[Pnews] Why Israel has no right to jail Ahed Tamimi

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  Why Israel has no right to jail Ahed Tamimi

Bernadette McAliskey 
<https://electronicintifada.net/people/bernadette-mcaliskey> - 23 March 
2018

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Ahed Tamimi <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/ahed-tamimi> was 16 
years old when arrested and detained. Her crime against humanity is that 
with her bare hands she slapped an armed soldier.

Now 17 years old, Ahed is not yet an adult – by international 
definition. Following a plea deal 
<https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/tamara-nassar/israel-sentences-ahed-tamimi-eight-months-prison>, 
she will spend eight months in prison.

The reality is that Ahed is not imprisoned because she slapped a soldier 
but because she is a visible symbol of Palestinian resilience and the 
next generation of resistance which continues to prevent the lie that is 
the State of Israel being globally accepted as an inevitable truth.

A veritable David in battle with Goliath, fair hair flying, hailed as 
the lion of Palestine, Ahed, by international human rights standards, 
remains a young person denied her liberty in contravention of the 
international human rights obligations of the State of Israel. She is 
entitled to the international protection afforded to children and young 
people: protection of her identity, including her national identity; 
protection of her liberty; of her life and family life; protection of 
her right to education.

She has been afforded none of these protections since the day she was 
born. She is the second generation of her family, the third of her 
nation to be so denied.

State violence against Ahed, her family and her people, continues to go 
unpunished and largely unchallenged by international duty bearers in 
this regard. It spans three generations and is a crime against humanity.


    Zionism is the culprit

The continued occupation of Palestinian territory is a breach of 
international law that goes unsanctioned. The reason for this 
dereliction of duty to protect is that the perpetrator of this violence 
is the Zionist State of Israel.

Powerful Zionism – not persecuted Judaism – is the culprit here.

The centuries-old victimization, persecution and finally attempted 
annihilation of the Jewish people by European fascism does not entitle 
the State of Israel to use the historic and collective pain of an 
oppressed people to disguise and excuse the fascist principles of 
national, cultural and xenophobic supremacy of Zionism and the 
oppression and annihilation of Palestine and Palestinians.

Nor does the historic guilt complex of successive governments of Europe 
and North America about the passive complicity of their nation states in 
enabling fascist propaganda to gain such a grip on the minds of millions 
in the 20th century, entitle them to continue to make excuses for the 
behavior or the existence of the Zionist state they helped Britain 
create where Palestine already existed, and which they continue to 
sustain and defend at all costs.


    Fundamental rights

Judaism and Jewish people have the same entitlement to guaranteed 
protection of their rights and fundamental freedoms, as does Islam and 
Muslims, Christianity and Christians and people who disavow all religions.

The State of Israel has no such fundamental right. Its creation was a 
usurpation of the right to self-determination of all the people of the 
existing Palestine on whose misery, degradation and exile, Israel was 
built and is sustained. The usurpation of an inalienable right remains a 
usurpation through the passage of all time until the right is restored.

Until then, for every Ahed who makes it into the consciousness and 
conscience of European and American liberals, there will be thousands 
more nameless children of Palestine who will find their way to prison 
and the grave in undeterred self-determination to undo the wrong and 
retrieve their right to their Palestinian homeland.

No matter how long it takes or how many young lives, families and homes 
are caught up in and destroyed in the chaos created by avoiding the 
truth, sooner or later the State of Israel must be held to account and 
sanctioned for its breach of United Nations resolutions and of 
fundamental human rights.

Free Ahed! Free all child prisoners! Free Palestine!

/Bernadette McAliskey is a political activist from Tyrone in the north 
of Ireland. She was a member of the British parliament from 1969 to 
1974. During that time, she was imprisoned for her leadership role in 
Derry’s Battle of the Bogside. When the British Army killed 13 people in 
Derry in January 1972, she slapped Reginald Maudling, Britain’s then 
home secretary, after being refused permission to speak in parliament. 
The slapping was viewed by the British media as a greater act of 
violence than the killing of unarmed civilians on what became known as 
Bloody Sunday. She survived an assassination attempt in 1981, which she 
has consistently argued was facilitated, if not organized, by the 
British Army. In 1996, she co-founded South Tyrone Empowerment Programme 
(STEP) and spends much of her time as a local organizer./


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