Ahed Tamimi freed after 8 months in Israeli prison

Ahed Tamimi, the teenage girl who became a symbol of Palestinian resistance after she was jailed for slapping an Israeli soldier, was released from prison on Sunday, The National reported.

A prison service spokesman told AFP Tamimi and her mother, who was also jailed over the incident, were being driven by Israeli authorities from a prison inside Israel to a checkpoint leading to the occupied West Bank, where they live.

“They just left the prison,” Assaf Librati said.

They were expected to arrive at a checkpoint near the Palestinian city of Tulkarm in the occupied West Bank, but the exact checkpoint was changed three times by Israeli authorities.

Tamimi’s family and friends sung songs as they waited for her release at a checkpoint. Israeli settlers emerged opposite the waiting crowd, waving flags opposite the supporters.

Upon her release, Ahed and her mother were greeted by supporters and international media. She smiled and waved to friends and family.

After eight months in Israeli captivity, Tamimi was released as a celebrated figure in Palestinian politics, amid a period of particular tension along the border.

Tamimi was arrested on December 19 last year, days after she was filmed with her cousin Nour Tamimi slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers who refused to leave their home in Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah.

 

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