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Arabs Sending Children to Provoke and Be Killed by Israeli Soldiers

Placing innocent Palestinian children in potentially dangerous situations, cynically hoping for a media coup stemming from any overreaction by IDF soldiers, is indeed shameful.
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On Sept. 12, Tamar Sternthal (director of the Israel office for CAMERA) reported on the dangerous use of children by Palestinian protesters to score political points, in ‘Cheap Shots: Palestinians put kids in the line of fire‘.

“There’s nothing like a photograph of an innocent child caught up in military conflict to elicit sympathy, rage, and at times, international intervention.

On a media stage far away from Hollywood, in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, where photographers gather every Friday to document repetitious scenes of Palestinian residents and international activists clashing with Israeli soldiers, Palestinian activists are placing their children in ever-more-visible roles. Unlike scenes in “Wag the Dog,” a black comedy, there’s nothing funny about parents exploiting their own children to score propaganda points in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Unfortunately, that’s just what happened on Friday, August 24, when A’hd Tamimi, and her cousin Marah Tamimi, both 11, were photographed by Agence France-Presse tearfully being restrained by Israeli soldiers.

Days later, photos of the distraught girls appeared in Australia’s Fairfax media outlets alongside a Page-1 article charging the Israeli army with the routine abuse of Palestinian children. “An Israeli soldier restrains a Palestinian girl crying over the arrest of her mother during a protest over land confiscation in al-Nabi Saleh,” stated one caption in the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Slamming the article’s “unnamed sources, hearsay and propaganda,” Philip Chester, president of the Zionist Federation of Australia, also charged that the Palestinian leadership “blatantly use[s] children” and “presents a fable where Israel’s curtailing of violence is tantamount to abuse of children.”

Chester was not specifically addressing the photographs of the appealing young Tamimi girls under the thumb of the Israeli military, but he may as well have been.

A’hd is the daughter of Narimen and Bassem, prominent activists in the Popular Resistance, and Marah’s father is Naji, another leader in the weekly demonstrations.

In other words, the girls’ parents are among those who determine the protests’ strategies. Rather than keeping their children at a safe distance from the often-violent clashes, the parents encouraged their children to play highly visible roles in the confrontation with the army.

Narimen is a participant in B’Tselem’s video project, in which the prominent Israeli NGO distributes video cameras to Palestinians to “present the reality of their lives to the Israeli and the international public.”

This is not the first time she has exploited children and distorted reality. In a 2011 video of the arrest of an 11-year-old stone-thrower, Narimen filmed as a Palestinian man instructed the boy’s mother not to join him on the police vehicle, even while Israeli authorities repeatedly asked her to board the van. Later media reports falsely claimed that the Israeli police forbade his parents from accompanying him.

Despite complaints about her cynical exploitation of Palestinian children in order to produce anti-Israel propaganda, Narimen has not stopped using children as props. To the contrary, she has since enlisted her own daughter.

In a 16-minute video posted on the Nabi Saleh Solidarity blog, the two girls can be seen leading a crowd marching toward a spring that the army has deemed off-limits. A’hd and Marah are filmed at length, cursing the soldiers and trying to get around them. Marah can be seen running some distance to approach and confront soldiers. And when Narimen and two other women are arrested, the girls refuse to let go, interfering with the arrests. An army spokesman later said that the detainees, who were held for a few hours, had been throwing rocks.”

Here’s a screen capture from the video.

Here’s photo taken that day promoted on pro-Palestinian sites.

But, that isn’t all.

Here’s Marah and A’hd with PA President Mahmoud Abbas getting official recognition for her ‘bravery’ at the August 24 incident.

Here’s another photo of the event:

The site where the photo was published, Nabi Selah Solidarity, added the following:

“The actions of A’hd Tamimi and Marah Tamimi, the two young girls who attempted to prevent the arrest of non-violent resistance leader Nariman Tamimi by Israeli Occupation Forces on Friday, was recognised on Monday.  A’hd is the daughter of  Nariman and Palestinian non-violent resistance leader Bassem Tamimi who was jailed for over year for leading the non-violent resistance in Nabi Saleh.  Marah is the daugher of  Naji Tamimi, another Nabi Saleh non-violent resistance leader who was also jailed for over a year for his non-violent opposition to Israel’s military occupation.”

But, the exploitation of the two girls has not ended.

The Algemeiner reported the following, in ‘Video captures Palestinian girl attempting to provoke IDF‘, Nov. 5:

“A video shot at a Friday protest in the village of Nabi Salih, in the central West Bank, captured a striking image: that of a young Palestinian girl [A'hd Tamimi] attempting to provoke Israeli soldiers. Soon thereafter the girl is joined by many other seemingly young-looking people from the village.

A senior IDF source told Ynet that intelligence indicates that pro-Palestinian activists pay Palestinian children from Nabi Salih and other nearby villages to confront the soldiers. “The soldiers are briefed on the fact that these protests are staged for the sake of provocation, so that they could be filmed acting violently and so that those videos could be distributed worldwide in an effort to harm the IDF’s image,” the officer said.

