A Palestinian teenager released by Israel on Sunday after completing a prison term for kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier urged continued struggle against Israeli occupation of the West Bank, a call echoed by the Palestinian president.
Tamimi, 17, and her mother Nariman Tamimi, who was also jailed over the incident, were set free this morning after over seven months in jail, returning to celebrations in their hometown of Nabi Saleh in the central West Bank.
Israeli Cabinet minister Uri Ariel said the Tamimi case highlighted what could happen if Israel lets its guard down.
This week an Italian artist daubed a 14-foot image of her face and curly reddish hair on the Israeli separation wall in the occupied West Bank. This is Palestinian activist Ahmed Odeh.
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They were released some three weeks early, a common practice by Israeli authorities due to overcrowded prisons, Tamimi's lawyer Gaby Lasky said.
Israel's prison service says it has released Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi.
In Israel, however, she is seen by many as either as a provocateur, an irritation or a threat to the military's deterrence policy.
Israel treated her actions as a criminal offence, indicting her on charges of assault and incitement.
Just hours before the soldiers arrived at the Tamimi home on 15 December, the family were informed that Israeli forces had shot Ahed's 15-year-old cousin Mohammed in the head. Her eight-month sentence was the result of a plea deal.
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"I thank everyone who supported me in this sentence and supports all the prisoners". Israeli police said they were caught in the act along with another Palestinian and arrested for vandalism.
Amnesty International condemned the arrest, saying it violated international law and underlining that the detention of minors should be used only as a last resort.
"You can not take a little terrorist girl and make her a hero, and this is what we did", Oren Hazan, an Israeli MP from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party, told AFP news agency.
According to Palestinian figures, roughly 6,500 Palestinians - including an estimated 350 minors - are now languishing in Israeli prisons.
Israel captured and occupied the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem in the 1967 war with Jordan, Egypt and Syria.
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