Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi Honored by Real Madrid

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(MEE) — Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager jailed for eight months for slapping an Israeli solider, was honoured on Saturday by Spanish soccer giants Actual Madrid.

Tamimi’s case made headlines world wide, when the then-16-year-old was filmed hitting an Israeli soldier whereas refusing to go away her household house within the occupied West Financial institution’s Nabi Saleh, hours after her cousin had been shot within the head by Israel’s army.

The footage went viral on Fb, and when Tamimi and her mom have been jailed by Israel utilizing the video as proof she turned an emblem of Palestinian resistance.

Now it seems she has caught the eye of the membership of Puskas, Raul and two Ronaldos.

Shortly earlier than Actual Madrid’s derby match with bitter rivals Atletico Madrid, Tamimi was greeted by Emilio Butragueno, the legendary former ahead and high membership official.

Tamimi was introduced with a Actual Madrid shirt with “Ahed” on the again, together with the quantity 9 – generally utilized by strikers.

Including to the luster of the event have been the a number of Champions League trophies lined up behind her.

The Palestinian, now 17, was invited to go to the Santiago Bernabeu, Actual Madrid’s stadium, as she excursions European international locations along with her father.

She has been talking at a number of political occasions in Spain and elsewhere to lift consciousness of the Israeli occupation.

Anger and Pleasure

The invitation has clearly rankled Israeli officers, lots of whom took to Twitter to vent their discontent.

“A disgrace! Actual Madrid receives a terrorist who incites hatred and violence. What has that to do with the values of the soccer?!?!,” Emmanuel Nahshon, Israeli international minister spokesman, tweeted in Spanish.

Equally, Daniel Kutner, the Israeli ambassador to Spain, declared that he wouldn’t be “going to the Bernabeu in the present day”.

However for a lot of soccer followers and supporters of Palestine and Palestinian rights, Tamimi’s welcome by the 13-time European champions was a beautiful and heartening sight.

Violent Threats

Tamimi’s journey to Europe, already proving to be a nightmare for Israeli public relations, was put into doubt earlier this month when it appeared that Israel had banned from travelling overseas.

Her father Basim Tamimi informed Turkey’s Anadolu information company that Palestinian officers had knowledgeable the household that Israel wished to maintain her from travelling to international international locations and talking on the occupation.

Israeli politicians have beforehand expressed anger and violent needs towards Tamimi.

In April, Bezalel Smotrich, a member of the ultra-nationalist Jewish House occasion, tweeted: “In my view, she ought to have gotten a bullet, at the very least within the kneecap. That will have put her underneath home arrest for the remainder of her life.”

Tamimi’s case isn’t uncommon. Roughly 500 to 700 Palestinian minors are detained by Israeli forces yearly, in line with Protection for Youngsters Worldwide.

The United Nations’ youngsters’s company has stated Israeli ill-treatment of Palestinian minors in detention is ‘widespread, systematic and institutionalised‘.