Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Israel releases Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi

Israel releases Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi

In Nabi Saleh, supporters welcomed Tamimi home with banners and Palestinian flags planted on the roof of her home.

"The popular and peaceful style of struggle that Ahed Tamimi and her village and nearby villages have been practising proves to the world that our people will remain steadfast in this land, defending it no matter how much needs to be sacrificed", he said.

Al-Tamimi became an global icon for Palestinian resistance after she was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier during a raid on her home to arrest her brother. With her unruly mop of curly red hair, the Palestinian teen quickly became an icon. NPR's Daniel Estrin has this from the West Bank.

DANIEL ESTRIN, BYLINE: This is the video that landed Ahed Tamimi in jail.

Most countries consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be illegal, something Israel disputes. Her eight-month sentence was the result of a plea deal. She is due to be released on Sunday.

At a press conference later at a square in the village, Tamimi sat at a table behind a forest of microphones, a translator providing an English version of her remarks. The people can decide the way they wish to resist.

In Israel, however, she is seen by many as either as a provocateur, an irritation or a threat to the military's deterrence policy. As a young girl, a video went viral showing her in a standoff with a soldier about twice her size.

But for Israelis, Tamimi is being used by her activist family as a pawn in staged provocations.

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The 83-year-old Abbas praised her as a symbol of resistance to occupation - even as he faces growing domestic criticism for not walking away from continued security coordination between his forces and Israeli troops against Hamas, a shared foe.

Ms Tamimi, 17, was arrested in December after she slapped two Israeli soldiers outside her family home.

Three recent posts on an Instagram account believed to be Mr Agoch's had a photo of the mural in progress, a photo of an Israeli police vehicle and a black and white handwritten note reading: "Free thank all of you".

The father of Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called her to congratulate her on her release from an Israeli prison. Her father Bassem put his arms around Ahed and her mother as they walked together along a road, while a crowd of around 100 chanted "we want to live in freedom".

Spokesman Assaf Librati says Tamimi and her mother Nariman were released early on Sunday. A reporter asked her if she'd do it again, confront soldiers in the way she did that led to her arrest.

"I will continue this path and I hope everyone will", she said.

"The resistance continues until the occupation is removed", Ahed said upon her return. Daniel Estrin, NPR News, Nabi Salih in the West Bank.

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