Update: Mustafa Tamimi died just hours ago.
We are told that, as human beings, we have the right to protest, the right to gather, the right to work against injustice. We are treated to the idea that personal security and sovereignty is guaranteed by our inherent rights: the right to life, the right to a safe environment, the right to a home, a family, an identity.
But what do those rights even mean when they aren’t afforded to us? Is Mustafa Tamimi not human?
During a weekly protest in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, Israeli soldiers fired at close range a gas grenade at the face of twenty-eight year old Tamimi. He lay bleeding as Israeli soldiers prevented him from being transported to a hospital. Eventually, he was taken to Beilinson Medical Center where the Israeli military detained Tamimi before he could even receive proper medical attention.
He died the very next day.
And then we are told to be content with whatever scattered rights we can find, as if the bloody anatomy of regular Israeli human rights abuses isn’t bad enough.