Shirley Temper, A Turkish Delight

Surely you remember Shirley Temper, the photogenic blonde member of the Tamimi clan. After achieving the highest award and meeting President Abbas, she has now gone international, having an interview for CNN Turk, and winning the “Handala award for courage“.

Here is the report from Jodi Rudoren’s favourite Pal-Arab narrative site, al-Ayyam:

Istanbul – agencies:  Yesterday arrived in Istanbul the Palestinian girl Ahed Tamimi, that drew the world’s attention defying Israeli soldiers who assaulted her in a peaceful march last August, in a scene that appeared in the world media.

Her visit comes in order to receive the “Handala Award for Courage”, granted to her by the municipality of Ba?ak?ehir in Istanbul.

Tamimi said in a statement when they arrived in Ataturk International Airport, that she was pleased to visit Turkey, expressing her desire to live among the Turkish people. 

In response to a question as to whether she’ll want to kill an Israeli soldier, if subjected to the same situation again, she stressed she would kill him, and fight for the freedom of Palestine. 

Ahed left the airport amid a rally of schoolchildren who came to receive her, chanting her name to express solidarity with her.

Sabah adds:

Ahed Tamimi and her mother Neriman Tamimi landed in Turkey yesterday at around two pm, arriving to Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport on a Royal Jordanian Airlines flight via Amman. Thirteen-year-old Tamimi and her mother were greeted by students with flowers and waving flags from a ‘knowledge center’ named after the late Cevdet K?l?çlar, who was killed on the Mavi Marmara.

While Ahed made the sign of victory to news reporters, students had arrived to the airport wearing t-shirts with images of the young girl standing up to Israeli soldiers.

Expressing how pleased she was to be in Turkey, Ahed Tamimi said, “I love Erdo?an very much. I feel very happy to be in Erdo?an’s homeland.” When asked to relay what happened with the Israeli soldiers, Ahed Tamimi stated, “I wasn’t scared of the Israeli soldiers. I let them feel the Palestinian spirit and fear.”


While in Turkey, Ahed Tamimi will be the recipient of the Hanzala Courage Award handed out by the Ba?ak?ehir Municipality and will also participate in a panel on Palestine where she will provide a child’s perspective on the painful events happening in her nation.

Ahed Tamimi, whose father is already in prison, stood up to Israeli soldiers when they arrested her brother, in a display of courage talked about all over the world.

What? She’s 13?! she’s almost old enough to marry.

I’d take Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus as teen celebs over Shirley any time!

Update: A picture of Ahed receiving the award:


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