Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi out of Israeli prison

Tamimi's arrest drew international condemnation

Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi, who became an worldwide symbol of resistance to Israeli occupation after slapping two soldiers, walked out of an Israeli prison Sunday and told throngs of journalists and well-wishers that she now wants to study law to defend her people.

Al-Tamimi has turned into a Palestinian resistance icon after she was filmed while slapping an Israeli soldier.

Tamimi is well-known for her protests against the Israel Defense Forces and is considered by many Palestinians as somewhat of a protest icon.

Israelis regarded the incident, which Tamimi's mother relayed live on Facebook, as a staged provocation.

Speaking for the first time since the end of her stint in the HaSharon prison in central Israel, the 17-year-old spoke outside her family's West Bank home, thronged by journalists.

On Saturday, Israeli police detained two Italian artists and a Palestinian for painting an enormous mural of Tamimi's face on the Israeli separation wall at Bethlehem. Words were exchanged but there was no violence.

Israeli authorities appeared keen to avoid media coverage of the release as much as possible, and conflicting information had meant supporters and journalists scrambled to arrive on time at the correct location.

Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi has been released from prison after serving almost eight months in detention, according to Israeli authorities.

Palestinian activist and campaigner Ahed Tamimi (C) gestures, as she stands between her father (C-L) and mother (C-R), during a press conference in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on July 29, 2018. The incident, which happened on December 15, occurred shortly after a soldier gravely wounded her 15-year-old cousin nearby by shooting him in the head with a rubber bullet.

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Her arrest drew worldwide attention.

Lasky twice complained to the attorney general on this issue, however, no investigation was opened by the appropriate authorities into investigators from the Israeli military intelligence.

"I'm boycotting the Israeli media because they have consistently defamed my family and our struggle", she said.

Ahed Tamimi is the most aggressive of the two in the video.

"This proves that the [Israeli] law enforcement system infringes upon the rights of Palestinian minors", the complain concluded.

"From this martyr's house, I say: resistance is continuing until the occupation is removed", she told reporters after her release, wearing the trademark Palestinian keffiyeh scarf.

Ahed was 16 when she was arrested and turned 17 while in custody. She was arrested at her home four days later, in the middle of the night.

Her mother Nariman was also arrested, as was her cousin Nour.

They then move backwards after Nariman Tamimi becomes involved. She accepted an eight-month prison sentence in May as part of a plea deal and was released early for administrative reasons at the discretion of Israel's prison service.

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