Ahed Tamimi is a 17-year-old Palestinian political prisoner. She was arrested by Israeli forces on December 19, 2017 following a confrontation with an armed soldier in the yard of her home. Despite being a child, Ahed is being tried on 12 charges and facing up to 20 years in prison. She celebrated her 17th birthday in prison and is being held without bail throughout the duration of her trial. Since Ahed has become a hero for millions in Palestine and abroad, the Israeli government is trying to hide her case by barring the international media and all journalists, diplomats, and human rights observers from attending her trial.
Ahed is being tried in Israeli military court, where the conviction rate is over 99%. Israel is currently holding over 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners, including over 450 political prisoners who are being held under administrative detention without charge or trial. Each year around 700 Palestinian children are arrested and prosecuted in Israeli military court. Palestinian child prisoners are denied access to their parents or attorneys during interrogation. Around 75% of them report suffering from physical abuse during their arrests and imprisonments.
Ahed has lived her entire life under Israeli military occupation. She has seen numerous members of her family - father, mother, brother, uncles and cousins - imprisoned, shot and killed. Israel is intent on revenge against Ahed and her family in retribution for their ongoing protests of Israel’s occupation and land theft. Since Ahed’s arrest, her mother and many cousins have been imprisoned. The Israeli military carries out regular raids on her village.
Ahed and her family are committed to their cause and will not give up their determination to live in peace, freedom, dignity and equality. Join us in rising for Ahed and all Palestinian child and political prisoners.
Update of Ahed’s trial
On February 13, 2018 the military court judge ordered Ahed’s trial closed - no media, human rights observers or diplomats. Ahed’s lawyer filed a motion to challenge this court ruling. We are awaiting a response to that. Ahed’s next court date is scheduled for March 21, 2018. Ahed’s mother Nariman will be tried on that date as well.
Amnesty International has called for the immediate release of Ahed. United Nations officials have called for her release and her trial to be opened to public view. Members of UK Parliament have submitted a draft bill calling for her release and all Palestinian child prisoners.
Entertainment, academic and other public figures, such as Sarah Silverman, Danny Glover and Angela Davis have called for her release. Dream Defenders released a statement of solidarity with Ahed signed by over 20 individuals.
You can write to Ahed in HaSharon prison
Even Yahuda, P.O. Box 7
40 330 Israel
Rise for Ahed advisory council of women