Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi was finally released after nearly eight months in detention. (Photo: ActiveStills.org)
29 July 2018
Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi has been released from prison after serving nearly eight months in detention, according to Israeli authorities.
Tamimi and her mother Nariman, who was also jailed, were released early on Sunday morning and taken back to the occupied West Bank, Israeli Prison Service spokesman Assaf Librati said.
— Ahmed El-shourbasi (@AhmedElshourbas) July 29, 2018
The 17-year-old is due to speak at a press conference in her West Bank village, Nabi Saleh, at 4 pm (13:00 GMT) on Sunday.
Tamimi was arrested in December 2017 after a video of her slapping and hitting two Israeli soldiers outside her house in the village of Nabi Saleh went viral. She was 16 years old at the time.
— Duldul Kulayu (@kulogkuwago) July 29, 2018
Her mother was arrested soon after for allegedly livestreaming the incident on Facebook.
Tamimi’s case drew international condemnation and again put the spotlight on Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, especially Palestinian youth.
Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi and her mother, Nariman, smile as they get released from Israeli jails after eight months of imprisonment. pic.twitter.com/MEVgnSwJbh
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) July 29, 2018
Prior to her sentencing, 38 prominent legal experts from various countries, including South Africa, Canada, the Netherlands and the United States, submitted a letter to Nadav Padan, Israel’s army commander, urging she be released.
The lawyers noted that her case exemplifies Israel’s routine violations of the rights of Palestinian children and Israel’s “separate and unequal system of military detention”.
At the end of May, there were more than 290 minors in Israeli custody, according to the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem.
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