Israel arrests Italians who painted mural of Palestinian teen

Palestinian activist and campaigner Ahed Tamimi is seen at the tomb of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank

Israel arrests Italians who painted mural of Palestinian teen

Tamimi, 17, and her mother were indicted by an Israeli military court late past year after a video of the youth kicking and slapping two armed Israeli soldiers outside her home went viral on Facebook.

"The occupation is doomed to end and [Israeli] detention will not break our will", the 17-year-old teenager added.

"Ahed Tamimi's release must not obscure the familiar and continuing story of the Israeli military using discriminatory policies to lock up Palestinian children", said Higazi, who described her arrest as "a blatant attempt by the Israeli authorities to intimidate those who dare to challenge the ongoing brutal repression by occupying forces".

Following her release release on Sunday, Tamimi was greeted by hundreds of supporters and journalists in Nabi Saleh.

"The resistance continues until the fall of the occupation, and of course the (female) prisoners in jail are all strong", Ahed Tamimi said, her voice barely audible above the crowd. Most countries consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be illegal, something Israel disputes. She laid a wreath and recited a prayer from the Qur'an, the Muslim holy book, and was then taken with her family to a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at his headquarters in Ramallah. The episode was streamed live on Facebook by her mother.

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Ahed comes from a family of prominent activists and has been involved in a series of previous incidents, with pictures of her confronting Israeli troops widely published.

In the wake of the assault, Education Minister Naftali Bennet said he would like to see her in jail for the rest of her life, while another MP said he would like to "hit her in the face".

Tamimi was arrested in the early hours of December 19, four days after the incident.

Ahed was 16 when she was arrested and turned 17 in custody. She was also passionately defended in the Australian Parliament.

Israel treated her actions as a criminal offence, indicting her on charges of assault and incitement.

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The statement said the three, who were masked, "illegally drew on the wall, and when border policemen took action to arrest them, they tried to escape in their auto, which was stopped by the forces".

The video shows the cousins approaching two soldiers and telling them to leave, before shoving, kicking and slapping them.

But in Israel, many welcomed Ahed's arrest.

Relatives say that a member of the Tamimi family was wounded in the head by a rubber bullet fired during those protests.

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