Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian released on Sunday from Israel’s arrest, said she would continue to defend the Palestinians and resist the Israelis. But without being slapped and kicked, as he had done so far.
will continue my university studies and study law so that I can take the cause of my country to all international forums and be able to represent the cause of the prisoners,” said Tamimi, 17.
“The prison taught me a lot of things and I was able to see the right way to get the message from my hometown,” she told a news conference after being released from jail with her mother, Narimane.
Before that, both had been received by the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmud Abbas. The Palestinian leader considered the young woman as “a model of peaceful civil resistance … showing the world that the Palestinian people will stand steadily in their land, no matter what sacrifice they have to make.”
Tamimi and her mother were transferred from Sharon prison in Israel to Nabi Saleh in the West Bank where they live.
With shoulders covered with a keffiyeh , handkerchief symbol of Palestinian resistance, the young woman thanked the welcome and said: “The resistance will continue until the occupation ends.”
Tamimi was arrested on December 19, 2017, a few days after starring in a video that became viral and in which he argues with an Israeli soldier, slapping him and kicking him.
While the Palestinians see it as a heroine, Israel says it is exploited by the family. Detained when she was still 16 years old (eight years in protest against Israel) she was sentenced to eight months in jail after being found guilty.
The Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which was ultimately aimed at creating two states living side by side and in peace (Israel and Palestine), is at a standstill. The unconditional support of US President Donald Trump to the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu has not facilitated the resumption of negotiations.