Bassem Tamimi is an internationally recognized Palestinian human rights activist from the West Bank farming village of Nabi Selah, where weekly nonviolent demonstrations are held in opposition to illegal Israeli settlement construction and military occupation. Tamimi has been detained by the Israeli authorities over a dozen times, at one point spending three years in administrative detention without trial. In 1993, as a result of interrogation by the Israeli Shin Bet, he was left unconscious for eight days and partially paralyzed for months to follow. He has been described by the European Union as a “human rights defender” . Amnesty International has demanded his release as a “prisoner of conscious” . In 2013 Bassem Tamimi and his family were featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story . A few weeks ago on August 30, 2015, the Tamimi family and village of Nabi Selah made national US headlines when videos and photographs of Bassem’s wife and daughter physically preventing the assault and arrest of their son/brother by an Israeli soldier went viral over social media .
As part of his month long spring 2015 U.S. speaking tour, on September 30, 2015 Tamimi will visit the Bay Area to speak about his village’s work for freedom and justice and the struggles his family and others in his village face from injuries and arrests by the Israeli military.
Program sponsored by JVP-Bay Area, FOSNA-NorCal, and Middle East Children’s Alliance.
Check out the Face Book page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/411875805673718/91
September 30, 2015 at 7pm - 9pm