Ahed Tamimi is a 16-year old Palestinian girl, and her videos have been going viral for years, as she fearlessly confronted heavily-armed Israeli troops in her village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank. But after a new video showed her getting physical with Israeli occupation troops she was pushing out of of her neighborhood, she was arrested by the Israeli military. While some in mainstream coverage described her actions as “provocative,” fewer focused on the fact that she was on Palestinian land, and that Israeli troops were there to serve an illegitimate occupation that is actively destroying Palestinian society. We think occupation is, among many things, provocative. But the worst take came from former Israeli ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, who tweeted that the Tamimi family “may not be a real family,” and accused them of dressing up kids in “American clothing” and paying them to “provoke” Israeli soldiers on camera. Dear Michael Oren: The Tamimi family is a real family. Also, whatever backwards image you have in your head about Palestinian kids, know that jeans and t-shirts aren’t costumes they put on to impress you; these are their real clothes, like kids all over the world. And instead of fantasizing about Palestinian children getting paid to resist occupation, perhaps you should be more concerned about those getting paid to occupy and oppress in the first place.

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