Hate Graffiti Sprayed in West Bank Town of Palestinian Teen: 'Death Sentence for Ahed Tamimi'

Tamimi has been in jail since she was filmed striking two Israeli soldiers in her village in December

Yotam Berger
Yotam Berger
Graffiti sprayed at the entrance to Nabi Saleh.
Graffiti sprayed at the entrance to Nabi Saleh. Credit: Nabi Saleh Popular Committee
Yotam Berger
Yotam Berger

Hebrew graffiti was sprayed on Thursday night at the entrance to the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, reported locals. Among other slogans, one said: “There is no room in the Land of Israel for the Tamimi family.” Others said: “regards from the retaliation unit of the Israel Defense Forces” and “a death sentence for Ahed Tamimi.”

Tamimi, who is in jail until the end of the legal proceedings against her, started after she was documented striking two IDF soldiers in her village last December, lives in Nabi Saleh with her family. The Judea and Samaria police department opened an investigation after receiving a report about the incident.

Tamimi’s father Bassem told Haaretz on Friday morning that “this is further testimony that Israeli society has lost its mind. This doesn’t surprise us. For people who kill children, spraying such slogans is not escalation. These are the same people who burned to death the Dawabsheh family. Obviously this is a new threat against us. Clearly someone who advocates a death sentence for Ahed Tamimi places himself as a judge and an executioner.”

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“We haven’t filed a complaint with the police since we don’t recognize it," added Bassem. “They also wrote that they’d drive the family out of Nabi Saleh, and we say – no problem, drive us out. We can go back to Haifa and Jaffa and all the places you drove us out of.”

The village of Nabi Saleh, with a population of several hundred, lies close to the settlement of Halamish. At the entrance is an unmanned checkpoint, as well as surveillance cameras. Residents said the slogans were sprayed from the entrance to the center of the village, stopping short of the nuclear family’s home, which is in an alleyway.

Tamimi’s arrest was extended last month until the end of the legal proceedings against her, as was her mother Nariman’s detention. The military judge, Maj. Haim Balilti, rejected the defense’s arguments against the extension, writing that “the extent of her actions and her initiative, the level of violence directed against forces doing their duty in quelling public disorder in the village, all point to a level of risk which leaves no alternative but an extended remand.”

Tamimi’s indictment accuses her of assaulting a soldier under aggravated circumstances, threatening a soldier, disrupting a soldier’s activities, incitement and throwing objects at a person or property. Aside from the documented incident in which she assaulted a soldier with her fists she was also charged with several accounts of throwing stones. According to the indictment Tamimi assaulted a major and sergeant-major near her house. Her mother documented the assault and showed it live on Facebook. The indictment says that Tamimi shoved the soldiers and threatened them, saying she would punch them if they didn’t leave, kicking them and hitting them in the face.

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