A’hd receiving award
Ah’d comes from a family of activists who have refused to be cowered by the Israeli state and/or the Israeli military. Her father, mother and siblings actively take part in Nabi Saleh’s popular unarmed resistance against Israel’s occupation and apartheid politics.
Ah’d’s mother, Nariman, has been also been arrested several times for her non-violent activism against Israel’s occupation and apartheid policies. Earlier this year, A’hd’s brother was also arrested and detained by the Israeli military.
On 17 November (2012), Ah’d’s uncle, Rushdi Tamimi was killed by Israeli Occupation Forces who shot him during an unarmed protest in Nabi Saleh in opposition to Israel’s recent assault on Gaza. At the time, IOF soldiers invaded the village using extensive force, firing live ammunition, rubber coated steel bullets and tear gas.
Ah’d, along with the other children of Nabi Saleh and Palestine, show amazing courage every single day in the face of a brutal occupation and apartheid regime.
Palestinian girl Ahed Tamimi who challenged the Israeli soldiers that had arrested her brother was awarded with “Handala Courage Award” in Istanbul on Wednesday.
Visiting Turkey as being the guest of Basaksehir Municipality of Istanbul, 13-year-old Tamimi attended a series of events ahead of the award ceremony and opened an art exhibition titled “Being children in Palestine”.
She thanked Turkish children for welcoming her as she was one of them, and called on the Palestinian children to stand tall, at the ceremony.
Tamimi said she was proud to get the Handala award which would enhance her strength. She said she showed her fist to the soldier and thought she could make Palestine free.
Answering questions of AA correspondent, Tamimi said she would like to be a lawyer in order to contribute to the Palestinian issue.
Handala Courage Award, handed out by the Basaksehir Municipality, was named after the cartoon character Handala created by Palestinian cartoonist Naji Salim al-Ali noted for the political criticism of the Arab regimes and Israel in his works.
Handala, a 10-year-old boy, became an icon of Palestinian identity and defiance. (aa)