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Ithaca Third Graders Learn About “Israeli Occupation”


Tamimi’s work consists in encouraging local Palestinian children—including his own—to provoke Israeli soldiers.

Anti-Israel activists are gloating on social media that they were able to get Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi—who is known for encouraging Palestinian children to confront Israeli soldiers so he can capture the interactions on video—invited to give a presentation to a third-grade Ithaca classroom.

Legal Insurrection reports that Tamimi’s presentation took place at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School in Ithaca, New York on Friday morning.  The speech was apparently arranged by “Community Activist” Ariel Gold who works towards the cause of “delegitimizing zionism.” Gold has two children aged 12 and 14, but they do not attend Beverly J. Martin Elementary School.

Social media posts from those involved speak to the overtly political nature of Tamimi’s talk.

Mary Anne Grades Flores, a local political activist who accompanied Tamimi to the school, posted on social media that “Bassem Tamimi, father of 4, of Palestine and 12 yr old Ithacan [________] Gold spoke to BJM 3rd graders about Palestinian children struggling living under Israeli occupation. I am a witness to the gentle way the discussion happened and I am a witness to what is happening in Palestine. Denial of Human Rights by Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.”

As this video reveals, Tamimi’s work in Palestine consists in encouraging local Palestinian children—including his own son and daughter—to deliberately provoke Israeli soldiers by shouting at them, waving fists in their faces, at times even making physical contact, in hopes that they will react with force and the resulting videotaped encounter can be used to disparage the IDF.



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