Hiba Khan’s entitled “Everything wrong with the reaction to Ahed Tamimi’s prosecution for slapping an Israeli soldier, ” takes a defensive position toward Tamimi, which is permissible in a column: it is after all, an opinion piece.
However, even an opinion columnist may not cross the line into statements that are factually untrue, nor may a publisher allow it.
If you have to be dishonest to support your opinion, isn’t it possible that you’re just plain wrong?
For example, Khan claims: …the sad reality for Palestinians is a life deprived of healthcare, an economy, a justice system, and military violence against them and their children. (Just plain untrue).
· The travel web site lists “The 10 Best West Bank Restaurants.” You can see the review, or even come see the restaurants, for yourself.
· of West Bank residents are “food insecure,” an impressively low figure. For context, are food insecure, over than the West Bank, by percent.
· The West Bank has healthcare: with among the highest birth rates, lowest death rates and longest life expectancy rates
· There is indeed a Depending on the matter, Palestinian courts or Israeli military courts may have jurisdiction, as required under the international .
· Tamimi’s case is before the Israeli military juvenile court, where Tamimi is a prominent, influential and highly experienced attorney, who is also the former director of Peace Now and sits on the Tel Aviv city council.
Khan wasn’t wrong when she wrote that, “violence is the norm” where the Tamimis live. She just didn’t bother to say how much of that violence is being done, and encouraged, by the Tamimis themselves.
Israel (all of it) is “occupation”
Just so we’re clear on the reason for these protests and riots: the Tamimi family objects not merely to Israel’s presence in the West Bank, but to Israel’s very existence.
…references were made to — when Nabi Saleh fell under Israeli control, having formerly been occupied by Jordan — but the year of Israel’s rebirth. “Non-violent resistance” was a strategic choice while it was stressed that under international law, the Palestinians were to resist occupation. I remembered hearing similar sentiments from Palestinian terrorists after Israeli buses and cafes had been .
Indeed, as seen in the video above, Ahed Tamimi herself called for exactly that sort of horrific violence.
Even so, op er author Hiba Khan is entitled to defend Tamimi and to criticize Israel in an opinion column. But she’s not allowed to misstate facts in order to do it, and “The Independent” must take corrective action.