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15-Year-Old Palestinian Girl Denied Visa for US Speaking Tour

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[ Ed. note – Ahed Tamimi is the blond-haired Palestinian girl who has been seen in countless videos and who always seems to stand out–not only because of her striking looks and young age, but also because of her persistent determination in resisting the Israeli occupation. That’s her in the photo above–taken, I think, about five or six years ago. Here is a much more recent photo of her:

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Tamimi was slated to be part of the No Child Behind Bars/Living Resistance speaking tour that is to tour the US beginning on January 15, 2017, but according to an email sent out yesterday by the Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), she has been denied a visa to enter the country. I guess the thinking at the State Department is that anyone who bunches their fist and shakes it in the face of an Israeli soldier must be a terrorist.

Of course it isn’t difficult in the least to figure out why the Israeli government would prefer not to have someone like Ahed–described by FOSNA as “charismatic and articulate”–going from city to city in America discussing the brutal injustices she and others her age are subjected to on continuing daily basis. It would take a fair bit of mainstream media bellowing about “Hamas rockets” to offset the public relations disaster.

But the tour, it seems, will proceed anyway, and even though Ahed will not be here physically, plans nonetheless are being made to link her to US audiences via live-stream video. Of course the girl is subject to arrest any time–or alternately Jewish settlers could just happen to attack her home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh before the video teleconferencing is set to begin. You never know how these things are going to work out. About all I can do is say a prayer for Ahed and her family, and I encourage others to pause now and do likewise.

The email from FOSNA:

Living Resistance Tour Update

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Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that we share that the U.S. Consulate has failed to provide a visa for Ahed Tamimi to travel to the United States at this time. Though we will continue to advocate for Ahed to gain access to the United States for future speaking opportunities, it does not at present look as though Ahed will be able to join us in person for the Living Resistance Tour.

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Efforts to silence voices such as Ahed’s only serve to motivate us at FOSNA to amplify Palestinian struggle and resilience. We will not give up. Arrangements will be made to bring Ahed to each of the tour cities via video to speak on the situation on the ground and share her story. We will amplify her voice, even though she cannot be with us in person. Ahed will be joined by Amanda Weatherspoon, a Unitarian Universalist minister whose ministry is centered on collective liberation and cross-movement solidarity between oppressed peoples. Together, these powerful women will connect state-sponsored violence and the criminalization and incarceration of youth in the United States and Palestine. Nadya Tannous, a writer and organizer in the Bay Area who has researched the detention of Palestinian minors since 2013, will join the tour to provide additional insight into the realities Palestinian minors face within the Israeli detention system.

Despite this setback, we will move forward with the tour to build coalitions that will organize around halting state repression and state-sponsored violence. To see when the tour will travel to a city near you, check out the Living Resistance website. To help organize publicity and audience outreach in your city, get in touch with the tour organizer, Nadya Tannous. Finally, you are always able to financially support this effort via this link.

Onward,

Tarek Abuata

32 thoughts on “15-Year-Old Palestinian Girl Denied Visa for US Speaking Tour

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  2. I also received the FOSNA release and thank you for expanding its reach. What caught my eye, immediately and again now, is “…the U.S. Consulate has failed to provide a visa for Ahed Tamimi….” Just whom do the Consulate General and his/her staff work for? The CG, the official responsible for issuing visas, and the visa-intake person, at a minimum, should be cashiered and reassigned to someplace like Burkina Faso (sorry, BF, I merely chose the first thought in my mind) — or allowed to resign from the US Foreign Service.

    I’m considering calling Sister Elaine or Mr. Abuata at FOSNA and asking for a Consulate contact (e-mail, tel.) while suggesting that a petition drive be initiated.

    • I thought about including a phone number for the State Department in the post, but decided against it. If they do launch something like that, let me know, and I will do another post on it.

    • Hallelujah! With the high number of hate crime attacks on Jewish people in the United States, it is good to see that the State Dept. will not be importing any more hate from the Arab world. (Jews in U.S. are victims of more hate crime attacks than any other religion according to FBI stats., 20 times more attacks on Jews than Muslims)

      • Another Jew for Trump? It sounds like that. Promoters of ethnic and racial wars are mostly violatiors of the central values of the people and groups tey pretend to represent, eg, ISIS, radical Zionists, etc.

