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In the past three weeks, following the famous slapping of an Israeli soldier by Ahed Tamimi of Nabi Saleh, the remarks about Ahed’s looks have gained extra momentum.

These remarks have often been disparaging ones. They are generally meant to suggest that there is really no content to the ‘hype’ around Ahed – that her appeal and impact are only really about how she looks, not what she is. Such notions basically render the whole context of Ahed’s situation, the situation of Nabi Saleh, the occupation and the oppression, to be a mere ‘photo-op’ which serves the ‘Palestinian narrative’.

Whilst less disparaging and more nuanced remarks about Ahed’s look have been made, we must realise the danger of such focus upon external appearance. It risks diverting our attention from the very serious issues at hand.

One may be reminded of how, during Israel’s summer 2014 Gaza onslaught, Prime Minister Netanyahu accused Hamas of using “telegenically dead” to further “their cause” – as if the hundreds and thousands of dead as a result of seasonal Israeli massacres of the Gaza concentration camp do not, in themselves, provide ample opportunities for such scenes.   

Israeli centrist lawmaker and former Ambassador to the US Michael Oren has fostered such notions concerning Ahed Tamimi and her family. Following Ahed’s arrest, Oren suggested that the Tamimi family may “not be a real family”, that the kids (are they even Tamimis??) were  simply dressed up in “American clothes” and “paid to provoke IDF troops on camera”.

Oren went with certainty now that “this cynical and cruel use of children constitutes abuse.” And that therefore “human rights organizations must investigate!”

So in Oren’s universe, it is impossible that Palestinian kids would dress in “American clothes” on their own. Of course, otherwise they would be wearing traditional Arab garments, right?

For Oren, it is also impossible that a child like Ahed may be outraged at the soldiers who had moments earlier shot her cousin Mohammed in the face (a harrowing story which Haaretz journalist Gideon Levy has recently covered). No, for Oren, this is all about looks.

Washington Post reporter Ruth Eglash then extrapolated on Oren’s remarks, by reducing Ahed Tamimi’s protests of occupation to what she was wearing:

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

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

Many remarks have been made about Ahed’s hair, and its unusual blonde color. Haaretz journalist Amira Hass has used this notion in irony for the title of her serious opinion piece in the matter: “In Nabi Saleh, the Palestinians Aren’t Legally Blonde”. 

Author and journalist Ben Ehrenreich, who had profiled the Tamimi family in 2012 for New York Times Magazine, had mentioned in passing:

“Unavoidably, she is blonde and light-skinned and light-eyed,” Ehrenreich wrote. “A great deal of work goes into ‘othering’ Palestinians, to casting them as some really recognizable other… but when suddenly the kid doesn’t fit into those stereotypes—when she actually looks like a European kid or an American kid—then suddenly all that work of dehumanization can’t function, and she can’t be ‘othered’ in the same way. And then people freak out.”

Now THAT is some serious reflection, but it doesn’t take up the whole focus. Ben Ehrenreich is capable of such wider focus– that the bigger picture, is genocide. “[T]he attempts to erase a people, to just erase them, to erase their history, I think follow a logic that can only be called genocidal”, Ehrenreich noted in an appearance for his book.  

But many of the writers who ‘freak out’ at the sight of Ahed Tamimi are not capable of such nuanced reflection. Here in Denmark, journalist and Debate Editor of Weekendavisen, Søren K. Willemoes, wrote a Facebook post with disparaging sexual remarks about Ahed. He called her “Lolita on the barricades”, and even noted that he has “seen several photos of her wearing a tight t-shirt, so one can just notice her nipples”. 

Whilst many people are looking at Ahed and seeing a determined, resolute and courageous girl, Willemoes is seeing nipples. My sharing of Willemoes’ post immediately drew enraged remarks against him, and he came on the thread many times trying to defend his reputation and ‘clarify’ his meaning. He seemed to disappear completely when I challenged him to live debate on TV or radio.

