17-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi has been called the ‘Rosa Parks of Palestine’. For years, she and her family have bravely stood up against the Israeli occupation. Now she is in prison over an altercation with Israeli soldiers.

Tell Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he must release her without delay.

Israel: Release Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi

Ahed's story

On 15 December 2017, Ahed Tamimi and her family were protesting against Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  

In a horrifying turn of events, Ahed’s 14-year-old cousin, Mohammed, was shot in the head at close range by an Israeli soldier. He required intensive surgery, where part of his skull was removed, in order to dislodge the rubber bullet.

She posed no threat

Later that day, Ahed also came face to face with Israeli soldiers, when they entered the yard of her family’s house. A video, which has since gone viral, shows the unarmed teenage girl slapping, shoving and kicking two armed Israeli soldiers who are wearing protective gear. It was clear she posed no actual threat to them – as they lightly swatted her advances away. 

She was swiftly arrested and detained. Following a trial where she was accused of aggravated assault and 11 other charges, Ahed was then sentenced to eight months in prison on 21 March 2018. She was also given a 5,000 shekel fine (around £1,000). 

To make matters worse, her trial happened behind closed doors, which was clearly against Ahed and her family’s interests. We believe this was a blatant attempt by the Israeli authorities to reduce the amount of media attention and international outcry her case was receiving. 

Her detention cannot be justified

There is nothing Ahed Tamimi has done that can justify the excessive detention of a 17-year-old child. Her sentencing is nothing short of outrageous. Now more than ever, we must keep the pressure on Israel to release her without delay.

So far in detention, Ahed has already endured aggressive interrogations, sometimes at night, and threats made against her family.

Yet again, the Israeli authorities have confirmed that they have no regard whatsoever for the rights of Palestinian children. In fact, she is one of approximately 350 Palestinian children held in Israeli prisons and detention centres right now.

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