URGENT: Release 16 year old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi
16-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, but now she has been sentenced to eight months in prison – call for her release her now.
On 15 December, Ahed Tamimi and her family were protesting Trump’s decision to recognize 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.
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.
Since then the young activist has been arrested and thrown in prison, and on 21 March, she was sentenced to eight months in prison. This sentence is clearly disproportionate to her actions and a blatant attempt to intimidate anyone who dares challenge the human rights abuses that Palestinians experience under Israel’s brutal occupation.
But Ahed is only one of approximately 350 Palestinian children held in Israeli prisons and detention centres. Hundreds of Palestinian children are prosecuted every year through Israeli juvenile military courts. Those arrested are systematically denied their rights and subjected to ill-treatment including threats, blindfolding, harsh interrogations, and in some cases physical violence.
Help us put global pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Call on him to:
- Immediately release, 16-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, whowas sentenced to eight months in prison.
- Ensure that Palestinian children are not subjected to detention or imprisonment except in cases where it is demonstrably necessary and proportionate as a last resort for the shortest appropriate period of time.