Willemoes says he “doesn’t like” what he calls “soft-pornographic sexual undertones” in Ahed’s image. But he is a generator of these, and worse. He uses these demeaning observations in order to deride the whole “Palestinian case”, which he opines has “died out long ago”. There’s nothing there really – no issue, just looks. Willemoes inserts a final PS to make himself look liberal again: “May I add, that I definitely do not condone or defend Israel’s actions in the West Bank, which I find worthy of deep critique. It’s just that propaganda-esthetic, which I am repulsed by. On the face of it, Israel’s treatment of her seems unjust”, he writes. 

Undoubtedly, Ahed is challenging several issues, taboos and mythologies at once. Gil Gertel wrote in her piece in +972 Magazine titled “Ahed Tamimi flips Zionist mythology on its head”:

“What, for Israelis, was most embarrassing about the pictures of Ahed Tamimi slapping an Israeli soldier? A woman hitting a man? A Muslim hitting a Jew? A civilian hitting a representative of law and order? A student hitting a trained fighter? That with her bare hands she hit someone fully armed and armored? That she hit the force that denies her rights? From the responses on social media, it seems all of the above. Ahed Tamimi flipped the traditional roles in the myth of David and Goliath, which was and remains a foundational myth of Zionist education”.

So people from various oppressive fronts are being provoked, and it’s bringing the creeps out of the woodwork – sometimes on multiple counts, as one may see in the cases of Willemoes and Israeli journalist Ben Caspit, who wrote that, “In the case of the girls [of Nabi Saleh], we should exact a price at some other opportunity, in the dark, without witnesses and camera” — a plain suggestion of sexual violence. 

Yes, Ahed serves a powerful feminist message. Yesterday, Israeli professor and author Nurit Peled Elhanan posted on her Facebook wall, about how Ahed was actually the liberated one, whilst her jailers are confined (Hebrew, my translation):

“The slap that will not be forgiven and will not be forgotten

Even after Ahed Tamimi is released from the prison into which she was thrown by the bureaucrats of the foreign oppressor, Israel will never get over the slap which the Palestinian Jean D’Arc served the terror regime. The grotesque face of the robotic army, busy for over half a century with persecution after kids with slings and killing of girls of gentle appearance, will not manage to wipe her fingerprints.

The female soldiers and policewomen who guarded or accompanied or pushed Ahed with a beastly and obnoxious countenance, mummified in the uniforms of brutality, with their ridiculous helmets, armed from head to toe, or wearing makeup as if they were dolls for sale, look as if they are in a constant state of confined bewilderment regarding the state in which they are trapped. They, their educators, their parents, and mostly their rulers, will not be able to forget the girl of their own age, who stood in a T-shirt and jeans, her hair blowing in the wind, her eyes clearly exposed, who taught them what it means to be a young liberated woman. A young liberated woman does not mean to dress up as a thug and behave as the Golem of Prague [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golem ]. A young liberated woman fights for her freedom with bare hands.

[Ahed] will never be forgiven or forgotten this insult.”  

Others have also written about Ahed’s “girl-power”. Shenila Khoja-Moolji wondered, in her excellent article in Al-Jazeera, why Ahed is not getting the same status as for example Malala Yossafzai. Khoja-Moolji lists various possible reasons, including that “Ahed’s suffering also exposes the West’s selective humanitarianism, whereby only particular bodies and causes are deemed worthy of intervention”.

The comparison between Ahed and Malala is fair and interesting, but ultimately brings us back to the ‘looks’ issue. Indeed, the comparison makes it clear that appearances are not the issue. Malala has become a famous case not because of how she looks. Her looks and dress are unexceptionally traditional. Ahed dresses and looks differently.

And that is not the essence of these two young women’s struggle and cause. The ‘Jean D’Arc’ notion about Ahed is not, and should not be, about her looking ‘European’. It’s because of the similarity of the situations. As Uri Avnery wrote in Haaretz:

“She’s 16, from a family of peasants in an isolated village. The foreign occupation outraged her, and she set out to fight it. Her actions excited her oppressed people, whose spirits rose from the depths of despair to renewed hope. She was captured by her occupiers, who imprisoned and prosecuted her. You’re probably thinking I mean 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi, who slapped the face of an Israel Defense Forces officer. But actually, I’m referring to Joan of Arc, known as “the maid of Orléans”, Avnery writes. 

