Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi released from prison after eight months; jailed for slapping two Israeli soldiers

Palestine: Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi was released from prison Sunday after serving eight months for slapping two Israeli soldiers, an episode captured on video that made her a symbol of resistance for Palestinians.
Tamimi, 17, and her mother Nariman arrived in their village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank, where they were met by crowds of supporters and journalists.
“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.
Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi returned home to a hero’s welcome in her West Bank village on Sunday. AP Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi returned home to a hero’s welcome in her West Bank village on Sunday. AP
“I thank everyone who supported me in this sentence and supports all the prisoners.”
Her father Bassem put his arms around Tamimi and her mother as they walked together along the road, the crowd chanting “we want to live in freedom”.
Tamimi later visited the tomb of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah and laid flowers there.
She also visited the home of a family member who was shot dead in June clashes after he threw a rock at Israeli soldiers.
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.
Tamimi and her mother had been driven early on Sunday from Israel’s Sharon prison into the occupied West Bank, authorities said.
But the location of the checkpoint where they were to cross into the territory was changed three times before it was finally announced they were being taken to a crossing at Rantis, about an hour’s drive from the initial location.Family members and supporters gathered at the checkpoint to greet them, but the military vehicles driving them did not stop,