As Israeli apologists attempt to smear Lorde’s courageous stance as bigotry, here’s the story of a Palestinian teenager – with a haircut freakishly similar to Lorde’s – who will be thrown inside prison for slapping an Israeli soldier who was invading her home…
OFER PRISON, West Bank (Reuters) – Israel indicted a 16-year-old Palestinian girl on Monday on charges including assault for punching an Israeli soldier in the face two weeks ago, an incident which made her into a hero for Palestinians and was seen as humiliating by right-wing Israelis.
Israel has held Ahed Tamimi since arresting her three days after she was filmed punching the soldier at the entrance to her family home in a village in the occupied West Bank. The confrontation took place after what Israel says was a stone-throwing assault on its troops.
The case has made her into such a potent symbol for Palestinians that a commentator in Israeli left-wing newspaper Haaretz said Israel risked turning her into the “Palestinian Joan of Arc”.
Right-wing Israelis, meanwhile, have debated whether the soldier had appeared weak by opting not to strike back. The Israeli army said he “acted professionally” by showing restraint.
The charge sheet against Tamimi, seen by Reuters, included counts of aggravated assault against a soldier, who the army said was bruised on his brow by her punch, obstructing a soldier in the performance of his duty and throwing stones at troops.
“Tamimi threw stones at them (the soldiers), threatened them, obstructed them in fulfilling their duty, took part in riots and incited others to take part in them,” the military said on its public affairs Twitter account.
Qadoura Fares, chairman of the Palestinian Prisoners Club, which advocates on behalf of Palestinians in Israeli jails, said the charges were false.
…when you have to trump up false charges against a teenage girl because she hit an occupying forces soldier who was invading her home, you know that the justification for this ongoing human rights obscenity has reached pretty barrel scrapping levels.
Ahed Tamimi is a heroine and she deserves better than these joke charges and brutal punishment.
This is why Lorde shouldn’t ever play Israel until they end their brutal occupation of every Ahed Tamimi.