A Palestinian teenager detained in Israel for kicking and punching an Israeli soldier was released on Sunday to greet a hero in her home village and urged the Palestinians to continue their fight against the occupation of the West Bank.
Ahed Tamimi and her mother, Nariman Tamimi, were greeted with banners, applause, and Palestinian flags as they entered their village, Nabi Saleh, in the West Bank. Tamimi, 17, became known after meeting in December outside of Nabi Saleh, where activists have been protesting against land grabbing by Israel for years and have often been involved in confrontations with the Israeli military and Jewish settlers.
On Sunday, she wore her characteristic black and white checked Arab scarf and welcomed dozens of people. Martyrs' people say the resistance continues until the occupation is gone, "she said," All the female detainees in prison are strong, and I thank everyone who stood by me while I was in prison.
She was planning a press conference at 4 pm local time.
From her apartment, Ms. Tamimi went to the grave of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, laid down a wreath and recited a prayer from the Koran, and then went with her family Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was brought to his headquarters in Ramallah, West Bank, and Tamimi's case attracted worldwide attention, following her conviction that Amnesty International's conviction was contrary to international law and that the detention of a minor was only the last Way out and for the shortest reasonable time should be used Tamimi's father, Bassem Tamimi, said that while he still expected her to take a lead in the fight against the Israeli occupation, he also weighed up the college's potential. He said that she did her Baccalaureate examinations with the help of other prisoners who taught the necessary material.
He said that she initially wanted to attend a West Bank university, but also received scholarship offers from abroad.
The Palestinians want the West Bank for a future state, along with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Most countries regard Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal, a claim that Israel denies. Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
Since 2009, the inhabitants of Nabi Saleh regularly protest against the occupation, which often ended with rockfall strikes. Ms. Tamimi took part in such marches from an early age, and she had several well-known disputes with the Israeli military. A photo shows her at the age of 12 and raises a clenched fist to a soldier who towers over her.
Two Italian artists painted a large mural of her on Israel's separation wall off the West Bank before she was released. The Israeli police said that the two Italians, along with a Palestinian, had been caught red-handed and charged with vandalism
. Tamimi's last fight with the two soldiers took place on December 15 in Nabi Saleh. At the time, protests broke out in several parts of the West Bank when President Trump recognized the embattled city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel ten days earlier. She was arrested four days later, in the middle of the night, at her home. Tamimi was imprisoned for 17 years. In her case, emphasis was placed on the detention of Palestinian minors by Israel, a practice criticized by international human rights groups. According to Palestinian sources, about 300 minors are arrested.
Uri Ariel, an Israeli cabinet minister, said the Tamimi case showed what could happen if Israel gave up its control.
"I think Israel is too involved in these types of terrorists," he told the Associated Press. "Israel should treat harshly those who beat its soldiers."
"We can not have a situation where there is no deterrent," he added.