Symbol of Resistance

Ahed Tamimi

One year ago Ahed Tamimi was arrested for slapping an Israeli soldier. Despite her time in prison, she remains defiant.

Illustration by Daniël Roozendaal

When Ahed Tamimi is asked about her own future, she says she wants to take up a degree in international law. At which university? ‘I don’t know.’ Where? The same answer. Released after six months in prison earlier this year and still only 17, Tamimi knows it will be difficult to plan a future under the Israeli occupation.

Much of the pretext to her arrest a year ago was lost in the coverage of her detention. In the days preceding it, Ahed’s 15-year-old cousin Mohammed Tamimi was shot in the head at close range by an Israeli soldier. As is so often the case in Israel, this led not to suspicion of the officers responsible but of the victim’s wider family. Israeli forces broke into Ahed’s family home soon after and a video of her pushing and slapping two of the intruders went viral, inflaming the Israeli authorities.

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