[Pnews] Israel Arrests Ahed Tamimi’s Cousin, Targets Activist Family
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Thu Jan 11 16:26:19 EST 2018
Israel Arrests Ahed Tamimi’s Cousin, Targets Activist Family
11 January 2018
During a dawn raid on the Nabi Saleh village near the Palestinian city
of Ramallah Thursday, Israeli forces arrested Palestinian teen Mohammed
Bilal Tamimi, a cousin of the iconic anti-occupation activist Ahed
Tamimi who is facing up to 12 years in prison over charges of assaulting
Israeli soldiers and throwing rocks.
In a video captured by family members at the time of the arrest and
reposted by local media, the 19-year-old can be seen hugging his parents
and siblings as his mother is heard saying: “Stay strong my son. May God
protect you from them,” in reference to the Israeli soldiers arresting him.
In another video, the mother is seen arguing with an Israeli soldier who
tells her to keep her distance while they arrest him and that he will be
taken in for questioning.
“It is none of your business what the questioning is about,” the heavily
armed Israeli soldier can be heard telling Mohammed’s mother Manal
Tamimi, a well-known activist against the Israeli occupation and
settlement activity near their town.
Photos from the scene showed the boy smiling as at least five soldiers
escorted him out of his family home.
The Palestinian young man is also a relative of Ahed Tamimi, the iconic
revolutionary teen who was arrested last month and charged with
assaulting an Israeli soldier and throwing stones after video of her
slapping an Israeli soldier in her home’s yard in the same village went
It was revealed later that the Palestinian girl was upset after soldiers
had shot her 14-year-old cousin in the face a day earlier.
The arrest of Mohammed comes a week after Musaab Firas Tamimi, 17, was
shot and killed by Israeli occupation forces in Deir Nitham, the other
village where the activist Tamimi family also resides and is persecuted
by the occupation.
Mussab became Israel’s first victim in the year 2018 amid major renewed
clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and
Gaza ignited by the U.S.’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s
Local Palestinian media also reported that at least three more members
of the Tamimi family, most of them teenagers, were arrested by the
Israeli army in early Thursday raids in Deir Nitham village.
The Israeli occupation has been actively persecuting the Tamimis for
decades over their weekly protests against the theft of their lands in
favor of the illegal Jewish settlement of Halamish near their villages.
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