Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi released from Israeli prison

Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi and her mother walk out after they were released from an Israeli prison at Nabi Saleh village in the West Bank

Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi and her mother walk out after they were released from an Israeli prison at Nabi Saleh village in the West Bank

Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi has been freed by Israel after spending eight months in prison for slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli forces have arrested two Italians for drawing a giant mural of a Palestinian teenager seen as a symbol of resistance on the separation wall in the occupied West Bank, police said.

The shameful attack took place at the end of 2017, when Tamimi approached the soldiers, accompanied by her mother, a relative and several other girls, and began to shout and beat the soldiers - who only tried to avoid the beating and the slapping but did not respond - obviously because, had they slapped the little monster across her face as any normal human being would have done, they would have surely faced a court martial.

In a sign of her popularity, a pair of Italian artists painted a large mural of her on Israel's West Bank separation barrier ahead of her release. This is Palestinian activist Ahmed Odeh.

On Sunday morning, she arrived back to her home village alongside her mother, Nariman, who was also imprisoned and had livestreamed the incident on 15 December on Facebook, which then went viral.

"Ahed Tamimi has been released, but only after serving an unjust sentence based on the ridiculous premise that she posed a threat to armed and heavily protected soldiers", Saleh Higazi, Amnesty International's head of office in Jerusalem, said in a statement.

Ahed Tamimi hugs her mother
Ahed Tamimi hugs her mother

She was aged 16 at the time and turned 17 in prison. "I salute everyone who supported me and my case".

Israeli authorities provided conflicting information on which checkpoint they were being taken to.

Palestinian Bassem Tamimi, center walks with his daughter Ahed, left and his wife Nariman upon their arrival at their West Bank home village of Nebi Saleh, near Ramallah, July 29, 2018.

Israel's military said the soldiers had been in the area on the day of the incident to prevent Palestinians from throwing stones at Israeli motorists. Her eight-month sentence was the result of a plea deal.

Her father, Bassem, said other prisons had helped his daughter complete her high school exams in jail, and she had received scholarship offers for universities overseas. Israeli police said they were caught in the act along with another Palestinian and arrested for vandalism. Her sentence drew widespread condemnation from global rights groups including Amnesty worldwide.

Some 300 minors are now being held, according to Palestinian figures. "Israel should treat harshly those who hit its soldiers", he told The Associated Press. "Lack of deterrence leads to the reality we see now. we must change that".




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