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Ashrawi welcomes release of Ahed al-Tamimi

July 30, 2018 1:16 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 2, 2018 12:16 P.M.)
Dr.Hanan Ashrawi (File)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi welcomed the release of the 17-year-old Palestinian Ahed al-Tamimi and her mother, Nariman, who were held in Israeli prisons for the last eight months.

Ashrawi said in a statement that "Ahed and Nariman, both prominent Palestinian activists, were wrongfully and unjustly imprisoned by Israeli occupation forces in December. The motive for their vindictive arrest was political- Ahed, who is underage and turned seventeen behind prison bars, slapped an Israeli soldier who showed up with dozens of others to invade her family's home in Nabi Saleh, and Nariman filmed the incident."

"Ahed and her humanity captured the imagination of many people around the world because of her spirit and refusal not to be intimidated by Israeli soldiers."

Ashrawi said that Ahed's story, and the stories of her courageous relatives, expose not just the "immorality" but also the "cowardly nature" of Israeli forces.

"The al-Tamimi family has become a symbol of resistance and resilience and an icon of dignity and pride for the Palestinian people."

Ashrawi added that the celebration of Ahed and Nariman's release is a reminder of the roughly 5,900 Palestinians, including 291 children, who are currently being held in Israeli prisons and detention centers, saying that "Israel persistently violates the rights of Palestinian political prisoners while the international community turns a blind eye to such illegal behavior and inhumane treatment."

"We pay great tribute to all Palestinians imprisoned by the belligerent military occupier, and we will continue to pursue political and legal means to seek freedom and justice for all Palestinian prisoners, their families and loved ones."

Ashrawi also called upon the international community to immediately intervene and bring Israel to fulfill its obligations under International Law and International Humanitarian Law with respect to Palestinian political prisoners.
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