Ahed is what she is because of her behavior, because of her acts, because of her courage. Those who seek to dismiss or destroy her cause may focus obsessively on her looks. But they are missing the point completely. And that’s pretty much a universal principle.

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  1. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    January 6, 2018, 1:32 pm

    It needed saying, and you said it wonderfully.

  2. Citizen
    Citizen
    January 6, 2018, 2:49 pm

    Brand Israel has been posting European-looking sexy or nice-looking girls in IDF uniforms for decades now. And of course, its tourist arm does too. Suddenly, there’s a Palestinian fly in the ointment. Ahed looks Western, looks like “the girl next door,” acts like a bona-fide raging feminist youth corp member. My, my my–& nobody paid her shekels to do it. She innocently put a Western face on #BDS. What a poke! All the Zionists snarled out of the hive.

    • eljay
      eljay
      January 6, 2018, 8:13 pm

      Zionists seem to prefer their MooslimAyrabs to look like ugly/evil caricatures of real people, just like anti-Semites prefer their Jews to look like ugly/evil caricatures of real people.

      It’s one of those “shared common values” things.

  3. eljay
    eljay
    January 6, 2018, 6:46 pm

    … Israeli centrist lawmaker and former Ambassador to the US Michael Oren …

    This could/should be shortened to “Zionist asshole Michael Oren”.

    • JosephA
      JosephA
      January 6, 2018, 7:57 pm

      If Michael Oren is a centrist…..

      • guyn
        guyn
        January 6, 2018, 8:47 pm

        :))

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        January 7, 2018, 3:15 pm

        The mind boggles utterly, Joseph, I agree. Yet it may be true that in Israeli terms he is not an extremist. O mi God!

  4. guyn
    guyn
    January 6, 2018, 8:46 pm

    These comparisons with Jeanne d’Arc are striking. Same age, same goal, same fearlessness and the personnality for the task.

    As the Israelis like to say: a “death threat” for the State.

    • MHughes976
      MHughes976
      January 7, 2018, 3:17 pm

      She gives fewer hostages to religious fortune than Jeanne did. She will not be condemned to death by a court of pro-Israel imams.

      • gamal
        gamal
        January 7, 2018, 5:36 pm

        ” a court of pro-Israel imams”

        what is a “court of imams” for fucksake hughes

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        January 7, 2018, 6:37 pm

        “what is a “court of imams” for fucksake hughes”

        “A court of inams”? Wouldn’t “Sanhedrin” or “court of Pharisees” be more apropos?
        And for MHughes, much more religiously resonant?

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        January 8, 2018, 9:50 am

        I don’t think that the phrase is inappropriate or unconventional. The Muslim Law (Shariah) Council of the UK refers on its website to verdicts, delivered simply and concisely, by a council consisting of imams, scholars and people of legal training.
        A condemnation of Ms. Tamimi by a pharisaic court is not too unlikely.
        The point I was making was that Joan, who has been compared, was a divisive figure in her own time, place and culture and that the religious weapons of the time could be turned against her. She was condemned to death by a bishop’s court. Ms. Tamimi seems much more unifying and will not suffer anything analogous to Joan’s experience.

      • gamal
        gamal
        January 8, 2018, 11:14 am

        “I don’t think that the phrase is inappropriate or unconventional. The Muslim Law (Shariah) Council of the UK refers on its website to verdicts, delivered simply and concisely, by a council consisting of imams, scholars and people of legal training.”

        I thought at first it might be a collective noun.

        “The Muslim Law (Shariah) Council of the UK” I was the founding secretary of said council, ran it for 25 years, and your misconception arises from an idee fixe that “Imam” means priest, it doesn’t, nor does Scholar, I have been an Imam and almost any adult Muslim would be able to perform the function, neither my fiqh nor ijitihad have ever been sought and as an Imam I was not granted any power to pass sentence, also a fatwa is not sentence either, despite the impression one may have picked up, I’ve never issued one due to not being able too, and not being qualified, these handicaps, however do not deter many of my more confident bretheren.

