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British minister on Ahed Tamimi arrest: Israel soldiers ‘shouldn’t be there’

16-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi appears in court at the Ofer military base in the occupied West Bank on 20 December 2017. [HsSadaka/Twitter]
16-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi appears in court at the Ofer military base in the occupied West Bank on 20 December 2017 [HsSadaka/Twitter]

The British government has responded to the arrest of Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi saying that the Israeli occupation forces should not have been in Nabi Saleh in the first place.

In oral questions yesterday, Labour MP Julie Elliott asked Alistair Burt, minister of state for the Middle East at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, whether he shared her “outrage” over the “continued detention of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi”.

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Elliott noted that Tamimi is being detained in an Israeli prison inside the Green Line, in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits an occupying power from transferring prisoners outside of the occupied territory.

In response, Burt noted that he knows “both the Tamimi family and Nabi Saleh” personally, describing the incident as a “very unhappy” one.

The truth is that the soldiers should not be there and the young woman should not have needed to do what she did

he added.

Burt confirmed that the British government has made representations to the Israeli authorities about Tamimi’s case.

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  • Well it’s not much but it’s better than nothing I guess.

  • KOKOU AZIABA

    They all fall short of glory God the EU politicians

  • Eliza

    Very restrained response from the UK Foreign Office; is it too much to expect that a UK diplomatic official be present at all of Ahed’s court appearances and that there be some stronger action taken than just representations. We all know that Israel will ignore any representations that are not in the public sphere.

  • Andy Kyriakides

    Just a token gesture from the UK government , and nothing from the UK MSM , not exactly the same response as the BRITISH /Iranian lady held in Iran .

    • Phil Davenport

      Surprised he was prepared to say anything. Not enough though I agree.

      • James Henry

        Is Ahed Tamimi British?

        • RobertDeLuce

          No, she is a person, you small mminded little Englander.

          • James Henry

            There are several thousand million persons in the world. Why should the British government be concerned about one particular foreign person, especially when the Israeli soldiers concerned resisted the temptation to retaliate in kind when they had the opportunity to do so?

          • Andy Kyriakides

            If there were ” several million persons in the world ” brutally murdered by these barbaric monsters Israelis , and this is coming soon believe it , yours and any other western government would be impudent , even to criticise , as they are all Zionist slaves .Keep sleeping don’t worry .

          • James Henry

            Has Ahed Tamimi been murdered? The last I heard she was alive and – unlike Malala Yousafzai – no-one had put a couple of bullets in her head.

        • Andy Kyriakides

          No , she is a human being treated worse than a leper , by your masters James Henry . I thought you BRITISH were big on human rights .

          • James Henry

            Has Ahed Tamimi been murdered? The last I heard she was alive and – unlike Malala Yousafzai – no-one had put a couple of bullets in her head.
            In what way is Ahed Tamimi “being treated worse than a leper”? Has she been given a bell and told to ring it and shout “Unclean! Unclean!” as she goes down the road? She has been arrested and charged with assorted offences and appears in court on Monday to apply for bail.

  • Guy

    Finally ,the UK is forced to chastise Israel .Well maybe , sorta ,we will see what actually happens .It must be like pulling hen’s teeth.
    I would dearly love to see what kind of representation the British government has actually made .

  • Kaminoyona

    Knows the terrorist family well?

    You Brits need to clean up shop if this is what your leaders are doing.
    The soldiers were there because of that family they are well known inciters and they were up to the usual.
    Amazing that people of the west are defending a delusional brainwashed child who attacks armed soldiers instead of demanding the parents be arrested for endangering their children.

    • GUZE SPITERI

      MAYBE BRAINDAMAGED WITH PLASTIC BULITS FIRED BY THE REAL TERRORISTS, THE ZIONIST TERRORISTS.

    • RobertDeLuce

      ZioNazi liar.

  • RobertDeLuce

    Like the US, the UK suppplies money and arms to this vile regime, Mafia Eastern Europeans, fake Jews, took a Country, as they tried to take Cuba, and we the UK support child kidnap, child molestation and murder. PM’s husband does business there, so major conflict of interest.

  • To be honest, the Israelis should withdraw from the West Bank, what is the point of staying there? Are they solely religious in nature?