Sunday, 28 July
Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Ave
Janna Jihad Tamimi, 13 year-old Palestinian activist, one of the youngest accredited journalists in the world, and Ambassador of South African children’s rights organization (Shamsaan – meaning “2 Suns”) will speak in Dearborn during her month-long tour of the United States this month.
The event is presented by NGP, with partners:
Jewish Voice for Peace
Jewish Voice for Peace-Detroit
Meta Peace Team
Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM)- حركة الشباب الفلسطيني
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Michigan Coalition for Human Rights
Janna hails from the village of Nabi Saleh, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, which from 2009-2016 conducted weekly protests against Israel’s occupation and confiscation of Palestinian land and resources. Janna is the cousin of Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, who was famously imprisoned after confronting an Israeli soldier. Janna will be on tour for the very first time in the USA.
Last summer Janna undertook a successful speaking tour to South Africa, where, among other things, she participated in Nelson Mandela’s centenary birthday freedom walk. In addition to her stop in Michigan, Janna is scheduled to speak on Capitol Hill and dialogue with noted personalities such as Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman during events sponsored by Amnesty International, the IMEU, and others. But, primarily, Janna hopes to engage with broad sections of the American public, and especially with activists fighting for justice in their own communities, and with youth.
As a Palestinian child living through the brutal injustices of military occupation that impacts all aspects of her life on a daily basis, Janna began recording, reporting on and sharing her lived reality, from the age of 7, shortly after two of her relatives were killed by Israeli forces. Janna now enjoys a global following, serves as ambassador of the South African Palestinian children’s initiative, Shamsaan and has been awarded internationally for her media role. In a political climate where adults are inert with despair, Janna continues her passionate fight for the freedom of her people, stands up for human rights and speaks out against the various mechanisms used by Israel to violate the rights of Palestinians, particularly, children.
The event will include a director’s cut screening of the documentary film Radiance of Resistance featuring the Tamimi family followed by a discussion with Janna.
This event is FREE and open to the public.