Saturday, 13 January
Organized by Rete Romana di Solidarietà con il Popolo Palestinese
SATURDAY 13 JANUARY FROM 11 TO 13, SIT-IN IN FRONT OF THE PARLIAMENT
TO CALL FOR THE LIBERATION OF AHED TAMIMI AND ALL THE PALESTINIAN CHILDREN JAILED IN ISRAELI PRISONS
Ahed Tamimi, 16, was imprisoned and charged with assault and incitement after slapping an armed-to-the-teeth Israeli soldier who refused to leave the courtyard of her family home in the village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah in the West Bank. She risks a sentence of many years. Her mother, Nariman, also detained for filming and publicizing the incident, and her cousin Nour also faces military court charges.
This incident occurred shortly after soldiers shot her 15-year-old cousin in the face, wounding him seriously. Palestinian villages like Nabi Saleh are regularly invaded by occupation soliders. Children are dragged from their beds in the middle of the night – as happened to Ahed – and taken before military tribunals. Human rights groups have gathered a great deal of evidence on how children are regularly beaten and tortured during detention.
Each year, hundreds of children accused of throwing stones are jailed in Israeli prisons. In 99% of cases before the military courts, Palestinians are declared guilty. This is leaving aside those killed: in the last 16 years, the Israeli army has killed an average of 11 children a month.
Israel’s impunity must end. Italy and Europe are signatories of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and must demand these rights are implemented and respected.
Ahed Tamimi, her mother Nariman, her cousin Nour and all of the Palestinian children in Israeli prisons must be freed!