Ahed Tamimi Indicted

On Monday, Ahed Tamimi, the 16-year-old Arab girl who was arrested after she was seen in multiple videos slapping, pushing, kicking and inciting Israeli soldiers was indicted by an Israeli court on Monday. The indictment includes charges brought against Tamimi for throwing rocks, threatening soldiers and incitement to violence.

On the Friday of December 15th Friday, video footage showing Ahed, her mother and her cousin, 21-year-old Nur Tamimi – all of them from Nabi Salih (Samaria) – slapping, pushing, kicking and inciting Israeli soldiers stationed at Nabil Salih, was posted on social media. The video quickly went viral. The Arab girls and Ahed’s mother were trying to evoke a voilent response from the soldiers. They were looking to re-frame the incident and make it look as if Israelis were attacking them. In a display of incredible self-control, the soldiers did not respond with force, but instead stood their ground and bared the humiliating taunts of the teenage Arab girls. Ahed’s mother, Nariman Tamimi was the one who live streamed the incident. She was also charged with incitement and assault.

This is not the first time that the Tamimi family has been the focus of media attention in Israel. In 2011, Bassem Tamimi, the father of the family, was arrested on charges of sending Arab youths to throw stones, holding a march without a permit, incitement, and perverting the course of justice. In 2012, Wa’ed Tamimi was arrested for during weekly demonstrations in his town of Nabi Salih. Bassem’s cousin, Rushdi Muhammed Sa’id Tamimi, was convicted of the October 1993 murder of Haim Mizrahi, a resident of Beit El (Samaria). Ahed herself has long been involved in protests and incitement against Israeli soldiers. Two years ago, she was photographed inciting an Israeli soldier. An image taken during the confrontation that she staged with the soldier then also went viral.

The Violence Continues

Ahed’s most recent incitement came about during a protest in the aftermath of the historic announcement by US President Donald Trump in which the US recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and disclosed that he had already taken steps to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. This past Friday marked the 3rd consecutive Friday in which violent riots took place in a number of locations across Judea and Samaria. Since the historic announcement by US President Donald Trump, Arab leaders – as a response to the bold and curious declaration – incited their Arab constituent’s to attack Jews. 

Victim of Stabbing at Jerusalem Central Bus Station Recovering

The Israeli Security Guard who was stabbed in the upper part of his body on Jerusalem’s Jaffa Street, near the city’s central bus station, by an Arab terrorist has shown signs of improvement. Asher Elmaliach said to be communicating with family and breathing on his own; his ex-wife thanks Israelis for their prayers, according to reports in The Times of Israel. The first reports after the terror attack were that Elmaliach was in critical condition and struggling for his life. We wish Asher Elmaliach a speedy recovery.

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