Report: US Plans to Recognize Kurdish Area in Syria 3x the Size of Lebanon

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[ Ed. note – If the report below is true, then the US is setting the stage for continued warfare in Syria, with the possibility of dramatic escalation depending on whether Russia will be content to sit back and allow the plans to proceed. A partitioning of this nature would also be an affront to the sacrifices made by the brave Syrians who fought and died for their country. ]


Washington is planning ‘concrete steps’ toward providing a Syrian Democratic Forces-controlled area in northern Syria’s eastern Euphrates area three times the size of Lebanon with diplomatic recognition, a leading Arabic international newspaper has reported.

The 28,000 square km territory, controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces, a collection of predominantly Kurdish militias including the YPG People’s Protection Units, took its first step toward US recognition after US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis promised to send US diplomats to SDF-controlled areas to work alongside US troops operating in the region, the official said.

Map of the Syrian Civil War, as of late 2017. The yellow area shows territory which are de facto controlled by Kurdish forces and their allies. The red outlines territory controlled by the Syrian government.
Map of the Syrian Civil War, as of late 2017. The yellow area shows territory which are de facto controlled by Kurdish forces and their allies. The red outlines territory controlled by the Syrian government.

According to the official, US initiatives in the region include empowering local councils, backing reconstruction efforts, assisting in training of government agency workers, improving public services and infrastructure, protecting SDF areas and engaging in the upkeep of military bases, all of which will eventually lead to diplomatic recognition.

Last week, it was reported that a new ‘North Syrian Army’ which included SDF formations and backed by the US-led coalition, was being created to carry out ‘border security duties’ in territories under their control. Local media said that the militias would guard areas along the region’s northern border with Turkey.

The US and its coalition allies are expected to provide the new force with technical assistance, weapons and training.

Kurdish forces have been in control over the de facto autonomous region commonly known as Rojava since 2013 amid the civil conflict in Syria. During the war against Daesh and other terrorist groups, Syrian Army units have mostly engaged in pragmatic cooperation with Kurdish forces. In September 2017, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said Damascus would consider granting the Kurds greater autonomy once the war against the terrorists was over.

At the same time, Damascus has voiced its opposition to the US presence and operations on Syrian territory, including Rojava, saying that it does not accord with the principles of international law, including respect for Syria’s territorial integrity. The Syrian government has insisted that US operations inside Syria are illegal, since they were never invited into the country by Damascus.


Merry Christmas! Orthodox Christmas Service in Moscow


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From Sputnik:

Orthodox Christians in Russia celebrate Christmas on January 7. There is a 40-day Lent preceding Christmas Day. On the eve of the significant event, orthodox observers attend liturgies in churches all over the country that last well into the early hours of the morning.
The main mass in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior is led by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Commentary is provided by Sergei Brun, academic fellow at the Museum of the Russian Icon in Moscow, and RT journalist Daniel Bushell.

What It’s Like to have Your Home Tear Gassed

What It’s Like to have Your Home Tear Gassed

(See additional updates below article)

This video apparently shows an Israeli tear gas attack on the Tamimi home in Nabi Saleh that took place back in 2010. The video was uploaded in 2013. The following is from the video description (note the “update” tacked on at the end):

29/1/10: While preparing to interview the Tamimi family in their home during the Nabi Saleh’s weekly protest, a teargas grenade came flying through the window, breaking the glass, and landing in the middle of the living room.

The IDF then sprayed Skunk water on the outside of the house, including the exits, and we were all trapped inside. There were about a dozen small children in the home at the time.

We all choked on the tear gas, the children were terrified and in shock, the parents couldn’t do anything to protect their kids.

Eventually, a Palestinian ambulance arrived and put a ladder up to the second-storey window – at which point the terrified kids had to climb out.

It was not the first time the IDF had shot tear gas into the Tamimi home – they were known organizers of the weekly protests against the Israeli settlers who were illegally annexing Nabi Saleh village land.

