"Russian" heroine of the Palestinian people
Author: Petr Lyukimson, Israel, exclusively to VK
Israeli media were unanimous in expressing their outrage at the celebration held in Turkey in honour of a 13-year-old Palestinian girl, Ahed Tamami.
Ahed was announced almost a national hero in Turkey after a YouTube clip was shown where she and the other children of the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh offended Israeli soldiers, rushed at them and then hit the soldier’s face. At this time, adults captured this incident on film hoping that the Israeli army would use force against minors. It can also be seen that a Palestinian boy is being pushed in the direction of an Israeli soldier - apparently in the hope that he, at least, would alienate the child, and that it could be described as "atrocities of the Israeli occupation." However, according to the video, the Israeli soldiers, as in many other situations, remained calm and did not react to the teens.
However, the video impressed Turkey so much that the administration of the city of Şanlıurfa invited Ahed Tamimi to visit the city. In Turkey, an enthusiastic crowd greeted her, and the girl and her mother were literally covered with bouquets of flowers and gifts.
On December 30, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Şanlıurfa on a special visit to have lunch with Ahed and her mother at a restaurant and gave them gifts.
Ahed Tamimi’s visit to Turkey is being highlighted by Turkey's leading news agencies and TV channels. After Erdogan left the hotel, the young Palestinian girl answered questions from journalists. She admitted that it was the first time she had spoken to the head of a foreign country and was a little bit shy. Nevertheless, she managed to find the right words to thank Erdogan for the support of the Palestinian people.
Then the 13-year Palestinian was awarded a prize "For Bravery and Courage." She also met with the students of the Jovdat Kilic school, named after one of the participants of the breaking of the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip on the "Mavi Marmara".
By putting on this whole performance, according to the Israeli media, Turkey actually encourages Palestinian terrorist organizations to continue to use children for provocations against Israeli soldiers. Meanwhile, the involvement of children (both Arab and Jewish) in such incidents, according to a leading Israeli columnist, is unacceptable. Of course, the Israeli army will continue to exercise restraint with respect to such incidents, but if those children do not only hit the Israeli soldiers, but also try to grab their weapons, it could end in tragedy. At the same time, Israeli lawyers note that the use of children (and, according to some sources, Hamas and other organizations pay the children for such antics) is prohibited by international law and, under the same laws, from 14 years of age teenagers may well be arrested for opposing the military and be brought to justice.
In conclusion, Ahed Tamimi, like most of the other kids in the controversial video, are children of women citizens of Russia and Ukraine, married to Palestinians. Today in the Palestinian territories there are at least several hundred Russian and Ukrainian women who have left their husbands behind in the Middle East, while still retaining the citizenship of their country of origin. This writer himself often observed Palestinian children with typical Slavic features in Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah and other cities of the autonomy and - most interesting - speaking in Arabic with a distinctive Russian accent.
It should be noted that "Palestinian husbands of Russian women" often speak fluent Russian and often participate in meetings with Russian-Israeli jews to build bridges between the two nations. Recently in Israel among immigrants from the Soviet Union and the CIS a campaign was held to collect books in Russian for Russian-speaking residents of the Palestinian Authority and the Gaza Strip.