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13 August 2018

Ahed Tamimi and the plight of Palestinian child detainees

Daily Maverick

Israel is one of very few countries in the world that places children in administrative detention. There are currently approximately 350 children in Israeli prisons.

After eight months in prison, Ahed Tamimi was released from an Israeli prison at the end of July. The 17-year-old Tamimi was arrested in December 2017 for slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier outside her family home in the village of Nabi Salih after learning that her 14-year-old cousin had been shot in the face by an Israeli soldier.

The Tamimi case attracted an extraordinary amount of media attention – she has been nominated for a peace prize in Ireland and was recently invited to visit South Africa later in 2018 as part of the Mandela centennial celebrations. An Italian street artist honoured Tamimi by painting her face on the separation wall. The artist was subsequently detained for “vandalising” the separation barrier.

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Daily Maverick