Ahed and Nariman Tamimi may now be free from prison, but they are in no way free from Israel’s colonialist occupation. There are nearly 6,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons (which is in contravention of international law). Nearly 300 of them are children.
After eight months in Israeli prison, 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi returned home on Sunday morning to a hero’s welcome in her village of Nabi Saleh, in the central occupied West Bank. Arm in arm with her father Bassem and mother Nariman, who was also released on Sunday along with her daughter, the teenager broke down in tears as she was embraced by her younger brothers, extended family, and fellow residents of Nabi Saleh.
Israeli border police arrested a Palestinian man and two Italian artists next to the Israeli separation wall in occupied Bethlehem on Saturday. The artists had been painting a heroic mural of imprisoned Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, who is set to be released back to her home tomorrow after serving eight months in prison for slapping an Israeli soldier.
Today, Israeli forces shot 21-year-old Izz al-Din Tamimi at least two times with live ammunition and killed him during confrontations that erupted following an Israeli military raid on the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank. Family member Nawal Tamimi told Mondoweiss, “After Izz al-Din was killed, I went to his mother’s house to pay my respects, and she told me that two days ago soldiers came to her house and told her ‘we will kill your son and leave you crying.'”
In the early morning on Thursday, Israeli soldiers stormed the Tamimi home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh and took 21-year-old Waed Tamimi, Ahed Tamimi’s brother. Waed is now being held at Israel’s Ofer detention center near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank and the family has not been told the reasons for his arrest. As the soldiers left the Tamimi home an Israeli army commander turned to Waed and Ahed’s brother Mohammad and told him: “Next time I will come for you.”
On Friday, April 20, Israeli soldiers invaded the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, home to the Tamimi family. The Israeli forces instigated clashes with Palestinian youth which lasted several hours, during which the soldiers shot scores of tear gas, fired rubber-coated metal bullets and live ammunition that wounded two of the protesters. “What’s happening now is what is happening every week, sometimes everyday, since nearly nine years”, explained Belal Tamimi. “The soldiers try to surround the village, they don’t want anyone to be near the spring area that the settlers occupied nine years ago. Every Friday, the situation is horrible.”
The family of Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old Palestinian activist who was imprisoned in December for slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier, released footage of the teenager’s interrogation during a press conference in Ramallah on Monday. The footage shows Tamimi resisting all efforts by the Israeli interrogators to coerce her into confessing to a number of charges and giving information about her family. “All of these tactics were used to try to break the symbol, the embodiment that Ahed has created through resisting the occupation,” Ahed’s father Bassem Tamimi said.
On December 17th 2017, Ahed Tamimi who was 16 years old at the time was detained by Israel. The transcripts here are from excerpts of her interrogation which took place on December 26th at Shaar Binyamin Police Station. There were two interrogators present. One who is part of AMAN (Israeli military intelligence).
Apologists for Israel continue to slander Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old Palestinian imprisoned for three months and counting for slapping an Israeli soldier, but Ben Ehrenreich’s superb book, The Way to the Spring, published in 2016, gave Americans a compelling profile of the stoical girl and her remarkable family.
Israeli justice is defined by two events on Monday: the military parole board further reduced Elor Azarya’s prison sentence for killing an incapacitated Palestininian suspect, and a military appeals court rejected Ahed Tamimi’s appeal for an open trial on charges of slapping an Israeli soldier occupying her home.