POLITICS > Turkish PM eats breakfast with Palestinian girl who challenged Israeli troops

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sat down for breakfast today with Ahed Tamimi, a 13-year-old Palestinian girl who gained worldwide fame after challenging Israeli troops who arrested her brother.

Erdoğan received Tamimi and her mother, Neriman Tamimi, at his hotel in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa. Erdoğan spoke with the pair for a while and gave several gifts to the family.

Speaking to Anatolia news agency after the breakfast, Ahed Tamimi said she had had a breakfast with a prime minister for the first time in her life.

"I thanked Prime Minister Erdoğan for his hospitality and his support for Palestine," she said.

Tamimi was awarded with the "Handala Courage Award" in Istanbul on Dec. 26.

Visiting Turkey as a guest of Istanbul’s Başakşehir Municipality, the girl attended a series of events ahead of the award ceremony and opened an art exhibition titled "Being a child in Palestine.”

During the ceremony, she thanked Turkish children for welcoming her while also calling on Palestinian children to stand tall, while also saying she brandished her fist at Israeli soldiers in the thought that she could make Palestine free.

Tamimi also told the agency that she said she would like to become a lawyer in order to contribute to the Palestinian issue.

The Handala Courage Award, handed out by the Basaksehir Municipality, was named after the cartoon character Handala created by Palestinian cartoonist Naji Salim al-Ali, who is noted for his political criticism of Arab regimes and Israel in his works.

Handala, a 10-year-old boy, has become an icon of Palestinian identity and defiance.


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dogan kemal ileri

12/31/2012 12:02:22 AM

Any wonder Recep Tayyip Erdogan was voted Musliman of the year.Yes I know its good PR for him but he is genuine and really cares for the cause of the Palestinians as all of us red blooded Turks do. Sadly I do not see a two state solution as the answer to Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Only a single state embracing both Israelis and Palestinians will do so the present Zionist state of Israel has got to be wiped off from the face of the earth. The world is full of Ahed Tamimi's. Israel beware.


12/30/2012 10:56:18 PM

Becoming a lawyer to help the cause would be very good. Perhaps she could then investigate the massive fraud and corruption within the PA and Hamas.

Adam Hanlon

12/30/2012 5:39:20 PM

The Palestinians need to invite 100,000 Turkish "peacekeepers" into the West Bank. Israel will only leave when they are faced with a power that won't tolerate their antics and they wouldn't/couldn't stand up to the Turks.

Johanna Dew

12/30/2012 5:01:38 PM

As you can read here, it has nothing to do with land for some Palestine tribes but with a jihad and the eternal hate of islamists for the Jews. The genocidal Hamas and each and every jihad preaching group has brought to justice. The entire world is tired of them. Every step we take in bus, plane, train etc we always must be carefully for these racist religious criminals.

Ummah Muslim

12/30/2012 4:10:13 PM

We are ready to give our lives for you Palestine.. We love you to the death!!
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