Tony Greenstein | 26 January 2018 | Post Views:

From A Freedom Fighter They Destroy All Our Happiness 

A Child Speaks about the effects of Israel’s
Military Police State on her life

This is an excellent video from
the redoubtable Abby Martin who specialises in making film giving the
background to colonial struggles and their consequences today.

The tragedy of Palestinian children

This film gives the background to
the struggle in Nabi Saleh, a small village in Area C of the West Bank and the role
of the Tamimi family in particular.  This
is a family which has been at the forefront of the struggle against first
British colonialism and now Israeli settler colonialism.
The film, which has just been
made, consists of film taken some years ago when Ahed, who is now in an Israeli
prison for daring to stand up to a member of the herrenvolk’s military, was a
young girl.  Despite her age her maturity
shines through. 
the children make jewellery, like the necklace that Ahed is wearing, out of the bullets that the Israeli soldiers shoot at them
It is just less than 20 minutes
and it is worth watching.  Below we see a
report in Middle East Monitor of the response of the British government to
what  has happened with the arrest of
Ahed.  Given the pro-Zionist position of
the present government it testifies to the depth of support for Ahed and
revulsion at Israel’s behaviour.
A younger Ahed confronting the armed occupiers
British minister on Ahed
Tamimi arrest: Israel soldiers ‘shouldn’t be there’
From the days of the British the Tamimis confronted colonialism 
January 10,
2018 at 10:55 am
The British government has responded to the arrest of
Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi saying that the Israeli occupation forces
should not have been in Nabi Saleh in the first place.
In oral questions yesterday, Labour MP Julie Elliott asked Alistair
Burt, minister of state for the Middle East at the Foreign & Commonwealth
Office, whether he shared her “outrage” over the “continued detention of
16-year-old Ahed Tamimi”.
Elliott noted that Tamimi is being detained in an Israeli prison inside
the Green Line, in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention,
which prohibits an occupying power from transferring prisoners outside of the
occupied territory.
In response, Burt noted that he knows “both the Tamimi family and Nabi
” personally, describing the incident as a “very unhappy” one.
The truth is that the soldiers should not be there and the young woman
should not have needed to do what she did he added.
Burt confirmed that the British government has made representations to
the Israeli authorities about Tamimi’s case.

Background to the struggle
of Ahed and her family as told by her cousin, the world’s youngest
journalist, Janna Jihad, 11

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