        An Imam has no legal standing the Sharia council does not pass sentence, much to my regret I was unable to execute sundry men who behaved appalling during divorce proceedings, I was compelled to mediate, its what it does and issues non-binding opinions, people who don’t like it are free to seek one elsewhere, Law as it was practised in the Muslim world bears little relation to the “Sharia” discourse in the west,

        your construction is not just novel or unconventional I have never heard of it, but i have empirical evidence, a life’s work, it is in fact impossible for westerners to learn even the basics of Islam, so don’t feel bad, most Muslims don’t either, its just extremely funny, but i got your point, nicely put, will the verger be issuing the call to prayer tonight, in the vestry? or who is the Muezzin in the C of E ?

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        January 8, 2018, 5:49 pm

        “Neither my fiqh nor initials have ever been sought”

        That’s a shame. I bet you’ve got a stack of really good ones that would (if attended to) would improve British Muslim lives no end.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        January 9, 2018, 5:05 am

        Ijitihad. How did it turn into “initials”?

    • DaBakr
      DaBakr
      January 7, 2018, 5:55 pm

      Perhaps all of those things to some but psychotically delusional to others. And brainwashed by her parents to boot. Maybe she is proud but we’ll never know- just as so many MWs believe but do not know wether young Israelis are devoted and brave or brainwashed.

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        January 8, 2018, 7:52 am

        Yawn…..

      • eljay
        eljay
        January 8, 2018, 9:13 am

        || DaBakr: Perhaps all of those things to some but psychotically delusional to others. And brainwashed by her parents to boot. Maybe she is proud but we’ll never know- just as so many MWs believe but do not know wether young Israelis are devoted and brave or brainwashed. ||

        Whether she and they are devoted and brave or brainwashed, the difference between Ms. Tamimi and “young [Zionist] Israelis” is that she is fighting / protesting the on-going acts of injustice and immorality deliberately committed by Israel while they are enabling / committing / defending them.

      • eljay
        eljay
        January 8, 2018, 9:27 am

        The world would be a better place if more people were “brainwashed” to fight evil than were “devoted and brave” enough to do evil.

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        January 8, 2018, 9:51 am

        Say DaBakr, how much bravery and brainwashing does it need for an Israeli soldier to shoot a Nonjewish teen in the head? Or does being a cowardly scumbag comes natural with a supremacist ideology followed by a sick society?

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        January 8, 2018, 10:33 am

        @DaBakr

        Double Yawn…

        Give it up. You’ve become a joke.

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        January 8, 2018, 7:38 pm

        @m @[email protected]@tb
        A) some say tomato others tomato
        B) the difference? There is only a “difference” in your mind and to what you think. There is no difference.
        C) how much? IDK. How brave does one have to be to sneak into a young Jewish teens bed and nearly cut her head off? How brave to stab children? Drop a20 kilo boulder on a young boys head and run away like a coward? How brave is a young women for kicking and slapping an IDF knowing full well that from the time she was known as little Shirley Temper and taught to kick scream and bite the IDF that they would never dare react with violence, especially with cameras and witness present?
        . I’ve seen foolishness and bravery on both Arab and Jewish sides. Tamimi is strictly a propaganda sideshow that succeeds every once in a few years. There are already rumors she will shave her head in prison and say the prison warden ordered it. Oh well, the show must go on.

      • eljay
        eljay
        January 8, 2018, 9:01 pm

        || @Daar: … B) the difference? There is only a “difference” in your mind and to what you think. There is no difference. … ||

        Rapist and victim and the violence each commits – it’s all the same to the Zionist…but only if the rapist is a Jew and the victim is a non-Jew. Reverse the roles, and the Zionist hypocrite wastes no time finding a difference.

  5. January 7, 2018, 12:45 pm

    Zionisms major support comes from the west. N. America and Europe enact anti bds legislation, shut down Palestinian charities, sideline Palestinian friendly academics, cancel Palestinian focused lectures, and provide funding to Isreal, often under the guise of radical Islam or antisemitism.

    Western looking well spoken and often western educated Zionists like Oren blanket the airwaves with the assistance of the Zio friendly MSM to convince the public that Israel is the one true democracy in the ME and needs western support to combat the radical antisemitic Moslem Palestinian terrorists.

