Arab Women's Organisation condemns arrest of teen Palestinian activist Tamimi, offers legal defence

Ahram Online , Monday 25 Dec 2017

Ahd Tamimi
Palestinian Ahd Tamimi (2nd-R), a well-known campaigner against Israel's occupation, appears at a military court at the Israeli-run Ofer prison in the West Bank village of Betunia on December 20, 2017. (AFP PHOTO)

The Arab Women Organisation (AWO) condemned on Monday the "inhumane and illegal" treatment of 16-year-old Palestinian activist Ahd Tamimi by Israeli occupation forces, after she was arrested on 19 December for slapping Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank.

Ambassador Mervat Tallawy, the general manager of the international organisation, said in a statement on Monday that she is prepared to send lawyers to defend and support the Palestinian girl.

Tallawy said that she is ready to "mobilise all women forces in Arab countries to show solidarity with Ahd, who has become a hero and a symbol of a new generation of resistance since she was a child for her constant resistance against the brutal occupation army, with its repeated attacks on the Palestinian people in general and on her family and neighbours in particular."

Ahd first gained international attention in 2012 by defying occupation soldiers who attacked her and her activist mother Nariman Tamimi at a peaceful protest against the building of illegal Jewish settlements in the village of Nabi Saleh in Ramallah.

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