Israel arrests 10 Tamimi family members

The Tamimi family has gained worldwide attention after a video went viral of Muhammad's 17-year-old cousin Ahed Tamimi slapping an Israeli soldier after learning her cousin had been shot in the face.

Israeli soldiers had shot Muhammad in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet in December, during demonstrations in Nabi Saleh against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Hours after Mohammed's release, Mordechai posted on Facebook that the 15-year-old had admitted to interrogators that he had sustained his head injury from falling off of his bike and hitting his head on the handlebars.

Records from the boy's visit to the Istishari Hospital in Ramallah, released by the Tamimi family, contradict Mordechai's claim.

The arrest and prosecution of Ahed Tamimi, for the slap she says was motivated by anger over the shooting of her cousin Mohammed, has created a public relations crisis for Israel, since it has been widely condemned internationally, including by prominent entertainers like the American comedian Sarah Silverman.

The Israeli military said it was looking into the incident.

Lasky called on the IDF to release Ahed Tamimi from jail, adding that, "it's clear now, if it hadn't been already, that this military establishment can not mete out justice in Ahed's case". She had heard that Israeli soldiers shot her cousin just minutes before. Since her arrest, Ahed Tamimi has quite literally become a poster child for the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation. "I could not keep quiet and I responded as I did".

Seventeen-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi (R), a well-known campaigner against Israel's occupation, arrives for the beginning of her trial in the Israeli military court at Ofer military prison in the West Bank village of Betunia on February 13, 2018.

Mohammad Tamimi, 15, who was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers in December, and still needs surgery to reconstruct his skull.

He was released later Monday after being questioned, Israel's army said.

On Tuesday morning, Muhammad's family also released pictures of his x-ray as well as the bloodied bullet itself after it was removed from his skull. Gen. Mordechai revealed that during Mohammed's interrogation by the military on Monday, without the presence of a parent or lawyer, the boy had "confessed" that "he was injured while he was riding his bicycle and fell off it".

  • Jon Douglas