Ahed Tamimi, a young Palestinian activist, has been dubbed the “Rosa Parks of Palestine.” She and her family have heroically stood up to Israel’s unjust occupation for years.
On January 31, 2001, she was born in Nabi Salih, a small town 20 kilometers northwest of Ramallah in the Palestinian area of the West Bank.
In a country where freedom fighters like the ex-prime minister Yasser Arafat and Marwan Barghouti who is currently serving multiple sentences in Israeli prison, it takes something special for a young girl with curly long hair to portray herself as the face of Palestinian resistance.
Ahed became a globally acclaimed icon after she showed confrontation against Israeli soldiers who entered her backyard in the west bank village of Nabi Saleh. She challenged Israeli soldiers and then began to slap and kick them.
This video became viral after her mother recorded and shared it on social media. An Israeli army camera recorded footage of soldiers entering Ahed home and arresting her after a few days of the incident. Like most of the Palestinian children who are subjected to interrogation under the Israeli occupation, Ahed was also interrogated and then detained for three months before being sent to prison for eight months.
Her mother was also arrested but she was not charged. She gained worldwide support for showing the real face of oppression under Israel and was released from prison after completing her sentence.
In an interview, she further explained that a woman whose spouses were killed had mothers and fathers for their children.
“If what happened here was in another country, they would look at it differently. Elsewhere, if women were subjected to violence, you see them react extraordinarily,” she said.
Ahed is a living example for Israelis to know about their Army’s cruelty.
She was regarded as a national hero and became the face of a new generation of Palestinian resistance.
“I’m telling the whole world. We’re human beings, just like everyone else. It’s our right to live a normal life. We also have a right to live a nonviolent life,” Tamimi said.
“There are women in the Gaza Strip who are also under bombardment, whose bodies have been removed from under the rubble. In Palestine, we always experience this, we always live with pain. When a woman is beaten, I immediately see my mother in her.”