Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi returned home in her village in the West Bank on Sunday after Israel released the 17-year-old from prison following the end of her eight-month sentence for beating and kicking Israeli soldiers.  her mother, Nariman Tamimi, was greeted with banners, applause and Palestinian flags as they entered their home village of Nabi Saleh.
Ahed was arrested in December after she beat two Israeli soldiers in front of her family home. Her mother filmed the incident and posted it on Facebook, where it became viral and for many instantly made Ahed a symbol of resistance to Israel's 50-year military rule over the Palestinians.
With her unruly mop of decoys With light hair, the Palestinian teenager quickly became a local hero and an internationally recognizable figure.
Her supporters see a brave girl who meets two armed soldiers in frustration after learning that Israeli soldiers have seriously injured a 1
In Israel, however, many see her as a provocateur, an irritant, or a threat to the deterrent policy of the military. Israel treated her offenses as a crime and charged her with assault and incitement. Her eight-month prison sentence was the result of a plea agreement.
In Nabi Saleh, supporters greeted Tamimi Heim Sunday with Palestinian flags planted on the roof of their house. Hundreds of chairs were set up for the well-wishers in the courtyard.
"The resistance continues until the occupation is eliminated," said Ahed after her return. "All female prisoners are steadfast and I greet everyone who supported me and my case."
From her house, Ahed went to visit the grave of the late Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat
to her father, Bassem Tamimi said he expected her to lead the fight against the Israeli occupation, but she also weighed the choices ,
Since 2009, Nabi Salah residents have held regular protests against the occupation, which often ended in rock-struck clashes. Ahed took part in such marches at a young age and had several public relations with soldiers. A photo shows the then 12-year-old, who aims a clenched fist at a soldier who towers over them.
As a token of her popularity, a few Italian artists painted a large mural of her on Israel's separation wall off the West Bank her release. Israeli police say they were arrested along with another Palestinian and arrested for vandalism.
Ahed was 16 years old when she was arrested and 17 years old in prison. In her case, emphasis was placed on the detention of Palestinian minors by Israel, a practice criticized by international human rights groups. According to the Palestinians, about 300 minors are currently held
Israel conquered the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East War. The Palestinians, after more than two decades of failed negotiations with Israel, are increasingly disillusioned with efforts to build a state in these areas.