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Ahed Tamimi

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Profile

Ahed Tamimi is an activist in the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank, who has protested against land confiscation and the exploitation of natural resources for settlement construction, particularly the well of Nabi Saleh. She is world renowned for her struggle against illegal settlement expansion, and has spoken in Brussels, Istanbul, and Johannesburg about Palestinian rights.

Human rights defenders in the OPT are subjected to acts of harassment, restrictions on freedom of movement, stigmatisation, abductions, long periods of arbitrary detention usually under administrative detention orders, illegal searches of their homes and offices and killings. Many of the violations are state-sanctioned, or if not sanctioned at the highest levels of the Israeli political and military establishment, then condoned by the ongoing policy of impunity which permeates the military and judicial system in relation to the OPT. In some instances Israeli settlers have also been the perpetrators of violence against human rights defenders.