Best known for exploiting children, including his own, to incite confrontations with Israeli soldiers to obtain viral video and photos.
Bassem Tamimi is a Palestinian activist best known for using children, including his own, to confront Israeli soldiers in the hope of creating viral video and photo images.
Tamimi has been quite successful at this, and many of the images resulting from these provocations have become international hits. This video of his daughter gained international fame, and a prize for her from the Islamist prime minister of Turkey:[embedded content]
While Tamimi often is portrayed as a peace activist, in fact he spread the blood-libel that Israel arrests children in order to harvest their organs.
We have written about Tamimi many times, including when Jewish Voice for Peace agitator Ariel Gold snuck him into a third grade classroom in Ithaca, NY, where he urged the children to become “freedom fighters for Palestine.” One of the third graders suffered from nightmares after the event. Legal Insurrection’s reporting on the event sparked huge national and international controversy, particularly Tamimi’s call for the children to become “freedom fighters for Palestine.” The Superintendent of the Ithaca City Schools condemned the event and apologized:
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