Posters in support of Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi who was arrested for slapping Israeli soldiers have been removed from bus stops around London.
JCDecaux, which oversees transport advertising, removed the promotions depicting Tamimi, 16, who was arrested by occupation authorities after being filmed attacking soldiers.
The posters contain the slogans “Free Ahed Tamimi” and “Freedom for Palestinian prisoners,” next to an illustration of the teenager’s confrontation with the Israeli Defence Forces.
JCDecaux called the stunt “an act of vandalism which was not supported or approved by us.” The company added: “We removed the posters as soon as we were made aware of them and deeply regret the incident.”
It is thought that pro Palestinian groups put the posters up as part of a guerilla campaign.
Tamimi was charged with assault after a video of her hitting and pushing Israeli soldiers went viral.
The 16 year old and her cousin were filmed in a confrontation with the soldiers that was widely shared by Palestinians on social media.
She faces 12 charges including aggravated assault and throwing stones. She could spend up to 10 years in jail. Her family say they were involved in legitimate resistance during protests in the occupied West Bank.
Israel’s military says the soldiers were preventing Palestinians from throwing stones at nearby motorists.
The Zionist regime regularly detains children for incidents such as stone throwing.