Twitter Deleted Imprisoned Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi’s Account
“Twitter deleted it due to a campaign or a call by zionists to block it or delete it”

The Twitter account belonging to imprisoned Palestinian teenage girl Ahed Tamimi was deleted. Tamimi was arrested and imprisoned by the Israeli military after a video showing her slap two soldiers went viral.

Ahed Tamimi, 16 and her mother were arrested on December 19, while her cousin was taken in by Israeli forces the next day. The teen has been lauded as a hero by Palestinians after a video from December 15 circulated online showing her slap and kick two Israeli soldiers in her village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank.

A group of activists #FreePalestine quickly created a new account calling for Twitter to reinstate Tamimi’s account.

Manal tamimi, a relative of Ahed, suggested Twitter did indeed ban Ahed’s account.

Earlier this month, Bassem Tamimi, Ahed’s father, confirmed the news on Facebook after his daughter’s detention.

“Dear friends, Israeli occupation forces raided my home and arrested my daughter Ahed Tamimi. They beat us, searched our home and confiscated all our electronic devices, including cameras, computers, and mobile phones,” he said.

Israel’s military court extended the custody of Ahed and her mother Nariman on Thursday despite international calls for their release. Nariman was arrested when she went to the police station to check on her daughter’s status.

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The partnership between the social media and Israeli officials has resulted in the censorship, removal or blocking of content deemed critical of the Israelis with the posting being branded as “incitement.”. Facebook has also been working with Israeli Government officials to suppress Palestinian voices in the social media sphere. Twitter has also a history of cooperating with Israeli authorities.

Recently, Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s Justice Minister has posted racist remarks about Palestinian “little snakes” (children) and “African infiltrators” (migrants) boasted that the social media giant was honoring 95 per cent out of 158 requests to remove Palestinian content. The journalist Glenn Greenwald said Facebook’s collaboration with Tel Aviv gave the Israelis “virtually unfettered control over a key communications forum of Palestinians.”

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