Dec. 2017 Update: Since then, Ahed Tamimi, a relative, has made international headlines for fighting back against Israeli soldiers invading her village, Nabi Saleh. A day after a video of Ahed slapping a soldier after her cousin was shot in the face by the army went viral, Ahed was arrested by the Israeli army. It’s not known how long she will be in jail. She is 16 years old.

This apparently is the sort of thing the young Ahed Tamimi grew up with. A little bit about the history of the Tamimi family is included in a post published today at Truthout:

In 2011, Ahed Tamimi was 10-years-old when Israeli soldiers arrested her father and charged him with the crime of organizing weekly demonstrations in their village to oppose the theft of its land for the benefit of a neighboring Israeli settlement. It would be 13 months before he was released and she would see her father again.

That same year, Israeli soldiers shot Mustafa Tamimi, Ahed’s 28-year-old cousin, in the face with a high velocity tear gas canister. Half of Mustafa’s face was destroyed. He passed away the next morning at the hospital.

The following year, when Ahed was 11 years old, Israeli soldiers shot her uncle, Rushdi Tamimi, in his lower back with live ammunition. The bullet lodged in his stomach and he died the next morning in the hospital.

Ahed was 13 when Israeli soldiers shot her mother, Nariman Tamimi, in the leg with a 22-caliber bullet. Ahed stood by, crying in the arms of her father, as her mother was placed in the back of an ambulance. Her mother had to rely on crutches for a number of years until she regained use of her legs.

None of this history, however, is mentioned in a commentary published January 5 by the supposedly liberal Haaretz. Instead, the writer of that piece, one Petra Marquardt-Bigman, accuses the Tamimi family of “fanatacism” as well as “Jew-hatred and enthusiastic support for terrorism.” A subheading above the article even reads, somewhat disturbingly:

Promote the blood libel? Check. Glorify terrorism? Check. Celebrate Israeli deaths? Check. Ahed Tamimi and her family aren’t fighting for peace, and they’re not just fighting the occupation: They’re fighting to destroy Israel, and their fight is seasoned with Jew-hatred

The Tamimis, including 16-year-old Ahed, are being accused of “blood libel” now–and outside of the one brief reference to the occupation contained in the subhead, Marquardt-Bigman makes no mention whatsoever of Israel’s 50-year-old occupation of Nabi Saleh and the rest of the West Bank until the very last paragraph of her commentary–where she writes:

Even if the Tamimis were only fighting Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, their fanaticism wouldn’t bode well for any peace agreement. But the Tamimis never wanted a peace agreement. They have always wanted the elimination of the world’s only Jewish state.

Two days ago the Israeli Knesset gave preliminary approval to a bill that would make it easier for military courts to hand down the death penalty for “terrorists.” Currently death sentences are allowed only in cases in which it is the unanimous decision of all three judges. The new law, which has the support of Benjamin Netanyahu and other top officials, would loosen that restriction to allow for death penalty sentencing if only two out of three judges favor of it. From the Jerusalem Post:

During the debate in the Knesset, opposition lawmakers asked more than once if the law applies to Jewish terrorists, and both Ilatov and Netanyahu answered yes. The bill does not include any language relating to religion or ethnicity.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) said the only “extreme situation” the bill is responding to is Liberman’s political threats.

“This is only about political considerations. The ministers need to ask: How will this help Israeli security? Will it deter? What will it do to our Jewish brothers in Arab countries? Analyze the psychology of those who commit acts of terrorism,” Herzog said.

It’s rather ominous that suddenly, in the midst of all the controversy raging around Ahed’s arrest, Knesset members would choose this time to pass a first draft of a new death penalty law.

Perhaps the timing is only coincidental. I hope there aren’t Israeli officials seriously planning to seek the death penalty (surely not! reasonable people would think) for Ahed Tamimi. I suspect, however, there are those in the state of Israel who would rejoice, at least secretly if not openly, were such a sentence handed down. The question is how free of a rein will such emotions be given as this case progresses.


