Thursday, December 28, 2017

28-Dec-17: So how old is the Tamimi girl?

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Depends whom you ask (as we originally wrote here).

In the order in which the following media reports were published, she was
So depending on which media report you want to believe, she was born (in the same order as those links above) in 1999, 2004, 1999, 2002, 2000, 2002, 2001 and 2001.

Making her now thirteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen and/or eighteen.

It's hard to be precise. We assume all this vagueness is intentional and part of the family's manipulation of her appearance, her image and her life.

UPDATE January 1, 2018: We tweeted this evening [here] that the Tamimi girl is now 16 years and 11 months old according to the Israel Prison Service, quoted today over at We think this emphasizes how, since the age of 9, she has been the product of her clan's and parents' inputs, cynical manipulation and child abuse.


JeffwithaJ said...

She's two years old, judging by her behavior.

Unknown said...

She's a child warrior, pushed into it by her parents. It's shameless and child abuse.

This Ongoing War said...

Absolutely agree with Arthur. No child of 9 is capable of the sorts of decisions that bring her to thrust a fist into an armed soldier's face. Has anyone ever come across a parallel situation where Israel was not involved and where parents, with the cameras pointed and recording, tell a pre-pubescent child to get into a soldier's path and make trouble?

It's bad enough the parents aren't ostracized in their own village, or sanctioned by the law. But in the Tamimi case, the extremists of Amnesty declare the parents to be human rights heroes and spend a fortune parading Bassem Tamimi around the US. And don't lose their jobs.

Whatever innocence Ahed Tamimi may have possessed in those early days, she's not innocent now and as answerable for her bigotry and incitement to violence as her parents and near-kin are.