Saturday, October 20, 2018
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Palestinian protesters demand Ahed Tamimi's release

Hundreds rally in occupied West Bank to demand Israel releases 16-year-old who was arrested a month ago with her mother.

Ahed Tamimi's release

Israeli forces have fired tear gas as hundreds of Palestinians protested against the detention of a prominent teenage activist and her mother.

Ahed Tamimi, 16, was detained on December 19 in an overnight raid at her home in the village of Nabi Saleh after a video showing her hitting and slapping Israeli soldiers went viral. Hours earlier, her 15-year-old cousin Mohammad was shot point-blank in the face with a rubber bullet, which left him in a medically-induced coma for 72 hours.

Ahed was indicted on 12 charges earlier this month and could face up to 10 years in prison. Her mother, Nariman, and her 20-year-old cousin Nour were also detained shortly afterwards. Nour has since been released on bail. 

On Saturday, Palestinians from various villages in the occupied West Bank gathered in Nabi Saleh to demand the release of Ahed and her mother, as well as protest against US President Donald Trump's move last month to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

However, Israeli forces stationed themselves at the entrance of Nabi Saleh an hour before the protest, preventing many foreign activists and journalists from entering the village while also turning away some Palestinians. 

The demonstrators initially marched towards a hill adjacent to the illegal Halamish settlement, the construction of which has confiscated hundreds of acres of Nabi Saleh's land.

The protesters then moved on towards an Israeli checkpoint and military tower erected at the entrance of the village. 

Israeli forces fired tear gas, causing gas inhalation to dozens of protesters. At least seven demonstrators were injured by rubber bullets, residents said.

'Nothing will stop us from resisting'

Nabi Saleh has long held Friday protests against Israel's occupation of the West Bank every Friday for years. 

Bassem Tamimi, Ahed's father who has spent four years in an Israeli prison, said the message of Saturday's demonstration was clear: "Palestinians will not keep silent while living under occupation".

Ahed and Nariman are being held at Israel's HaSharon prison in Israel. Owing to his previous imprisonment, Bassem is unable to obtain an Israeli permit to visit his daughter and wife in jail.

"I have experienced prison. I know what it's like; I know how they are feeling," he said. "But at the same time, I am proud of them."

Manal Tamimi, another member of the family of well-known activists who was shortly detained last month during another demonstration demanding the release of her relatives, said such protests were necessary to show Israel that "nothing will stop us from demanding our rights".

According to Manal, who has been arrested several times over the years, Israeli authorities are attempting to dissuade other villages from adapting Nabi Saleh's near decade-long non-violent resistance.

"Even if they arrest children and women in the village, we will continue to fight against this occupation," she said.

"We want to make it clear that as long as they are oppressing us, Palestinians will continue to join the resistance."

Among those demonstrating was also Janna Jihad, Ahed's 11-year-old cousin who has been described as the "youngest journalist" in Palestine.

She said that she "misses Ahed", whom she described as her "best friend".

Jihad said that Israel's alleged targeting of children in Nabi Saleh was meant to "break young Palestinians".

"They know that we are the next generation that fight to save Palestine."


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

US student Lara Alqasem claims vict...

Read More

In his 'last' column, Khashoggi wro...

Read More

Turkish investigators enter Saudi c...

Read More

Bahrain hands life sentence to five...

Read More

US sanctions network supporting Ira...

Read More

Egypt says security forces killed 4...

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Israel pounds Gaza

India's Kerala state devastated

Capturing life under apartheid