      • You’re right. I guess if you were of a people which was stolen by immigrants, your home demolished or given away to a needy Bulgarian refugee, your village destroyed , thousands and thousands of your landsmen pushed out of the homes, all their assets, their jobs, their real estate, their agriculture, even their demand deposits stolen by Jews, and then pushed out a second time by “settlers”, brave frontiersmen protected by thousands of Israeli soldiers, and you witness the slaughter of 531 children in Gaza, and 7000 Palestinians in the prisons of these immigrants, and your are humiliated, controlled and kept destitute for three generations, I guess then that you might just “hate” the criminals behind these crimes.

        Jews came to Palestine with the intention of stealing the land because they owned only 6-7% of it. They lied about these plans as needed. No Palestinian ever came to Eastern Europe with the intent of stealing Jewish farms, businesses, bank accounts, etc. This never happened, did it?

        This is where any stupid notion of symmetry breaks down. The Jews elected this fight, not the Palestinians. Jews had ready-made agents in all the important countries working incognito to advance the theft of Palestine. They steal have these thousands of enablers, Jews who serve Israel before, say, the US where they have citizenship. These Americans are a virtual fifth column and should be driven from government offices, period.

  3. Blonde hair? Does she also have blue eyes? Mein Gott in Himmel!

    How can the most powerful country on the planet be afraid of a 15 yo girl? Guess the pen is mightier than the sword.

    • i was one of the last students of a prominent anti-zionist reform rabbi who taught us the truth of zionism as children. today, the zionists have nothing but insults and jingoistic junk judaism to scream at me when i point out the truth about the shameful thing they have done. .

      • “The truth of Zionism”? What exactly is that? Do you even know what Zionism is? Your language shows that you cannot grasp the ideas of Zionism nor the definition. Sad.

  4. THE SENCE OF DUTY AND LOVE TOWARDS THEIR COUNTRY, BY PALESTINIAN CHILDREN, IS SO POWERFUL, THAT IT RENDERS THE ISRAEL’S MAIN SECURITY CRUEL RESOURCES TOWARDS THEM IN FRUSTRATION.
    WHA T IS AMAZING IS THE USA’S, EQULIY CRUEL RESPONCE TOWARDS THESE SUPER BRAVE ABUSED CHILDREN. A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.

  5. It is disgusting that Zionazis have this much control over U$ Government functions. Israhell prefers violent Palestinian resistance, which they can respond to with their signature overkill, as we saw in Gaza in 2014. God bless Ahed Tamimi and the Palestinian people!

    • Your hateful, bigoted terminology and open anti-Semitism is exactly why the USA prevents bigots like Ahed Tamimi from entering. Her hatred leads to fear, suffering and more attacks on the peaceful Jewish community in the United States.

  6. Ahed Tamimi is a bigot, trained by her parents to spread anti-Zionist hatred. It’s amazing that you people are blaming Israel for not allowing this 17 year-old professional propagandist to spread her hatred of Jews in America. It was the U.S. State Department that denied her a visa. I am very proud of my country today!

    Why is she still claiming to be 15 when she is clearly 17? Here’s proof: http://www.israellycool.com/2016/03/10/have-the-tamimis-been-lying-about-daughter-shirley-tempers-age/

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  8. @Craig:
    Why are you downplaying the suffering of the Jews in the US? Six million Jews have been victims of anti-semitic hate in the US. The FBI refuses to provide figures on how many perished in gas chambers and how many miraculously escaped death when the shower heads spewed water instead. Of the Jews who saved themselves, some remembered Irene Zisblatt’s story and, while still incarcerated, swallowed their derivatives and hedge funds, which then they recovered from their stool and swallowed again and again until they made it to freedom and reached Wall Street.

    It’s understandable that you are “proud of Israel.” It is the embodiment of Judaic values, but why do you call it your country instead of your state? You know it is not your country and it is time you stopped being coy about it and pretending anyone buys the myths of the burning bush cult. Simply say: “We grabbed it. And we plan to keep it at all costs.”

    Those Palestinian children are a PR problem: too many videos showing the IDFers being scared of them. That is why this girl coming to the US had to be stopped at all cost; you said it yourself: FEAR.
    But as children, adolescents or young adults they are a prime source of organs, so you can’t complain, can you?

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  13. It does not surprise me this young lady was banned because what she has is dynamite to all the zio US media,she has something powerful to say and her physical appearance does not conform to the stereo types the zio US media have of both the mid east people and Palistinians in general, plus America and the west is youth and looks driven society add that less important apparall with charisma and perhaps strong articulate points to advocate the rights of the Palistinians and as i said you have dynamite that could challenge the perception created by zio msm,to them that makes this teen kid dangerous..

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