Update 1:

Tamimi family member was Israel’s first victim of 2018:

Update 2:

Israeli Court Releases Nour Tamimi on Bail

Update 3:

Israeli Forces Violently Suppress Funeral of Mussab Firas al-Tamimi

Update 4:

Israel Plans Massive Expansion of West Bank Colonial Settlements: 3,829 New Units

Update 5:

Mohammed Tamimi, the cousin shot in the face just prior to the slap, goes public for first time:

Half a head.

The left side of his face is twisted, swollen, fragmented, scarred; there’s congealed blood by his nose, stitches in his face; one eye is shut, a seam line stretches across his whole scalp. A boy’s face turned scar-face. Some of his skull bones were removed in surgery and won’t be returned to their place for another six months.

See more here

‘Usual Suspects’ Behind Regime Change Operation Underway in Iran

Above and below are some very good reports from RT on the protests in Iran. The information presented strongly suggests that the usual suspects, as it were, are behind the unrest–i.e. the US and Israel. Obviously, you won’t see this type of reporting in the mainstream media, which of course is why RT is so despised by political elites in the West.

“Co-opting democracy for its own ends is a difficult habit (for the US) to break”

Trump administration established a “new center” within the CIA to work toward regime change in Iran. The CIA officer in charge of it is known by the name of “Dark Prince.” Meanwhile US media are cheering on the protests.

The “Dark Prince” epithet given to the head of the new CIA mission desk is reminiscent of Richard Perle, the Jewish neocon who led the Project for a New American Century and was a leading advocate for the war in Iraq. Perle’s nickname was “the Prince of Darkness.“

Will the regime change operation in Iran succeed? Or will it flounder into miscarriage the way the one in Syria has? My guess is it’s probably going to fail.

Ahed Tamimi, Joan of Arc, and the Stupidity of the Israelis

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Ahed Tamimi (left), and Joan of Arc–dressed in armor and holding a sword–from a painting dating to the late 15th century

By Richard Edmondson

A lot of people now seem to be likening Ahed Tamimi to Joan of Arc. I myself first made such a comparison in a post on December 19, the day of Ahed’s arrest–and the latest to draw the analogy is Israeli writer Uri Avnery.

In an article published at Haaretz on January 1, Avnery writes:

She’s 16, from a family of peasants in an isolated village. The foreign occupation outraged her, and she set out to fight it. Her actions excited her oppressed people, whose spirits rose from the depths of despair to renewed hope. She was captured by her occupiers, who imprisoned and prosecuted her.  You’re probably thinking I mean 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi, who slapped the face of an Israel Defense Forces officer.

But actually, I’m referring to Joan of Arc, known as “the maid of Orléans.”

Avnery has it almost right. Joan was born in 1412 and was seventeen years old when she joined the battle against the British (who were indeed occupying substantial portions of her country) and gained her first audience with the young Charles VII, the legitimate heir to the French throne. This was during the Hundred Years War. Joan was an uneducated peasant girl, but it was said she had received divine visions instructing her to support Charles VII and to liberate France from English control, and it was also said that she worked miracles during the war.

The war at that time was going very badly for the French. Charles, in what was probably an act of desperation, sent the girl to accompany a contingent of French troops he dispatched to Orléans. The entire city was then under siege by the British. This was in the spring of 1429, and it turned out to be a pivotal turning point in the war, for Joan, though unable to read and write, reportedly dictated letters to be sent to the commanders of the British forces. As Wikipedia puts it:

Joan’s first mission was to join a convoy assembling at Blois, under the command of Marshal Jean de La Brosse, Lord of Boussac bringing supplies to Orléans. It was from Blois that Joan dispatched her famous missives to the English siege commanders, calling herself “the Maiden” (La Pucelle), and ordering them, in the name of God, to “Begone, or I will make you go”.

“Joan of Arc Enters Orléans,” by J.J. Sherer

In the fighting that ensued, the British forces at Orléans suffered nearly 1,000 dead and 600 taken prisoner. Avnery relates a bit of this history, noting that, “Dressed in armor and carrying a flag, Joan of Arc put herself at the helm of the overwhelmed fighters, and so inspired them that they won the critical battle for the city.”

