How Can ‘Pro-Israel’ Groups Support the Tamimis?
On December 1, 2017, Ahed Tamimi — a teenage Palestinian girl — was documented repeatedly punching, hitting and kicking soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Israel’s defenders faced her impassively, never striking back.
The 16-year-old has been indicted on five counts of assault. Her mother, who filmed the event, was charged with assault and incitement, after posting a video of the teen on social media — in which she urged others to protest against Israel with stabbing attacks and suicide bombings.
Following this incident, the worldwide media has celebrated the Tamimi family as “struggling against the resistance” — with NBC News describing the blonde-haired, blue-eyed teenager as the “poster child” for the Palestinian struggle.
The reality, however, is far different.
Investigative journalist Petra Marquardt-Bigman has revealed troubling truths about this family:
Bassem Tamimi, the father, has long served as the spokesman for Nabi Saleh’s supposedly non-violent protest movement. In an interview published in early May 2011 on the website Electronic Intifada — and promptly cross-posted at the website of the Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades — Bassem Tamimi outlined his dream of killing Israelis, and destroying Israel.
Bassem Tamimi also expressed his hope that the regular protests in Nabi Saleh would provide “the basis for the third intifada.”
Some of Bassem Tamimi’s Facebook activity also indicates that he “likes” the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas terrorist movement. And a few other examples of social media posts by the Tamimi family reflect their true nature.
In one picture, Bassem Tamimi has his arm around his nephew, the terrorist Nizar Tamimi, who murdered Chaim Mizrahi — a resident of Bet El — in 1993. Nizar married Ahlam Tamimi — the murderer from the Sbarro restaurant suicide bombing, in which 15 people were killed and 130 were wounded (half of them children). The entire Tamimi family from Nabi Saleh participated in the wedding of the murderers Ahlam and Nizar Tamimi, who were released in the Gilad Shalit exchange in 2011.
Nariman Tamimi, the mother, meanwhile, justified the Sbarro massacre as “an integral part” of the Palestinian struggle, adding that “everyone fights in the manner in which he believes. There is armed uprising, and there is popular uprising. I support every form of uprising.”
Her Facebook activity during the recent wave of stabbing attacks provides ample evidence that she meant what she said. A particularly graphic example is a post that she shared on October 14, 2015, providing “a map of the spots that have to be targeted in the filthy body of the Israeli soldier.”
Manal Tamimi once shared her views on the subject of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar: “Vampire Zionist celebrating their Kebore day by drinking Palestinian bloods, yes our blood is pure & delicious but it will kill u at the end.”
When the October 2015 violence was launched with the brutal murders of Eitam and Na’ama Henkin in front of their four young children, Manal Tamimi tweeted jubilantly: “2 zionist settlers (a man and his wife) was killed near #Etamar settlment #Nablus #ressistance_is_existnace #time_to_pay_the_price.” A few hours later, she threatened: “all settlers in West Bank should stay at their house, Pal lions still free & can reach u & kill you where ever u r.”
The Tamimi family is committed to terrorism — and to murdering innocent Israelis.
Despite this overwhelming evidence, some organizations funded by the radical “pro-Israel” New Israel Fund have supported the Tamimi family.
B’Tselem, for example, brought the Tamimi family cameras. And Nariman Tamimi is reportedly a volunteer with B’Tselem. From 2008-2016, the New Israel Fund authorized grants worth $2,271,107 to B’Tselem (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).
The radical Breaking the Silence organization took foreign tourists on guided tours of the Tamimi family home, and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel read a speech by Nariman at one of the organization’s marches. Both groups receive money from the New Israel Fund.
In addition, Libby Lenkinski, Vice President for Public Engagement at the New Israel Fund, wrote:
Ahed Tamimi and her father Bassem do not deserve to be occupied — not because they are nice people of upstanding character (which they are — I know them myself) but because nobody deserves to be occupied. And no soldier … can kindly enforce an occupation.
The New Israel Fund has a moral duty to immediately halt funding organizations that cooperate with the terrorist Tamimi family.