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Viral Vid: Palestinian Teen Arrested For Goading IDF Soldiers

By Charles Bybelezer | The Media Line

December 20, 2017

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A Palestinian girl filmed striking two Israeli soldiers in an apparent effort to provoke a response has been remanded into custody for two more days. A video of 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi and two other women harassing troops in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh went viral this week, leading to her arrest. The army also confirmed the teenager took part in violent riots in the Ramallah area, during which her cousin reportedly was injured. In the video, Tamimi is seen yelling, hitting and slapping the faces of the soldiers, who refrained from retaliating. Tamimi’s mother was also detained on suspicion of assault and incitement and likewise will be held until Thursday. Nabi Saleh has been a frequent staging ground for provoked clashes between Palestinians and Israelis, with members of the Tamimi family in particular known for their involvement in highly-publicized altercations with the IDF. In 2012, 13-year-old Ahed—who some refer to as “Shirley Temper”—gained notoriety when a video of her leading a group of children in a verbal confrontation with Israeli soldiers became an Internet sensation. Two years ago, she again made headlines for biting the hand of an Israeli soldier holding down a Palestinian boy who had been throwing stones. Palestinian activists have praised Ahed’s actions, while many in Israel accuse the Tamimi family of using her as a propaganda tool.

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