“Joan of Arc in a West Bank Village”–is the headline that appears over Avnery’s piece, accompanied by what is rapidly now becoming a famous photo of Ahed–taken in the Ofer military court just as she was looking over her shoulder with the glimmer of a smile on her face.

As noted above, I mentioned the correlation in an article on December 19, but it wasn’t until after reading Avnery’s piece that I decided to put together the diptych, or two-paneled artwork, you see posted at the top of this page.

The right panel, depicting Joan with sword and armor, is a painting dating to the latter half of the 15th century. The artist is unknown, but according to Wikipedia, “the face has certain characteristic features known from her contemporaries’ descriptions, and the artist may have worked from indications by someone who had known her.”

If this is true, then there would seem to be a rather striking physical resemblance between the two women born roughly 600 years apart.

The general thrust of Avnery’s article is to compare the stupidity of the Israelis in regard to Ahed’s case with that exercised by the British, who in 1430 captured Joan of Arc. After a farcical trial in front of a kangaroo court similar to what you’d expect to find in an apartheid judicial system, Joan was convicted and finally burned at the stake, on May 30, 1431, at the age of 19.

The result of all this? The young girl was elevated to the status of martyr and heroine, and later was elevated to sainthood by the Catholic Church. The French ended up winning the Hundred Years War, while the British went home with their tails tucked between their legs.

The one-hundred year occupation was over.

Avnery doubts the Israelis will go so far as to burn Ahed at the stake. But he notes that the execution of Joan of Arc is “considered one of the worst blunders in British history,” and he believes the officials of his country are every bit stupid as the British were in the same situation.

Why did the oppressors in that case “act so stupidly”? he asks–and then offers his theory on the matter:

Actually, they had no choice. Hundreds of years later, Britain’s Lord Acton would say, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

I would paraphrase this by saying, “Ruling power tends to make one stupid, absolute ruling power makes one totally stupid.”

And there is no stupider ruling power than an occupation regime.

Avnery also maintains that the soldier–the dude in the video who, after being slapped…and while clearly recognizing that video cameras were rolling on him…refrained from raising his gun and putting a bullet into Tamimi’s head–“is the only smart Israeli in this whole story.”

The rest have acted like ignoramuses.

This applies to the officials who made the decision to go to her home in the middle of the night, kidnap her and toss her into the stockade, and I would argue that it also appertains to the frenzied masses who’ve demanded the infliction of punishment and purgatory, including one bonehead who publicly called upon the 21st century heroine’s captors to “exact a price at some other opportunity, in the dark, without witnesses and cameras.”

It applies as well to the judges and the legal system. On Monday, January 1, the Ofer military court formally indicted Ahed on 12 counts, including a charge of assaulting a soldier, as well as two counts of stone throwing. The stone throwing had nothing to do with the slap of the soldier, allegedly dating to earlier incidents–yet the charges are especially ominous given that under a law passed in 2015, the throwing of stones at Israeli soldiers can carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

A 40-year prison sentence (20 years on each count) would pretty much be the modern-day equivalent of burning at the stake.

The Times of Israel, in a report on the indictments that was published Monday the 1st, notes that also among the 12 counts is a charge of “incitement,” this supposedly stemming from comments made by Ahed and live streamed by her mother over Facebook on December 15. The 15th, keep in mind, was the same day Ahed slapped the soldier. It was also the day on which her 14-year-old cousin was shot in the face by another soldier, and the same day soldiers had fired teargas canisters at locals during weekly protests in Nabi Saleh. Anyone’s inner peace surely would be put to the test under such conditions. No surprise, then, the day was capped off by the famous slap…with the livestream allegedly being uploaded sometime shortly thereafter.

And allegedly it included–again according to the Times of Israel article–a segment in which Nariman Tamimi asked her daughter what kind of message she wanted to convey to viewers. The news site furnishes no video evidence of this, apparently relying instead on words simply attributed to Ahed during the court hearing by the Military Advocate General. However, the attributed content isquoted, on faith and unquestionably, in two paragraphs within the story:

“I hope that everyone will take part in the demonstrations as this is the only means to achieve the result,” she 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.

