Publish date1 Aug 2018 - 10:16
Story Code : 347111

Tamimi family: The story of a resistance

Israeli sniper who shot Mohammad al-Tamimi, a teenage member of Tamimi family in Nabi Saleh village, home to about 600 members of Tamimi clan, would never guess that his rubber bullet could set the name of the Palestinian family and the village on world headlines.
On 15 December, an Israeli army sniper shot Palestinian Mohammed al-Tamimi, 14, during the weekly demonstration in the village of Nabi Saleh where Israeli authorities have gradually stolen the land and water resources on behalf of the nearby settlement of Halamish.
The teenage boy was severely wounded by a rubber bullet that entered his brain putting him into a medically induced coma.

The West Bank village erupted in anger following the incident as Palestinian residents threw stones at the Israeli army, who attempted to put a stop to the unrest by patrolling at the site of a home where protesters were gathered. 16-year-old Ahed al-Tamimi, veteran of many protests against Israeli forces joins the protests as she ran
outside her home and confronted two Israeli soldiers demanding that they leave the family property.
The confrontation continues with Israeli soldiers’ refusal and Ahad’s reaching to slap and kick the army officers. The soldiers essentially tried to ignore her probably because they were being videotaped. Their refusal to react aroused the anger among Israelis who demanded punishment for the humiliation.

As a result, the Israeli army raided the al-Tamimi home at 4am, grabbed Ahed from her bed, put her in handcuffs, and hustled her to a waiting paddy wagon. They also stole the family's electronic devices including cell phones and computers, apparently hoping to document the "crime" Ahed had committed.

The girl's mother who followed her to the police station was also detained as Israelis demanded the judge extend her imprisonment.

Eventually Ahed Tamimi received 8 months in jail as the video of her and her cousin Nour Tamimi slapping two Israeli soldiers went viral arousing protests across the globe against Israeli brutality
on Palestinian children.

Ahed was released receiving a hero’s welcome in her West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. She turned 17 while in custody to receive many years of experience, suffering and fame she could harldy achieve in 8 months. Her case has trained a spotlight on the detention of Palestinian minors by Israel, a practice that has been criticized by international rights groups.

Addressing the crowd, Tamimi thanked activists and the media for their support during her prison stay and added that her "happiness is not full" when others are still behind Israeli bars.

"I want to say that the power is with the people, and the people will and can decide their destiny and decide the future. Women are a key part of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, and the women’s role will continue to expand, not only in the struggle but by producing new generations that can continue the struggle. We say: 'Leave, leave occupation.'"

From her home, Ahed headed to a visit to the grave of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. She laid a wreath and recited a prayer from the Quran, the Muslim holy book, and was then taken with her family to a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at his headquarters in Ramallah.

The experience has inspired Tamimi to plan pursuit of a career in law in order to "hold the occupation accountable".


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