Days of Palestine

Sunday, January 29

Palestinian girl Ahed Tamimi freed from jail

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Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi has been released from Israeli prison after completing an eight-month sentence in a case that sparked international condemnation.

Tamimi broke down in tears as an emotional crowd welcomed her in the village of Nabi Saleh on Sunday. 

She was released with her mother, Nariman, who also served an eight-month sentence. 

Addressing the crowd, Tamimi thanked activists and the media for their support during her prison stay.

"This is a very happy moment for me," Tamimi's father, Bassem, told Al Jazeera prior to his daughter's release. "We have missed them a lot. But I am also worried because the [Israeli] occupation is continuing and still in our lives."

Bassem's happiness, however, was overshadowed by a heavy heart, as his 21-year-old son, Waed, remains in Israeli detention since being arrested in an overnight raid on his home in May.

A press conference is scheduled in the village at 4pm (13:00GMT) on Sunday.

Tamimi and her mother were arrested by Israeli forces in December 2017 after a video went viral showing the young woman, then 16, hitting and slapping two armed Israeli soldiers outside her home in Nabi Saleh.

At the time, the teen was reacting to news that her 15-year-old cousin Mohammed had been shot in the face by Israeli forces with a rubber-coated steel bullet earlier in the day, leaving him in critical condition. 

The teen's arrest drew international condemnation and again put the spotlight on Israel's treatment of Palestinians, especially Palestinian youth.

Tamimi was indicted on 12 charges in Israel's Ofer military court in Ramallah two weeks after her arrest. In March, Tamimi and her mother accepted plea deals that would see them serve eight months in prison, including time served, in exchange for pleading guilty to some of the charges.