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Guardian quote from Palestinian ‘heroine’ Ahed Tamimi omits bit where she supports suicide bombing

Ahed Tamimi (dubbed Shirley Temper by Israellycool) is a 16-year-old Palestinian ‘activist’ from the West Bank town of Nabi Saleh who’s been exploited by her parents for propaganda purposes – which has included encouraging her to attend violent protests and provoke Israeli soldiers – since she was a young girl.   

Tamimi in 2012

The Guardian reported today on charges against Tamimi for assaulting security forces, incitement and throwing stones based on an encounter filmed last month which shows her hitting and provoking an Israeli soldier.

The article, (Palestinian girl filmed slapping Israeli soldier is charged with assault, Jan. 1) by Guardian Jerusalem correspondent Peter Beaumont, included the following:

Ahed and her mother [Nariman] were charged in relation to the incident and to remarks broadcast in the immediate aftermath, in which Nariman asked her daughter to give a message to the world. According to the prosecution, Ahed said she hoped “everyone will participate in the protests”, in comments that the prosecution claims also endorsed violence.

However, Beaumont fails to include the rest of the quote by Ahed which helps explain why the prosecution “claims” she endorsed violence. 

Here’s the full quote, from Times of Israel:

“I hope that everyone will take part in the demonstrations as this is the only means to achieve the result,” [Tamimi] said. “Our strength is in our stones, and I hope that the world will unite to liberate Palestine, because [Donald] Trump made his declaration and [the Americans] need to take responsibility for any response that comes from us,” Ahed added, apparently referring to the US president’s decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Whether it is stabbings or suicide bombings or throwing stones, everyone must do his part and we must unite in order for our message to be heard that we want to liberate Palestine,” she concluded.

Beaumont later uncritically cites Palestinian comparisons of Tamimi to the Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai, an absurd claim given that the Pakistani teen, shot in the head by a Taliban member for supporting girls’ education, is an outspoken supporter of using only non-violent means to overcome injustice.  

The Guardian report, through their egregious omission, and legitimisation of a risible comparison between Tamimi and the Pakistani heroine, obfuscated the Palestinian teen’s disturbing support for murdering Israeli civilians – representing yet another example of the media group’s ongoing efforts to whitewash widespread Palestinian support for violence.

 

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