Prominent teen Palestinian activist charged in latest retaliation against Palestinians protesting occupation
After an incident during which the Israeli police shot her then 15-year-old cousin in the face, point blank, with a rubber bullet which ended up putting him in a medically induced coma, 16 year old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi now faces 12 charges, including interfering with a soldier’s duties, assaulting an Israeli officer, and a charge of stone-throwing which can carry a sentence of up to 20 years in an Israeli prison.
Tamimi was filmed kicking and slapping the officers after the violence transpired, which led to a charge of assault. Additionally Tamimi’s mother, Nariman, and her 20-year-old cousin Nour were arrested soon after, with her mother facing a charge of incitement for posting the video she took online which soon went viral.
These events fall in a line of others helping to showcase the increasingly oppressive conditions of Palestinian people in the West Bank. Earlier in December, a six-year-old child was detained by the Israeli police for over 5 hours for allegedly throwing stones at officers. Khalid Kazmar, the Director of the Palestinian branch of the Movement for Protection of World’s Children says, “Hundreds of children have been detained by the Israeli army this year, most of them were in Jerusalem before being released shortly afterwards… Israel is the only country in the world where children are tried in military courts… The fact that Palestinian children are subjected to custody and torture is a crime against humanity according to international law.”
In addition to this, Israeli prosecutors sought to revoke the release of a Palestinian teen who was badly beaten by Israeli soldiers. 16 year old Fawzi al-Juneidi was allegedly participating in a “violent riot” when Israeli soldiers in full riot gear blindfolded and dragged him. al-Junedi’s lawyer says the soldiers kicked and beat him while they drug him on the ground.
It is a common practice in the West Bank for Israeli soldiers to target young people, according to prisoners rights group Addameer, which maintains that the occupying soldiers are engaging in targeted campaigns against politically active Palestinian families in order to put an end to social mobilization.
In addition, Tamimi’s father Baseem says that the case is being built in order to keep her imprisoned as long as possible, that those in charge of determining her innocence don’t even see Palestinians as complete humans, and that Israel wants to both break Ahed and show others who would resist that this is what resistance will get you.