By Zainab Iqbal
Published: March 7th, 2018
For those of you who have never heard of the name “Ahed Tamimi,” you’ve surely seen her on the Internet. She’s a beautiful young Palestinian girl with long, curly hair. Perhaps you’ve watched the video she is most famous for; you know, the one where she slaps and kicks an Israeli soldier outside her home.
Why did she slap and kick an Israeli soldier? Because the soldiers were standing outside her home. Because they arrested her cousin. Because they hurt her family. Because an hour before the incident, an Israeli solder shot her 10-year-old cousin in the head, and now he is missing part of his skull; the Israeli army is denying everything, claiming that he hurt himself. Because they brutally murdered thousands of Palestinians who had done absolutely nothing wrong. And now she is in jail under Israeli custody facing 12 charges.
Tamimi is the face of resistance. How could she not be? Instead of being weak and continuously standing by watching Israeli soldiers slaughter innocent people, she decided to stand up. This brave young girl had everything to lose—the biggest one being her life. But she didn’t care. Because how many more lives need to be lost before Palestinians can finally live in peace?
“Now when she’s in jail, I think she’s going to pay the price and it’s a very high price,” Anat Berko, an Israeli MP from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, said, according to the BBC. “And I am very sorry that the family did not stop this behavior.”
Well, Anat Berko and Benjamin Netanyahu, I am every sorry you refuse to let your soldiers stop their behavior. You know, when they kill, arrest, and injure faultless children; when they allow a mother to grieve her child, a father to cry over his dead son, and a sister to grow up without her brother. I do think the day will soon come when Israel will have to pay the price… “and it’s a very high price” indeed.
The fight for Palestinians has always been a difficult one. Sometimes it’s hard to watch your very own president support a country that feeds on murder. It’s hard to watch your president say the capital of Israel is Jerusalem, when in fact, Jerusalem has always belonged to Palestine, and always will.
Tamimi’s strong face of resistance, and the fact that the video went viral, gives courage to young Palestinians. Instead of constantly living in fear, they can stand up. Some people argue that this is a Palestinian-Israeli issue. You do not need to be Palestinian to raise your voice against evil. You just need to be human. If 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi could do it, so could we.