IDF arrests another Palestinian woman for hitting soldiers in video

Nour Tamimi joins her cousin, Ahed, in custody for ‘assault and incitement’; Israeli troops clash with Palestinians while escorting worshipers to Nablus holy site

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

The army arrested a second Palestinian girl from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh early Wednesday morning, in connection with an incident last week in which she and her cousin filmed themselves hitting and harassing soldiers outside their house.

The arrest of 21-year-old Nour Tamimi came a day after the arrest of her teenage cousin, Ahed. Ahed was remanded into custody for 10 days on Wednesday.

In the video, which was widely shared on social media on Monday, Nour can be seen wearing a black jacket and hitting and shoving one of the soldiers, while Ahed slaps and kicks them. The soldiers did not react.

Also overnight, the army led a group of some 500 Jewish worshipers to the Joseph’s Tomb holy site in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Illustrative. Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men pray near the compound of Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus on June 10, 2013. (Yaakov Naumi / Flash90 )

During the visit, local residents clashed violently with the troops, throwing rocks and burning tires, the army said. The soldiers responded with mostly nonlethal riot dispersal weapons, like tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets. There were also live shots fired.

Palestinian media reported that three people were shot and injured. The army said it was familiar with the reports, but would not confirm them.

Three of the Palestinians who took part in the riot were arrested, the army added.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, Israeli security forces arrested 13 other Palestinian suspects before dawn on Wednesday, the army said.

Later on Wednesday morning, Border Police officers arrested a Palestinian teenage boy in Hebron after he walked toward them “with a knife in his hand” near the Tomb of the Patriarchs holy site in the city, a police spokesperson said.

Nour Tamimi’s cousin Ahed, who is a minor, was arrested in  a pre-dawn raid on Tuesday. She is suspected of committing assault and incitement, according to the army.

A knife confiscated from a Palestinian teenager at a security checkpoint in the West Bank city of Hebron, December 20, 2017. (Israel Police)

Later on Tuesday, a military court decided to keep her in custody until Thursday. Her mother, who was also detained on suspicion of assault and incitement, is also being held until Thursday.

Nabi Saleh — 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Ramallah — has been the frequent staging ground for provoked clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians, specifically members of the Tamimi clan, which has a history of getting involved in highly publicized interactions with the IDF.

According to the Palestinian Ma’an news outlet, at a violent clash in the village last Friday, a cousin of Ahed Tamimi was shot in the head with a rubber bullet and remains in a coma as of Tuesday afternoon.

Bassem Tamimi, the girls’ father, told the Walla news site that before the incident the soldier who sustained the slaps had entered the family home and harmed his son Muhammad, 14. “It was only on camera that he tried to come across as the moral soldier.”

He told Ynet that he rejected what he called attempts by the Israeli media to portray the soldiers as victims. They were standing on his property, he added.

It was not Ahed Tamimi’s first time in the media spotlight.

In August 2015, an IDF soldier was caught on film trying to arrest Ahed’s 12-year-old Muhammad Tamimi, who had been throwing rocks during a violent protest.

In 2012, Ahed gained fame among Palestinian activists for an incident in which she led a group of children, including her younger brother, in arguing with Israeli soldiers.

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