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Activists bring London commuters face-to-face with Ahed Tamimi
By Natasha Roth
|Published December 29, 2017
Activists bring London commuters face-to-face with Ahed Tamimi



Just over a week after the arrest of Ahed Tamimi, posters appear at bus
stops around London in solidarity with the teenager and all Palestinian
prisoners.

Poster in solidarity with Ahed Tamimi, London, December 28, 2017.
(@ProtestStencil)

Poster in solidarity with Ahed Tamimi, London, December 28, 2017.
(@protestencil)

Commuters across London came face-to-face with the occupation on Thursday,
after local



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“Following Ahed’s arrest, we wanted to publicly show solidarity again — with
Ahed, with the Tamimi family, with Nabi Saleh,” told +972 Magazine.

Ahed was arrested on December 19th, a few days after video footage of her
and other family members pushing and slapping soldiers outside their home in
Nabi Saleh went viral. The day after Ahed’s arrest her mother, Nariman, was
arrested after she went to the police station to try and accompany her
daughter during her interrogation. Both women have yet to be charged with a
crime, but have had their detention repeatedly extended, meaning they will
spend New Year’s Even in jail.

Ahed Tamimi in the Ofer prison military court. December 20, 2017. (Oren
Ziv/Activestills)

Ahed Tamimi in the Ofer prison military court. December 20, 2017. (Oren
Ziv/Activestills)

Ahed’s cousin, Nur Tamimi, 21, was arrested early in the morning of December
20th. A court called for her release on bail on Thursday, although the
release will be delayed by 48 hours. Another cousin, Manal Tamimi, was
arrested outside Ofer prison on Thursday while protesting the detention of
her relatives.

The Israeli media, as well as most Israeli politicians, have framed the
incident in Nabi Saleh as an unprovoked attack on IDF soldiers. Local
coverage of the events almost unanimously failed to mention that a few days
prior to the filmed clash, Israeli soldiers shot Ahed’s cousin Mohammed
Tamimi, 15, in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet. He remained in an
induced coma for over a week, after the bullet lodged in his skull.
Moreover, the village has, over the years, paid a heavy price for its
protests against the occupation and against the expropriation of its natural
water source by settlers from nearby Halamish.

Poster in solidarity with Ahed Tamimi, London, December 28, 2017.
(@ProtestStencil)

Poster in solidarity with Ahed Tamimi, London, December 28, 2017.
(@protestencil)

In late 2011, an Israeli soldier killed Mustafa Tamimi, 28, after shooting
him in the face with a tear gas canister at close range. Just under a year
later, Rushdi Tamimi, 31, was shot in the back with live ammunition and died
in hospital a few days later. In November 2014, Nariman Tamimi was shot in
the leg with live ammunition at close range, leaving her on crutches for a
year. Five months later, Manal Tamimi was also shot in the leg with a live
bullet. Bassem Tamimi, Ahed’s father, has spent several extended periods in
administrative detention for his role in leading the demonstrations in Nabi
Saleh.

The focus on the arrests of the Tamimi women has also drawn attention to the
broader plight of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails—an issue London
Palestine Action and Protest Stencil sought to highlight in their posters.
As well as wanting to signal the “strength and resistance” of the Tamimis,
White said, the purpose of the project was also to call for “the release of
Ahed and all Palestinian political prisoners.”

As of November 2017, Israel was holding over 6,000 Palestinians in its
prisons, including over 300 children, and 59 women.

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