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Ahed & Bassem Tamimi interviewed by Empire Files' Abby Martin

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Empire Files' Abby Martin updates information on the Palestinian resistance with a visit to Nabi Selah, the village which is home to the Tamimi family, with a previously taped interview with young Ahed Tamimi. Martin also interviews Ahed's father, Bassem Tamimi, a principal organizer of the Palestinian resistance. He has been arrested nine times for the crime of organizing peaceful demonstrations, and in one incident, nearly died from the violent torture inflicted upon him during interrogation.

When Martin noted, "American and Israeli media call anyone who initiates any sort of self-defense, 'terrorist,' your response?" Bassem Tamimi noted, "The definition of terrorism is a loose and rubbery definition. For example, real terrorism like Isis and Israel's ethnic cleansing cannot be compared to the stone held by a Palestinian child in an attempt to restore his legitimate rights. The resistance to the occupier by all means is legitimate according to all international laws."

Martin notes that Israel has increased the penalty for "stone throwing," often by children at their illegal occupiers, to 20 years in prison. Seven hundred children, some as young as 12, are arrested and put through the Israeli prison system each year.

(AUTHOR'S NOTE: This video was suggested in a comment by an OEN member--and after reviewing it I posted it here --a great example of how nicely a bottom-up community can work!)

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