Palestinian teen in coma after shot with rubber bullet

Palestinian women hit IDF soldiers
Israel remands Palestinian girl filmed slapping soldier in West Bank

20 December, 2017

A 14-year-old Palestinian boy has been placed into a medically-induced coma after Israeli soldiers shot him in the face with a rubber bullet during a protest against a USA decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

It is alleged that Ahed was arrested for slapping a soldier during a demonstration the day before.

Tamimi and her family have always been targets of the Israeli authorities and the animosity towards them grew even further after numerous videos of the courageous young activist standing up to IOF soldiers went viral on social media, amassing millions of views. Soldiers had raided the Tamimi family home and shot Mohammed from the yard of their house.

Al-Tamimi's father said the girl was reacting to the shooting of her cousin, Mohammed al-Tamimi, on 15 December, by Israeli soldiers during a protest against Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Bassem al-Tamimi, Ahed's father and an activist opposing the Israeli settlements in Al-Nabi Saleh, confirmed his daughter's arrest on Facebook.

A Palestinian girl who was caught on video slapping a soldier in the Israeli-occupied West Bank has been remanded in custody until Thursday, the police said on Tuesday.

Israel soldiers grab Ahed Tamimi and a relative as she is being arrested at the entrance to Nabi Saleh's water spring, during the weekly protest against the occupation in the West Bank village, August 24, 2012.

However, Manal said security forces specifically "target children" during protests in Nabi Saleh.

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After they refuse, Tamimi can be seen attempting to push the soldiers off her land.

Tamimi is an icon for many Palestinians, but some members of Israel's far-right accuse her and her family of deliberately using social media to discredit Israel and portray it in the worst light possible.

Tamimi is well known as a leader of youth protests against Israeli soldiers in the West Bank.

Mohammad had to be put under a medically induced coma, from which he woke up on Tuesday, 72 hours later.

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett told Army Radio this morning that he believed the young girls in the video "should finish their lives in prison".

The video quickly became viral on social networks and widely broadcast by Israeli media.

The sixteen-year-old is a member of a famous activist family from the village of Nabi Saleh, which holds nearly weekly protests against Israeli occupation.

"This has given us the message that everyone now is being targeted - men, women, and children", she said.

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