Tunisian president to meet teen Palestinian icon Tamimi

By Adel al-Thabti

TUNIS (AA) – Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi will meet with teenage Palestinian resistance icon Ahed al-Tamimi on Tuesday, according to a presidential spokesperson.

“Essebsi will welcome al-Tamimi at Carthage Palace,” Aida al-Qulaibi told Anadolu Agency.

The Palestinian teen arrived in Tunisia late Monday upon an invitation from the Tunisian leader.

Later in the day, the Tunisian General Union of Labor will hold a ceremony to honor the Palestinian activist and her family, the union wrote on Facebook.

On July 29, Israeli authorities released al-Tamimi and her mother, Nariman, after both had served eight months behind bars.

The 17-year-old was detained by Israeli forces last December after she was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier during a raid on her home.

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