    Swarthy looking young Palestinians wearing their keffiyehs are seen hysterically running around screaming a foreign language while burning tires and the flags of Israel and the US, throwing stones at the most moral army in the world.

    It’s a nicely wrapped package and sold well and often.

    In comes a blonde western looking 16 yr old girl who has no fear and a compelling story to tell. Israeli PR has to move into overdrive to spin this – the imagery is off – they need her to look different, to be scared to act, to keep her quiet or change her tune. None of this will happen. What’s left is to reach into the Zio toolbox and pull out tried and tested smear tactics – Ms Ahed Tamimi is a terrorist. The war on terror lives in Israel as it does in all western countries – Israel is part of this western coalition so the spin goes. Cook up a story about Ms Ahed Tamimi being a terrorist and perhaps the west will eat what has become familiar to their unsophisticated palate.

    I agree much less if anything should be made of Ms Ahed Tamimi’s appearance and I’m sure, for other reasoms, the Zionists would agree.

    • DaBakr
      DaBakr
      January 8, 2018, 7:46 pm

      I think her blonde hair is a fantastic accoutrement. Be it fashion, culture, self esteem. It goes to the heart of the matter that Ashkenazi, Sephardim, Mizrahi, Syrian, Kurdish and others all have mutations and can not be pinned to one look. Of course The Tamimis use her mane of blonde hair to shock. Unfortunately, far too many Jews, Arabs and others are unaware of the wide variation amongst us as small tribes and larger categories of humanity. In a100 yrs from now in the USA nobody will be able to make any determinations about anybody’s genetic roots and thank fucking g-d

  6. jon s
    jon s
    January 7, 2018, 2:57 pm

    Reminds me a bit of when Ahinoam Nini (“Noa”) and Mira Awad performed at the Eurovision and some people had trouble understanding who was the Israeli and who the Palestinian.

  7. annie
    annie
    January 7, 2018, 4:15 pm

    wow, jonathan. just getting around to reading the exchange w/Søren K. Willemoes in your facebook page. i find it astounding. i can honestly say that thus far, until i read what he wrote, i had not even thought to look at tamimi’s breasts much less focus on her nipples. it’s sort of stunning he thinks how he sees her is something obvious or normal. with a teen boy perhaps, but it is not as if they (her breasts) are screaming out at us. it’s absolutely normal when viewing her photograph not to look at her nipples. and he says

    “Yeah right, I’m the only one who sees the nipples. Who are you trying to fool?”… ?

    Why does my age matter? What’s wrong with you guys? Try getting what I’m writting instead: I find it PROBLEMATIC that people use her as a sexualised propaganda tool. Are you guys completely unable to read?”

    use her as a sexualised propaganda tool? is she supposed to go hide while growing up. it’s just what she looks like — a girl, a person. he seems unable to accept that is what she looks like as he can only see her as a sexual being therefor others see her as such and use her as such. the implication even that her father, brother, or photographers covering the protests might see her as such. that’s just astounding. he says it over and over “obvious propaganda imagery” and “sexualised teenage girl” which begs the question of *when” did she transform, in his eyes, from a child to a sexualized object. do you say to a child, ‘now that you are growing up stop what you are doing and have always done because you will be perceived as sexual. ‘

    several try to inform him, “Søren K. Villemoes you are the only one who see a sexualized teenager !!” but oddly he doesn’t seem to understand this. it’s mindboggling. many adults look at teens not as sexual beings, but he doesn’t seem to be one of them. maybe he thinks they should all be wearing burkas. or several layers of clothing. it’s just a girl in a tee shirt, a brave girl at that.

    if ahed could be lolita to him, any girl could be. wow, you really flushed it out of him in those comments jonathan. just amazing. he should get some therapy.

    • DaBakr
      DaBakr
      January 7, 2018, 6:04 pm

      @ann
      . Not that you’ll be thrilled but your comments on when or how a propaganda tool becomes’sexualized when there is nothing overtly sexual about the woman’s protests is definitely in the mind of the watcher then in anything the subject or her parents or handlers have pushed upon her in getting her through her adolescence, which is obviously unique among the average adolescent.
      . She certainly is growing up in front of the camera but I see no evidence her family/handlers are using her adolescence or sexuality to change the message of defiance she has been groomed to spread publicly.

