Song, dance, and parties - prison life of released teen prisoner Ahed Tamimi
RT TV reporter: “Tell us in detail how you passed the time; what did you do inside the prisons?”
Ahed Tamimi: “As I told you, I did a lot of things: a legal course, we spent a lot of time on that, and matriculation exam studies; I read books; we would sing; we even had joint breakfasts of the entire wing – we would go outside, every room would bring its things, and we would eat together. We also ate lunch together most of the time. We also had parties; we would sit and sing, and dance. There were a lot of things that we did to pass the time: We watched TV, for example we jumped around in the rooms and did silly things; we did a lot of things.”
RT TV reporter: “What are your plans today? Today you were released and- have you finished your high school studies?”
Ahed Tamimi: "Yes I finished, I completed them in prison." […]
RT TV reporter: “You said that you studied or did a course in prison on international law. And it is clear that this subject attracts you… How did you take the course? Who taught you the course? One could be surprised that there is a course in prison, and it is known that there is a lack of services and even a shortage in every humanitarian matter for the Palestinians; how much more so in such a matter. How did you do the course?”
Ahed Tamimi: "First of all, in the beginning the prison administration didn’t know. Of course it is our right to study the course. The course was really very good. For those who don't know how the course was managed: We would go out, we had a small courtyard… We put tables in it and Khalida Jarrar Um Yafa would teach us. We could have one book brought in every two visits. In other words one book a month. When a book is brought in, another book is taken out at the same time. We had legal books brought in - of course they didn't let us bring in everything, but we had the Geneva Convention with us, and we also had… more than one legal book. Um Yafa Khalida Jarrar taught us the course." […]
RT TV reporter: “Tell me about the female prisoners' response to this matter [of the Israeli law to deduct prisoners' and Martyrs' salaries from the PA tax money]."
Ahed Tamimi: "Of course, we heard about it. Really, they want to prevent even this basic right of the prisoner, that he will have a monthly salary. In the end, i t doesn't matter - a salary or something. There really are prisoners in prison who need to buy things in the canteen, who need clothes to be bought for them. Not all of the families can spend money on their children in prison. The prisoner needs many things in prison; he needs to have clothes sent, he needs to buy food in the canteen… and not all of the families can spend this money." […]
RT TV reporter: “What are your dreams today?”
Ahed Tamimi: "My greatest dream is that Palestine will be liberated, and that I’ll realize everything. I’ll study, I’ll complete a doctorate, that I’ll complete my studies. I also dream that all of the male and female prisoners will be released soon. And I say to all the male and female prisoners: I’m with you." …
RT TV reporter: “After eight months in prison, have you come to regret the slap [you gave an Israeli soldier]?"
Ahed Tamimi: "Of course not. I didn’t do anything wrong. It was a natural response to the presence of the occupation on my land… Anyone in my place would have done the same thing."
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Ahed Tamimi – Female Palestinian teenager who served 8 months in Israeli prison for assaulting Israeli soldiers and incitement, including calling for suicide bombings. After her release on July 29, 2018, she met with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas who called Ahed "a role model for the Palestinian struggle."
Law to deduct terrorist salaries from PA tax money - Israeli law stating that the PA payments to terrorists and the families of dead terrorists is a financial incentive to terror. The law instructs the state to deduct and freeze the amount of money the PA pays in salaries to imprisoned terrorists and families of "Martyrs" from the tax money Israel collects for the PA. Should the PA stop these payments for a full year, the Israeli government would have the option of giving all or part of the frozen money to the PA. The law was enacted on July 2, 2018.
During the parliamentary vote, the law's sponsor Avi Dichter said: “The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee received much help in its deliberations... from Palestinian Media Watch who provided us with authentic data that enabled productive and professional deliberations, nuances that are very difficult to achieve without precise data.” [Israeli Parliament website, July 2, 2018]
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