Israel / Occupied Palestine: Free Ahed Tamimi NOW!

Statement of the Internationalist Socialist League (Section of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency in Israel / Occupied Palestine), 17.01.2018,

The 16-year old Palestinian girl Ahed Tamimi is threatened with up to 10 years in Prison for standing up to Israeli soldiers! She was arrested on 19 December 2017 along with her mother, Nariman Tamimi, and cousin Nour Tamimi for “slapping” an Israeli soldier.

Before Ahed Tamimi slapped one of the occupation soldiers who invaded her yard, in the village of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank, she learned that her 14-year-old cousin, Mohammed Tamimi, had been shot in the head at close range.

This happened during a protest against US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The 14-year-old Palestinian boy has been placed into a medically-induced coma. Needless to say, in Zionist Israel, the soldier who shot him in cold blood will not be standing trial for his crime. He might even be considered a hero by the Zionist right wing.

At the same time military prosecution filed 12 charges against the 16-years old courageous Palestinian. Ahed could remain in Israeli prisons up to 10 years, if convicted, on charges including throwing stones, incitement and assaulting and threatening a soldier.

The Israeli establishment hates our Palestinian sister and her family. Naftali Bennett, Israel’s education minister, said “They should finish their lives in prison,” said. And Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called for “severe” punishment of Ahed and her family, “to serve as a deterrent.” And the Israeli journalist, Ben Caspit, called for her rape and murder, saying: “In the case of the girls, we should exact a price at some other opportunity, in the dark, without witnesses and cameras.”

Israel’s military tribunals are notorious for their near-100 percent conviction rate against Palestinians. Ahed Tamimi is a symbol of resistance against the Zionist apartheid state, a symbol of the fight for freedom of the oppressed all over the world. For this reason the Zionists want to inflict as much pain on her as possible.

The Internationalist Socialist League fully supports the call of the Palestinian people and all progressive people around the world: Free Ahed Tamimi NOW!

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