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Friday, 26 January 2018

Abby Martin Meets Ahed Tamimi

Message From A Freedom Fighter They Destroy All Our Happiness 

A Child Speaks about the effects of Israel's Military Police State on her life

This is an excellent video from the redoubtable Abby Martin who specialises in making film giving the background to colonial struggles and their consequences today.

The tragedy of Palestinian children


This film gives the background to the struggle in Nabi Saleh, a small village in Area C of the West Bank and the role of the Tamimi family in particular.  This is a family which has been at the forefront of the struggle against first British colonialism and now Israeli settler colonialism.

The film, which has just been made, consists of film taken some years ago when Ahed, who is now in an Israeli prison for daring to stand up to a member of the herrenvolk’s military, was a young girl.  Despite her age her maturity shines through. 
the children make jewellery, like the necklace that Ahed is wearing, out of the bullets that the Israeli soldiers shoot at them
It is just less than 20 minutes and it is worth watching.  Below we see a report in Middle East Monitor of the response of the British government to what  has happened with the arrest of Ahed.  Given the pro-Zionist position of the present government it testifies to the depth of support for Ahed and revulsion at Israel’s behaviour.
A younger Ahed confronting the armed occupiers

British minister on Ahed Tamimi arrest: Israel soldiers ‘shouldn’t be there’
From the days of the British the Tamimis confronted colonialism 
January 10, 2018 at 10:55 am

The British government has responded to the arrest of Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi saying that the Israeli occupation forces should not have been in Nabi Saleh in the first place.

In oral questions yesterday, Labour MP Julie Elliott asked Alistair Burt, minister of state for the Middle East at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, whether he shared her “outrage” over the “continued detention of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi”.


Elliott noted that Tamimi is being detained in an Israeli prison inside the Green Line, in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits an occupying power from transferring prisoners outside of the occupied territory.

In response, Burt noted that he knows “both the Tamimi family and Nabi Saleh” personally, describing the incident as a “very unhappy” one.

The truth is that the soldiers should not be there and the young woman should not have needed to do what she did he added.

Burt confirmed that the British government has made representations to the Israeli authorities about Tamimi’s case.


Background to the struggle of Ahed and her family as told by her cousin, the world's youngest journalist, Janna Jihad, 11

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