Published: 2018-03-27 13:00
Last Updated: 2018-03-27 15:45
Activists in the Netherlands changed the names of several streets to “Ahed Tamimi” in 13 Dutch cities in solidarity with the Palestinian teenager who has become a symbol of Palestinian resistance since her detention in December 2017.
The initiative was spearheaded by MovementX and the Service and Research Center Palestine (DocP), two organizations that advocate for Palestinians’ rights. On MovementX’s Facebook page they claimed the action came to protest the detention of the 17-year-old Palestinian girl and condemn the Israeli military court’s eight-month sentence.
The act was motivated by the need to draw attention to the thousands of children who are illegally arrested in military courts where minors face systematic mistreatment. The organization condemned the detention of tens of thousands of Palestinian minors in conditions that violate all international treaties since the year 2000.
Activists placed the original street signs with labels carrying Tamimi’s name in front of the Dutch Parliament and the Israeli Embassy. However, the embassy staff called the police who rushed to remove the signs, according to a statement released by MovementX and DocP.
Street names were changed in several cities including the capital Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Groningen, Leeuwarden, Grijpskerk, Assen, Leiden, Heemstede, Tilburg, Vlaardingen and Nijmegen.
Both organizations likened the Palestinian teenager to Hannie Schaft, a World War II Dutch communist resistance figure.
Earlier last week, Ahed Tamimi was sentenced to eight months in a closed court. Her sentence includes the time she had spent in detention since December. Her imprisonment has sparked reactions across the globe including Britain’s Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt.