12th June 2018 |Â MondoweissÂ | Nabi Saleh, Occupied Palestine
This interview with Bassem Tamimi was recorded on May 4, 2018, in the occupied village of Nabi Saleh, by International Solidarity Movement activists.
His daughter Ahed Tamimi, 17, is serving an eight-month prison sentence for slapping an Israeli soldier on the familyâs property, on December 15th of last year, after Israeli soldiers shot her cousin in the face.
Bassem reflects on his daughterâs choice:
âI think more than 300 times they raided inside my houseâŠ They took my electronic devices several times. They broke the windows several times. They shot most of my children several times. My son was arrested two times. My wife was arrested five times. I was arrested nine times. I was tortured and be paralyzed for a period of time. My wife was shot in her leg, two years she couldnât walk. My home is under a demolition order. After all of that somebody asked, why Ahed slapped a soldier? She must slap the soldier. Sometimes I feel there is a triple standard or more than in dealing with the Palestinian issue.â
Also check out Tamimiâs comments on the two-state solution (a project of the Israeli left, and the Israeli left has disappeared) and the heart of the issue: a colonization project. Till the colonization project ends, the Palestinian resistance will not cease. And, notice at the beginning, when he shows visitors the surveillance balloon over Nabi Saleh.
âYou see that balloon watching us? Itâs a camera for watching everything.â
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Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (email@example.com)