AHED TAMIMI has become the face of the struggle for Palestinian human rights. Specifically the rights of Palestinian children.
In December 2017, she was arrested for slapping and shoving a soldier when heavily armed Israeli soldiers entered her family property without cause, 30 minutes after she saw her 15-year-old cousin shot in the head by another Israeli soldier.
Under a recent plea agreement in her case, Ahed has been sentenced to 8 months in prison. (In comparison, it is noteworthy that an Israeli soldier who was videotaped executing a prone and wounded Palestinian has had his sentence reduced to just 9 months in prison.) Ahed's boldness and stoic bravery under Israeli persecution during this ordeal and throughout her young life have inspired millions throughout the world.
The most important part of this story that has made global headlines? Like Ahed, every year hundreds of Palestinian children living under the Israeli occupation are arrested, charged and tried under Israeli military law – a justice system that is rife with human rights violations and has a nearly 100% conviction rate.