Soldiers' Kicker-Slapper Ahed Tamimi Released from Prison

Soldiers' Kicker-Slapper Ahed Tamimi Released from Prison

Meanwhile, Israel is preparing to release 17-year-old Palestinian prisoner Ahed Tamimi to her family on Sunday as she completes an 8-month prison sentence.

Ahed was arrested in December after the then-16-year-old confronted two Israeli soldiers in the driveway of her home in the occupied West Bank - pushing, shoving and slapping them after they refused to leave her yard.

Many Israelis say Ahed Tamimi has always been exploited by her family, who they accuse of using her to try to provoke Israeli soldiers on film. He said she initially hoped to attend a West Bank university but has also received scholarship offers overseas. This is Palestinian activist Ahmed Odeh.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in a statement published by the official news agency Wafa after he met Tamimi and her mother, described the teenager as "a model of peaceful civil resistance., proving to the world that our Palestinian people will stand firm and constant on their land, no matter what the sacrifice".

"The resistance continues until the occupation is removed", she said on her return.

In Israel, however, she is seen by many as either as a provocateur, an irritation or a threat to the military's deterrence policy.

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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.

Her father, Bassem Tamimi, said he expected her to take a lead in the struggle against Israeli occupation but she was also weighing college options. She was arrested shortly after and accepted an eight-month plea bargain in May.

Israel treated her actions as a criminal offence, indicting her on charges of assault and incitement. He said she initially hoped to attend a West Bank university but has also received scholarship offers from overseas.

Israel's military said the soldiers were in the area on the day of the incident to prevent Palestinians from throwing stones at Israeli motorists.

Amnesty International condemned the arrest, saying it violated international law and underlining that the detention of minors should be used only as a last resort. According to statistics released by Israeli rights group B'Tselem earlier this month, 291 Palestinian minors were held in Israeli prisons as security detainees and prisoners.

Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war. "Israel should treat harshly those who hit its soldiers", he told The Associated Press.

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