Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi, Who Struck Israeli Soldier, Released From Jail

Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi, Who Struck Israeli Soldier, Released From Jail

The 17 year old and her mother Nariman, who was also jailed over the incident, arrived in their village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank, where they were mobbed by journalists.

She was handed an eight month term in an Israeli prison and a fine of about 14-hundred USA dollars, .as part of her plea agreement.

"I thank everyone who supported me in this sentence and supports all the prisoners". As supporters chanted, "We want to live in freedom", a tearful Ahed hugged relatives before visiting the tomb of Yasser Arafat and the home of a relative killed by Israeli forces while she was in prison.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas described Tamimi as "a model of peaceful civil resistance., proving to the world that our Palestinian people will stand firm and constant on their land, no matter what the sacrifice".

Since then, she has become an icon for Palestinian independence.

Israeli authorities appeared keen to avoid media coverage of the release as much as possible, and conflicting information had meant supporters and journalists scrambled to arrive on time at the correct location.

An Israel Prison Service spokesman said Tamimi had left the Sharon prison and was en route to the West Bank, where her family are veterans of protests against an Israeli settlement near their home. Words were exchanged but there was no violence. It can never be quickly enough: Israel's Minister of Agriculture responded to Ahed's release by sniffing that "Israel acts too mercifully with these types of terrorists", and as if to prove his barbarous point, Israel Saturday arrested two Italian artists and one Palestinian for creating a mural of Ahed - "they illegally drew" - on Bethlehem's graffiti-covered Apartheid Wall.

Tamimi was arrested in December 2017 after a video of her slapping and hitting two Israeli soldiers outside her house in the village of Nabi Saleh went viral.

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They were released some three weeks early, a common practice by Israeli authorities due to overcrowded prisons, Tamimi's lawyer Gaby Lasky said.

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

"I will continue my university tuition and I will study law so that I can address the cause of my country in all of the worldwide forums and to be able to represent the prisoners' cause", Tamimi said.

Tamimi's case drew worldwide condemnation and again put the spotlight on Israel's treatment of Palestinians, especially Palestinian youth.

Omar Shakir of Human Rights Watch tweeted on Sunday that "Israel's jailing of a child for eight months - for calling for protests & slapping a soldier - reflects endemic discrimination, absence of due process & ill-treatment of kids". Maybe in the future, Palestine will be free.

Tamimi was arrested in the early hours of December 19, four days after the incident in the video.

Tamimi, who was 16 at the time of her detention, faced 12 charges but in March pleaded guilty to a reduced charge sheet that included assault.

Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi was finally released after almost eight months in detention.

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