Eloz Azaria served 9 months for murdering an unconscious prisoner
We should of course rejoice that Ahed Tamimi, who was only 16 when she slapped an armed soldier who invaded the grounds of her house, after shooting her cousin in the head at point blank range, has been released. But we should never forget that the Kahanist soldier Elor Azaria, an army medic no less, served just 9 months in prison.
|Elor Azaria, a supporter of the Israeli far-Right was treated as a hero by Israel's public|
Sentenced to 18 months Azaria had his sentence successively reduced to just one month more than Ahed’s. If it wasn’t for the cameras distributed by B’tselem then he would not have served any time as his crime was not reported by fellow soldiers.
When Ahed applied in June for parole this was refused because she was a ‘danger’ to the Zionist occupiers. Yes she is a danger but not a physical danger but a political danger. If anyone is in danger of reprisals it is Ahed.
|It's difficult to believe this idiot is not only an Israeli government minister but was Israeli Ambassador to the UN|
She was subject to vicious attacks and threats by the Zionists, some ludicrous some sinister. She was accused of not being part of a real family by former Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Michael Oren, because he alleged her parents dressed her up in Western clothes and because he couldn’t handle her white complexion. Apparently an investigation had been conducted into the Tamimi family two years before based on these racist stereotypes of what Palestinian families should look like.
Ben Caspit, a well known journalist encouraged sexual attacks and rape against her when he wrote in an article (Hebrew) that “In the case of the girls, we should exact a price at some other opportunity, in the dark, without witnesses and cameras”,
Ahed’s case should be used to publicise the plight of ALL Palestinian children in captivity in Israel.
|Ahed Tamimi and her mother Nariman are released after eight months behind bars for slapping an Israeli soldier.|
By Oren Ziv, +972 Magazine
Ahed Tamimi, who spent eight months in an Israeli prison for slapping an Israeli soldier, is seen upon her release in her home village of Nabi Saleh, July 29, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)
Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager who was arrested after being filmed for slapping an IDF soldier in her family’s yard, was released from Israeli prison Sunday morning, along with her mother Nariman, after eight months behind bars.
Upon their release, the two were greeted by Ahed’s father, Bassem Tamimi, as well as other family members. Also present were MK Aida Touma-Sleiman, Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists, along with news crews that spent the morning traveling back and forth between Jabara checkpoint and Rantis checkpoint in the early hours of the morning, after the army repeatedly changed the location of Ahed and Nariman’s release.
|poster at the entrance to Nabil Saleh|
The two were eventually driven in an army jeep to the entrance of their village, Nabi Saleh, where they were released. There, Ahed briefly thanked her supporters and immediately went in the direction of the home of Izz a-Din Tamimi, who was killed a month and a half ago during a raid on the village. As she left the house, Ahed said “the popular struggle continues from the prisons and until the home of the martyr.”
Ahed, 17, was arrested in December 2017 after a video of her slapping an Israeli soldier during a protest in Nabi Saleh went viral. The incident took place a few hours after soldiers shot Ahed’s cousin, Muhammad Tamimi, in the head with a rubber bullet. Shortly thereafter, soldiers showed up in the Tamimi family’s home; Ahed and her cousin Nur confronted the armed soldiers, demanding they leave, after which Ahed slapped one of the soldiers, while her mother filmed the incident. The soldiers, who seemed unfazed, left the home without making any arrests. Only after footage of the confrontation went viral did IDF soldiers return to the Tamimi home in the early hours of the morning to arrest Ahed. Nariman and Nur were also arrested.
|Ahed Tamimi, Bassem Tamimi, and Nariman Tamimi give a short statement to media outlets and supporters after the release of Ahed and Nariman from Israeli prison, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, July 29, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)|
Ahed and Nariman’s trial, which took place at Ofer Military Court near Ramallah, turned into a media sensation. After a number of hearings, the court decided to kick out journalists and diplomats, ostensibly to protect Ahed’s interests as a minor. In March, Ahed, Nariman, and Nur signed a plea bargain according to which she would serve eight months in prison, including three months time served.
Ahed and Nariman are expected to visit the Muqata’a, the Palestinian Authority headquarters, in Ramallah on Sunday, where they will stop by Yasser Arafat’s grave and meet top PA officials. From there they will celebrate privately with family members before returning to Nabi Saleh. In the days after her release, Ahed will give interviews every day for one hour to all media outlets. Nabi Saleh will hold a large ceremony to celebrate her release this coming weekend. In the coming week she is expected to visit the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, which is at risk of demolition by the Israeli authorities.