Rabat- Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old teenager who became an icon of Palestinian resistance in the occupied West Bank, will be released from prison Sunday.
Tamimi was sentenced to 8 months in prison after a video emerged showing her shoving two Israeli soldiers and slapping one of them in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. She and her cousin appeared yelling at and pushing two armed soldiers from her family’s front yard.
She was convicted of assaulting an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier. In addition to the 8 month prison sentence, Tamimi had to pay a fine of $1,437.
The Palestinian teenager was arrested on December 19, 2017. Her mother, Nariman, and cousin were also arrested for the same incident.
According to the Times of Israel, Tamimi said the soldiers shown in the video had shot her 15-year old cousin, Mohammed Tamimi, in the head with a rubber bullet an hour before.
“Then I saw the same soldiers who hit my cousin, this time in front of my house. I could not keep quiet and I responded as I did,” Tamimi added.
Her father, Bassem Tamimi, wrote a post on his Facebook page on the day of her arrest. “The IOF [Israeli occupying forces] raid my home and arrested my daughter Ahed Tamimi after the Israeli media attaks (sic) here after she stop the solder (sic) in front of our house when he shot child on his head.”
A spokesman for the Israel Prisons Service told the Times of Israel Wednesday that Ahed Tamimi and her mother Nariman will be released on Sunday.
“They are then planning to hold a press conference at the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, which is slated for demolition by Israeli forces,” the same source added.
Ahed’s father told Haaretz that he has been notified that his daughter will be released this Sunday, and family members will wait for her at the Jabbara checkpoint south of Tulkarm Sunday morning.
Tamimi’s lawyer Gaby Lasky said on Thursday, “Tamimi’s long detention stemmed from political motives than from legal reasons.”
“Legal proceedings are not intended to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and instead of sending minors to prison for resisting the occupation, the time has come for a courageous leadership to free us all from the chains of the occupation.”
The 17-year old Palestinian’s case has drawn the attention of many people around the world. Tamimi has had great support and sympathy from Palestinians, Arabs, and the international arena.
They considered her a symbol of bravery standing up against Israeli aggression and occupation.