Teen activists Malala Yousafzai and Ahed Tamimi
(Image by Malala photo via wiki; Tamimi photo by Alberto Hugo Rojas via flickr) Permission Details DMCA
There has been a curious lack of support for Ahed from Western feminist groups, human rights advocates and state officials who otherwise present themselves as the purveyors of human rights and champions of girls' empowerment. When Malala was shot in the head, the reaction was starkly different. But none of these groups or figures have issued statements supporting Ahed or reprimanding the Israeli state. No one has declared an Ahed Day, and the US has denied her a visa for a speaking tour. Why isn't Ahed a beneficiary of the same international outcry as Malala? A major reason is the widespread acceptance of state-sanctioned violence as legitimate. Whereas hostile actions of non-state actors such as the Taliban or Boko Haram fighters are viewed as unlawful, similar aggression by the state is often deemed appropriate. Ahed's suffering exposes the West's selective humanitarianism.