Ahed Tamimi Will Spend Her 17th Birthday In An Israeli Prison

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Ahed Tamimi, the young Palestinian activist arrested for slapping a heavily-armed solider, remains locked up.

UPDATE: The trial for Ahed Tamimi, the young Palestinian activist who became a symbol of resistance against Israeli military occupation, has been delayed until February 6, The Times of Israel reported.

Previously, it was scheduled on Jan. 31 — the date of her 17th birthday.

Tamimi was arrested last year after at least 30 armed soldiers forcibly entered her house in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh — a few days after a video surfaced showing the young girl kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier after the troops fired tear-gas canisters directly at her home and also fired a rubber bullet point-blank in the face of her 14-year-old cousin, who had to be put into a medically induced coma.

Israeli authorities are now seeking 12 charges against the Palestinian girl —including threatening and assaulting an Israeli soldier, interfering with his duties, throwing objects at individuals and property, and incitement. She could face 10 years in jail.

Her trial is set to be held at Israel’s Ofer military court in Ramallah.

It is also important to note an Israeli judge has denied Tamimi’s bail while awaiting trial.

The activist, who is resisting the Israeli oppression all by herself, will mark her 17th birthday in a cold prison cell, instead of celebrating it by cutting a cake surrounded by family and friends.

However, dozens of U.S. groups are protesting to change that. With thousands set to demonstrate across the country, the protesters will also demand the release of 6,000 other Palestinians imprisoned by Israel on political charges.

“We must demand the release of Ahed Tamimi, who is held in Zionist captivity paid for by U.S. tax dollars that funded the soldiers who harassed and shot her family in the first place,” said Nerdeen Kiswani of New York City Students for Justice in Palestine.

“At least 40 gatherings over a week, including 14 on Tuesday alone, will call for Ahed’s release,” said Joe Catron, U.S. coordinator of Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.

 

Almost 360 children, including Ahed, are jailed in Israeli prisons, where they experience torture, solitary confinement, denial of access to families or lawyers along with other terrible human rights violations. 

Human Rights Watch states IDF soldiers have "choked [Palestinian] children, thrown stun grenades at them, beaten them in custody, threatened and interrogated them without the presence of parents or lawyers, and failed to let their parents know their whereabouts."

If you want to support Tamimi’s release, sign this petition and become a part of the movement.

Thumbnail / Banner : Reuters, Ammar Awad 

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