The Latest: Father says protest icon got call from Erdogan
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the release of Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi from an Israeli prison (all times local):
The father of Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called her to congratulate her on her release from an Israeli prison.
Ahed’s father, Bassem, says his daughter received the call Sunday, hours after returning home from an eight-month prison stint for slapping two Israeli soldiers. Tamimi has become an international symbol of resistance to Israel’s half century-old military rule over Palestinians In Israel, where she is seen as a troublemaker or threat to the military’s deterrence.
Bassem Tamimi says he does not know what Erdogan said to his daughter.
Erdogan received Ahed Tamimi in Turkey in 2012, after she scuffled with an Israeli soldier trying to arrest her brother.
Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi, who spent eight months in Israeli detention for slapping two soldiers, says she plans to study law to “defend my people and the Palestinian cause.”
The 17-year-old spoke outside her family’s West Bank home, thronged by journalists. The teen, who became a symbol of resistance to Israeli occupation for Palestinians and their supporters, received a hero’s welcome after her release from prison Sunday.
Tamimi spoke cautiously. At one point, she raised her fist in the air and said that “the occupation must leave,” but did not commit to political activism.
The teen says prison taught her to be patient, to love life and to work with others. She says she completed her high school exams in detention with the help of other prisoners.
Israel’s prison service says it has released Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi.
Spokesman Assaf Librati says Tamimi and her mother Nariman were released early on Sunday. They are being transferred by the army to the Palestinians territories. The 17-year-old served an eight-month prison term for slapping and kicking Israeli soldiers.
Easily recognizable by her unruly mop of curly red hair, she has become for many a symbol of resistance to Israel’s half-century-old military occupation.
In Israel, she is seen by many as either as a provocateur, an irritation or a threat to the military’s deterrence policy.
Supporters are preparing a festive homecoming for Tamimi in her West Bank village of Nabi Saleh later this morning.
Her family’s home has been decorated with Palestinian flags and hundreds of chairs await well-wishers.