Critics of Ms. Tamimi point to a part of the video in which she declared, “Our strength is in our stones,” and appeared to condone, or justify, stabbings, suicide bombings and other violence.
The December altercation occurred soon after President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, enraging the Palestinians who claim the eastern half of the contested holy city as their own future capital. In the video, Ms. Tamimi said Mr. Trump must bear responsibility for the reactions that his decision could “bring upon” the Palestinians.
“Everyone must do things so we can unite this way,” she said.
The point is hardly theoretical. On Thursday, another Palestinian teenager, Muhammad Yusef, 17, from the village of Kaubar, not far from Nabi Saleh, entered a Jewish settlement and stabbed to death an Israeli man, Yotam Ovadia, 31, and injured two others before one of them fatally shot the assailant.
Ms. Tamimi now skirts questions about her position on violent means of resistance, aware that she is on parole and that any perceived incitement to violence could land her back in jail.
In general, she says, resistance is “a natural reaction to the occupation of our land.”
“Resistance is not just the stone,” she said. “It is the poems we write. Art.” Her father chimed in: “Also the boycott and the isolation of Israel.”
Asked what she would do the next time soldiers show up in her yard she weighed her words: “I don’t know what the future holds, and they gave me a suspended sentence to restrict me. But anyone who knows me has a sense of what is going to happen.”
Ms. Tamimi was speaking at a friend’s house in a Ramallah suburb during a quiet moment in a dizzying, if carefully choreographed, day. Surrounded by family and supporters, she wore a black and white checkered kaffiyeh, a Palestinian national symbol, draped across her shoulders beneath her trademark unruly blonde mane.
Orignially published in NYT.