Israel is taking action against a Palestinian family notorious for its international anti-Israel activism.
By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News
Israel is stepping up its actions against the Tamimi family, a Palestinian family notorious for their publicized provocations against the Jewish state.
The Israel Hayom daily reported that Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman instructed his ministry on Wednesday to sanction the family, possibly in an attempt to curtail the family’s decade-long anti-Israel campaign.
The family “star,” Ahed Tamimi, 16, was arrested last month after she was documented provoking IDF soldiers and then assaulting them as they operated to quell a violent protest in the village of Nabi Saleh.
Tamimi and her family routinely engage in provocations against the IDF. The blonde-haired blue-eyed woman is one of the most famous Palestinians alive. She has been honored by world leaders, NGOs, and the global press. She first became famous in 2012 after a video, allegedly depicting her facing IDF soldiers alone and shouting at them, went viral. Google lists over 729,000 news stories that mention her.
She was indicted last week on two counts of assault and 10 counts of rioting, hindering security forces in the line of duty and incitement to violence.
Tamimi’s mother, Nariman, and cousin Nur, who also participated in the provocation, have also been indicted for incitement.
Liberman signed an order preventing the girl’s father, Bassem, who has been arrested multiple of time for rioting and anti-Israel activism, from traveling abroad.
In 2011, Bassem was convicted and jailed for inciting minors to commit violent crimes when he was caught organizing the village children to march towards the neighboring Israeli community of Halamish and throw stones.
Liberman also ordered that the entry permit to Israel for 20 of Tamimi’s relatives be revoked, following what he said was the entire family’s involvement in inciting violence and terrorism.
Ahlam Tamimi, who is described by the Hamas military wing as their first female recruit, is also the first cousin of Bassem Tamimi and a Nabi Saleh native.
Ahlam was a member of the Hamas terrorist cell that executed the August 2001 bombing of the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem, which claimed the lives of 15 victims.
Liberman called for severe action that exhausts all legal measures to generate deterrence against the family and other anti-Israel activists, Israel Hayom reported.
He stressed that he will not tolerate incidents in which Palestinian protesters assault Israeli soldiers and incite terrorism.