—dresses up kids in American clothes and pays them to provoke IDF troops on camera. This cynical and cruel use of children constitutes abuse. Human rights organizations must investigate!]

Nabi Saleh is a small village in occupied Palestine; the soldiers are there to keep the villagers from getting to their own lands, some of which have been given to a neighboring (Jews only) settlement/colony called Halamish. Halamish also has sole access to a spring the village called its own. This situation, and the courage of the Tamimi family, was the subject of a cover article in the New York Times Magazine by Ben Ehrenreich (and a book by him as well).

Michael Oren

Oren has a history of misrepresentation. Three years ago on CNN Michael Oren said that two teens Israeli snipers killed in the occupied West Bank during demonstrations weren’t really dead, though their killings were captured on video.

Oren: [Y]ou see two young people who were supposedly shot, one to the chest, one through the back but they both fall in the same way. They fall forward which is inconsistent with what we know about combat deaths….

Wolf Blitzer: But what I hear you suggesting, it’s possible you think that this whole thing was staged? Is that what you’re suggesting?

OREN: We don’t know. We don’t know.

Four years ago Oren published a memoir called Ally describing a synagogue bombing in West Orange, N.J., in 1971 when he was 15, as the work of anti-Semites that showed him America was unsafe for Jews. The story left out the key facts that the synagogue had backed out of hosting a speech by Meir Kahane, and news coverage at the time, as well as synagogue officials I later interviewed, tied the bombing to the appearance of the extremist.

It’s amazing that this guy still gets a platform.

H/t Sheren Khalel, James North and Jesse Rubin.

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  1. amigo on December 19, 2017, 1:07 pm

    “Palestinian activists stage Kids in American clothes to provoke the idf.”M Oren.

    Gee , what if they dressed them in New York (America )Haredi Jewish clothes , complete with curls and unshaven gesichts , would the idf heroes be provoked.Or would the kids be shot for impersonating a Jewish person.

    How dare these A-rabs dress like a non Arab.This is causing the idf to have to ponder for a few seconds before deciding to shoot to kill.

    Your honour , the A-rab terrorist was dressed like an american and this is not allowed by Israeli law.

    • Mooser on December 19, 2017, 3:21 pm

      “Palestinian activists stage Kids in American clothes to provoke the idf.”M Oren

      Americans, take warning. Even more than Palestinians, Americans “provoke” the IDF.

      • amigo on December 19, 2017, 5:40 pm

        “Americans take warning” .Mooser

        Indeed , ask the Parents of Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurndall.

  2. eljay on December 19, 2017, 1:16 pm

    It’s nice to see Michael Oren whataboutistically concerned that a not-Israeli family may not be a family (“We don’t know. We don’t know.”) even as his “eternal homeland’s” Occupation and Oppression Forces continue to enforce the “Jewish State’s” military occupation and colonization of not-Israeli territory and multi-faceted brutalization of not-Israelis.

  3. Maghlawatan on December 19, 2017, 1:53 pm

    May not be a real family. Brown people don’t have relationshis or emotions.

    WTF has become of Judaism?

  4. Maghlawatan on December 19, 2017, 2:05 pm

    Paying them to provoke Israeli soldiers implies that the victims are criminal. Oren reminds me of Theresienstadt, the Nazi PR effort

  5. Edward Q on December 19, 2017, 2:54 pm

    Oren needs to be more explicit and just say the Palestinians were disguised as humans. They have to resort to these extreme measures because they don’t actually have any arguments to make.

  6. Maghlawatan on December 19, 2017, 3:02 pm

    Oren is a lying POS. What is interesting is the limit of his art. He can lie 24/7;in the US but nobody outside Judaism and the US believes him.
    Israel has reached the end of the normalisation road. The time to cut a deal with the Palestinians was 20 years ago. The international community expected a deal. It still does. The status quo is not acceptable.

  7. just on December 19, 2017, 4:16 pm

    Hey Michael Oren~ check this TRUTH out:

    “Musta’ribeen, Israel’s agents who pose as Palestinian

    They are dressed like Palestinian protesters, speak with the same accents and expressions, and show the same mannerisms. Their faces covered with checkered keffiyehs or balaclavas, they chant against the Israeli army and sometimes throw stones in the direction of the soldiers, all while drawing in other protesters as they get closer and closer to the army.

    Then, quick as a bang, the scene erupts, and this group suddenly turns on the rest of the Palestinian protesters, brandishing guns that were concealed under their shirts, firing in the air, grabbing those nearest to them and wrestling them to the ground.

    The army advances and takes into custody the Palestinians that were caught, as the rest of the protesters disperse, screaming out one word as a warning to others: “Musta’ribeen!”

