CNN Lionizes ‘Shirley Temper’ Ahed Tamimi

CNN have interviewed antisemitic terror twerp ‘Shirley Temper’ Ahed Tamimi, who has just published her memoir “They Called Me a Lioness: A Palestinian Girl’s Fight for Freedom.”*

Naturally, the interview is replete with lies and softball questions.

Ahed Tamimi rose to prominence in 2017 after a video of her slapping an Israeli soldier went viral, bringing renewed attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — especially Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation.

At the time of the confrontation, the 16-year-old girl was indignant over news that an Israeli soldier had shot her younger cousin Mohammad in the head with a rubber-coated bullet, seriously wounding him. It wasn’t the first time Tamimi stood up to an armed soldier, nor was it the first time such an encounter had been captured on film.

While CNN reporter Nadeem Muaddi – who identifies as a “Palestinian-American” – paints the slapping as an act of indignance, the truth is Tamimi’s mother actually instructed her to confront the soldiers.

But the image of a fearless teen, with curly blonde hair and pink shirt, slapping a heavily armed soldier sparked interest and debate across the world.

Palestinians hailed Tamimi as a hero. Israelis called her everything from a troublemaker to a terrorist. Some in the international community positioned her as the face of a new generation taking a stand against militarism and colonialism. For Tamimi, however, it was the culmination of a lifetime of fear, anxiety and trauma.

A “lifetime of fear” yet in the same breath calling her “fearless”? Please, make up your mind.

I posit that she is fully aware that IDF soldiers will not react violently to her provocations and assaults, and that is why she does it.

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The book, co-authored by award-winning Al Jazeera journalist Dena Takruri, is the coming-of-age story of a girl whose life has been marked by violence and injustice at nearly every turn, and yet still believes it’s possible to forge a new, peaceful and just reality for Palestinians and Israelis alike.

Has Muaddi done any due diligence?

Tamimi: In Palestine, we really believe that we need to create life out of death. Prison, for us, is a type of death sentence. If we didn’t try to create life out of the most basic things that were at our disposal, we would die internally. We’d deteriorate psychologically. So it was important to live every detail. To feel every feeling. We would derive joy from even the simplest things despite all our hardships.

We couldn’t just slip into a defeated mental state, because that’s what our captors wanted. They imprisoned us so that they could see us defeated and dying from within. So we were deliberate about doing things like sitting together and telling jokes. Spending time laughing. Showing our jailers that despite their goals of crushing our ambitions and dreams, we’re still alive and laughing persistently.

Yeah, prison was real hell for her.

CNN should be ashamed of themselves for publishing this clearly biased interview, undertaken by a clearly biased reporter.

*There is only one Lion

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media