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It’s been called the “slap listened around the world.” For wielding a unclothed handed slap, Israeli soldiers ripped 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi out of her bed in the center of the night, threw her into the back of a military jeep and sealed her up in a small, cold jail siege cell. Yesterday, the Israeli military justice – scandalous for its 99.7 percent self-assurance rate – indicted Ahed on twelve charges.
Israel claims Ahed is a aroused and dangerous criminal. The crimes she is charged with, such as attack of a soldier, mill throwing and supposed incitement, could outcome in a extensive jail sentence.
Before we consider either Ahed deserves a life behind bars, we must first take a closer demeanour at what is a rapist movement and what is a life of fast state violence. Is the rapist a 16-year-old girl who dares to lift her palm to a entirely armed Israeli infantryman or an ongoing illegal function that places soldiers in the lives of unarmed teenage girls.
In 2011, Ahed Tamimi was 10-years-old when Israeli soldiers arrested her father and charged him with the crime of organizing weekly demonstrations in their encampment to conflict the burglary of its land for the advantage of a adjacent Israeli settlement. It would be 13 months before he was expelled and she would see her father again.
That same year, Israeli soldiers shot Mustafa Tamimi, Ahed’s 28-year-old cousin, in the face with a high quickness rip gas canister. Half of Mustafa’s face was destroyed. He upheld divided the next morning at the hospital.
The following year, when Ahed was 11 years old, Israeli soldiers shot her uncle, Rushdi Tamimi, in his reduce back with live ammunition. The bullet lodged in his stomach and he died the next morning in the hospital.
Ahed was 13 when Israeli soldiers shot her mother, Nariman Tamimi, in the leg with a 22-caliber bullet. Ahed stood by, great in the arms of her father, as her mom was placed in the back of an ambulance. Her mom had to rest on crutches for a series of years until she regained use of her legs.
These are only a few of the tragedies of attack that Ahed has witnessed and suffered as an youth and early teen flourishing up under Israel occupation. More of her cousins and brothers have been harmed and served time in Israeli prisons than is elementary to count.
Just before the “slap listened turn the world” on Dec 15, 2017, Ahed’s 14-year-old cousin, Mohammed Tamimi was hit directly in the face with a rubber coated steel bullet. During the incident, Israeli soldiers fired rip gas canisters at Ahed’s residence ruinous many of its windows. They then stationed themselves in the yard of the house.
Mohammed was finally expelled from the hospital last week. Stitches and low purple bruising cover the front of his face as he recovers.
Ahed Tamimi contra the Israeli army isn’t the first time an abuser has cried victim. Blue Lives Matter claims police, not unarmed black men, who are evenly targeted and killed. President Trump threatens to sue the women who credit him of passionate assault. Israel is scandalous for claiming they are being oppressed by the people they hold hostage. In this case, they have taken aim at a 16-year old girl, claiming she, with her unclothed hand, is a incomparable than life hazard to them and their first category military might. As Ahed’s hearing continues, we must remember whose who is the occupier and who is the occupied. With this in mind, we must direct leisure for Ahed and leisure for all of Palestine.
And know because a 16-year-old girl would wish to hit the police that are occupying her land and home and killing her family.
Ariel Gold is a staff member of CodePink. She brought Bassem Tamimi, Ahed’s father, to the U.S. for a speaking debate in 2015.
Taylor Morley is the bloc and locals coordinator for CodePink and a steering cabinet member of #MeToo in Los Angeles.