Despite an Israeli ban on her movement, Palestinian resistance icon Ahed Tamimi traveled to France, for a debate, on Friday.
The young resistance leader was invited byÂ L’HumanitĂ©Â newspaper and the French Communist party, or PCF, to participate in an event organized by Association France Palestine Solidarite.
Ahed spoke on Sunday, at the FeteÂ de L’HumanitĂ©Â (Festival of Humanity)Â which is organized annually by the PCF and its newspaperÂ L’HumanitĂ©Â atÂ La Courneuve in Seine-Saint-Denis. “I want to say to Trump that Jerusalem will remain the capital of Palestineâ€ť, Ahed Tamimi said, in reference to the decision of the U.S. president to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv, addressing thousands of people who attended the last day of the event.
â€śThe Palestinian refugees, we do not need the money of the Americans, but to return to our landâ€ť and find â€śour dignityâ€ť, she added, according to Days of Palestine. â€śWe must be united in the face of the occupation.â€ť
She went on to describe her own experience as a young Palestinian underÂ brutal military occupation. â€śWhen youâ€™re a young Palestinian who is 17 years old today, youÂ sufferÂ on a daily basis the practices of the Israeli occupation … even Palestinian children are arrested at checkpoints and Israeli-controlled.â€ť
The Palestinian people, Ahed concluded, “we are not victims, we are fighters for freedom.â€ť
The 17-year-old teenager from Nabi Saleh village, in the occupied West BankÂ was jailed for eight months for slapping two Israeli occupation soldiers who were harassing her family at their home’s yard. Her action, in December of last year, was recorded and went viral on social media. attracting applause from the supporters of Palestinian resistance globally, whileÂ also infuriating Israelis some of whom asked for her to be shot and killed.
Ahed and her mother, Nariman, both had been jailed in an Israeli prison since December of 2017, before receiving a few weeks early release in late July.
Ahed received a warm welcome from the people gathered at the event, in France, where she talked about how her life has changed during her imprisonment. The young resistance icon doesn’t regret her actions and said that prisonÂ helped her to be more mature. Immediately after her release, while speaking to media, sheÂ saidÂ she and her other inmates studied international law in the prison.
Speaking to RT during her trip in France, the young Palestinian activist said that despite being released she does not think that she is out of troubleÂ as each of her words can be used against her and land her in prison again.
She further called for boycotting the Israeli state and asked people to spread the truth about the suffering of Palestinians, due to Israeli occupation.
The news of her France visit comes just a week afterÂ she was informed byÂ Palestinian authorities that she wasÂ not allowed to leave the country, due to an Israeli ban on her and her family from doing so.Â Her father had said that they were not given any definite reason for the ban.
Ahed is now expected to travel through Europe to talkÂ about Palestineâ€™s resistance and her time in Israeli prison. Her next stop will be in Spain, to participate in more solidarity events.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.