Within all the things a human being fights for in life, one’s homeland is the most precious thing to defend. We aspire to have teens and youths that are brave enough to fight for their freedom, just like this Palestinian icon; Ahed El Tamimi.
Ahed El Tamimi is a Palestinian teenager who was born in 2001 in Nabi Saleh, a small village in the West Bank. Ahed is a part of the second generation of children that have grown up under occupation conditions. She strived for being a Lawyer as a kid. Her family moved her to a relative’s house in Ramallah to protect her from Israeli checkpoints.
She grew up as one of the Tamimis; they were always involved in protests and political disturbance. Ahed; who was as patriotic as her elders, had been manifesting her rage towards occupation and Palestinian detention since young blood.
The young fighter was only 17 years old when the incident took place. She claimed that the soldier she slapped was the same soldier who hit her cousin, Muhammad, with a rubber bullet in the head one hour prior to the encounter.
The recorded film shows a very stout young teen standing for her basic human rights alongside her cousin. Ahed and her cousin were yelling at Israeli troops near their home. Nariman El Tamimi; Ahed’s mother filmed the quarrel and streamed it online.
“Then I saw the same soldiers who hit my cousin, this time in front of my house. I could not keep quiet and I responded as I did” Ahed testified.
Ahed and her mother Nariman were sentenced to eight months in prison. Nour; Ahed’s cousin, was freed in January. The case had drawn attention from everywhere around the globe. There were even campaigns asking for Tamimi’s release.
Today, the 29th of July, Ahed had finally been released. She became free again just as she had always been. We count on Ahed’s fortitude not to be the last of our youths’. We aspire to have as many Aheds as it takes to grant ourselves the life every human being deserves. There will never be a place for silence, until justice is served.