The rally is being organized in Central London for Saturday and will be hosted by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Stop The War Coalition. Organizer Lindsey German, speaking to the U.K.'s Morning Star said “We are delighted that Ahed Tamimi is joining us in London. ... We have always shown solidarity with the Palestinians and she has become a symbol of the brutal treatment of children and young people at the hands of the Israelis.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn posed for a photo Friday promoting the march. Other speakers will include Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary (Interior Minister) Diane Abbott, and Shadow Justice Minister Richard Burgon.
In March 2019, Tamimi announced that she would be traveling to the U.K. to study for a degree in international law, so will likely make more appearances at solidarity events in Britain.
Tamimi is from the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank. She rose to prominence when she was jailed for eight months in Israel for slapping two Israeli soldiers who were harassing her family. She joined a number of child prisoners held in military detention in Israel.
Speaking after her release she described the harrowing ordeal: “The most difficult period in my life was the prison, especially the interrogation period. They kept me from sleeping and eating. All my movements were under surveillance.”