Since at least 2011, Bassem Tamimi, a resident of the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, has organized regular “non-violent” protests in which women and children—including Tamimi’s own—taunt, threaten, and sometimes physically attack Israeli soldiers stationed nearby. The goal is to produce footage of the IDF manhandling unarmed women and children. When Israel offered to provide the village with access to a nearby spring, as demanded in Tamimi’s original complaint, he led the village in rejecting the offer. Despite his own support for terrorism, Tamimi is eagerly abetted by Amnesty International. Petra Marquardt-Bigman writes:
The goal of the Tamimis’ activism is the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state—and Bassem Tamimi had spelled this out very clearly by the time Amnesty announced its support for the Tamimis and their village at the end of 2013. Amnesty International may feel itself justified in designating Nabi Saleh a “community-at-risk,” but the risk is largely a consequence of the Tamimis’ longstanding quest to trigger a “third intifada” in order to eliminate the Middle East’s most successful modern state. It is shocking to see that this is a goal Amnesty apparently deems worth supporting.
Moreover, while the Tamimis may pay lip service to non-violence, their social-media activity shows all too clearly that they harbor intense hatred for Jews and that they are only too willing to glorify and incite murderous terror attacks. With Israelis now living with the hourly fear of random knife attacks, car rammings, bombings, and shootings, the virtual hatred pushed by the Tamimis and their allies has become frighteningly physical.