|Mr and Mrs Bassem Tamimi's photogenic and very camera-aware |
daughter has been throwing fists into restrained but lethally
equipped IDF service personnel faces since she was ten years old.
What kind of parent does that take?
This Ongoing War..
11 September '15..
Nariman and Bassem Tamimi are the parents of the child now widely known in the social media as Shirley Temper.
It's a name she earned by emerging as a child prodigy in the thrusting of clenched fists into the faces of impassive, well-disciplined, heavily-armed and incredibly-self-restrained IDF soldiers since she was a very little girl, long before she had the capacity to make any decisions about who, what, why or when to seem to be really, physically angry.
The effect on large swathes of grown-up mainstream reporters, photo editors and commentators has been alarming.
Instead of doing the responsible and obvious (in any other setting, that is) thing - which obviously would mean condemning the parents for their shabby and irresponsible manipulation of a pretty, blonde, very-non-Arab-looking prepubescent girl - they have issued the parents with a free-pass while upgrading the child to a pint-sized, pouty-faced version of historical female warriors like Queen Boadicea, France's Marianne and the Maid of Orelans.
Given how often Palestinian rock-throwing attacks turn into firebomb showers and then shootings, stabbings and bombings, Nariman and Bassem Tamimi - both as parents and as full-time propagandists professing a somewhat confused message of non-violence and female empowerment in time of war - are playing with fire. Literally.
So how devoted are they really to the principles of non-violence?
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