Tuesday, 30 January
Consulate General of Israel
11766 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
On the eve of Ahed Tamimi’s 17th birthday and beginning of her military court trial, join us to demand her release and freedom for all of Palestine.
In solidarity with Ahed, we’ll be celebrating her with a rally on Tuesday, Jan 30th at 5:00 – 7:30PM, just before her 17th birthday and first day of her trial, outside of the Consulate of Israel in West Los Angeles.
Israel is refusing to release Ahed Tamimi on bail pending trial. “The court said that because she is so dangerous there is no possibility of bail,” said her lawyer, Gaby Lasky. Israel remains the only country in the world that prosecutes children in military courts, the Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) rights group.
Rather than celebrating with family and friends, eating cake, and having a party, Ahed will spend her birthday in a military courtroom. She will sleep that night in a prison cell.
BACKGROUND: On December 18, 2017, in the middle of the night, the Israeli army burst into the Tamimi family home and arrested 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi. They beat her father, mother, older and younger brothers and confiscated the families laptops, phones and cameras.
Ahed is a high school student preparing for college. She lives in a Palestinian village famous for women leadership in resistance to the occupation. As a young girl, Ahed rose to headlines for her bravery to confront the Israeli soldiers who enter her village on a regular basis. Now she sits in a jail cell, waiting for her release.
Ahed is one of about 360 Palestinian children in Israeli prison and nearly 6,200 total Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. As her birthday approaches, take action to stand with Ahed and demand her freedom and that of her fellow imprisoned Palestinians!
CO-SPONSORS INCLUDE: LA4Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace Los Angeles, Al-Awda — The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
If your organization would like to be added as a cosponsor, please reach out to Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org