The bitch is back

star-BBCHow the BBC reported the return of Shirley Temper

There is plenty to complain about in this misleading BBC report on the release of Ahed Tamimi from Israeli prison. Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi released from prisonSadly the BBC report is very similar to most of the MSM. Ahed Tamimi’s many charges are minimised to a slap; it is implied that her actions can be explained as (justified) anger over the injury to her cousin, virtually no Israeli side to the story, and the report serves to applaud her as an icon.

“She has been released from prison after serving an eight month sentence for slapping an Israeli soldier” Totally misleading The reality is she accepted a deal and plead guilty to four charges, including assault, incitement and two counts of obstructing soldiers. The eight months included four months already served. She could have faced years in prison for 12 charges including assaulting security forces, throwing stones and using Facebook “to incite others to commit terrorist attacks”.

Kicking soldiers“She was kicking the soldiers outside her home, reportedly an hour after they shot her 15-year-old cousin in the head with a rubber bullet” A slap or a kick what does it matter (except to accuracy standards the BBC claims)? It is true the Tamimi clan has a reputation for violence including murder so her cousin being hurt is no surprise. Her aunt assisted in carrying out the infamous 2001 Sbarro pizza bombing in Jerusalem that took the lives of 15 Jews, half of them children eating lunch.

Still the implication is that she was provoked by the shooting. Nothing could be further from the truth. She has attempted to provoke Israeli soldiers and police to a violent response since 2012. Each incident (I count six) was photographed by her darling mother.

“Since the incident, Ahed has become a heroine in the Palestinian territories”. Actually long before. She has been feted as a heroine in front of Palestine Authority President Abbas, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Israel response

Israeli response (for balance?) one sentence of about 5 seconds from the 2:19 video report

“To resist is normal. Not to resist is abnormal” Bassem Tamii, Ahed’s father interviewed without challenge. The 4th Geneva Convention only has two categories of residents in occupied territories: Protected persons and combatants. The veteran teenage provocateur surely falls into the later category.

“The residents organise weekly protests to oppose the neighbouring Israeli settlement built on Palestinian land”. Should the BBC be parroting Palestinian claims without a ‘says’ or ‘claims’ as they inevitably do with Israel? The Supreme Court of Israel rejected Palestinian claims of ownership of the Havlata Hill, which is now in the centre of Halamish. Based on aerial photos from the turn of the 20th century, showing the disputed land to be barren, and Ottoman Empire land law specifying that land not worked for over ten years becomes state land, the land on that hill was declared state land and freed for settlement constructions. This court ruling became the precedent for future land ownership disputes.

Nida Ibrahim BBC reporter [she comes] “to a new reality being the new iconic face of Palestinian resistance”. Hardly new. Where has Ms Ibrahim been for the last few years if she thinks Tamimi’s notoriety is something recent? Palestinian resistance is surely a loaded term, at best?

Still this piece of Palestinian propaganda is exactly what we have learnt to expect from the BBC.

Penalties for assaulting a police officer in the UK

  • A person who is convicted of assaulting a police officer will face a prison sentence of up to 6 months, as well as a potential fine of up to £5,000.
  • If the offender is found guilty of obstructing a police officer, the penalty can be up to one month in prison and a fine of up to £1,000.

Section 89 of the Police Act 1996

About David Guy

B.A./B.C.A. (Communication and Media Arts) University of Wollongong, AUSTRALIA M.A. in Government (Diplomacy and Conflict Studies) Inter Disciplinary Center, Herzliya, ISRAEL Twitter @5MFI
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