According to Ynet, Abir Kubati, spokesperson of the popular protest coordination committee, said: “I don’t understand what the army wants – they send soldiers into a Palestinian village and then dare to depict themselves as victims because the residents don’t welcome them.”

“You’re a traitor! I know you speak Arabic. Our soldiers are stronger than you! I’ll smash your head,” the 10-year-old girl is heard in the video screaming at the soldier in Arabic, according to a translation provided by Ynet.”

Placing innocent Palestinian children in potentially dangerous situations, cynically hoping for a media coup stemming from any overreaction by IDF soldiers, is indeed shameful.

However,  such provocations by the Tamimis pale in comparison to an antisemitic Palestinian political culture which consistently sends messages to their youth that martyrdom – dying, or even murdering Israeli Jews, to advance the Palestinian cause – is one of the most important political values they should aspire to.

Here are a few clips of chilling child abuse, routinely sanctioned by Palestinian society, which the Guardian won’t report.

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About the Author: Adam Levick serves as Managing Editor of CiF Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), and is a member of the Online Antisemitism Working Group for the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism. Adam made Aliyah from Philadelphia in 2009 and lives with his wife in Modi'in.


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33 Responses to “Arabs Sending Children to Provoke and Be Killed by Israeli Soldiers”

  1. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    It's 5PM…does Bill Clinton know where hios illegitimate daughters are?

  2. Dave Devoe says:

    "Not even animals would send their children into battle".
    –Hanan Ashrawi

  3. TAMIMI PRESS says:

    Mr Adam..Mr Dave.
    in the beginning I invite you to come to Nabi SAleh and see what's happening on the ground.
    first thing you the girl shouting and provoke the solders and you did not ask why she do that or what's happened before she do that , you don not know than in that moment the solders was arresting her 15 years old brother. you , and you don not know that they arrest her father last week and was Sentenced for four months.
    you were not at Nabi Saleh any time to know that outside the house is more safe than inside the houses and we have many past experiences in this case.
    you did not see her small brother at 3am while he was on his bed while the solders searching his room.

    i hope before you but any fact that you search for this fact and don not hear from one side to be wisdom.

    you can see all my videos on my youtube ( bilal tamimi) and you can see every thing happend.

    and we have a lot to say so you are welcome any time to Nabi Saleh village to my house to hear from the people of the village.

  4. Bilal Tamimi says:

    Mr Adam..Mr Dave.
    in the beginning I invite you to come to Nabi SAleh and see what's happening on the ground.
    first thing you the girl shouting and provoke the solders and you did not ask why she do that or what's happened before she do that , you don not know than in that moment the solders was arresting her 15 years old brother. you , and you don not know that they arrest her father last week and was Sentenced for four months.
    you were not at Nabi Saleh any time to know that outside the house is more safe than inside the houses and we have many past experiences in this case.
    you did not see her small brother at 3am while he was on his bed while the solders searching his room.

    i hope before you but any fact that you search for this fact and don not hear from one side to be wisdom.

    you can see all my videos on my youtube ( bilal tamimi) and you can see every thing happend.

    and we have a lot to say so you are welcome any time to Nabi Saleh village to my house to hear from the people of the village.

  5. a Judgment on a particular incident without being there and knowing what realy happend is a crime in itself

  6. a Judgment on a particular incident without being there and knowing what realy happend is a crime itself

  7. Jo Larmore says:

    This is absolute trash.

  8. Jenine, if it is a "crime" to judge any event without having been there and knowing what happened, then Palestinians commit and actively abet crimes against Israel every minute. The videos (and there are many over the course of years) of the Tamimi children show quite clearly what is taking place- and that is the blatant attempt to capture a photo of an Israeli soldier attacking a small child, which could be broadcast to an eager press and around the world, without context. In fact this is an attempt to promote exactly what you and Mr. Tamimi now decry as so thoroughly objectionable and a "crime". The jig is now up. Pallywood is exposed for all to see and it will continue to be so exposed.

  9. Jacob Sam says:

    Adam can say that Palestinians also built their houses in the planned way ofJewish bulldozers and planted their olive trees and groves where only fences are supposed to be.They also try to graze their animals close to LEGAL settlements and would sometimes let them drink from SACRED Jewish Springs.How can't Adam recall in his memory that The Jewish Supreme Court has judged in the late 1970's that Halamish is ILLegal to be confiscated later as a MILITARY ORDER.Again today Nabi Saleh won in the supreme court ,the settlers would not accept their own court.The whole state of Israel is judged and directed by a punch of irresponsibles.

  10. Jacob Sam says:

    As Bilal Tamimi says,you are invited Adam and whoever wishes to discover the truth away from media and propaganda.

  11. Also Mohammad addurah was shot while trying to derive world sympathy,Iman Hijjo and hundreds of innocents were playing the game of extracting sympathy.What a shame is to continue with: About The Way of Cheating

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