In an October 2 interview with the Tunisian Musaique FM radio channel, Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi said that people should slap Israeli soldiers, "regardless of whether they did anything or not" and that it should become a "regular thing." She pledged "to continue on the path of the martyrs" and "to continue to make sacrifices, even sacrificing my life, for the sake of liberating Palestine." A day later, speaking on the Tunisian Nessma TV channel, she rejected the two-state solution, saying: "We, as a generation, will fight for the liberation of Palestine in its entirety."
Following are excerpts:
Ahed Tamimi on October 2: The world should not be shocked or taken aback by a Palestinian slapping an [Israeli] soldier. We should all be slapping soldiers, not just me. What I did should be a regular thing. We should always be slapping soldiers, wherever they may be, regardless of whether they did anything or not. Ultimately, these are occupying soldiers. They occupied our land, and they shoot at little children and target homes and people. So this is a natural reaction to the presence of the occupation, to the presence of soldiers on my land. Everybody should be slapping soldiers.
Interviewer: Ahed Tamimi, our guest on the Midi Show on Musaique FM - what pledge have you taken upon yourself?
Ahed Tamimi: I have pledged to continue on the path of the martyrs, so that their blood will not have been shed in vain. We shall always continue on their path. I have pledged to continue to make sacrifices, even sacrificing my life, for the sake of liberating Palestine.
Ahed Tamimi on October 3: The previous generation fought, died as martyrs, were wounded and imprisoned, for the sake of the two-state solution. They placed their trust in the world and in the international institutions, but they did not reach this solution. We, the [new] generation, will not repeat this. We, as a generation, will fight for the liberation of Palestine in its entirety. The generation before us sacrificed 78% of its land, and even so, Israel missed the opportunity. We, the [new] generation, will not give them a second chance. We shall fight to liberate Palestine in its entirety. We won’t give up 78% of our land.