[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 
undivided capital.

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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