Saturday, 27 January
Murray Street Mall
16-year-old Ahed Tamimi is a prominent activist in her village of Nabih Saleh which is under Israeli military occupation, surrounded by checkpoints and watchtowers and illegal settlements.
Ahed was arrested after video of her courageously standing up to armed soldiers who had invaded her yard, who had less than an hour earlier shot her 14 years old cousin, Mohammed Tamimi, in the head at close range, went viral. Mohammed, in critical condition, had to be put in a medically induced coma for several days before seven surgeons operated on him for six hours to save his life.
After the video went viral, armed soldiers raided the Tamimi house in the early hours of the morning and abducted Ahed. When her mother Nariman went to the police station to support her daughter she too was arrested. Ahed faces 12 charges including throwing stones, incitement and assaulting and threatening a soldier. If found guilty by the military court, which has a conviction rate of 99.7% for Palestinians, she could face over 20 years imprisonment.
Ahed is one of almost 600 arrests of Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces since US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on 6 December. More than 450 Palestinians are currently held without charge or trial – so-called administrative detention which can be renewed indefinitely.
Join us to demand freedom for Palestinian political prisoners and an end to the Israeli occupation of their lands. #FreeAhed