Palestinian Girl Arrested For Repeatedly Slapping Israeli Soldier

Kristopher Drake
December 20, 2017

In August 2015, an IDF soldier was caught on film trying to arrest Ahed's 12-year-old Muhammad Tamimi, who had been throwing rocks during a violent protest.

Ahd's friend, Jana Tamimi, posted a video after the arrest of Ahd, 17, in which she explained in English what happened during the night.

The arrest came a day after a video of Tamimi reportedly slapping at a solider emerged. The family alleged the soldiers beat them during the raid.

Bassem al-Tamimi, Ahed's father and an activist opposing the Israeli settlements in Al-Nabi Saleh, confirmed his daughter's arrest on Facebook.

A video of Ahed Tamimi, a well-known 16-year-old activist from the village of Nabi Saleh, kicking and slapping two soldiers was first posted on December 15 following clashes in the village between the army and locals.

Ahed was nine when weekly demonstrations began in Nabi Saleh to protest the seizure of the village's spring by settlers.

After they refuse, Tamimi can be seen attempting to push the soldiers off her land.

After Israelis Eitam and Na'ama Henkin were murdered in front of their four young children, Manal Tamimi tweeted, "all settlers in West Bank should stay at their house, Pal lions still free & can reach u & kill you where ever u r".

According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, an Israeli nongovernmental organisation (NGO), a parent has the right to accompany their child during an interrogation in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Mohammad had to be put under a medically induced coma, from which he woke up on Tuesday, 72 hours later.

"The occupation aims to arrest the people in the videos that appear to show symbolic victory to silence their voices or action because it helps to raise their morale", adds Abu al-Rub.

"However, the Palestinian women could have been arrested on the spot because physical violence was used by them and also because of the fact that they attempted to prevent the soldiers from carrying out their assignment".

The Tamimis say they choose to cultivate strength, not fear within their children - even if that means teenagers get pulled out of bed and taken away to unknown locations in the middle of the night by fully armed soldiers.

Naftali Bennett, the Israeli education minister, told Army Radio on Tuesday morning that the two Palestinian girls involved in the fracas "should finish their lives in prison".

"This has given us the message that everyone now is being targeted - men, women, and children", she said.

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