Young US Jews Write 700 Letters of Solidarity to Ahed Tamimi

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Two left-wing groups in the U.S. organized the letters campaign and protests marking the the 17th birthday of the imprised Palestinian teen.

More than 700 Jewish young people from the U.S. wrote letters of solidarity to Ahed Tamimi, the iconic Palestinian 17-year-old who was arrested by Israeli authorities last month and charged with 12 counts including assaulting an occupation soldier and stone throwing after a video of her slapping a soldier at her home’s yard went viral.

The letters were delivered by dozens of Jewish activists to Ahed’s father Bassem Tamimi at their family home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Thursday, a day after her 17th birthday, the left-leaning Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Friday.

One note read, “Dear Ahed, my name is Shula and I am 17. We’re [the] same age and we live in different worlds. Your courage inspires me to stand up for what I believe in. Your actions are not done in vain.”

Meanwhile hundreds if young Jewish activists in the U.S. marked Ahed’s birthday Wednesday by protesting against her detention and show her support ahead of her trial in an Israeli military court next Tuesday. The protests took place in New York, Boston, Washington among other U.S. cities.

The letters and the protest actions were organized by the U.S.-based anti-occupation groups IfNotNow and All That’s Left with the slogan #NoBirthdayBehindBars.

IfNotNow founding member Simone Zimmerman was one of the activists who visited the Tamimi’s home and told Bassem that “Ahed’s story has really moved a lot of people. Of course she’s a symbol, but she’s also just a person who deserves to have the future that she wants to have.”

Also All That’s Left member, Micah Friedman, told Haaretz “It’s particularly important for me as a Jew who connects to this place not just through a political lens but religiously and spiritually, to communicate to Ahed – as a young person whose life’s been shaped by occupation in the name of the Jewish people – that there are Jews throughout the world and living here who don’t believe that the justice system she’s currently dealing with is just.”

While Bassem thanked the activists for their visit and protests, he did point out how Jewish and Israeli activist groups plant olive trees to make themselves feel good, when “it’s freedom, not trees,” that he and his family needs.

She was arrested on Dec. 19 after a video of her slapping an Israeli soldier outside her home in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, in mid-December went viral. It was revealed later that the Palestinian girl was upset after soldiers had shot her 14-year-old cousin in the head with a rubber bullet a day earlier.

Ahed has been in the public eye for years. In 2010, as a child, she became an iconic figure of Palestinian youth struggle against the occupation through a photograph in which she stands before a soldier with her fist raised.

Ahed had also made international news few years ago when a video of her, along with female members of her family, went viral showing her fighting an Israeli occupation soldier who was pinning down her 12-year old male cousin.

But the Israeli occupation has been actively persecuting the Tamimi family for decades over their weekly protests against the theft of their lands in favor of the illegal Jewish settlement of Halamish near their villages. Several members of the family have been detained and killed over the years.

Via TeleSur


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3 Responses

  1. Israel has one of the highest rates of juvenile incarceration in the world and the juvenile population consists almost entirely of Palestinian ethnicity. The conviction rate of Palestinian juveniles is almost 100%, they are found guilty by a military court system, and most of their crimes involve throwing stones at Israeli soldiers.

    In contrast, Jewish juveniles living in illegal Jewish settlements in the Occupied Territories are almost never arrested by Israeli authorities for throwing stones at Palestinian civilians.

    I predict Ahed Tamimi ends up spending more time in prison than Israel’s hero medic, Elon Azaria, who shot a disabled Palestinian attacker point blank in the head.

  2. ” It was revealed later that the Palestinian girl was upset after soldiers had shot her 14-year-old cousin in the head with a rubber bullet a day earlier.”,

    How dare this 17 year old proto-terrorist get upset with Israeli soldiers just because one of them righteously shoots a rubber coated bullet into her cousins brain.

    It is a delusion shared by many Palestinians that they have a right to protest and resist Jewish heavy handedness. In fact they don’t have any such rights as they are not human in that sense that entitles them to human rights. Human rights are not homo sapiens sapiens rights.

    In no nation is it possible to extend human rights to 100% of the homo sapiens population therein. In some countries the proportion entitled to human rights may be as low as 5% (eg Honduras) in others the maximum may not exceed 80% (eg The UK & US). Members of homo sapiens may forfeit any
    entitlement to human rights

    Fofeiture may result from their supporting dissident politics, from being unlawfully indigenous and therefore being in the way of progress that will benefit US based corporations and members of the ruling oligarchy or because of being of an obnoxious ethnic group (eg Rohinga) or because the marginal cost of extending human rights to them is simply too high.

    In the case of the Palestinians an irreconcilable conflict between their interests and those of the Jews as soon as the Zionists decided in about 1880 to settle Palestine and expel the present occupants. The ethnic cleansing of 700,000 non-Jewish Palestinians was not optional as without it the new state could not be majority Jewish and thus could not pretend to be democratic. Now that ISrael is getting ready to annex the West Bank and Gaza the non-Jewish Palestinians therein present a new demographic problem. The only question is how Israel will choose between more ethnic cleansing and a final solution to the Palestinian question.

    Those who support Israel should realize that their continued support requires acceptance of one of these two scenarios.

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