Arab League hails release of Palestine resistance icon

CAIRO (AA) – The Arab League on Tuesday congratulated the Palestinian people on the release of jailed Palestinian teen Ahed al-Tamimi — and her mother — following an eight-month stint in an Israeli prison.

“Al-Tamimi has become a symbol of Palestinian steadfastness… especially during this fateful phase through which the Palestinian cause is now passing,” Arab League Assistant Secretary-General Said Abu Ali said in a press statement.

“The defiance shown by Ahed and her mother in the face of Israeli crimes and terrorism is a victory for both the Palestinian people and the free peoples of the world,” he added.

On Sunday, the Israeli authorities released al-Tamimi and her mother, Nariman, after both had served out eight months behind bars.

Upon her release, al-Tamimi told reporters in her hometown of Nabi Saleh in the Israeli-occupied West Bank that the Palestinian people would “continue their struggle” against Israel’s decades-long occupation.

“The occupation is doomed,” the 17-year-old said defiantly. “They can’t break our will by throwing us behind bars.”

The Israeli authorities arrested al-Tamimi last December, later slapping her with an eight-month jail term for “attacking” an Israeli soldier.

Speaking to reporters in Nabi Saleh, al-Tamimi also thanked her supporters who, she said, had stood by her and her family during her months in detention.

“Palestinian prisoners [still in Israel’s custody] are in high spirits,” she said, promising to convey a message from them later on Tuesday.

In 2012, Istanbul’s Basaksehir Municipality granted al-Tamimi the prestigious Hanzala Courage Award for defying Israeli soldiers who had just arrested her brother.

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