Live streamed assault and call for martyrdom operations lands three in jail, but not to worry, the Tamimis have other children lined up to exploit for the cameras.
Ahed Tamimi, who turned 17 in January, was charged with hitting and kicking Israeli soldiers, captured on a Facebook live stream by Ahed’s mother, Nariman, who also was charged.
Ahed also faced charges for unrelated prior rock throwing and for a broadcast statement supporting suicide bombings, knife and other attacks.
While anti-Israel activists claimed this was a spontaneous attack, audio to the live stream proved that Ahed’s mother set the whole thing up, telling Ahed and her cousin Nuor precisely when to attack:
Ahed and other Tamimi children have been exploited this way for almost a decade by their parents Bassem and Nariman, and their western supporters. The tactic is to send the children out to confront soldiers, with the cameras rolling. It is a dangerous exploitation of children, but a great propaganda tactic: If the soldiers react, it’s used as proof of Israeli brutality; if the soldiers don’t react, it used as proof of Israeli weakness in the face of brave Palestinian children.
We have covered the Tamimi method of exploiting children extensively, with video and photo proof. Please see these posts:
- Ahed Tamimi case is about child exploitation by anti-Israel activists
- Bassem Tamimi and the Use of Children as Political Props
Ahed, above all the other children, has been used this way because her blond hair and blue eyes present the image he wants to present to Westerners, according to Bassem:
Tamimi’s father argues that her blonde hair and Western dress have contributed to the attention she has received.
“If she was veiled and dark-skinned, would she have got the same attention?” Bassem Tamimi told AFP.
“The Zionist propaganda machine always depicts the Palestinian as dark-skinned and ugly, attacking the blonde victim, but now she is blonde.”
Ahed has been trained how to scream and cry on cue.
The Tamimis are supporters of terror and incitement, as author Petra Marquardt-Bigman demonstrated, Ahed Tamimi and Her Family Aren’t the Palestinian Saints You Want Them to Be.
After the arrest, a narrative emerged among Ahed’s supporters that claims it was a spontaneous event sparked by her cousin getting shot with a rubber bullet just shortly before Ahed’s attack.
Yet soon after the arrest Ahed’s father, Bassem, denied that the attack was a reaction to the shooting. In an Op-ed published at Haaretz on December 29, 2017, Bassem wrote:
… it wasn’t sudden anger at the grave wounding of 15-year-old Mohammed Tamimi not long before that, just meters away, that motivated her. Nor was it the provocation of those soldiers entering our home. No. These soldiers, or others who are identical in their action and their role, have been unwanted and uninvited guests in our home ever since Ahed was born. No. She stood there before them because this is our way, because freedom isn’t given as charity, and because despite the heavy price, we are ready to pay it.
Bassem also claimed Ahed told him she would not seek a plea agreement. This likely reflects Bassem’s pressure on his daughter, who he has exploited for the cameras since she was a young girl. It’s all theater.
Part 3 -"How long do you think her sentence will be?"
-"It'll be long, & we won't accept an agreement, we won't break her challenge of the Zionists."
"She told me when I got arrested 'You are not allowed to accept an agreement.'"
— ق (@amelamtn) January 9, 2018
Despite the bravado, Ahed, her mother Nariman, and cousin Nour, all accepted a plea deal to serve 8 months in prison:
Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi reached a plea bargain with military prosecuction on Wednesday, according to which she will spend eight months in prison.
As part of the deal, the 17-year-old is expected to plead guilty to four counts of assault, including the videotaped slapping of an Israeli soldier….
There will also be plea bargains for Nur and Nariman Tamimi, Ahed’s cousin and mother, both of whom were involved in the videotaped soldier-slapping. Nur will admit to the crime and return to serve five months in prison, though she is not currently under arrest. Nariman will also serve eight months in prison for participating the assault.
While anti-Israel social media is claiming that Ahed and the others were treated unfairly, don’t forget that the attack on the soldier for the cameras was the Tamimi way.
Ahed being in prison opens up opportunities for the Tamimi clan to exploit their two other rising child stars, 7-year old Rouaa al-Tamimi:
and Janna Jihad:
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