Again, the article includes no video evidence. Whether such evidence exists or not is unknown. But let’s suppose for a moment the quote is accurate.

Since we’re all about making comparisons here, it behooves us perhaps to go back to Joan of Arc and draw the analogy a bit further. Let’s compare Ahed’s words, as quoted by the Military Advocate General, to the words written by the Maid of Orléans and sent to the British siege commanders.

An archive of Joan of Arc’s letters can be found here, and you can go here to view a translation of the letter sent on March 22, 1429. In that letter Joan of Arc refers to herself in the third person, as “the Maiden,” and in addition to the siege commanders, she also addresses the King of England:

King of England, do right by the King of Heaven concerning His Royal line; had over to the Maiden the keys to all the towns which you have taken. She has come on behalf of God to support the Royal family, and is quite ready to make peace, if you are willing to do right, so long as you give up France, and make amends for occupying it. King of England, if you do not do so, I am a commander: wherever I come across your troops in France, if they are not willing to obey I shall make them leave, willing or not. And if they are willing to obey, I will have mercy upon them. Know that if they will not obey, the Maiden is coming to wipe them out.

History does not portray Joan of Arc as a terrorist. It in fact portrays her in a very heroic light. Yet there are Israelis now trying their utmost to paint Ahed Tamimi as a terrorist–all for the “crime” of slapping an Israeli soldier.

After her 14-year-old cousin was shot in the face.

Shot in the face by a rubber coated steel bullet.

A wound that necessitated the 14-year-old boy’s being placed in a medically-induced coma during which the projectile was surgically extracted from his skull.

“Tamimi is becoming the Palestinian Joan of Arc before our eyes,” Avnery asserts.

And he also expresses the view that: “In the end, this stupidity will bring us down.”

The village of Nabi Saleh, where Ahed and her family live, is in the West Bank–an area that has been under Israeli occupation for 50 years. Land theft, illegal settlements, home demolitions, skunk water spraying, checkpoint closures, arrests, detentions, walls that cut off farmers from their lands, killings, the cruel, mentally unhinged practice of withholding dead bodies from grieving families, and the infamous cemeteries of numbers–such things as these have not left the Palestinians, particularly their children, with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads.

All of it is mass stupidity, of course–neurosis and dementia on the part of the occupiers, who have lost the ability to think clearly, assuming they ever had such in the first place. And while it’s true, Israelis have managed to convince much of the world they are serious about wanting peace with the Palestinians, I think those days–of being able to prop up their  charades through the power of the Zionist media–are rapidly coming to a close.

As news came out Monday of the military court’s indictments, social media erupted in response.

An Israeli judge asked ✌️🇵🇸, the Palestinian girl, “How did you slap one of our soldiers?”

She replied, “take off my handcuffs, I’ll show you”.😍


A Facebook post–which I didn’t see myself but heard about from a friend–quoted a passage from the Old Testament Book of Micah promising doom for “Zion” and the “rulers of Israel.” The passage begins in chapter 3 verse 9 and reads:

Hear this, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right; who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness. Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they look for the Lord’s support and say, “Is not the Lord among us? No disaster will come upon us.”

Therefore because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.

It’s perhaps understandable if the Book of Micah is less popular with Zionists than the Talmud.

In the video above we see an artist painting a portrait of Ahed with the sound of explosions and a track from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony playing in the background. I’m not sure exactly what point the artist is trying to make, though it might have something to do with the fact that Beethoven’s Fifth has also been referred to as “the victory symphony.” In either event, the artist seems quite taken with Ahed Tamimi.

History’s favorable treatment of Joan of Arc suggests that among humanity there exists a “general consensus” that people have a right to resist occupation, a right to fight for the freedom of their homeland, and that every now and then, as such struggles progress and unfold, a figure such as Gandhi or Joan of Arc will emerge who thoroughly captures the public imagination. This is what’s happening now with Ahed.

