Case against Palestinian teen spotlights her activist family

  • In this Dec. 28, 2017 file photo, Palestinian Ahed Tamimi, 16, is brought to a courtroom in handcuffs inside Ofer military prison near Jerusalem. Israel’s hard-charging prosecution of the 16-year-old who slapped and kicked two Israeli soldiers, has trained a spotlight on her activist family and its role in what Palestinians call “popular resistance,” or near-weekly protests against Israeli occupation staged in several West Bank villages. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

  • In this Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 photo, Mohammed Tamimi, Ahed Tamimi’s 15-year-old cousin sits in his family home in Nabi Saleh, recovering from a serious head injury sustained after being shot with a rubber-coated metal bullet in clashes with Israeli troops on Dec. 15. Relatives say Mohammed’s injury was one of the triggers for Ahed Tamimi’s outburst later that day in which she kicked and slapped two Israeli soldiers. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

NABI SALEH, West Bank — Israel’s hard-charging prosecution of a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who slapped and kicked two Israeli soldiers has trained a spotlight on her activist family and its role in what Palestinians call “popular resistance.”

The case of Ahed Tamimi has come to embody rival, grievance-filled Palestinian and Israeli narratives at a time of overwhelming skepticism on both sides about chances of ending their long-running conflict.

Many Palestinians have embraced Tamimi as a symbol of a new generation standing up to Israeli rule.

In Israel, she is seen either as a naive youth manipulated by her elders, a serial trouble-maker or a threat to Israel’s image and military deterrence.

The December incident that catapulted her into the headlines came 10 days after President Donald Trump’s recognition of contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

  1. John Zwiebel January 9, 2018 4:53 am Reply

    The soldier was at the Tamimi property. I don’t suppose I would feel all that comforted if a North Korean soldier were standing at my gate. There are suppose to be two versions of the slapping video. One where the soldier hits first and then the one the Israeli’s edited it to keep that slap out.

    Whichever, Israel is an apartheid nation verging on fascism. Israel has nuclear weapons. Why is it OK for Israel to have them but not North Korea? Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.

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