The ongoing Israeli harassment and targetedĀ oppression of the Tamimi family, organizers in the anti-colonial land defense and popular resistance in the PalestinianĀ village of Nabi Saleh, continued in the pre-dawn hours of 11 January. While 16-year-old activistĀ Ahed Tamimi and her mother NarimanĀ remain in Israeli prison, facing a series of charges before an Israeli military court, Israeli occupation forces raided the family home of Manal and Bilal Tamimi, seizing their 19-year-old son Mohammed.Ā Manal, Mohammedās mother, was released one week ago after nearly a week in Israeli prison.
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Mohammed smiled and raised his fingers in the āvictoryā sign as he was taken from his family home surrounded by occupation soldiers.Ā ManalĀ later reported on FacebookĀ that her son is currently being held in the infamous Petah Tikva interrogation center. He is the latest member of the Tamimi family to be targeted in an ongoing series of raids and and arrests in the village of Nabi Saleh and the neighboring village of Deir Nizam, both near Ramallah. Nabi Saleh, a village of 600, has become a center of popular organizing and indigenous land defense after theĀ illegal settlement of HalamishĀ has stolen the villageās agricultural land as well as its spring.
Ahed and Narimanās imprisonment has drawnĀ international attention;Ā Ahedās cousin NourĀ is also facing several charges before an Israeli military court. The military courts have a conviction rate of over 99 percent, and the two women are charged with incitement for political posts on social media, āassaultā on an occupation soldier on their familyās land, and throwing stones, among other allegations. The āassaultā charges refer to theĀ livestreamed interaction in which Ahed and NourĀ demand an occupation soldier leave their home; he was attempting to move to higher ground on the familyās land in order to position himself to shoot at demonstrators in the village. After being slapped by the soldier, Ahed slapped the occupation soldier with her bare hand.
Ahedās 15-year-oldĀ cousin MohammedĀ was shot in the head by a rubber-coated metal bullet and was in a coma for days; he continues to struggle with serious injuries. Last week, another Tamimi cousin,Ā Musaāab, 17, was shot and killed by occupation forces in the village of Deir Nizam, the first Palestinian killed in 2018.
As the repression targeting the Tamimi family has continued and intensified, Palestinian and international support for Ahed Tamimi and her family has only grown. Ahed,Ā who has traveledĀ to South Africa, Europe, Lebanon and elsewhere to speak about the Palestinian struggle, is an internationally-known leader in the indigenous land defense movement. She has been involved in the movement in Nabi Saleh since she was only 11 years old.
Protests are continuing around the world to demand Ahedās freedom and that of the other 6,200 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails.Ā Upcoming protests are scheduledĀ in London (on both 12 January and 13 January), Saint-Etienne, Brussels, Rosario, Montevideo, Sydney, Toulouse, Dublin, Braga, Porto, Lisbon, Rome, New York City, Portland, Copenhagen, Berlin, Washington, DC, Arlington and elsewhere.
Street visual actions are also taking place to highlight Ahedās case and the Palestinian struggle for freedom. In London, grassroots activists put up āguerillaā transit ads and posters on bus stops and Tube trains throughout the city.Ā @ProtestencilĀ on Twitter has made the stencil-style postersĀ available for download and use in supportersā local cities.
London Palestine ActionĀ has highlighted the ongoing appearance of these āadhacksā throughout London, bringing Ahedās case and the struggle of Palestinian child prisoners to the streets of the UK capital.Ā Italian activists in VeniceĀ replicated the posters on the streetsĀ of the city as well:
On the streets of Berlin,Ā Jewish Antifa Berlin sharedĀ images of large stickers and posters highlighting Ahed Tamimiās case and those of the Tamimi women posted on signboards and advertising spaces around the German capital city.Ā Women in Berlin are also organizing aĀ bloc for the womenās march on 21 JanuaryĀ that will highlight Ahedās case.
An internationalĀ action week is taking place from 10 to 20 January, focusing on pressure on national parliamentarians in countries around the world to speak out about the case of Ahed Tamimi, including actions targeting Dutch,Ā French,Ā GermanĀ andĀ PortugueseĀ politicians. In addition,Ā UK minister of state for the Middle East Alistair BurtĀ responded to questions from Labour MP Julie Elliott on 10 January by noting that āthe soldiers should not be there and the young woman should not have needed to do what she did.āĀ This followed an earlierĀ Early Day MotionĀ submitted by a multi-party group of parliamentarians on Ahedās case.
(Photo: Manal Tamimi)
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