Palestinian girl filmed trying to provoke soldiers is arrested

Geneva Matthews
December 20, 2017

The arrest happened early Tuesday morning, around 3am, when the army raided Tamimi's house, arresting her and seizing telephones, computers and electronic equipment, her father has said.

In 2012, 13-year-old Ahed gained fame among Palestinian activists for an incident in which she led a group of children, including her younger brother, in arguing with Israeli soldiers.

She alleged that the Tamimi family had "given their consent" for Palestinians to throw rocks at Israeli soldiers from the house and that the soldiers conducted the raid to "remove the rioters from the house".

Tamimi, who has been nicknamed "Shirley Temper" for her blonde curls and fearless stance against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory, was last reported as being questioned by Shin Bet, Israel's internal security service.

Ahed al-Tamimi was taken into custody after Israeli forces raided her home in Nabi Saleh village in the northern West Bank, her father said. We are used to criticism from the worldwide community about the violence of the occupation, but we are not so accustomed to criticism over two soldiers who thought before raising their hands to strike.

PNN reporter said that the occupation arrested Tamimi, while she was in front of "Benyamin" Israeli police station north of Ramallah, where she was heading to know the fate of her daughter. Soon a road was built, with the spring on the side of the settlement, and Nabi Saleh on the other.

Ahed was nine when weekly demonstrations began in Nabi Saleh to protest the seizure of the village's spring by settlers. Israeli forces used every possible means to suppress the protests, often by stopping the demonstrators while they were still within their village.

While the Tamimi clan has garnered various criticisms for allowing the children of Nabi Saleh, from the bold Ahed to the vocal "child journalist", Janna Jihad, the Tamimis have said countless times during radio, print and television interviews that they allow their children to participate, first because violence is simply a reality for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, and second, they believe keeping their children indoors during the protests fosters fear inside them. Both her uncles were martyrs.

According to locals, the bullet settled in the boy's skull after it entered his face below his nose and broke his jaw.

"But because we resist, we pay the price". The provocateurs were later arrested. But it also gave the Palestinians a new heroine, one more in a long history of women who for decades have struggled unceasingly for their freedom.

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