Breaking News: Bassem Tamimi is free

Bassem Tamimi is free. He was released on Sunday, 10 February (Palestinian Time).

Bassem was arrested 4 months ago in the first BDS action in an illegal Israeli colony – a non-violent protest against Rami Levy supermarket.  At the time, Israeli occupation forces violently detained Bassem, breaking three of his ribs in the process. He was subsequently interrogated on participating in an unauthorized demonstration and assault of a police officer.

Bassem has previously spent one year in prison for his non-violent leadership of the popular resistance in Nabi Saleh and released in March 2012.  During his previous imprisonment he was recognised as a human rights defender by the European Union and a Prisoner of Conscience by Amnesty International.

abir kopty-bassemBassem hugs his wife, Nariman.  Photo by Abir Kopty

keren manorBassem with his wife, Nariman. Photo by: Keren Manor/

oren zivBassem with wife Nariman at welcome home party: Photo by Oren Ziv: Activestills

Ashira HakanBassem with his children.  Photo by Ashira Hakan

2 Ashira HakanWelcome home party for Bassem: Photo by Ashira Hakan