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Lieberman imposes collective punishment on Tamimi family

Protesters hold posters and banners during a protest in solidarity with the16-year-old Palestinian Ahed al-Tamimi, who was taken into custody by Israeli soldiers, and Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails at Grand Central Terminal in New York, United States on January 5, 2017 [Atılgan Özdil / Anadolu Agency]
Protesters hold posters and banners during a protest in solidarity with the16-year-old Palestinian Ahed al-Tamimi, who was taken into custody by Israeli soldiers, and Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails at Grand Central Terminal in New York, United States on January 5, 2017 [Atılgan Özdil / Anadolu Agency]

Israeli Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, issued orders to the concerned occupation authority to impose collective punishment and punitive measures against the Tamimi family.

The move comes after video footage circulated showing members of the family driving away occupation soldiers from in front of their home in the village of Nabi Saleh on 15 December.

The punitive measures imposed by the occupation authorities on Lieberman’s orders include isolating the family by revoking the entry visas of 20 of its members. This is under the pretext of the entire family being involved in acts of “violence and incitement of terrorism”.

In addition to this, Lieberman signed an order banning Ahed Tamimi’s father, Bassem, from travelling, according to the security institution. Her father is a former security prisoner due to his acts of resistance against the occupation.

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According to Israel Hayom newspaper, Lieberman signed Bassem’s travel ban because “he has a long history of imprisonment due to his involvement in past security cases”.

The newspaper quoted Lieberman saying: “Dealing with Tamimi and her family has to be severe, exhaust all legal measures and generate deterrence,” adding, that his office “would not tolerate incidents where Palestinian protesters accost Israeli soldiers and incite terrorism.”

The military prosecution presented an indictment against Ahed Tamimi to the Military Court in the occupied West Bank, on two counts of assaulting an Israeli army soldier. A similar indictment was presented against her cousins Iman and Nur Tamimi, on counts of assaulting occupation soldiers and threatening to throw stones at them.

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