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Palestinian Resistance Icon Tamimi Determined to Visit Iran

16 September 2018 10:46


Palestinian resistance icon Ahed al-Tamimi and her family are determined to visit Iran despite Israeli authorities’ ban on the trip, Egyptian media reported.

Ahed’s family had been invited by human rights groups for meetings in Europe and were scheduled to leave earlier this month. But Israeli officials informed his father that the entire family – Ahed’s father, her mother Nariman and her two brothers – had been banned from traveling abroad, the Arabic-language al-Khabar al-Youm reported on Saturday.

Bassem al-Tamimi, Ahed’s father, said that no reason has been mentioned by Israeli authorities for the decision but his family “are trying again to travel to Jordan and then to Iran to participate in pro-Palestinian events”.

On July 29, Tamimi, a resident of Nabi Saleh village that is located 20 kilometers Northwest of Ramallah, and her mother, Nariman, were released from an Israeli prison after serving an eight-month sentence on assault and incitement charges and arrived home to a hero’s welcome.

The 17-year-old girl was detained by Israeli forces last December after a video of the curly-haired teen kicking and slapping two armed Israeli soldiers in protective gear went viral on Facebook. Israeli military forces had raided her home to arrest her brother.

In March, an Israeli court handed down an eight-month prison sentence to the Palestinian teenage protester for “attacking” Israeli forces.

Israeli forces have on occasions arrested members of Tamimi’s family, including brothers and parents, for their opposition to Israel’s invasion of Palestinian lands.

Israeli forces shot dead her uncle Rushdie al-Tamimi in Nabi Saleh village in 2012.

Her aunt Bassima al-Tamimi was beaten to death by an Israeli policeman in 1993 while attending her son’s trial session at the time.

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