Residents of Nabi Saleh and many Palestinian activists gathered to celebrate the release of Ahed and Nariman Tamimi from Israeli Jail. Ahed (17) and her mother Nariman were arrested following an incident outside their home, in which the teen slapped an Israeli soldier who invaded her village, a short time after one of cousins, Muhammad, sustained a severe head injury from a rubber-coated steel bullet. The incident was documented and live-streamed by Nariman, and following a public outcry in Israel, the two were arrested, alongside Ahed’s couson, Noor. Over the course of her detention and trial, Ahed Tamimi has garnered massive following among Palestinian youth and international solidarity, amidst calls for her release. Nevertheless, both Ahed and her mother Nariman were sentenced to eight months in Israeli prison. The occasion of their release, therefore, became a national as well as local celebration of Palestinian steadfastness and resilience. A day before their release, Israel detained three Italian graffiti artists who drew a giant mural of Ahed Tamimi in Bethlehem on the separation wall.
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