“Frankly it is probably Ahed’s looks that prompted this worldwide solidarity and that’s racist by the way”
Ahed Tamimi, the so-called ‘soldier slapper’ who recently was released from prison, is a darling of Western liberals and anti-Israel activists.
We have documented how Ahed’s fame results from the Tamimi Clan’s decades-long exploitation of children for the cameras, Bassem Tamimi and the Use of Children as Political Props:
The Tamimis are used to sympathetic media coverage, including a fawning New York Times Magazine cover story in March 2013 on the family’s ambition to start a “Third Intifada”.
Bassem Tamimi is usually presented as an admirable organizer of “nonviolent resistance” who can count on the support of Amnesty International and who has been praised as a “human rights defender” by the European Union. By contrast, Bassem Tamimi’s views on the “right to resist” that he often invokes and the use of his children in his activism – including regular efforts to challenge the IDF into responding to provocations like rock-throwing – have so far largely escaped scrutiny.
No Tamimi has become more famous than Ahed. Since early childhood she has been pushed forward to contront Israeli soldiers to create viral video.
Ahed is exploited by Western anti-Israel activists who use Ahed’s image in their anti-Israel propaganda:
A topic rarely addressed, however, is why Ahem is more famous that other exploited Tamimi children, like Janna Jihad, who also is used for video provocations:
Part of Ahed’s fame is that she has learned how to be dramatic for the cameras. She can cry and scream in supposed pain on cue.
But part of Ahed’s fame is that her flowing blond hair and Western dress made her a sympathetic image to Westerners, according to her father Bassem:
Tamimi’s father argues that her blonde hair and Western dress have contributed to the attention she has received.
“If she was veiled and dark-skinned, would she have got the same attention?” Bassem Tamimi told AFP.
“The Zionist propaganda machine always depicts the Palestinian as dark-skinned and ugly, attacking the blonde victim, but now she is blonde.”
Now Ahed’s mother Nariman, who instructed Ahed to attack the soldiers and who also was just released from prison, is also accusing the Tamimis’ Western supporters of racism:
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.
“Frankly it is probably Ahed’s looks that prompted this worldwide solidarity and that’s racist by the way,” Nariman Tamimi told the Anadolu Agency, “because many Palestinian children are in Ahed’s position but weren’t treated in this way.”
“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.
It is not surprising that people like anti-Semitic cartoonist Carlos Latuff, who won a prize in the Iranian Holocaust cartoon contest, over-emphasize the blond color of Ahed’s hair:
Or that posters supporting Ahed also make her flowing blond hair the focus of attention:
The Tamimis are terror-supporting propagandists of the worst kind.
But at least they are willing to speak the truth about the racism of Ahed’s supporters.DONATE
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