Israeli occupation authorities have released the 17-year-old Palestinian icon, Ahed al-Tamimi, and her mother Nariman after eight months of imprisonment.
Ahed al-Tamimi was detained in December 2017 after a video went viral on social media showing her slapping and kicking an armed Israeli soldier who raided her hometown of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.
Minutes before Israeli soldiers had shot her 15-year-old cousin Muhammad in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet.
Her mother, Nariman was detained one day after Ahed and later charged with “incitement” for filming and publishing Ahed’s now famous incident.
A plea bargain Ahed agreed to included her pleading guilty to one count of assault, one count of incitement, and two counts of obstructing Israeli soldiers. She also agreed to pay a fine amounting to 5,000 shekels.
Dozens of journalists, family and friends of Ahed and Nariman, welcomed them two hours after their release from the Rantis military checkpoint, in the Ramallah district, where Israeli forces attempted to hinder al-Tamimi’s access to her family by not mentioning their whereabouts.
The Tamimi family of Nabi Saleh is well known internationally for their activism against the Israeli occupation, which maintains a heavy, near-constant presence in their village.
Ahed Tamimi is famous across Palestine and the Arab world for videos of her, since her childhood, defiantly resisting Israeli soldiers who clash with Palestinians in her village nearly every week.
Since her arrest, Ahed has received worldwide media coverage and has become the image of dozens of solidarity campaigns across the world demanding her release from Israeli prison, and an end to Israeli detention of Palestinian children.