    Disguised as Arabs

    Musta’ribeen, or mista’arvim in Hebrew, is a word that is derived from the Arabic “musta’rib”, or one that is specialised in Arabic language and culture. In Israeli security terms, the word denotes security forces who disguise themselves as Arabs and carry out missions in the heart of Palestinian societies or other Arab countries.

    The agents are given rigorous training, and in operations concerning the occupied territories, are taught to think and act like a Palestinian. Their main missions, according to Israeli affairs expert Antoine Shalhat, include gathering intelligence, arresting Palestinians, and – in their eyes – counterterrorist operations.

    “The first musta’ribeen unit was established in 1942 before the state of Israel came into being until 1950,” Shalhat said. “This unit was part of the Palmach, an elite division of the Haganah militia, which went on to later become the core of the Israeli army.”

    Not much is known about these agents because they operate in secret, he added. The Israeli army dissolves these units once their work is found out, and forms new ones to take their place. …

    Presence in recent protests

    Over the past two weeks, Palestinians have been protesting US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Hundreds have been arrested by Israeli forces, and 10 people have been killed so far in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    Last week, during one of the protests at Ramallah’s northern entrance near the illegal Bet Il settlement, a group of musta’ribeen infiltrated the protest and arrested three young Palestinian men, according to journalist Rasha Harzallah.

    “They were only there for 10 minutes,” said Harzallah, who was standing the closest to the first Palestinian protester arrested on Wednesday, December 13. “They were dressed exactly like the other Palestinian protesters, and threw a sound grenade at them.”

    “They were about five in total, and pulled out their guns and began firing in the air,” she continued. “The army then suddenly advanced in huge numbers, and they began firing live bullets at people and in the air, even at the journalists.”

    Harzallah, who works for the official Wafa news agency, said that the agent nearest to her was wearing a dark red shirt and had his face covered with a keffiyeh.

    “Before, he was standing on the front line with the other Palestinian protesters throwing rocks at the Israeli army,” she said.

    “The army then suddenly advanced quickly. Then I noticed the red-shirted man on top of a Palestinian protester, and he was waving his gun towards me and the photographer next to me shouting ‘don’t get close!'”…”

    much more @

  8. JLewisDickerson on December 19, 2017, 4:29 pm

    RE: “The Tamimi family—which may not be a real family—dresses up kids in American clothes . . .” ~ Oren

    MY SNARKCASM: Fake news, fake deites, fake this, fake that, fake whatever. OMG, now Pallywood is using fake families! ! !

    I remember when Oren seemed certain that a video showing a teen being shot and killed by an IDF shooter (who claimed he was using non-lethal ammo) for protesting outside the Ofer prison. When the full video from a security camera was made available, there was no indication that it had been edited to unfairly make the IDF shooter seem guilty. Eventually the IDF guy was prosecuted and he took a really sweet plea deal.

    Frankly, I’ve always considered Oren to be a “fake historian”.

  9. Citizen on December 19, 2017, 5:16 pm

    Only the Israeli government is authorized to use western model types & clothing as the face of Israel.

  10. Bumblebye on December 19, 2017, 5:49 pm

    Oren is a walking obscenity.

    From where does he get some nefarious ‘right’ to dictate how Palestinians should dress?!

    His major problem with Ahed is probably that she isn’t veiled (after all, isn’t that how he *expects* muslim females to be attired?!!!) and thus her light hair, light eyes, her appearance in general, is too like that of many millions of young western girls. Heck! The western kids might identify with her! Thoroughly and utterly racist of him.

  11. Jon66 on December 19, 2017, 8:26 pm

    Have you seen the video? Two soldiers standing there and the girls walk up start hitting, slapping, and kicking them. The soldiers refrain from responding.

    • oldgeezer on December 19, 2017, 9:10 pm

      lol jon… yeah they refrained from responding until they enough backup to abduct them in the middle of the night. They were probably wetting their khakis without a tank to protect them

      Such brave men. Cowards and criminals the lot of them

      • Jon66 on December 19, 2017, 10:31 pm

        They de-escalated the situation until such time as they could arrest the assailant with minimal risk of injury to others. The girls were obviously looking to provoke, but unlike Gandhi or King they began the physical assault and then stood ready with cameras. Tell me how Allied soldiers in Occupied Berlin would have responded.

      • Emory Riddle on December 20, 2017, 8:03 am

        The presence of armed and hostile soldiers all over your land is not provocation?

        Okay. Let Israel be filled with Arab soldiers telling everyone what they can and cannot do and killing protesters with impunity.

      • John O on December 20, 2017, 8:42 am


        Allied soldiers in Occupied Berlin may have reacted the same, or differently. The main thing is they (other than the Russians) ended their occupation in 1955.