      The problem? Israel has 100s of passionate, good looking photogenic women/men of ALL colours and backgrounds to do similar pro israel pr work.

      • annie
        annie
        January 7, 2018, 7:44 pm

        sure, i’m pleased you agree it’s “in the mind of the watcher”.

        re: all those 100’s of israeli kids and their handlers pushing pr. yes we know. and don’t forget their aps that push what they should think and say on social media too. but frankly, i’m not impressed the uniforms, which is what they are wearing when i normally see photos of them. too militaristic for my taste.

        those big op ed spreads of the iof girls with weapons, not my thing. when i see them taking selfies with their guns, i just think, terrorists in training.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        January 7, 2018, 8:34 pm

        “. She certainly is growing up in front of the camera but I see no evidence her family/handlers are using her adolescence or sexuality to change the message of defiance she has been groomed to spread publicly.”

        It’s the Israelis who are doing that. Thanks for saying it’s not the Tamimis.

        “The problem? Israel has 100s of passionate, good looking photogenic women/men of ALL colours and backgrounds to do similar pro israel pr work.”

        ROTFLMSJAO!!! Yes, that’s true, but how many do you think will want roles as “the photogenically dead”?

        Dabakr, you’re crackin’ up. Shorter “Dabakr”: ‘Israel will win, because our girls are sexier than Ahed Tamimi’

      • eljay
        eljay
        January 8, 2018, 8:42 am

        || @aBk: … Israel has 100s of passionate, good looking photogenic women/men of ALL colours and backgrounds to do similar pro israel pr work. ||

        Beauty, they say, is skin deep. Apparently Zionist “morality” is just as shallow.

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        January 8, 2018, 7:53 pm

        @m

        Pretty hard to not notice the tamimi girl was surrounded by Arab Israeli, black(north African) Israeli eastern euro and other prison guards. Kind of like the United Nations of prison guards in this damn apartheid racist state. And so ironic that the “whitest” looking of them all is the victim. Or at least in this month’s chapter of “As The Wall Turns”

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        January 8, 2018, 8:57 pm

        @m
        photogenically “dead”? Now who is hysterical? Ahed has been around and working the ‘peaceful’ protest circuits since she has been about five years old. There are so many setups and staged photographs that made the front pages with Ahed in them. What was never shown, except to truth-out, CAMERA, and occasional mainstream press outlets were the dozens of cropped out background shots showing everything from,:
        A) dozens of so-called photojournalists lined up angling to get the best composed shot to sell in the increasingly cut throat market for I/P photos.

