Palestinian girl, 17, filmed kicking Israeli soldiers is freed from prison

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

The Palestinian teenager and her mother left prison on Sunday after completing an eight-month sentence for slapping and kicking Israeli soldiers. She was arrested shortly after and accepted an eight-month plea bargain in May.

Video of the incident outside her home in Nabi Saleh past year went viral.

Following her release release on Sunday, Tamimi was greeted by hundreds of supporters and journalists in Nabi Saleh.

Israel's prison service says it has released Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi. Which means that she will probably be at it again soon - at least as long as she hasn't hit age 18.

Ahed was arrested in December after the then-16-year-old confronted two Israeli soldiers in the driveway of her home in the occupied West Bank - pushing, shoving and slapping them after they refused to leave her yard. She had become a cause célèbre for Palestinian supporters, and rallies were held in several locations calling for her release after her arrest in December. Israel has treated her actions as a criminal offence, indicting her on charges of assault and incitement.

From her home, Ahed headed to a visit to the grave of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. "All the female prisoners in jail are strong, and I thank everyone who stood by me while I was in prison".

Israel maintains control over most of the West Bank, where the Palestinians have limited self-rule.

Ahed's case has trained a spotlight on the detention of Palestinian minors by Israel, a practice that has been criticised by worldwide rights groups.

In a sign of the sensitivity of the case, Israeli authorities on Saturday arrested two Italians and a Palestinian for painting Tamimi's now-familiar image on the Israeli separation wall cutting off the West Bank.

"You can not take a little terrorist girl and make her a hero, and this is what we did", Oren Hazan, an Israeli MP from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party, told AFP news agency.

Some 300 minors are now being held, according to Palestinian figures.

Israel captured and occupied the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem in the 1967 war with Jordan, Egypt and Syria.

"We have seen from the interrogation videos, from how she behaves in court, that she is incredibly confident and resilient".

  • Tracy Klein