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Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian girl who slapped Israeli soldiers, was released

Palestinians praise the 17-year-old girl as an example of courage in the face of Israeli abuses in the occupied Palestinian territories. She is eight months out of prison.

Her youthful face, draped in long blond curls, tosses passers-by, painted on the partition wall built by Israel in the occupied West Bank. The teenager has become an icon of Palestinian resistance. After eight months in prison for slapping two Israeli soldiers, Ahed Tamimi was released from prison on Sunday (July 29th).
The 17-year-old girl and her mother, Nariman Tamimi, also incarcerated as a result of the incident, were transferred from Sharon prison in Israel to the occupied West Bank, where they live, a spokeswoman for the province said. jail.

They were driven by Israeli soldiers to their village of Nabi Saleh, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel for over fifty years. In tears, the teenager kissed the members of her family and the support that came to welcome him, on a small path leading to the village.

Faced with a wall of cameras, a keffiyeh, white and black shawl symbol of Palestinian resistance on the shoulders, Ahed Tamimi briefly invited the media to follow the press conference she will give later in the day.

Then, Bassem Tamimi, his father, joined the two women, and the trio headed for the family home, surrounded by a crowd chanting: "We want to live free! "



Earlier, family members and supporters of Ahed Tamimi had gathered near a crossing in Rantis, in the occupied West Bank, to greet Ahed Tamimi and his mother, but they could not help them. greet, the two women being handed over to Israeli soldiers out of sight and cameras.

The Israeli authorities were keen to limit media coverage of the two women's release, spreading contradictory information about where they were supposed to return to the occupied West Bank.

On Saturday, two Italians and a Palestinian man were arrested for painting the now famous face of the teenager on Israel's separation wall in the occupied West Bank.

Ahed Tamimi was arrested on December 19, 2017, a few days after the broadcast of a viral video on the Internet. Images were showing her approaching with her cousin Nour Tamimi of two Israeli soldiers leaning against a low wall in the yard of his house in Nabi Saleh.

The two girls ask them to leave the premises, then kick and punch them and slap them. Ahed Tamimi was 16 years old at the time of his arrest. Sentenced to eight months in prison on March 21 after an agreement to plead guilty, the teenager turned 17 in prison. Her cousin had been released in March.


Heavy sentence

Coming from a family known for his struggle against the Israeli occupation, Ahed Tamimi had already been involved in a series of incidents with soldiers, whose images had traveled around the world.

Palestinians praise Ahed Tamimi as an example of courage in the face of Israeli abuses in the occupied Palestinian territories. Many Israelis, for their part, consider it an example of how Palestinians encourage their children to hate.

The trial of the teenager in a military court received extensive media coverage. "There was this symbolic image of a child confronting a hyperarmed Israeli soldier right in front of his house. And the fact that she was sentenced to such a heavy sentence attracted attention, "says Yara Hawari, a Palestinian activist, a friend of the Tamimi family.

Ahed Tamimi was given almost as much punishment - eight months in prison - as Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, sentenced to nine months for shooting down a wounded Palestinian assailant who was no longer in danger.

"You can not take a little terrorist and turn her into a hero, but that's what we did," said Oren Haza, a Likud MP (right), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party. "She is very dangerous," he says. "Most Israelis will tell you that they would like to see her in prison for twenty years. "

For human rights defenders, the Tamimi case has shed light on the practices of Israeli military courts and their very high conviction rate - 99% - of Palestinians. Since the West Bank is a territory occupied militarily by Israel, Palestinians living there are tried in military courts.

"Hundreds of Palestinian children remain behind bars and receive no attention," said the director of the NGO Human Rights Watch in Israel, Omar Shakir, who denounces the "endemic ill-treatment" of minors.

source: le monde



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