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Prominent actors, musicians, and authors demand Ahed Tamimi's release

Danny Glover, Rosario Dawson, Cornel West, Angela Davis and others sign letter demanding Israel release the 17-year-old Palestinian from custody. 

By +972 Magazine Staff

Ahed Tamimi in the Ofer prison military court. December 20, 2017. (Oren Ziv/Activestills)

Ahed Tamimi in the Ofer prison military court. December 20, 2017. (Oren Ziv/Activestills)

Dozens of major American actors, athletes, musicians, scholars, and political figures signed a statement published Monday by American human rights group, Dream Defenders, calling for the release of Ahed Tamimi. Tamimi, a 17-year-old Palestinian who was arrested in December following the publication of a video showing her pushing and slapping armed Israeli soldiers on the porch of her family’s home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

Tamimi is set to appear before an Israeli military court on Tuesday, after being indicted on charges of assault and incitement, which could potentially land her in prison for several years. She has been in Israeli custody since her arrest.

Signatories of the letter, titled “Dream Defenders & Allies Stand with Ahed Tamimi and the Palestinian Freedom Struggle,” include Angela Davis, Jesse Williams, Danny Glover, Alice Walker, Rosario Dawson, Cornel West, Talib Kweli, Marc Lamont Hill, Michelle Alexander, Robin D.G. Kelley, and Michael Bennett.

Members of Dream Defenders, a Florida-based community organizing and racial justice group, traveled to Palestine last year, where they met the Tamimi family.

The statement emphasizes the parallels between the Palestinian struggle and that of African-Americans in the United States:

ICE, border patrol and FBI train with Israeli soldiers, police, and border agents, utilizing similar repressive profiling tactics to target and harass our communities. Too many of our children quickly learn that they may be imprisoned or killed simply for who they are. From Trayvon Martin to Mohammed Abu Khdeir and Khalif Browder to Ahed Tamimi – racism, state violence and mass incarceration have robbed our people of their childhoods and their futures.

The statement also called on U.S. lawmakers to sign a bill introduced by Minnesota Representative Betty McCollum, titled “Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act.”

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    1. Itshak Gordin Halevy

      Most of the Israeli people want her to be punished. I suggest Angela Davis and others to take care of the fate of American prisoners.

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      • Bruce Gould

        @Itshak: Most of the $3 billion U.S. dollars that make aliyah yearly feel that U.S. citizens have a right to express their opinion about what happens in Israel.

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        • Itshak Gordin Halevy

          The 3 billion dollars given by the US to their best ally in the ME are used to purchase American weapons. It is a win-win agreement for the USA. May I remind you that both the American and the Israeli governments quite agree about the terrorism? May I remind you that the budget of the State of Israel is 280 billion dollars?

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          • Bruce Gould

            @Itshak: Good points. American citizens have even more reason to ask why they’re sending money to an apartheid state that doesn’t even need it.

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      • Stef Vanstiphout

        Sorry, It’s one fight

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      • Ben

        “Most of the Israeli people want her to be punished.”

        Then most of the Israeli people are sick. They are sadists. People who take pleasure in causing pain, take pleasure in punishing a girl resisting the theft of her family’s land and her village’s land, and resisting the brutality of these soldiers. Narcissists who are “humiliated” by her resistance.

        This callous army is not a rogue army. It is backed by a deeply racist, belligerent, war mongering populace. A populace that approves of apartheid. That treats non-Jews as inferior human beings. A populace that approves of the brutal, race-based deportation of refugees. A populace that takes pleasure in domination and theft. It is done in their name and they approve.

        These casual sadists label Ahed Tamimi a “brat” and a “terrorist” in the same breath. Just as they label any and all resistance against land theft and dispossession as “terror.” We now have not just “diplomatic terror” and “economic terror,” we now have “construction terror”:

        The same populace would not even think of punishing soldiers who extra-judicially execute Palestinians in cold blood. This is apartheid. And this populace is sick, mired so deep in a destructive cult that it cannot see how ugly is its appearance to the outside world. This is how far down the path of fascism Israel has traveled. This is how far down an un-Jewish path Israel has traveled.

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    2. DONNA N.

      Bravo to all of the folks standing up for Ahed Tamini and all Palestinians. Dr. Angela Davis has always been one of my heroes and she continues to not disappoint me. She the the others are warriors for the oppressed. Thank you to everyone who isn’t intimidated by the Zionist labels used to try to stop people from speaking TRUTH.

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    3. Ben

      “…Ahed Tamimi is on trial because Israel’s political leadership doesn’t want to be accused by the Israeli public of allowing the IDF to go soft on Palestinian civilians. The trial is being hidden because the same leadership doesn’t want the world to see how pointlessly cruel Israel’s occupation of those same Palestinian civilians is.”

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      • Itshak Gordin Halevy

        For us it is not an occupation but a liberation. We respect the minorities if they respect our sovereignty. Everything else is only blah blah

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        • Ben


          Halevy, this is a string of bullsh*t code words, Orwellian code words sugar-coating an ugly, racist reality and ugly, racist aims.

          Ayalet Shaked is a fascist. You too are fascist, Halevy. I don’t use this word loosely or as an epithet. I use it seriously, with precise meaning.

          Shaked, Justice Minister, just this week said this:

          “There is place to maintain a Jewish majority even at the price of violation of rights…the state should say that there is place to maintain the Jewish majority even if it violates rights…the character of the State of Israel as a Jewish state must be maintained and this comes at the expense of equality.”

          Shaked is openly advocating apartheid. So are you, Halevy, with the claptrap about “sovereignty.” This is the reality. No one is fooled. This is what the fight is about.

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          • Itshak Gordin Halevy

            Do you mean that when Jews fight to protect their heritage they are fascists?. If so you do not understand anything in Judaism. I presume that you are not a Jew and that you do not live in Israel. You probably do not like the Jewish People.

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    4. farhiyeh Nasru

      free ahd Ahd Tamimi now. Protect children right to freedom and dignity

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