In 2016 AbbyMartin spoke to Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi

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Source: TeleSUR – Al Jazeera / The Dawn News / January 11, 2018

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Bethlehem, occupied West Bank – Ahed Tamimi, a prominent 16-year-old Palestinian activist, was detained in December 20, 2017, during a pre-dawn raid on her home by the Israeli army and border police in the occupied West Bank. This events happened after she slapped Isreali soldiers in a context where the armed forces had recently shot her younger cousin in the head.

The case of Ahed Tamimi has come to embody rival, grievance-filled Palestinian and Israeli narratives at a time of overwhelming mutual distrust about the other side’s intentions and scepticism about chances of ending the long-running conflict.

Many Palestinians have embraced the teen as a symbol of a new generation standing up to Israeli rule.

The December incident that catapulted her into the headlines came 10 days after President Donald Trump’s recognition of contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – a decision seen as siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the conflict.

Trump’s move triggered Palestinian protests, including in Nabi Saleh, a village of about 600 members of the Tamimi clan. Since 2009, villagers have protested the seizure of some of their land and a spring for a nearby Israeli settlement, with demonstrations often ending in clashes between Palestinian stone-throwers and Israeli soldiers firing tear gas, rubber bullets or live rounds.

In 2016, @AbbyMartin spoke to Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi. This is what she had to say about her childhood under Israeli occupation. Tamimi was recently indicted for hitting two Israeli soldiers after they shot her cousin in the face

 

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