Days of Palestine

Wednesday, February 1

Israel detains Italian artists for painting Ahed Tamimi’s mural

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Israeli occupation forces on Saturday detained two Italian artists for painting mural of Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi on the separation barrier that snakes through the occupied West Bank.

Muhammad al-Lahham, a Palestinian activist, told Anadolu Agency that two Italian activists and a Palestinian man were detained in Bethlehem when the artists were about to finish their painting.

The 17-year-old Palestinian girl has spent eight months in Israeli jails.

The whereabouts and identities of the trio remain unknown.

On Friday, the two artists, who preferred not to give their names and who have not made any statements to the press, started to paint a larger-than-life portrait of the detained teen to express their support for Tamimi.

Earlier this year, al-Tamimi was slapped with eight months behind bars for “attacking” an Israeli soldier.

But the teen’s father, Basem al-Tamimi, on Monday voiced hope that his daughter — who was slated for release on Aug. 19 at latest — could be released Sunday.

The Israeli occupation, however, have yet to announce an official release date for the detained teen.

In 2012, Istanbul’s Basaksehir Municipality granted al-Tamimi the prestigious Hanzala Courage Award for defying Israeli soldiers who had just arrested her brother.