https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/22/world/middleeast/gaza-rapper-israel-normalization.html? Aug. 23, 2020,
— When the 11-year-old schoolboy from Gaza posted a video of himself rapping the lyrics of one of his favorite artists, he never expected it would make him famous or get him in trouble. It did both.
The video of Abdel Rahman al-Shantti rapping in front of his Gaza City school in confident English and flawless hip-hop attitude won him more than a million views and praise from famous rappers around the world. “I would like to spread love between us and Israel,” he told an interviewer from a Russian news outlet. “There’s no reason for fighting and wars. We need to let this relationship become better and better.”
A 16-year-old girl, Ahed Taminmi became the poster child of the resistance when she slapped and kicked two Israeli soldiers who were on her family’s property in December of 2017. They left as seen on video.[i] The video of course went viral and a military court indicted Ahed and her mother for aggravated assault although she said the same shoulders shot her cousin in the head with a rubber bullet an hour earlier in front of her house. She was well-known for first raising her fist to an Israeli soldier in 2012 when she was a little girl with a blond ponytail, shown in the endnote.
“The teenager has been involved a number of similar incidents with Israeli soldiers. In a 2015 video clip, she tries to prevent soldiers from making an arrest in Nabi Saleh. In the clip, a soldier attempting to detain a youth who had been throwing rocks is attacked by a number of women, including Tamimi. Ultimately the commander in charge ordered the soldier to release the youth.”
Janna Jihad Ayyad became an activist at age 11 in the occupied West Bank when her cousin and uncle died due to Israeli soldiers, explaining, “My camera is my gun. The camera is stronger than the gun … I can send my message to small people, and they can send it to others.”[i] She says soldiers are less likely to take cameras away from children. She has over 22,000 followers on Facebook.
[i] Urvashi Sarkar, “Janna Jihad,” Al Jazeera, April 28, 2016.