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Erdogan Honors 13-Year-Old 'Pallywood Star'

A 13-year-old Arab girl who was featured in a video challenging IDF soldiers has been honored in Turkey.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 1/1/2013, 3:17 AM

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
AFP/File

A Palestinian Authority Arab girl who was seen in a widely disseminated video challenging IDF soldiers, in an obvious PA attempt at anti-Israel propaganda, has been honored in Turkey.

According a report in the Turkish Anatolia news agency, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan even sat down for breakfast on Sunday with the girl, 13-year-old Ahed Tamimi.

The video, which was uploaded to YouTube last month, shows Tamimi "getting in the faces" of the soldiers near Nabi Saleh and spending a considerable amount of time cursing them, shouting herself hoarse and hitting them on occasion as well. At the same time, adults all around her taped the occurrences, waiting for a soldier to lose his nerve.

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

Speaking to the 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 Erdogan for his hospitality and his support for Palestine," she said.

Tamimi was awarded with the "Handala Courage Award" in Istanbul on December 26, the report said.

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 Authority 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," reported Anatolia.

Israel's Channel 10 News, reporting about the honoring of the girl on Monday, noted that while she was seen in the video challenging soldiers over her brother's arrest, there had been no evidence whatsoever that her brother was indeed in an Israeli jail.

The staging of scenes for Israel-baiting is such a common Arab tactic in the Palestinian Authority that the industry has come to be known as "Pallywood."

The most famous and successful Pallywood film ever made was that in which an Arab boy, Muhammad a-Durah, was placed in proximity to a Gaza firefight in 2000, and made to look as if he had been shot dead by IDF soldiers. Belated investigations showed that shots fired at a-Durah came from Arabs.