Ahed Tamimi Bio
|Ahed Tamimi (Arabic: عهد التميمي ‘Ahad at-Tamīmī, also Romanized Ahd) was born on 31 January 2001. She is a Palestinian activist from the village of Nabi Salih in the occupied West Bank. Tamini is best known for appearances in images and videos in which she confronts Israeli soldiers. Supporters consider her as a symbol of resistance against Israeli occupation in the West Bank, and a courageous advocate for Palestinian autonomy; her detractors argue her acts are staged performances aimed at discrediting Israel.
In December 2017, the Israel authorities detained her for slapping an Israelite soldier. The incident was recorded on video and went viral, sparking international interest and debate. Tamimi was sentenced to eight months in prison after agreeing to a plea bargain, and released on 29 July 2018.
|Native name||عهد التميمي|
|Born||31 January 2001Nabi Salih, Palestinian National Authority (West Bank)|
|Siblings||She has two brothers, Mohammed Tamimi, Wa’ed Tamimi|
|Parents||Father Bassem Tamimi, and mother Nariman al-Tamimi|
|Known for||Activism and the slapping of an Israel Soldier that was captured on video and went viral.|
Ahed Tamimi Biography
Ahed Tamimi was born on 31 January 2001 to her father Bassem and mother, Nariman Tamimi in Nabi Salih, a little village situated around 20 kilometers (12.4 mi) northwest of Ramallah in the West Bank (Palestinian National Authority). The Tamimi family arrived in the village from Hebron in the 1600s and blood, or marriage relates about 600 of its inhabitants.
Tamimi belongs to the second generation of Palestinian children who have grown up under states of occupation. She tried to be a legal advisor as a young girl. To protect Tamimi from harassment, her family relocated her to a relative’s home in Ramallah. There, she proceeded with her secondary education and could avoid the threat of going through Israeli checkpoints en route. By her father’s estimate, the family home, which had been slated for demolition in 2010 before the village’s adoption of its week after week protests, has been subjected to some 150 military raids starting late 2017
Ahed Tamimi Activism
The Tamimis were involved in protests and political agitation, demonstrating their opposition to the expansion of Israeli settlements and detention of Palestinians. Tamimi shares the same convictions to her family’s, and pundits have always praised her courageous activism. She believes documented, organized protests against the Israeli occupation will lead to broader recognition of the Palestinian struggle for autonomy; her viral images and videos have produced a wave of public reactions in Israel and Palestine, as well as internationally.
At the age of 11 years, Tamimi was commended for her courage by President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas for attempting to intervene during her mother’s arrest in August 2012. By 2012, she had become an internationally recognized figure; as an Israeli soldier arrested her older brother, Tamimi confronted him while waving a fist, a scene that went viral and earned her an invitation to visit Turkey from then-Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. She gained recognition once more three years later, after being filmed biting and striking a masked Israeli soldier who was apprehending her brother for throwing stones.
In December 2016, the US denied Tamimi a visa for a speaking tour titled “No Child Behind Bars/Living Resistance.”
Ahed Tamimi Slapping Incident, Arrest and Release from Israel Prison
On 15 December 2017, Tamimi was involved in a demonstration in Nabi Salih opposing the expansion of Israeli settlements close to her town. The protest turned fierce when around 200 of the demonstrators tossed stones at Israeli soldiers; the soldiers organized to control the protest and entered into Tamimi’s house to subdue protesters who, as indicated by the armed force, kept on tossing stones from inside the house. According to the Tamimi family, during the protest her 15-year-old cousin, Mohammed Tamimi was shot in the head at close range with a rubber-coated steel bullet, severely wounding him. In response, Tamimi, along with her mother and cousin Nour, approached the two soldiers outside the Tamimi home, and were filmed slapping, kicking, and shoving them; the soldiers did not retaliate.
Her cousin was placed in a medicinally induced coma to treat his head injury and regained consciousness a couple of days later. Footage of the incident was uploaded to Nariman Tamimi’s Facebook page and went viral. Days after the incident, on 19 December Tamimi was arrested in an evening time raid. Despite concerns about the use of military court for a minor who may have been singled out for “embarrassing the occupation,” thirteen days later Tamimi was charged with assault, incitement, and throwing stones; her mother and Nour joined her, having been arrested about the incident. The case drew global attention and spurred debate over the soldiers’ restraint in Palestinian and Israeli societies. The international community sharply criticized the Israeli military, and rallies in support of Tamimi occurred in major cities throughout North America and Europe.
Tamimi consented to a plea bargain with prosecutors on 24 March 2018, in which she was to serve eight months in jail and pay a 5,000-shekel ($1,437) fine. As a part of the agreement, she pleaded guilty to one count of assault, one count of incitement, and two counts—unrelated to the December 2017 incident—of obstructing soldiers. She was released from prison on 29 July 2018 together with her mother, Nariman.
Today Ahed Tamimi & her mom Nariman will be released from prison. I’m with her family on their way to pick them up from a checkpoint they’ll get dropped off at by israel. They headed to one checkpoint only to be told it’ll be at another, then switched again. Deliberate confusion
— Dena Takruri (@Dena) July 29, 2018
Ahed Tamimi, 17, has been released from prison after serving 8 months for confronting Israeli occupation forces in her own backyard. Her mother Nariman was also just released.
Elor Azaria, who shot a wounded Palestinian in the head, served 9 months.https://t.co/CjYEPjusxy
— Ben White (@benabyad) July 29, 2018
Ahed Tamimi Documentary
Jesse Roberts of Rise Up International and Jesse Locke of AMZ Productions filmed a documentary, Radiance Of Resistance, that highlighted the then 14-year-old Tamimi and 9-year-old Janna Jihad. In 2017 it was screened worldwide at various festivals, including the Respect Human Rights Film Festival in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where it won Best Documentary. The Singapore Government’s Media Development Authority (IMDA), which the previous year had prohibited showings of Tan Pin Pin’s award-winning documentary To Singapore, With Love, claiming it was one-sided, also banned public screenings of Radiance of Resistance for its “skewed narrative” which could cause “disharmony” in the country. The government’s ban was described as censorship