      • oldgeezer on December 20, 2017, 9:01 am


        bs. Cowards and criminals through and through. 20 men to arrest a 16 yr old?

        Shooting her cousin (another kid) in the head was the provocation.

        Your moral compass is inverted

      • Jon66 on December 20, 2017, 10:19 am

        John O,
        Coincidentally, the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem were not “occupied” in 1955. The Palestinians could have had their state in those areas at that time. It’s a shame that a state of Palestine wasn’t established at that time.

        The final peace treaty with Germany wasn’t agreed to until 1990. Only then did the Allies renounce their rights. After the war, Eastern territories of Germany were transferred to Poland.

      • Mooser on December 20, 2017, 11:53 am

        “Jon66” what makes you think Israel is equivalent to the Allied Powers after WW2? Aren’t you punching just a little above your weight?

      • John O on December 20, 2017, 11:54 am


        “Coincidentally”, Germany wasn’t occupied in 1933 (apart from Saarland, which rejoined Germany by plebiscite in 1935). You are, of course well aware that the point I was making was that the Allied occupation did not last 50 years and counting.

      • amigo on December 20, 2017, 1:22 pm

        “Coincidentally, the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem were not “occupied” in 1955. The Palestinians could have had their state in those areas at that time”.Jon 66

        interesting hypothesis .Have any evidence please.

        ” It’s a shame that a state of Palestine wasn’t established at that time.”Jon 66

        I am sure your liberal zionist heart is shattered in a million pieces.How have you been able to bear this burden for so many decades.

      • Jon66 on December 20, 2017, 8:14 pm

        I don’t understand your question. Israel did not occupy those territories between 47-67. What prevented the Palestinians from declaring statehood during that time in those areas?

      • Bumblebye on December 21, 2017, 1:58 am

        between 48 and 67, with Palestine under Jordanian trusteeship, the israelis refused to give up the land occupied (between its *declared* borders and the Armistice/Green Line) in 1948 – in defiance of UN, and against its own promise one week after declaring its borders.

      • Talkback on December 21, 2017, 7:19 am

        Jon66: “Israel did not occupy those territories between 47-67. What prevented the Palestinians from declaring statehood during that time in those areas?”

        The state of Palestine allready existed under mandate. So there was no need to declare a state. You don’t get that the Zionist Apartheid Junta’s declaration of statehood in Palestine was a secession from the state of Palestine by Zionists terrorists. It was a junta that first terrorized the mandatory goverment into dissolution and then took over as much territory as it could through war and expulsion. It was nothing else than a racist paramilitary and terrorist coup d’etat. Or to put it short: JSIL.

    • Bumblebye on December 19, 2017, 9:52 pm

      Brave kids, those girls. Of course that video is being spread around the internet by zionist groups complaining about ‘Pallywood’ productions, and completely *failing* to note that these armed idiots are operating outside their own country against these young girls and their families, enabling land theft, resource expropriation, thuggery and worse from their own compatriots who are busily dispossessing the indigenous population. They are heroes, and perhaps foolhardy.

      • echinococcus on December 19, 2017, 10:29 pm


        A 16-year-old girl whose kid brother has just been shot in the face by the goons (not mentioning the long years of torture and murders committed against the family) would be “foolhardy” if she is human.

    • Marnie on December 20, 2017, 12:29 am

      The soldiers ‘refrain’ because they’re on video dumbass. The ‘soldiers’ ‘refrain’ because they’ve got other fish to fry and know Ahed’s going to be arrested. They ‘refrain’ because they aren’t through with Ahed or her family. They ‘refrain’ because there’s always tomorrow.

      On another note Jon666, what kind of masochist you must be to keep posting here, your posts like so many bird droppings on a newspaper it can’t read or comprehend. FO.

    • Marnie on December 20, 2017, 12:35 am

      Have a cup of whataboutery, courtesy of
      Notorious Israeli settler Anat Cohen harasses human rights activists …

      ‘You are a Jew, you need to stand with the Jews’: Peace activist Ariel …

    • eljay on December 20, 2017, 7:39 am

      || Jon66: Have you seen the video? Two soldiers standing there … ||

      Have you read the story? Two Israeli Occupation Forces soldiers standing there in not-Israel enforcing Israel’s decades-long and on-going occupation and colonization of not-Israeli territory.

    • John O on December 20, 2017, 2:09 pm


      Thanks for your recommendation to watch the video and bringing my attention to the fact that the first slap to anyone’s head is from the the rearmost soldier.

    • Talkback on December 20, 2017, 2:55 pm

      Mooser: ““Jon66” what makes you think Israel is equivalent to the Allied Powers after WW2? Aren’t you punching just a little above your weight?”

