Israel arrests Italian graffiti artists in West Bank

Larry Hoffman
July 29, 2018

Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi arrives in West Bank town of Nabi Saleh, west of Ramallah, to address a press conference after she was released along with her mother from an Israeli prison, on July 29, 2018.

Thanking all the people, media and campaigners for supporting her, the Palestinian activist called for a similar campaign for the release of other political prisoners, particularly minors, held in Israeli jails.

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

Ahed's mother Nariman Tamimi was also with her on the phone when the president spoke, the source added.

Wearing her trademark black-and-white chequered Arab scarf, Tamimi greeted dozens of well-wishers in brief remarks outside the home of a Nabi Saleh villager killed by Israeli forces.

The case sparked an outpouring of deeply opposing views between Israelis and Palestinians. Words were exchanged but there was no violence.

Ahed Tamimi, who comes from a family of prominent activists, turned 17 during her eight months behind bars.

The Palestinian teen arrested in part for slapping and harassing Israeli soldiers standing guard in a West Bank Palestinian village, was released from prison.

While she was in prison, Ahed Tamimi's lawyer reportedly filed a complaint accusing the 17-year-old's interrogators of sexual harassment.

Lasky twice complained to the attorney general on this issue, however, no investigation was opened by the appropriate authorities into investigators from the Israeli military intelligence. "I hope our leaders will be courageous enough to reach an agreement and free us all from the chains of occupation".

Ahed Tamimi released from jail.

"This proves that the [Israeli] law enforcement system infringes upon the rights of Palestinian minors", the complain concluded. A spokesman for the Israel Prisons Service told The Times of Israel Wednesday, a day after her father Bassem Tamimi made a similar claim, that the teen would be released. She spent three months in jail prior to her plea bargain.

"I want to also reiterate the message that Jerusalem is and will always be the capital of Palestine", she said, repeating an assertion she was recorded making during the viral December incident, which came weeks after US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Ahed's statement as she left prison was: "Resistance will persist until the occupation is eliminated". "I hope that they will also be free", Ahed told local and worldwide reporters Sunday hours after her release.

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

The heavily armed soldiers do not respond in the face of what appears to be an attempt to provoke rather than seriously harm them.

Relatives say that a member of the Tamimi family was wounded in the head by a rubber bullet fired during those protests.

Israeli Deputy Minister and former ambassador to the US Michael Oren rejected all the attention her trial garnered.

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