Instead of imprisoning the young girl for the rest of her life (as one idiot cabinet minister has called for), the Israelis should not only free her, they should take it a step further and offer her a scholarship to attend the university of her choice. A step of this sort, yes, likely would result in a Dr. Tamimi returning to Palestine at some point in the future to advance the cause of her people, but it would completely defuse the current crisis.

Unfortunately, I doubt the screeching Zionist ignoramuses possess sufficient I.Q. to figure this out.

Ahed Tamimi Indicted on 12 Counts by Israeli Court; Father says, ‘I’m very worried about my daughter’

“I am very worried about my daughter. Her fate is now in the hands of people who don’t even see Palestinians as full human beings.”

Those are the words of Bassem Tamimi, father of Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi, who at a hearing today was formally indicted on 12 counts by an Israeli military court.

According to a report by Aljazeera, the charges against Ahed include assaulting an Israeli soldier, interfering with a soldier’s duties, and two past instances of stone-throwing.

Ahed’s mother, Nariman, and her cousin, Nour, have now also been formally indicted. Nariman stands accused of “incitement” for uploading the video of the slap to social media, while Nour–at a hearing held in the same court yesterday–was indicted on charges of aggravated assault of a soldier and “disturbing soldiers conducting their duties,” according to a Press TV report here. All three remain in Israeli custody.

Ahed was arrested on December 19 after slapping an Israeli soldier. She has been held in detention ever since.

The girl’s lawyer is Gaby Lasky, an Israeli human rights attorney, who can be seen briefly in a video accompanying the Press TV report linked above and who is also quoted in an RT report.

“I am sure they want to keep her as long as possible because they don’t want the voice of resistance outside prison,” Lasky said.

Bassem, according to yet another report, here, “called Monday’s indictment a ‘political trial’ saying Israel dug up old incidents as well as the one filmed in order to justify her arrest.’”

Tamimi family photo: Bassem, Nariman, and a younger Ahed

But by far the most stirring and profound words from the worried father are contained in a commentary he wrote and which was published yesterday at Haaretz. The piece is entitled, “My Daughter, These are Tears of Struggle.” Here is a brief excerpt:

My daughter is just 16 years old. In another world, in your world, her life would look completely different. In our world, Ahed is a representative of a new generation of our people, of young freedom fighters. This generation has to wage its struggle on two fronts. On the one hand, they have the duty, of course, to keep on challenging and fighting the Israeli colonialism into which they were born, until the day it collapses. On the other hand, they have to boldly face the political stagnation and degeneration that has spread among us. They have to become the living artery that will revive our revolution and bring it back from the death entailed in a growing culture of passivity that has arisen from decades of political inactivity.

Ahed is one of many young women who in the coming years will lead the resistance to Israeli rule. She is not interested in the spotlight currently being aimed at her due to her arrest, but in genuine change. She is not the product of one of the old parties or movements, and in her actions she is sending a message: In order to survive, we must candidly face our weaknesses and vanquish our fears.

A bit later in the same article, Bassem goes on to address his remarks to Ahed directly:

Ahed, no parent in the world yearns to see his daughter spending her days in a detention cell. However, Ahed, no one could be prouder than I am of you. You and your generation are courageous enough, at last, to win. Your actions and courage fill me with awe and bring tears to my eyes. But in accordance with your request, these are not tears of sadness or regret, but rather tears of struggle.

In 2015, the Israeli Knessett adopted a law prescribing a prison sentence of up to 20 years for throwing stones. The fact that Ahed has been charged with two counts of stone throwing would suggest that Israeli prosecutors are planning to seek a lengthy prison sentence for the young girl.

Ahed Tamimi Becomes Global Cause Célèbre; Israelis Beginning to Panic

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“Free Ahed Tamimi” poster. Photo by @ProtestStencil

Despite rather obvious attempts by Zionist media to deliberately downplay the story of her arrest, Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi is rapidly becoming an international cause célèbre. She has made news in Pakistan, India, and Singapore, and her face can now be seen on billboards at bus stops and train stations in London.

