The “Palestinians” have a new media darling (she has just been featured in Vogue) to symbolize their “struggle” against the Israeli “occupiers.” She’s a 17-year-old girl named Ahed Tamimi, who comes from an Arab village, Nabi Saleh, in the West Bank, where everyone is related to everyone else, both by blood and through cousin marriage. Ever since she was a tiny ten-year-old, she has been sent out by her parents to “confront” Israeli soldiers, a ritual as stylized as Kabuki, in which, cute as a button, she walks right up to them and “defies” those big bad soldiers by cursing them, while they never react, and this little scene is captured, by prearrangement, on her mother’s video camera. She’s performed this scene on at least six occasions in recent times. Eight months ago she did it again, but this time, at the age of 16, she went further, by kicking and slapping and cursing an Israeli soldier who stood there, stolidly taking it, not moving, as this supposed act of brave defiance of the “occupier” was again recorded by Ahed’s mother Nariman. When I first heard about this December 2017 encounter, I assumed that the soldier must have done something in response, at the very least have grabbed her by her hands so she could not keep hitting him. I suspect that many others who have not seen the video thought the same, but no, he took her blows impassively, thereby disappointing Ahed and her mother, who as always was right there with her video camera (those impoverished “Palestinians” do manage to have a few luxuries, though not as many as Mahmoud Abbas and his sons have, with their hard-earned $400 million, or Hanan Ashrawi enjoys with her reported $187 million), filming the event for propaganda purposes.