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Ahed Tamimi: father speaks with pride as Palestinian activist prepares for trial

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Popular resistance against the Israeli presence in the West Bank, be it violent or peaceful, is a constant feature of life in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. With no money and little international support, Palestinian activists put their own lives at risk and sacrifice their well-being to fight the many aspects of control imposed by the Israeli state – checkpoints, permits, the wall, prisons – but mainly the lack of freedom, respect and dignity. This is what’s at issue in the case of Ahed Tamimi, the  Palestinian teen who was arrested in Dec, 2017 for slapping an Israeli soldier. Even with a sentence of up to 10 years on the cards, Ahed still plans to study law in order to fight for others in similar situations. Her father Bassem  torments himself that his daughter is losing her childhood, and is taking responsibility for something her generation should not be responsible for.

Proud dad Bassem photographs his daughter Ahed Tamimi at the conference, The Role of Women in the Palestinian Popular Struggle Oct 2017.
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