All of this of course is being watched by Israelis in exasperation and perhaps with something akin to panic now setting in. Take the comments of Michael Oren for instance, former Israeli ambassador to the US. In what sounds like a desperate attempt at staving off a public relations disaster, Oren claims the Tamimis “may not be a real family,” and then goes on to imply that Ahed is not actually the daughter of her mother and father, Bassem and Nariman Tamimi, but a paid actor.

“The Tamimi family–which may not be a real family–dresses up kids in American clothes and pays them to provoke (Israeli) troops on camera,” Oren purported on Twitter.

“This cynical and cruel use of children constitutes abuse. Human rights organizations must investigate!” he added.

The Tamimi family—which may not be a real family—dresses up kids in American clothes and pays them to provoke IDF troops on camera. This cynical and cruel use of children constitutes abuse. Human rights organizations must investigate!  via @wallanews

תקיפת החיילים בידי הפלסטיניות: גם פרובוקציה ראויה למעצר

בת למשפחת תמימי מנבי סלאח הגיעה שוב במטרה לסחוט פרובקציה מלוחמי צה”ל. חרף הידיעה כי מדובר במלכודת תקשורתית נשמעת בציבור…

Oren’s claim sounds very much to me like the fevered imagination of someone who is in full panic mode.

And of course you have to wonder how many other Israeli officials are similarly distraught at present.

For the benefit of anyone who may have been sleepwalking for the past ten days, Ahed Tamimi is the Palestinian girl who was arrested on December 19 after slapping an Israeli soldier. Her mother and her cousin are also in custody.

Another Israeli who seems to have gone off the deep end over the affair is Ben Caspit, author and prominent journalist for the daily Ma’ariv.

“In the case of the girls, we should exact a price at some other opportunity, in the dark, without witnesses and cameras,” Caspit wrote.

Though the writer didn’t specify what “price” he had in mind, the statement sounds threatening to say the least, and perhaps more than a tad bit maniacal. Caspit’s article originally appeared in Hebrew, here, but the gist of his comments have been translated into English, here.

Another engaged in teeth gnashing (though perhaps not to the extent of Caspit) is the Jewish Chronicle which just today published an article decrying the “Controversy over campaign to make teenager who slapped Israeli soldier a heroine.”

Of course there is nothing “controversial” at all about Ahed’s status as global heroine–other than in the minds of Zionists. For the rest of humanity, a defenseless teenage girl with the temerity to slap a soldier in combat gear is probably inevitably going to win praise and acclaim–especially when the soldier represents a brutal occupation that has disgusted the world while dragging on for decades. Nevertheless, Ben Weich, the writer of the article, puts the words “peace activist” in quotes in his lead-paragraph reference to Ahed.

There may be other reasons for panic as well. A group of 63 Israeli students from high schools across the country have signed a letter saying they will defy mandatory military service despite the risk of jail.

“The army implements the policy of a racist government that violates basic human rights, which applies one law to Israelis and another to the Palestinians in the same area,” the letter states.

The students cite the “occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people,” and say they want to “change the entire system.” Whether the Ahed’s arrest and detention was a factor in their decision to come forth with such a letter at this time is not clear, but the missive is addressed to: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and military Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot.

Of the recipients named, Bennett and Lieberman have each issued particularly venomous statements regarding the slap heard round the world. Lieberman has vowed that “not only the girl but also her parents and those around them will not escape from what they deserve,” while Bennet has called for Ahed to be locked up for the rest of her life.

And to top it all off, yesterday an Israeli court extended Ahed’s detention once again–for the third time since she was arrested. In following such a course, the Israelis are doing nothing but making things worse on themselves, but apparently they are too blind to realize this.

Finally, in a post on December 21, I coined the term “the slap heard round the world.” Apparently others are now picking up on it. Here is a cartoon that appeared at Mondoweiss a bit earlier today.

Below are a few articles I’ve gathered to help keep readers updated on the case.

Activists Bring London Commuters Face-to-Face with Ahead Tamimi

By Natasha Roth

Commuters across London came face-to-face with the occupation on Thursday, after local activist groups put up posters at bus stops around the city calling for the release of Ahed Tamimi. The project — conceived and executed by London Palestine Action and Protest Stencil — hit London’s streets nine days after Israeli soldiers took Ahed, 16, from her Nabi Saleh home in the middle of the night, and is the latest in a series of global protests against the arrest.

