NYC: Tues, Jan 30: Mobilization to Free Ahed Tamimi and All Palestinian Prisoners

5:30 PM – 7 PM: Inside Penn Station – Amtrak Level, Entrances on 8th ave between 33rd and 31st

Hosted by International Action Center and 30 others

Join the days of action to free Ahed Tamimi ( and an international day of action marking both her 17th birthday and the start of her Israeli military trial (

Gather inside Penn Station by the Amtrak information booth on the upper level, closest to the entrance on 8th Avenue at West 32nd Street.

On January 31, Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi will mark her 17th birthday behind bars as the next Israeli military court hearing is convened against her. Ahed is one of 360 Palestinian children in Israeli prison and nearly 6,200 total Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. As her birthday approaches, take action to stand with Ahed and demand her freedom and that of her fellow imprisoned Palestinians!

Ahed is imprisoned – along with her mother Nariman – in an attempt to suppress Palestinian organizing and resistance to occupation. The Tamimis are leaders in the indigenous anti-colonial land defense and popular resistance in the village of Nabi Saleh, a Palestinian village of 600 people that has been targeted for land theft and even the confiscation of their spring by the illegal Zionist settlement of Halamish.

Ahed and Nariman Tamimi have been imprisoned since December 19 after a video of Ahed slapping an Israeli occupation soldier – who had slapped her while occupying her land and family home while suppressing a village demonstration – went viral on social media. For nearly all of her life, Ahed has been in direct confrontation with occupation forces who have repeatedly invaded her home; arrested and imprisoned her father, brothers, cousins and other relatives; killed her cousin and her uncle; attacked the village with tear gas and other weaponry, including the rubber-coated metal bullet shot into the face of her 15-year-old cousin, Mohammed, shortly before the video was filmed.

There has been a global upsurge of outrage at the ongoing imprisonment of Ahed. Protests, letter-writing campaigns, petitions and actions in cities around the world have demanded her freedom and that of her fellow Palestinian prisoners. Her case has also highlighted the ongoing, systematic imprisonment of Palestinian children. Approximately 700 are brought before military courts each year, and Palestinian kids seized by Israeli forces are frequently subject to beatings, abuse, and interrogations without parents or lawyers present in violation of the law.

The resistance of the Palestinian people has never been quelled by arrests or repression, and it must be clear that we, around the world, stand alongside the Palestinian people as they defend their entire land and people. This includes standing with Ahed Tamimi and all detained and jailed Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for liberation for themselves, their people, and their occupied homeland.

Media advisory

Joe Catron
(718) 395-3419

Rally to free Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian prisoners 

5:30 pm Tuesday, January 30

Amtrak board inside Penn Station 

33rd St & 8 Ave Entrance

New York, New York

Over 40 organizations will rally to demand the release of Ahed Tamimi, a 16-year- old Palestinian girl held in Israeli military detention since Israeli forces raided her home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh early the morning of December 19, and more than 6,000 other Palestinians imprisoned by Israel on political charges.

“We must demand the release of Ahed Tamimi, who is held in Zionist captivity paid for by U.S. tax dollars that funded the soldiers who harassed and shot her family in the first place.” said Nerdeen Kiswani of New York City Students for Justice in Palestine.  “The U.S. played a part in starting this, so we must play a part in ending it.”

The demonstration is part of a series of worldwide actions marking both Ahed’s 17th birthday on Wednesday, January 31 and the start of her Israeli military trial, scheduled to begin at Israel’s Ofer prison the same day.

“At least forty gatherings over a week, including 14 on Tuesday alone, will call for Ahed’s release.” said Joe Catron, U.S. coordinator of Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. “Her imprisonment by Israeli occupation forces has ignited a strong global campaign and reinvigorated the overall movement to liberate Palestine.”

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NYC Endorsing organizations

Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return


American Muslim for Palestine – NJ Chapter

Anakbayan NJ

ANSWER Coalition

Bayan USA Northeast

CODEPINK: Women For Peace

Committee to Stop FBI Repression — NYC

Existence Is Resistance

Free Mumia Abu Jamal Coalition

Free the Tamimi Women

Gabriela NY

International Action Center

International League of Peoples' Struggle

International Socialist Organization

The Jericho Movement

Jersey City Peace Movement

Jewish Voices for Peace – NYC

Jews for Palestinian Right of Return

Labor for Palestine

National Lawyers Guild Palestine Subcommittee

New York Progressive Action Network


NYC Shut It Down: The Grand Central Crew


NYC Solidarity with Palestine

NYC Students for Justice in Palestine

Pakistan USA Freedom Forum

Palestinian American Community Center, NJ USA

Palestinian Youth Movement

Peoples Power Assemblies

RAIA — Researching the American Israeli Alliance

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

Socialist Action

Socialist Alternative, NYC

Staten Island Progressive Action Network

Students for Justice in Palestine, New School

Students for Justice in Palestine at College of

Staten Island

United National Antiwar Coalition

Veterans For Peace, 034 NYC, 021 NJ

Workers World Party

Youth Against Settlements