17 year old Palestinian Activist to receive bravery award after spending 8 months in jail
17 year old Palestinian activist, Ahed Tamimi, just spent the last 8 months in an Israeli prison. Since her arrest, she has become an international icon. She held a press conference after being released and said:
“ I see peace as all of us living together without borders, without occupation, all of us equal.. the resistance continues until the occupation ends.”
Why was she arrested?
Just hours after her 15 year old cousin was shot in the face by Israeli soldiers, a video surfaced of her slapping two of the soldiers. That video ended up going viral around the world. Now, she’s seen as a hero and a symbol of hope for many.
Now, Ahed is being celebrated around the world. She was invited to South Africa by Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, to receive an award for her bravery. Streets and major roadways have also been named after her across several cities in The Netherlands.
Two Italian artists painted her face on the giant wall separating Israel from the West Bank. Once they were done painting, the artists were arrested and told they had 3 days to leave the country.
According to Amnesty International , hundreds of Palestinian children remain in prison despite not committing a crime. Although her arrest and “fame” is controversial, she plans to study international law so that she can represent Palestine one day.
Middle East Monitor