“Following Ahed’s arrest, we wanted to publicly show solidarity again — with Ahed, with the Tamimi family, with Nabi Saleh,” Leila White of London Palestine Action told +972 Magazine. “Many of those involved in London Palestine Action have been to Nabi Saleh, and have joined protests there, have marched behind Ahed and her family.”

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Icon of Resistance: Palestinian Teenager Ahed Tamimi Who Slapped Israeli Soldier to Face Charges

A 16-year-old Palestinian girl, who has been hailed as a national hero will face charges of assault in an Israeli military court, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Ahed Tamimi was held until Monday along with her mother Nariman, 43, a military spokeswoman said. It was later announced that she will be charged for “insulting a soldier” and “aggravated assault.”

Her cousin Nour, 21, is to be released on Sunday if no new evidence is presented by then.

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Ahead Tamimi’s Father: Israeli Occupation Won’t Break Us

Bassem Tamimi, father of jailed 16-year old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, says the arrest of Ahed along with her mother and cousin won’t break the family’s determination to resist Israeli occupation.

Interview with Bassem Tamimi | 29 Dec 2017


AARON MATÉ: It’s the Real News. I’m Aaron Maté. Last week, 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi was arrested by Israeli forces at her home in the occupied West Bank, joining hundreds of Palestinian children arrested by Israeli forces each year. Ahed was seized just days after a video went viral of her confronting an Israeli soldier. Just minutes earlier, Israeli forces had shot Ahed’s 14-year-old cousin at close range in the face, leaving him in a coma. On Monday, an Israeli court ordered Ahed, her cousin and her mother, who was arrested when she came to visit Ahed to remain behind bars for at least four more days.

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Why is the State of Israel so Afraid of 16-Year-Old Ahed Tamimi?

By Ariel Gold, Taylor Morley

Sixteen-year-old Ahed Tamimi was back in court Thursday, with the judge ruling for the third time that her detention is extended, this time for another five days. Over the past week and a half, Ahed has been shuffled between numerous Israeli prisons and police stations. She has been held in cold isolation cells with cameras pointed at her 24 hours a day. Repeatedly, without a parent or lawyer present, they have attempted to interrogate her. The reasoning for the judge’s rulings to extend her detention is that she “poses a risk” to the military and the Israeli government’s case against her.

Israel is right that Ahed Tamimi poses a risk. But it isn’t a risk to one of the most heavily armed and advanced militaries in the world or to the legal case being built against her. The risk she poses is in her refusal to submit to the Israeli demand that Palestinians acquiesce to their own occupation. Israeli logic is that Palestinians should cooperate with their own oppression. They should move quietly through the checkpoints, open their bags, not look their occupiers in the eye and not challenge or protest the theft of their lands, resources and freedoms. Israeli logic is that if they don’t like it, they can leave. Actually, they would strongly prefer that Palestinians leave. The strategy is to make life so unbearable for Palestinians, that they leave willingly. This even has a name: “voluntary transfer.”

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Why is the West Praising Malala, but Ignoring Ahed?

By Shenila Khoja-Moolji

Ahed Tamimi, a 16-year-old Palestinian girl, was recently arrested in a night-time raid on her home. The Israeli authorities accuse her of “assaulting” an Israeli soldier and an officer. A day earlier she had confronted Israeli soldiers who had entered her family’s backyard. The incident happened shortly after a soldier shot her 14-year-old cousin in the head with a rubber bullet, and fired tear-gascanisters directly at their home, breaking windows.

Her mother and cousin were arrested later as well. All three remain in detention.

There has been a curious lack of support for Ahed from Western feminist groups, human rights advocates and state officials who otherwise present themselves as the purveyors of human rights and champions of girls’ empowerment.

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[Additional editor’s note: photo at the top of this post was taken by Protest Stencil. You can visit their Twitter page here.  ]

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