Bassem Tamimi, Activist and Organizer Against Illegal Settlements on West Bank
SOURCE: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Amnesty International has designated Bassem Tamimi as a prisoner of conscience. Amnesty International has called on the Israeli military authorities to end their campaign of harassment, intimidation, and arbitrary detention against Tamini.
For years, Tamimi has protested the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the confiscation of land from his village, Nabi Seleh.
During his detention in 2012, Amnesty issued an international call for his release and said, “Once again, Bassem Tamimi is being held solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression and assembly. We believe he is a prisoner of conscience and should be released immediately and unconditionally.”
Bassem Tamimi and his family have been the target of harsh treatment by the Israeli army. His house has been raided and ransacked numerous times. His wife has been arrested twice and two of his children have been injured – Wa’ed was in hospital for five days after he was hit in the leg by a rubber bullet and Mohammed was injured by a tear-gas canister that was shot directly at him and hit him in the shoulder. Bassem Tamimi has been arrested by the Israeli army 11 times to date, though he has only once been convicted by a military court – on charges that Amnesty International believes were unfounded.