[Pnews] Tamimi women send love from Israeli prison
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Fri Dec 22 10:40:39 EST 2017
Tamimi women send love from Israeli prison
Ali Abunimah <https://electronicintifada.net/people/ali-abunimah> - 21
Ahed, Nariman and Nour Tamimi are in high spirits and are sending
greetings to supporters around the world from their cells in HaSharon
prison <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/hasharon-prison> where
Israel is detaining them.
Ahed, 16, her mother Nariman and her 21-year-old cousin Nour were
arrested in recent days by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank
village of Nabi Saleh <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/nabi-saleh>.
This followed violence on Friday when occupation forces shot Muhammad
a 14-year-old member of the extended family, in the head leaving him
The Tamimi women then ordered the occupation soldiers off the family
property and tried to remove them physically.
A video of heavily armed Israeli soldiers being forcefully confronted by
Palestinian civilians defending their village was widely shown in
Israeli media and prompted a campaign of threats and revenge
by Israeli leaders against the Tamimi family.
The Israeli army published a video
to brag about its night raid to seize Ahed Tamimi from her home,
prompting outrage and expressions of solidarity with the teenager and
her family from all over the world.
On Thursday, Nariman and Nour were taken before Israel’s Ofer military
court in the occupied West Bank. Just as the court did with Ahed in a
hearing the day before, their detention was extended at least until Monday.
Bassem Tamimi <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/bassem-tamimi>,
Ahed’s father, posted on Facebook
following Thursday’s hearing that all three are being held in HaSharon
prison – Nariman and Nour in one cell and Ahed in another.
According to Bassem, they are being held in the section of the prison
for Israeli criminals instead of the section where Palestinian women are
Ahed, Nariman and Nour are in high spirits and “sending their love and
respect for you, our partners in our struggle for freedom and justice,”
Bassem Tamimi wrote.
On Wednesday there had been reports that Bassem, himself a former
prisoner of conscience
in Israel’s jails, had again been detained by occupation forces.
extended family member Manal Tamimi, Bassem had not been formally
arrested but has been summoned for questioning.
Bassem also posted a Facebook message
after Wednesday’s hearing for Ahed. He said his daughter was “refusing
to speak with Israeli officers who are trying to interrogate her.”
“Despite the abuse and ongoing imprisonment, she is staying silent and
refusing to have any cooperation with [the] occupation,” Bassem added.
He also appealed for ongoing support “to defend our family from the
propaganda the Israeli media is instigating against us.”
Bassem also told media after the hearing the he feels proud of Ahed,
“but I also worry about her because she is in the hands of this
terrorist regime.” He added that he had no trust in Israel’s military
court, because it is a part of the occupation.
Bassem also said that he faced interrogation by Israeli authorities.
Israel has been waging a long-running campaign to suppress the
nonviolent resistance to its occupation and colonization in Nabi Saleh.
Israel’s violence has cost the lives and freedom
of many members of the Tamimi family and others in the village.
The Tamimi women are among more than 500 Palestinians detained since
Israel began an intensified arrest campaign following US President
Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on 6
December, prisoners rights group Addameer said on Thursday
In the early hours of Thursday alone, occupation forces detained 85
Palestinians in the West Bank, including Jerusalem.
“These mass arrest and harassment campaigns are part of Israel’s
collective punishment measures,” which violate international law,
/Editor’s note: This article has been amended to give Ahed Tamimi’s age
as 16, the age provided by
<https://twitter.com/DCIPalestine/status/943577377254322176> the human
rights group Defense for Children International-Palestine./
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