The ongoing Israeli harassment and targetedÂ oppression of the Tamimi family, organizers in the anti-colonial land defense and popular resistance in the PalestinianÂ village of Nabi Saleh, continued in the pre-dawn hours of 11 January. While 16-year-old activistÂ Ahed Tamimi and her mother NarimanÂ 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.Â Manal, Mohammedâs 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 âvictoryâ sign as he was taken from his family home surrounded by occupation soldiers.Â ManalÂ later reported on FacebookÂ 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 theÂ illegal settlement of HalamishÂ has stolen the villageâs agricultural land as well as its spring.
Ahed and Narimanâs imprisonment has drawnÂ international attention;Â Ahedâs cousin NourÂ 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, âassaultâ on an occupation soldier on their familyâs land, and throwing stones, among other allegations. The âassaultâ charges refer to theÂ livestreamed interaction in which Ahed and NourÂ demand an occupation soldier leave their home; he was attempting to move to higher ground on the familyâs 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.
Ahedâs 15-year-oldÂ cousin MohammedÂ 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,Â Musaâab, 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,Â who has traveledÂ 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 Ahedâs freedom and that of the other 6,200 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails.Â Upcoming protests are scheduledÂ 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 Ahedâs case and the Palestinian struggle for freedom. In London, grassroots activists put up âguerillaâ transit ads and posters on bus stops and Tube trains throughout the city.Â @ProtestencilÂ on Twitter has made the stencil-style postersÂ available for download and use in supportersâ local cities.
London Palestine ActionÂ has highlighted the ongoing appearance of these âadhacksâ throughout London, bringing Ahedâs case and the struggle of Palestinian child prisoners to the streets of the UK capital.Â Italian activists in VeniceÂ replicated the posters on the streetsÂ of the city as well:
On the streets of Berlin,Â Jewish Antifa Berlin sharedÂ images of large stickers and posters highlighting Ahed Tamimiâs case and those of the Tamimi women posted on signboards and advertising spaces around the German capital city.Â Women in Berlin are also organizing aÂ bloc for the womenâs march on 21 JanuaryÂ that will highlight Ahedâs case.
An internationalÂ 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,Â French,Â GermanÂ andÂ PortugueseÂ politicians. In addition,Â UK minister of state for the Middle East Alistair BurtÂ responded to questions from Labour MP Julie Elliott on 10 January by noting that âthe soldiers should not be there and the young woman should not have needed to do what she did.âÂ This followed an earlierÂ Early Day MotionÂ submitted by a multi-party group of parliamentarians on Ahedâs case.
(Photo: Manal Tamimi)
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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.