Published: Sun, July 29, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Israeli forces detain Italian graffiti artists

Israeli forces detain Italian graffiti artists

Distressed, the family demanded that the soldiers leave its home.

Tamimi, 17, became a heroine to Palestinians after the December 15 incident outside her home in the village of Nabi Saleh was streamed live on Facebook by her mother and went viral.

Tamimi has garnered support from around the globe.

Her case sparked an outpouring of global criticism against Israel and a renewed focus on the treatment of Palestinian youths in Israeli military courts.

The identities of the second Italian artist and the accompanying Palestinian have not yet been released. The Times of Israel reports the two then plan to hold a press conference at the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, which is slated for demolition by Israeli forces. Israel finally settled on saying it would release her at the Rantis checkpoint, an hour's drive from there, leaving her relatives scrambling to reach the location in time. Her mother was arrested after posting the video on social media.

From a young age, Ahed had regularly taken part in protests against Israeli military occupation and the presence of an Israeli settlement just 200 metres away from her family home, built on what was once the village farmlands of Nabi Saleh.

Many Israelis also praised the restraint of the soldiers, who remained calm throughout, though others said her actions merited a tougher response.

From her home, Ahed headed for a visit to the grave of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. She was arrested in December and tried in an Israeli military court on charges including assault, stone-throwing and incitement to violence.

A Border Police spokesman confirmed the arrests and said the suspects had attempted to flee in their vehicle.

The three, whose faces were masked, "illegally drew on the wall, and when border policemen took action to arrest them, they tried to escape in their vehicle, which was stopped by the forces", the statement said.

On Thursday, a visiting artist completed a massive mural paying tribute to Tamimi on the Palestinian side of the West Bank separation barrier in Bethlehem.

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