      I’m puzzled, too. IIRC it was not the Allied Powers, but the Nazis who aquired territory through war, illegally annexed it and illegally settled in it (it was charged with the crime of “Germanization of occupied territories” at the Nuremberg trials) and also differentiated between nationals and citizen.

      That’s what the Geneva Convention writes about settling in occupied territories: “[The clause] is intended to prevent a practice adopted during the Second World War by certain Powers, which transferred portions of their own population to occupied territory for political and racial reasons or in order, as they claimed, to colonize those territories.”

    • Talkback on December 20, 2017, 3:00 pm

      Jon66: “Coincidentally, the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem were not “occupied” in 1955. The Palestinians could have had their state in those areas at that time.”

      Indeed. Only Jews have a right to territorial integrity of “their” country. Nonjews have to partition theirs on Jewish demand.

      Jon66: “The final peace treaty with Germany wasn’t agreed to until 1990. Only then did the Allies renounce their rights. After the war, Eastern territories of Germany were transferred to Poland.

      What “rights” did the Allies “renounces”? And what does this case have to do with Zionist settler colonialism and violently enforcing an Apartheid state unto the natives of a country?

      • Maghlawatan on December 20, 2017, 3:19 pm

        The Palestinians were waiting for international law to restore their rights in 1955.

        All of these bot talking points are aimed to show the Palestinians lost. Guess which country has ended up running apartheid. And bots think it is sustainable.


  12. JosephA on December 19, 2017, 9:29 pm

    I am struggling to think of a word or phrase (other than “Nazi”) to describe Michael Oren after reading what he has written above:

    – Racist scum
    – Brainwashed degenerate
    – Ridiculous apologist
    – Apologist of murderers
    – Filthy, disgusting person

    ……..I can’t believe such a terrible and small-minded person even has a platform to spew forth such invective.

  13. Maghlawatan on December 19, 2017, 9:54 pm

    There has recently been a series of “suicide by checkpoint”. Young Palestinians including the mother of a small child walk too close. They know the soldiers will shoot them.
    It doesn’t matter what clothes they wear.

    Israel is on a different moral frequency to the rest of the OECD. Oren has to normalise this. Trump has a word for people like him.

  14. Marnie on December 20, 2017, 12:22 am

    Someone should investigate this “Michael Oren”. He has been impersonating a human being for some time now and it’s, well, dangerous FFS. He walks, talks and even dresses like a human being, but everyone knows that he’s a fake, an imposter. He’s no more a human being than Robot from Lost in Space, although Robot was cuter, had a great sense of humor and was much more humane than this phony human “Michael Oren”. He must be stopped.

  15. Marnie on December 20, 2017, 12:24 am

    Brave Ahed Tamimi. Please let nothing happen to this heroic young woman.

    • Bumblebye on December 20, 2017, 10:27 am

      Her cousin is comatose in hospital.
      Her mother was detained when she went to ask where her daughter was being held.
      Today, her father was detained when he attended her hearing. (Last via Rich Siegal fb page)

      • CigarGod on December 20, 2017, 11:06 am

        I think I hear a bulldozer coming down the street.

      • Marnie on December 20, 2017, 11:36 am

        JSIL is so subtle.

      • Talkback on December 20, 2017, 2:58 pm

        The Zionist Apartheid Junta is the spiritual successor of states who endorsed kin liability in the past.

  16. Citizen on December 20, 2017, 4:22 am

    LOL. Oren’s daughter, Lia, looks less like the classic American girl next door than Ahed.

  17. Paranam Kid on December 20, 2017, 7:51 am

    “A Pallywood conspiracy isn’t a burden on the accused soldier to prove, but a requirement of the dead Palestinian to disprove.”

    Source: 972Mag

  18. biggerjake on December 20, 2017, 9:56 am

    Michael Oren needs to be kicked in the cojones!

    If I am ever diagnosed with a terminal disease, he better go into hiding…

  19. Ossinev on December 20, 2017, 1:42 pm

    “They de-escalated the situation until such time as they could arrest the assailant with minimal risk of injury to others”

    Ha ha. HaHaHa. HaHaHaHa. HAAAAAAAAAAA. OMG where are the tissues. These Fascist Ziogoons couldn`t de-escalate a kettle without significant qualitative edge back up. And given the recent studies on the use of rubber bullets they were probably under orders from ZioCommandCentral(Shaked Unit) not to use these second preference “crowd of three Palestinian teenage girls” control weapons (first preference of course in terms of incremental ethnic cleansing being live rounds)

    You are obviously getting out even less.

  20. on December 20, 2017, 9:14 pm

    fake clothes, fake families, fake nationality but a very real racist violent occupation and ethnic cleansing by fake jews

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