        B) the in-between shots, such as the infamous “attack and hair.net pulling off the lone IDF”. He didn’t break aheds cousins arm. Twas already broken. But that hair.net stretching that guys already big nose was pretty hysterical. We know how badly he was teased later. Ahed is seen/heard( ja, people do speak Arabic) screeching directions to her cousin to pose this way or fall that way. Then, in the full scroll of shots were Ahed is biting the guys arm (unprovoked and actually kind of pathetically hungry) her aunt suddenly jumps like a demon director just screamed in her ear to start jumping and screaming or else!
        C) . Now, you talk a lot about propaganda/hasbara here and I’m not here to claim Israel does not engage in it. But to act like every photogenic act Ahed has been filmed in (oh yeah, the totally 100% FAKE Israeli jeep running over her uncle was totally 3 stooges) was some completely spontaneous , non staged, non planned protest event that just happened to have dozens of cameras poised BEHIND the action is, far fetched to say the least. I do get that Ahed is a heroic figure to pro Palestinians and she can’t be corrupted as of yet, if ever.
        . D) Does it matter at this point wether the Tamimis utilize expertly crafted PR ? I doubt it. The shooting film/forensics of the child in the intifada had been gone over ad infinitum by interested and non interested parties and nobody meaningful is budging. An Israeli teen girl is stabbed and it gains about as much US media attention as super well composed Pulitzer grade photos of Palestinian Gaza victims(even when in the past, three or four of these photos turned out to be Syrian, or Kurdish. ) it matters to some but not to folks like you, not to me, not PW, maybe not even to Annie. . It’s the long haul that counts. Quick slick points count for very little. In a few years Ahed will be grown, married, or not, but most likely a tamimi first and foremost because despite all the total bullshit Phil spews about the Jews in theUS, EU or in Israel, all the shit he cries about the outdated and lowbrowed nature of tribalism, the I/p conflict and the larger ME conflict surrounding it is all about tribalism. Phil can live in his assimilated to the mayflower Mrs of his dreams but nobody in the middle East, Persia, Africa, even Europe are giving up on basic tribal identity. Even when they intermix. Jesus, isn’t this whole US progressive movement about identity politics about identifying one’s small tribe with other tribes to give the sense it’s all connected? Well guess what? It’s always been connected. Tribes come together and break apart. Phil is living in so many bubbles (and I suppose, to his credit, he admits) but the one he fixate on is the bubble of post ww2 US Judaism and how somehow, destroying his Jewish tribe had the behest of the relative safety of the Christian majority mandates this. That it also mandates he subjugate himself and his family as well as his tribe within NYC. ( which he knows so much less about then he believes) to another tribal Arab people still pissed off about what they alone lost in the ruins of ww2. Not that they care much for others who suffered but now, with political correctness, Palestinian hasbara and pr there are certain peoples worth embracing-even if their history is more similar to the Jewish people then their own.
        Palestine is big business to some and nobody is giving up billions without a fight. I still say though, it will always be a catastrophe that the people , not the leadership, the people will continue to tolerate being ripped off, stolen from, bargained with, despised, hated, and worse by the people who have been claiming to have their backs for 70 yrs. Right. Now there are new tyrants rising. Erdogan, the mullahs and their proxy paramilitary Hezbollah. (American Israel haters that love Hezbollah because they would supposedly’defend’ Lebanon remind me of American’patriots’ that love the isolationist in Idaho and Montana and the minute men militias on the borders because they would “protect” America. What a joke.

        Go ahead @mssr. I didn’t mean to direct this whole screed at you but I never said happy New Year so here you go….

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        January 9, 2018, 1:22 pm

        “Go ahead @mssr. I didn’t mean to direct this whole screed at you…”

        Don’t worry, “Dabakr”, I didn’t do anything but scroll past it, as I always do. It’s just more muttering from you.

        “photogenically “dead”? Now who is hysterical?”

        I’m sorry, should have been “ “telegenically killed”. Get the reference now? Got sexy Israelis for that job?

        “They use telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause. They want the more dead, the better.” Netanyahoo

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      January 8, 2018, 7:55 am

      Damn terrorist nipples.

      Unlike these IOF soldiers, prim, proper, kosher – all business.

      https://i.pinimg.com/236x/95/67/06/956706049856b361713059c7f8b9e991–female-soldier-army-soldier.jpg

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      January 8, 2018, 8:41 am

      I think Søren K. Villemoes is projecting. He may have found Ahed attractive but been repulsed or ashamed by the feelings she stirred in him, much like a lot of israelis. They can’t come to terms with their attraction to ‘the other’ or whom they feel are their ‘enemies’, those people who they’ve also told themselves for decades that they are inferior to jews, they are beasts, animals, backwards, etc., etc. How could they possible be attracted to someone like that?

      Jan 15, 2012 – Uploaded by belitoz03

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        January 8, 2018, 2:13 pm

        “I think Søren K. Villemoes is projecting. “

        Perhaps his very photogenic mother died in a freak accident (picnic, lightning) when he was three…

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      January 8, 2018, 11:03 am

      @Annie Robbins, et al:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcJM7MGTlHE

      Arabic-Spanish song from Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi

      “I was born in Palestine.”

  8. Jane Porter
    Jane Porter
    January 8, 2018, 11:26 am

    Strange western ethnocentrism to note that though being a Palestinian they are so surprised that that her looks is European or American. these people seem not to know Mediterraean
    ‘mare nostrum’ people where you meet everywhere blond people with light eyes wherever you travel, South-France and Italy, north Africa, Turkey and middle-East…but still different from the western blondeur. look at Ahed well, Her fair skin hair and eyes is of a real different quality than western
    people.
    She is a real Mediterraean girl. And so true and natural

  9. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    January 8, 2018, 1:07 pm

    RE: “Stop talking about Ahed Tamimi’s hair”

    MY RESPONSE: Sure, no problemo.

