The Occupation, Up Close & Personal
Reviewing the Arrest & Detention of Ahed Tamimi
“Why Is Israel So Afraid of 16-Year-Old Ahed Tamimi?” offers insight into this situation that’s beginning to resemble a modern version of David and Goliath.
Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, and current member of the Israeli Knesset, saw fit to post this tweet in response to the arrest of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi.
This is an astounding degree of defamation by Dr. Oren, a man named as one of the world’s ten most influential Jews by the Jerusalem Post. Compare his above tweet to the real story of the Tamimi family of Nabi Saleh.
Translation of the article referenced in Michael Oren’s link:
Attack on Palestinian Soldiers: Provocation is also worthy of arrest
A member of the Tamimi family from Nabi Salah arrived again in order to extort a provocation from IDF fighters, and despite the knowledge that this is a media trap, there is repeated criticism from the public about the erosion of military deterrence.
Yesterday, a video clip of a Tamimi family member from Nabi Salah was seen on the Net as she slapped and kicked an IDF officer with the rank of captain and another soldier, and another girl joined in. The event, from start to finish, seemed to be a well-timed and filmed provocation. The soldiers chose to restrain themselves in the face of the ongoing provocation and did not use force against the two girls who attacked them.
The law allows soldiers in such a case to arrest those who attacked them, and even to use reasonable force to carry out the arrest. Why then did the soldiers not stop the attackers? It is reasonable to assume that the officer, who found himself in a difficult situation and knew that the incident was filmed from every angle, wanted to avoid at all costs the images of armed soldiers dragging a helpless girl into the doorway of her house.
Despite the Israeli narrative, watch the video and decide for yourself.
The continued detention of Ahed Tamimi & several members of her family does little to advance the notion that Israel is a democracy that honors human rights and international law.