On 19 December Israeli troops arrested 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi when she slapped a soldier who refused to leave her home in the village of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank, 20Km north of Ramallah. A video of the incident leading to her arrest is here
Hundreds of israeli troops had launched a dawn raid on the village of Nabi Saleh and Ahed Tamimi and her cousin Nour Tamimi had demanded Isreali soldiers leave their home. shortly before the confrontation the Israeli troops had shot Ahed's cousin, 14-year-old Muhammad Fadel Tamimi, in the head resulting in him receiving critical injuries. The bullet, a 'less lethal' rubber-coated metal bullet entered the boys face below his nose, shattered his jaw and lodged in his skull. Muhammad spent three weeks in an induced coma and is now facing a life of severe disability.
14 year-old Muhammad Fadel Tamimi had previously been arrested in April 2017 for allegedly throwing stones at an IDF convoy. The interrogators presented him with a document in Hebrew and attempted to get Muhammad to sign his 'confession'. Muhammad refused. He was subsequently released after spending three months in prison following a plea bargin and the payment of a €750 fine.
Following widespread condemnation of the shooting of Muhammad Fadel Tamimi, the Israeli state posted a number of provocative statements about the actions of Ahed Tamimi and subsequently launched a night-time raid to arrest her. the Israeli state subsequently posted the video of Ahed's arrest on youtube with commentary in Hebrew, designed for domestic consumption.
The arrest was an attempt to create a propaganda campaign to undermine the criticism of the IDF over the shooting of Muhammad Fadel Tamimi. The Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett has demanded that Adeh be sent to prison for life.
Following the arrest of Ahed Tamimi the IDF stepped up their terror campaign against the Tamimi family. Her father, Bassam Tamimi was arrested when he went to Ofer military court to visit his daughter and later released.
When her mother Nariman Tamimi went to see her daughter she was also arrested. That evening the IDF again raided Nabi Saleh and arrested Nour Tamimi.
On 28 December Ahed's aunt Milal Tamimi was arrested at a protest against the continued detention of Ahed Tamimi. Milal Tamimi was tortured during her week long detention. While Milal was being held in prison the IDF shot dead another member of the extended Tamimi family, 17 year-old Musab Tamimi during a protest in the West Bank. Musab was the third member of the extended Tamimi family killed in Nabi Saleh since the beginning of a weekly non-violent protest movement in 2009. Since 1976 twenty-two members of the Tamimi family have been killed by the IDF.
On 1 January the Israeli military filed 12 charges against Ahed Tamimi including throwing stones, incitement and assaulting and threatening a soldier. If convicted she faces a potential life sentence.
On 4 January Nour Tamimi was finally released on bail after being charged with aggravated assault and interfering with a soldier’s duties.
On 11 January, IDF again raided Nabi Saleh, this time arresting Milal Tamimi's son, 19 year-old Muhammad Bilal Tamimi. he was subsequently transferred to the notorious Petah Tikva detention center near Tel Aviv.
The ongoing campaign of terror against the Tamimi family in Nabi Saleh should be condemned. Ahed Tamimi and Muhammad Bilal Tamimi should be released immediately and all the charges against members of the Tamimi family in Nabi Saleh should be dropped. The members of the IDF responsible for the critical wounding of Muhammad Fadel Tamimi and the killing of Musab Tamimi should be arrested and brought to trial.
16 year-old Ahed Tamimi in handcuffs at a dentention centre hearing -