  10. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    January 8, 2018, 1:24 pm

    RE: One may be reminded of how, during Israel’s summer 2014 Gaza onslaught, Prime Minister Netanyahu accused Hamas of using “telegenically dead” to further “their cause” … Michael Oren has fostered such notions concerning Ahed Tamimi and her family. Following Ahed’s arrest, Oren suggested that the Tamimi family may “not be a real family”, that the kids (are they even Tamimis??) were simply dressed up in “American clothes” and “paid to provoke IDF troops on camera”. – Ofir

    “Reality Check: Heavy-handed ‘hasbara'” | B y Jeff Barck | Jerusalem Post | January 7, 2018

    [EXCERPTS] Last month, the government approved the allocation of NIS 260 million to set up a non-profit organization, in conjunction with deep-pocketed Diaspora donors, to combat anti-Israel deligitimization and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in particular.

    The brainchild of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy Minister Gilad Erdan (does nobody in government see the irony of having the internal security minister, Erdan’s main hardline role, also the face of soft, public diplomacy?) this new organization is meant to provide fast and furious responses, unshackled by any government approval system, to combat attempts to smear Israel’s name.

    Imagine, one unnamed official told Yediot Aharonot, what would happen if immediately after Lorde’s move (the immensely popular singer recently canceled a performance in Tel Aviv following pressure from the BDS movement), she was the target of an Internet campaign and full-page adverts in leading international newspapers. This is something, the official went on to say, the government can’t do, hence the need for this new organization. . .

    . . . This heavy-handed approach to countering pro-Palestinian propaganda is also the hallmark of official Israel, with the Ahed Tamimi case being the prime example. We’ve all seen the video of the blonde 16-year-old Palestinian girl slapping and provoking a pair of soldiers on duty outside her house and the two men responding with admirable restraint.

    But rather than allow the world to digest this image of IDF soldiers behaving humanely and ignoring a staged provocation – following IDF chief-of-staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot’s instructions that he doesn’t “want a soldier to empty a magazine on a girl with scissors” – the Israeli establishment has managed to turn Tamimi into a wronged victim.

    Instead of simply bringing Tamimi in for questioning the following day, and then releasing her until military justice takes its course, as was the case with Kiryat Arba settler Yifat Alkoby, who slapped and scratched a soldier earlier last year, the IDF launched a dramatic nighttime operation to arrest Tamimi and she has been kept behind bars ever since.

    Tamimi is no existential threat to Israel, and all the authorities have achieved, in their desperation for revenge on a young girl who in some people’s eyes humiliated two soldiers, is to turn her into the perfect poster girl for Palestinian protest against the occupation.

    The fact is though, as long as the occupation continues and deepens, protests against Israel and pop-star concert cancellations will continue, no matter how much money the government pumps into to hasbara efforts that are clumsy and ineffective at best, harmful at worst.

    • The writer is a former editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post.

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY ~ http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Reality-Check-Heavy-handed-hasbara-533066

  11. Mikhael
    Mikhael
    January 8, 2018, 1:28 pm

    Jane Porter January 8, 2018, 11:26 am
    Strange western ethnocentrism to note that though being a Palestinian they are so surprised that that her looks is European or American

    Sounds like you must be referring to the average, ignorant Mondoweiss commenter for whom the Palestinian Arabs are all pigeonholed as “brown people” who are victimized by “white Zionists”

  12. kma
    kma
    January 8, 2018, 9:07 pm

    Tamimi dresses perfectly normal compared to any public high school teenager where I live… is Willemoes a perv, or do kids in Denmark dress like nuns?
    Good thing he doesn’t teach kids…

  13. Talkback
    Talkback
    January 9, 2018, 9:18 am

    Btw, where are all the Jewish “liberal” females who allegedly stand up for justice and equality? Oh wait, Ahed is not Jewish. Nothing to gain from it.

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