Jews Must Stand Up for Ahed Tamimi: Sarah Silverman

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Silverman, who is of Jewish heritage, became the latest high-profile U.S. celebrity to lend her support to the imprisoned Palestinian girl.

U.S. Comedian Sarah Silverman . . .has publicly come out in support of iconic Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi, making her the latest high profile celebrity to support the jailed 17-year-old.

“Jews have to stand up EVEN when — ESPECIALLY when — the wrongdoing is BY Jews/the Israeli government,” Silverman, who supported progressive U.S. senator Bernie Sanders for president, wrote in a tweet in which she shared a link to Amnesty International’s campaign calling on Israel to free Tamimi.

Ahed was arrested and indicted on 12 charges including assaulting an Israeli soldier and throwing stones after a video of her slapping a soldier in her home’s yard went viral. It was revealed later that the Palestinian girl was upset after soldiers had shot her 14-year-old cousin in the face a day earlier.

The strong-worded appeal by Silverman comes days after a military court barred the media and public from attending Tamimi’s first hearing earlier this week. Ahed was arrested in December and has been denied bail by the presiding judge. Israel tries most Palestinians, including minors, in military courts which have a conviction rate of more than 99 percent.

Her arrest and trial have been harshly criticized by many human rights organizations in Palestine, Israel and the world including the United Nations. Also many celebrities, academicas, actors and artists from around the world have come out in support of the iconic teen over the past few weeks.

Earlier this week more than two-dozen high-profile art and film figures, as well as athletes and academics, from the U.S. signed a letter calling for Ahed’s release in which they compared the jailed teen to slain Black teen Trayvon Martin.

Netflix Marvel series star Rosario Dawson, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams, famed progressive actor Danny Glover, activist and author Angela Davis and philosopher Cornel West were among the 27 figures who signed the petition.

Meanwhile Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, who is famous for drawing the iconic 1968 poster of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, revealed Tuesday his latest painting titled “There is a real Wonder Woman” depicting Palestinian imprisoned teen Ahed Tamimi as a superhero.

Over the years Ahed gained international attention for her brave actions against Israeli occupation forces during protests and clashes in and around her village. In 2015 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.

Via TeleSur


Bonus video added by Informed Comment:

France 24 English: “Ahed Tamimi Court Case: “It”s not just Tamimi’s trial, it’s the trial of occupation”

4 Responses

  1. The US needs to offer all Israelis dual citizenship. The real “promised land” for Jews, or for anyone, is America. Anyone seeking peace in the Middle East should also be working toward eliminating anti-Semitism in Europe. Jews should feel assured their rights and their persons and property will be respected everywhere. A Jewish homeland should not be necessary in this world.

  2. Context is needed to show the Ahed Tamimi story in light of other recent events involving her West Bank extended family:

    Ahlam Tamimi, the aunt of Ahed, in 2017 was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List in connection with alleged complicity in the 2001 Sbarro pizza parlor bombing in Jerusalem which killed two Americans, amongst others:

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    Ahlam Tamimi had served 10 years in an Israel prison following her conviction by an Israeli military tribunal in which she contested the jurisdiction of that tribunal and stated her only regret is that more were not killed in that bombing. She was pardoned by the Israeli president and released from custody as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange.

    The Jordanian court system refused to extradite her to the U.S.after she moved to the Kingdom following her release; the U.S. Dept. of Justice had sought extradition on an arrest warrant issued by a U.S. District Court.

    Musab Tamimi, Ahed’s cousin, was shot in throat and killed by an IDF soldier while demonstrating while unarmed in the West Bank this January:

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    IDF personnel subsequently defaced a death notice poster relative to Musab Tamimi:

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    • How does this ‘context’ add any relevant information regarding Ahed Tamimi’s detention?

      She is a minor and detained. What do her relatives have to do with her detention?

      • The reason that the IDF is targeting her AND she is being prosecuted so vigorously – with MK Naftali Bennett calling for a “life sentence” is due to the Tamimi clan’s penchant for opposing Israeli occupation.

        It is also subject to speculation whether or not the shooting of her cousin Musab was linked as retaliatory to Ahed’s assaultive conduct.

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