17-year-old Palestinian civil protest icon Ahed Tamimi, along with her mother Nariman, were released from Israeli prison Sunday, after serving more than seven months in prison.
The two were greeted by hundreds of people in their hometown of Nabi Saleh, in the central part of the West Bank.
Israeli protesters also gathered outside the prison to demand that the 17-year old girl remain imprison detention for slapping an armed Israeli soldier who invaded her home in Nabi Saleh village, near Ramallah, late last year.
Tamimi was snatched from her bed and home in the middle of a cold winter night, in December, when she was only 16 years old, after a video showed her facing and slapping a fully armed Israeli soldier, at her home.
Her mother, Nariman, was arrested the next day, when she went to visit her at her a detention center, where she was charged with incitement for posting the video on social media.
Both daughter and mother were sentenced, by an Israeli court, to eight months in prison, almost the same time that an Israeli soldier received for shooting and killing an incapacitated and wounded Palestinian in Hebron, and whose sentence was later reduced.
The soldier received a heroâs welcome after his early release, by fellow extremist Jewish settlers in Hebron, where he committed his crime in front of cameras and soldiers.
Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (firstname.lastname@example.org)