Israel Threatens Teenage Girl Who Slapped A Soldier. Who is Ahed Tamimi?

Israel remands Palestinian girl filmed slapping soldier in West Bank

The Israeli army arrested a 17-year-old Palestinian girl who was earlier filmed confronting and slapping two soldiers in Al-Nabi Saleh, a small village to the northwest of Ramallah city in the occupied West Bank.

The video, filmed amid ongoing protests last Friday, shows Tamimi along with two other women, telling two armed Israeli soldiers to remove themselves from her property.

After they refuse, Tamimi can be seen attempting to push the soldiers off her land.

"Nariman was hysterically crying and attempted to hug Ahed, but she was thrown to the ground by the soldiers", he said, referring to Ahed's mother. The family alleged the soldiers beat them during the raid.

The Israeli public is accustomed to submissive Palestinians - and if not, it is accustomed to seeing them beaten and arrested, regardless of whether they present an actual danger or are engaged in an act of protest.

A Palestinian does not have the right to be so bold in the face of Israeli forces and not expect to be detained one day, so while Ahed's family is surely wracked with grief over her arrest, it is doubtful they are able to feel at all shocked.

Since news broke of Tamimi's arrest, netizens have reacted and launched a social media campaign under the hashtag, #FreeAhedTamimi, in the hopes of pressuring Israeli officials to release her from custody.

"Ahed was telling the soldiers to get away from our home", Bassem said. "Their goal would be to circulate this footage spreading lies about the IDF, but these soldiers knew what they were trying to achieve and did not budge", they wrote. As the daughter of parents who are leading activists in the popular struggle against the occupation in the village of Nabi Saleh, she has been part of the struggle her entire life.

At age 13, Ahed won the Handala Courage Award in Turkey, and rose to global prominence after a video and series of photos were published of the young activist and her mother and aunt desperately attempting to save her injured brother Mohammad, then 11-years old, from being arrested by Israeli forces in 2015.

"But because we resist, we pay the price".

"The blood was pouring from his face like a fountain", the 43-year-old mother of four said on Sunday.

Manal herself still suffers from knee pains after Israeli forces shot her multiple times in the knees with rubber bullets during a demonstration three years ago.

Al-Tamimi, a former prisoner, was detained when he was 13 years old, and was previously injured several times during weekly clashes in his village.

The group condemned Israel's night raids on Palestinian communities, calling the policy "particularly gruesome" and a means of "subjugating and suppressing the [Palestinian] population".

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