2 more family members of ‘Shirley Temper’ arrested for assaulting IDF soldiers

2 more female family members of arrested ‘Shirley Temper,’ were taken to an Israeli military court Thursday and charged with “assaulting a soldier, harming the security of the area, incitement, and other felonies.”

By AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff


Two more Arab women appeared in an Israeli military court Thursday after a viral video of an assault on Israeli soldiers in Judea and Samaria, an AFP journalist said.

Nariman Tamimi, 43, and Nour Naji Tamimi, 21, were detained in a case that has set Israeli and Arab social media alight.

The video filmed in the village of Nabi Saleh shows Nour and her cousin Ahed Tamimi, 17, approaching two Israeli soldiers, before shoving, kicking and slapping them while filming on mobile phones.

The soldiers did not respond in the face of what appears to be an attempt to provoke rather than seriously harm them.

They then moved backwards after Ahed’s mother Nariman became involved.

A second video shows the two cousins telling the soldiers, apparently standing on the stairs of the family home, to leave.

The court was expected to decide on the cases of Nariman and Nour later Thursday.

Ahed, the primary instigator in the videos, appeared before a court on Wednesday and her detention was extended until December 25.

Arrest of Ahed Tamimi a.k.a. ‘Shirley Temper’ – Photo: IDF spokesperson’s Unit

She is accused of “assaulting a soldier, harming the security of the area, incitement, and other felonies,” according to court documents.

The Tamimi family are at the forefront of regular protests in Nabi Saleh, a frequent scene of violent protests against Israel.

The videos of the alleged assault were widely picked up by Israeli media, which often accuse Arab protesters of seeking to provoke the army into responses which are then filmed.

Israeli politicians hailed the restraint of the soldiers as evidence of the military’s values, but some called for tough responses in the face of seeming embarrassment.

Arabs on social media criticized Ahed’s arrest in the middle of the night, arguing that her attacks on the soldiers was part of her ‘right’ to protest.

A member of the Tamimi family was shot in the head with a rubber bullet during protests on Friday, the family said.

Ahed Tamimi has been documented trying to provoke IDF soldiers in the past. Two years ago she was filmed biting an IDF soldier during a riot in Nabi Saleh and in another film, she is seen screaming at a soldier and trying to provoke an angry response.


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