Israel Bars Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi and Family From Traveling Abroad

Tamimi's father Bassem says the family had been invited by human rights groups for meetings in Europe and were scheduled to leave the country on Friday ■ Security source tells Haaretz decision came from Shin Bet

Ahed Tamimi with her father Bassam and mother Nariman during a press conference on the outskirts of the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, July 29, 2018
Majdi Mohammed,AP

Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi and her family are not allowed to travel abroad, the family was informed recently by a Palestinian Authority liaison committee after an inquiry to Israeli authorities.

Israeli security authorities told Haaretz that Tamimi, her parents and one of her brothers is barred entry solely to Israel. However, a different security source confimed the family's claim and told Haaretz the decision was made by Shin Bet.

Ahed Tamimi was released from prison in July after serving eight months for slapping an Israeli soldier. Last month, her brother Waed was sentenced to 14 months in jail prison for throwing stones at Israeli border police in an incident last year and another one the year before.

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Her father, Bassem Tamimi, told Haaretz that the family had been invited by human rights groups for meetings in Europe and were scheduled to leave the country on Friday. But officials in the Palestinian component in the joint Israeli-Palestinian District Coordination and Liaison informed him that their Israeli counterparts had told them the entire family – Ahed’s father, her mother Nariman and her two brothers – had been banned from traveling abroad.

Tamimi said the family was to have gone on a 20-day trip for a series of preset meetings in Belgium, France and Spain. 

Bassem said he believed the travel ban was arbitrary and constituted continual political harassment of his daughter and the family. He said that after the holiday, the family would file another request to travel.

“There is no legal ban and it’s clear that there’s pressure from Israeli security officials and so we’ll ask to have this injustice righted and we are considering turning to the courts,” he said.

The Israeli Army's Spokesperson's Unit said it does not comment on non-operational issues on Saturday.

Lawmaker Yousef Jabareen (Joint List) commented on the ban, saying: "Israel has imprisoned Tamimi in a vindictive move, and is now preventing her from telling her story to the world. An 'economic and military world power' is afraid of the story of a Palestinian girl? This ban is a confession that this is a heroic tale."

Following her incarceration, Ahed Tamimi became an international symbol for the Palestinian struggle, with protesters worldwide hailing her as a hero and calling for her release.

In July, Israel arrested two Italian artists after they painted her image on the separation barrier in the West Bank. They were released shortly after, and ordered to leave the country within 72 hours.