Familien fra Nabi Saleh

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Ovenfor ses lillebror Tamimi, af nogle kendt som Yonis the Menace, kaste en af de sten, som han blev forsøgt tilbageholdt for. Kvinder i hans familie og hans storesøter Ahed Tamimi, også kendt som Shirley Temper, forsvarede ham så teatralsk at verdenspressen fik sin historie om den israelske overmagts træden stakkels palæstinensiske kvinder og børn under fode. Far Tamimi stod og filmede hele optrinnet, mens vestlig journalister fotograferede på livet løs. Men, det gik op for nogle aviser at de var blevet castet i en Pallywoodpoduktion og den gode historie blev knap så god. Venstreorienterede Mondoweis skriver i sit defensorat for Pallywood familien Tamimi fra Nabi Saleh

No doubt the Tamimi’s are getting famous. But that is because they refuse to stop protesting the theft of their village land and spring. Denied any means of self defense, they dare to expose the world to the reality of their lives while the cameras are rolling. They have no guns or bombs, they fight with media and exposure. But the scenes they record are very real. And the whole point is to capture the violence they face, as a matter of routine, on camera. Rosa Parks also planned her heroic action on a Montgomery bus in 1955. But was it staged? Of course not.

Denne Rosa Parks sammenligning skal gøre det ud for et ræsonnement, men er falsk i sin opbygning. Tamimi familien eksponerer ikke en vold, men gør derimod at for at fremprovokere en voldelig reaktion. Eric Cortellessa var til stede og har i Times of Israel følgende beskrivelse af det rituelle hysteri.

Once I arrived at the demonstrators’ rendezvous, I asked someone standing next to me what to expect from the impending protest.

“We’ll start marching down the road, then the army will be waiting for us. Once we get to a certain point, they’ll start throwing tear gas at us, then kids will start throwing rocks at them on top of the hill,” he said. “And then it will go back and forth like that.

“And we’ll take lots of pictures,” he added.

At 1:06 p.m., the demonstration began in earnest, when the participants marched a few hundred meters down the road toward the soldiers, who formed a barricade. I couldn’t tell what came first, stone throwing or tear gas grenades, but soon there was a cacophony of both. As I was taking photographs, some of the tear gas hurled at the crowd got in my eyes.

“Don’t touch them,” someone told me. “The sting will fade, just wait it out.”

Meanwhile kids started running up a brown hill to throw more rocks at the soldiers, some with slingshots, some with their hands.

At one point the demonstrators blocked the road. Little kids, under the leadership of the adolescents, began to take large rocks and line them up in the middle of the street.

“They are blocking the army’s jeeps from driving up the road to come from behind later,” someone told me.

The protest then shifted to an adjacent hill, where adolescents and younger children threw more rocks at soldiers as adult villagers and activists watched and cheered.

And then, suddenly, people started screaming. A team of soldiers had rushed the demonstrators from behind to start making arrests. At the same time, other soldiers ran up from the bottom of the hill and grabbed one of the adolescents.

A partially masked soldier with a rifle in his hand was chasing a younger boy whose arm was in a cast. I ran toward the fracas just as the soldier picked up the boy, grabbed him by the neck and pressed him against a rock, putting him in a chokehold while he lay on top of him. A young girl, Ahed Tamimi, the boy’s 15-year-old sister, then ran to the scene and began yelling and crying, pleading with the soldier to let him go.

Everyone who had a camera ran to the scene, too, with photographers and videographers forming a half-circle around the melee. At that point, the soldier must have realized that whatever he chose to do would live beyond that moment.

An older female villager — Nariman Tamimi, the boy’s mother — came from behind the soldier and began pulling him off the boy. The soldier screamed for help as more people joined the effort. He then tried simultaneously to pin the boy down and fight off everyone else. The young girl bit his hand when he tried to grab her by the neck. Everyone around him then started to hit the soldier on the head.

Finally, his commander came and extricated him from the imbroglio.

Before walking away, the soldier dropped a tear gas grenade where all the people were gathered. I ran to spare my eyes from the stinging, and by the time I reached a far enough vantage point to look back, people were carrying the boy back to his home in the village.

The soldier and his commander had left without making the arrest.

Ten minutes later, almost all of the demonstrators were outside the boy’s home. Someone from the Palestine Red Crescent Society was making calls about two other demonstrators who had been detained. While the boy was lying down, people tried to comfort him and see if he was all right.

The Red Crescent worker then showed the boy pictures he took of the incident. “Good job,” he told the child. He then got up to talk with other activists and journalists about getting to Ramallah and disseminating the photos and video.

“We got them,” he said.

Bloggen Legal Insurrection har foretaget lidt rutineresearch på Tamimi familien, som medierne både udenlands og herhjemme ikke synes at ville vægte

There is no doubt that Bassem Tamimi is also very proud of his own dutiful children: after claiming in a recent FB post – uncharacteristically without any photographic evidence whatsoever – that “the IOF attacked the village of Nabi Saleh” and that his son Mohammad “was injured and broke his arm” during the resulting “clashes”, Bassem Tamimi posted several older photos and, calling his 11-year-old son “my hero,” encouraged him to “keep strong.”

A few weeks earlier, he also proudly shared an album of over 200 photos documenting the widely admired exploits of his daughter Ahed. This album is very worthwhile viewing, as the huge number of images that go back a few years provide an excellent documentation of the grooming of the photogenic Ahed for use in confronting Israeli soldiers for the cameras from an early age.

Both Bassem Tamimi and his wife Nariman also expressed their approval and admiration when Ahed posted the photo (above) that showed her throwing stones at (unseen) Israeli soldiers. Nariman Tamimi praised the image of her daughter as “awesome” (automatic translation from Arabic), while Bassem Tamimi posted an approving comment that, according to the somewhat garbled automatic translation, includes praise for her stone-throwing and “resistance.”

Og stenkastning er ikke så uskyldigt, som det fremgår af medierne. Der er israelske børn, der bliver myrdet på den konto og forleden var det nær blevet til 5 studenter oveni, hvad en anstændig palæstinenser ikke reddet dem, fra sin hob af naboer.

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