A young Palestinian activist once backed by former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn and other leading left-wing politicians has reportedly launched a vile attack calling for the ‘slaughter’ of Israelis.
Ahed Tamimi, 22, was arrested by Israelis today after posting an abhorrent anti-Semitic attack on Instagram in which he recalled the Holocaust and told Jewish settlers: ‘What Hitler did to you was a picnic’.
Her tirade in Hebrew read: “Our message to the herds of settlers: we are waiting for you in all the cities of the West Bank, from Hebron to Jenin.
‘We will slaughter you and you will say that what Hitler did to you was a picnic.
‘We will drink your blood and eat the skulls of as many people as we want. Come on, we’re waiting for you.’
Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi speaks during an interview in Ramallah, West Bank on May 16, 2021
Video showed Tamimi, then 17, hitting an Israeli soldier, for which she was sentenced to eight months in prison
At the age of 16, Tamimi rose to international fame after punching and kicking an Israeli soldier during a protest outside her home in Nabi Salih in the West Bank. She became a heroine of the Palestinian resistance.
According to the Tamimi family, Ahed’s 15-year-old cousin Mohammed Tamimi was shot in the head at close range with a rubber-coated steel bullet during the protest, seriously injuring him.
In response, Tamimi, along with her mother and cousin Nour, approached the two soldiers outside the Tamimi house and were filmed punching, kicking and pushing them; the soldiers did not retaliate.
In 2018, she was convicted on four counts of assault on an IDF officer and soldier, sedition and interference with IDF forces, and sentenced to eight months in prison and eight months of probation.
Subsequently, Labor leader Corbyn condemned the detention of children and called for her release.
In 2019, she led a pro-Palestinian march in London, and Mr Corbyn again offered his support, saying: ‘We cannot stand by or remain silent in the face of the continued denial of rights and justice to the Palestinian people.’
Tamimi was joined on the march by left-wing Labor MPs Diane Abbott and Richard Burgon.
Ms Tamimi, who studied English before starting an international law course at Birzeit University in Ramallah, told the crowd: “I want to thank you all. It was your voice that kept me strong when I was in Israeli prison.
‘I would like to thank you for your support and solidarity, for everything you do to advocate our cause.’
Ms Abbott tweeted in 2018: ‘Labour’s challenge? No more Palestinian children like Ahed Tamimi.”
Ms. Tamimi has since co-authored an autobiography entitled “They Called Me a Lioness.”
A large portrait of her was painted on the Israeli wall separating the West Bank.
Former Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is seen at the Protest for Jerusalem rally in London on May 11, 2021
Ahed Tamimi sits next to her father and her mother Nareman, who were released with her from an Israeli prison, at their family home in the village of Nabi Saleh on July 30, 2018
Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi waits to speak at a rally calling for justice for Palestinians in central London on May 11, 2019
Ahed Tamimi reacts in front of Israeli forces during a demonstration on May 26, 2017 in her village of Nabi Saleh, north of Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank
In 2018, Tamimi agreed to plead guilty to four of the 12 charges against her, including assault, sedition and two counts of obstructing soldiers. In the photo: Tamimi during the process
In Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem, a female Israeli soldier was ‘critically’ injured in a knife attack this morning before border police shot dead the 16-year-old attacker.
Following her arrest, National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir posted a message on Facebook congratulating the IDF on her arrest.
“Kudos to the IDF and the rest of the security forces who arrested the terrorist and ‘human rights activist.’
Ehad Tamimi Manbi Saleh, who was previously convicted of attacking IDF soldiers and since the outbreak of the war, has expressed his condolences and support for the Nazi people on social media,” he wrote.
‘Zero tolerance towards terrorists and supporters of terrorism! Just like that!’