Actor Jesse Williams, who plays Dr. Jackson Avery in the popular TV show Grey’s Anatomy, has joined other prominent actors, artists, authors, sports people and icons in backing a call by Dream Defenders for the release of the Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi.
The 17 year old Tamimi is being held in an Israeli prison for almost two months now.
PRESS STATEMENT: Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams joins other artists in backing Palestinian teenager imprisoned by Israel
— BDS South Africa (@BDSsouthafrica) February 13, 2018
Others to have signed the call include actresses Rosario Dawson from “Seven Pounds” and Lisa Gay Hamilton from “The Practice”; Lethal Weapon’s Danny Glover, former Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave band member Tom Morello; American Football sport-star Michael Bennett; hip-hop artists Vic Mensa and Talib Kweli; as well as Professors Cornel West and Angela Davis.
Cornel West is among 27 artists and figures in the U.S. who have signed a letter by the @Dreamdefenders calling on Israel to end its state violence against Palestinian children. pic.twitter.com/MP4xGww3dM
— The IMEU (@theIMEU) February 13, 2018
The group drafted and signed on to the following statement, calling for the release of Ahed Tamimi and standing with the Palestinian Freedom Struggle:
“On December 15th, 2017, 15-year-old Mohammad Tamimi was shot in the face by an Israeli soldier while participating in an unarmed protest of Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. Just minutes later, his 16-year-old cousin Ahed rose up to protect her family’s home after two armed soldiers invaded her yard. For over 50 years, the Israeli army has stationed itself on Palestinian land in order to enforce its violent military occupation of the West Bank. Ahed stood her ground and asked the soldiers to leave. When they refused and tried to use her property as a base from which to shoot at protesters, she slapped one of them.
— Joe Catron (@jncatron) February 12, 2018
“Ahed was arrested a few days later in the middle of the night. Her cousin Noor and her mother Nariman were also arrested. All three have been indicted by Israel’s military court, which has a 99.7% conviction rate and lacks basic fair trial protections. Ahed has been denied bail and her trial will begin February 13th. Both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called for her release.
The @Dreamdefenders led delegations in the occupied West Bank for three consecutive years to build bonds of solidarity between the struggles for Black and Palestinian liberation. https://t.co/UlKMQu4vfX
— The IMEU (@theIMEU) February 12, 2018
“In the US, we know all too well what it’s like to be oppressed simply because you exist, because you refuse to give up your fight for freedom. Last year, a Dream Defenders delegation of artists traveled to Palestine to bear witness to life under Israel military occupation and met the Tamimi family in their village of Nabi Saleh.
Join the @Dreamdefenders and people of conscience around the world who say #FreeAhed and all Palestinian child prisoners held in Israeli military jails https://t.co/jde7mjqIo8 pic.twitter.com/gv91EGungg
— Nancy Kricorian (@nancykric) February 12, 2018
“Songs and stories of struggle were shared, from the US to Palestine. The Tamimis spoke about their daily lives — the Israeli army patrolling and shooting into their streets as their children play, Israeli settlers stealing their water. The delegation learned that every year hundreds of Palestinian kids across the West Bank are arrested and detained by Israeli soldiers and police who kick, punch, and beat them. Torture is routinely used to get signed confessions from children, mainly on charges of stone throwing.
Thank you to these celebrities and artists for joining the fight to #FreeAhed.
— IfNotNow (@IfNotNowOrg) February 13, 2018
“While our struggles may be unique, the parallels cannot be ignored. US police, ICE, border patrol and FBI train with Israeli soldiers, police, and border agents, utilizing similar repressive profiling tactics to target and harass our communities. Too many of our children quickly learn that they may be imprisoned or killed simply for who they are. From Trayvon Martin to Mohammed Abu Khdeir and Khalif Browder to Ahed Tamimi – racism, state violence and mass incarceration have robbed our people of their childhoods and their futures.
WATCH: From Jesse Williams and Rosario Dawson to Angela Davis and Michael Bennett, Black cultural figures are supporting Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi and demanding her release from Israeli prison. pic.twitter.com/iYb69uS658
— The IMEU (@theIMEU) February 12, 2018
“In a bold move to protect Palestinian children like Ahed from widespread abuse by Israeli forces, Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota introduced an unprecedented bill last November entitled: Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. The bill has 22 co-sponsors and counting.
Scholar, activist, and former political prisoner Angela Davis stands for justice for Palestinian children detained in Israeli military jail in a new @Dreamdefenders letter in solidarity with Ahed Tamimi. @BDSsouthafrica @BDSmovement @jvplive pic.twitter.com/NWwClrbN3J
— The Resistance (@BePalestinian) February 13, 2018
“We the undersigned call on all US representatives to sign this bill and protect the lives and childhoods of Palestinian children.
“The Tamimi family stands up to Israel’s brutality because they believe Palestinians, like ALL people, should be free. Dream Defenders stands with them and all Palestinians in their righteous struggle. Now, and always, we commit to building a more just and loving world for us all.”
Marc Lamont Hill
Gary Clark Jr.
Robin D.G. Kelley
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