The Slap that Echoed Around the World By Peter Ewer

     I am not one to apply to the state of Israel a higher standard for the evaluation of actions that I would to any other nation. Further, I believe that Israel has a right to exist, and I reject the trendy Leftist notion that the Palestinian are guilt-free victims; Middle East politics is complicated and cannot be reduced to the simplistic game played by the Left in our universities. With a new term almost here, posters went up at my old university, where I make use of the library, about the Palestinian girl, Ahed Tamimi, who has been arrested, after an early hour raid at her home, for slapping an Israeli soldier after her 15 year old cousin was shot in the head:
  https://tribune.com.pk/story/1588751/3-brave-palestinian-teenager-ahed-tamimi-known-confronting-israeli-soldiers-arrested/
  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/ahed-tamimi-palestinian-girl-charged-assault-punching-slapping-israel-soldier-video-a8137096.html 

     But, this video shows Tamimi hitting and kicking Israel soldiers on another occasion, with the men not responding even after having their faces slapped:
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxvG4t4SwoI 
  https://legalinsurrection.com/2017/12/ahed-tamimi-case-is-about-child-exploitation-by-anti-israel-activists/

     The Left and Jewish teenagers across the world have taken up her cause, as her incidents may lead to her being imprisoned for up to ten years:
  http://gulfnews.com/news/mena/palestine/case-against-palestinian-teen-spotlights-activist-family-1.2154285 
  https://www.teenvogue.com/story/jewish-teens-protest-support-palestine 
  https://www.opednews.com/Quicklink/Jewish-Teens-Protested-in-in-General_News-Activist_Ahed-Tamimi_Birthday_Jewish-State-180201-630.html 
  https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-700-young-u-s-jews-send-birthday-wishes-to-jailed-palestinian-teen-1.5786303 

     Clearly, at a minimum, this has been a public relations disaster par excellence.

 

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