Wednesday, 31 January
Ogilvie Transportation Center
On January 31, join us to wish Ahed Tamimi “Happy Birthday”. She’ll be turning 17 behind bars, as she awaits her trial in an Israeli military court system which convicts 99.8% percent of Palestinians that come before it.
Join us as we celebrate her birthday and ask commuters to call their legislators! We’ll be outside the Ogilvie Transportation Center at 500 W. Madison – the Israeli Consulate to the Midwest is inside this building.
We will call for her immediate release, freedom for all Palestinian chlidren, and for legislators to support the recently-introduced “Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli MIlitary Detention of Palestinian Children Act, H.R. 4391”, which if passed would ensure that U.S. tax dollars aren’t subsidizing the mistreatment of Palestinian children.
BACKGROUND: On December 19, Ahed Tamimi, a 16-year-old Palestinian girl, was taken in the dead of night by Israeli soldiers. She was arrested after a video that her mother, Nariman, took went viral, showing her refusal to back down in the face of soldiers who were trying to enter their house. The Tamimis are well-known in their village of Nabih Saleh for their weekly protests against Israeli occupation and apartheid.
Ahed has been in the custody of Israeli Occupation Forces for weeks, and has been charged with assault in an Israeli military court for slapping the armed soldier who attempted to force his way into her home hours after after her 14-year-old cousin was shot in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet by Israeli Occupation Forces.
The charges she faces could carry a sentence of up to ten year, in an Israeli military court system which convicts Palestinians at a rate of 99.8%. Each year, the Israeli military arrests and prosecutes around 700 Palestinian children.