‘The West Shows Solidarity With Ahed Tamimi Because She Looks Like Them’; Tamimi’s Mother

Ahed Tamimi’s mother said that the media attention and worldwide solidarity that her daughter received following her arrest by Israeli occupation forces was rooted in racism.

In an interview with the Anadolu Agency, Nariman Tamimi said that the western media attention and worldwide solidarity that her daughter received following her arrest by Israeli occupation forces was rooted in racism.

“Frankly it is probably Ahed’s looks that prompted this worldwide solidarity and that’s racist by the way because many Palestinian children are in Ahed’s position but weren’t treated in this way.” Ahed Tamimi’s mother said.

“In fact, one journalist wrote in Haaretz once on why they sympathized with Ahed when they were trying to arrest me once; they arrested me and she was crying,” she explained. “It’s because they felt that she looked like them, she said. So perhaps the world showed more solidarity because she looks like their children, but all Palestinian children are Ahed Tamimi.”

“There are thousands of stories that the media needs to pay attention to and highlight all of the occupation’s crimes because the occupation needs to be seen as the war crime it is and legal measures need to be taken to that effect,” she added.

The 17-year-old Palestinian girl had spent eight months in an Israeli prison for slapping two Israeli soldiers.

By the time she got out, the feisty blue-eyed teen with the wild mane of golden curls had been transformed into an icon of the Palestinian resistance movement.

By the time of her release from prison, hundreds of journalists, international activists, supporters, and family members gathered near Tamimi’s home to celebrate her release.

She has been compared to Joan of Arc in western media.

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