(Electronic Intifada) Ahed Tamimi, center, and her mother Nariman spoke at a press conference in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah on 29 July, upon their release after spending eight months in Israeli prison. – APA images
The pair were given a hero’s welcome in their occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh and their release was covered by world media:
— Palestine Alqadi (@ALQadiPAL) July 29, 2018
— Sarah El Monzer (@SeraMonzer) July 29, 2018
— وكالة شهاب (@ShehabAgency) July 29, 2018
Ahed said she had no regrets for slapping an Israeli soldier, the action which brought down the revenge of Israel’s military against her and her family.
“I did nothing wrong that I should regret,” Ahed told Al Jazeera. “It was a natural reaction to the presence of a soldier in my home. The soldier came to my house, I didn’t go looking for him in order to hit him.”
“I won’t regret something that isn’t wrong,” Ahed added.
“Taught me to love life”
At a press conference following her release, Ahed said, “Prison taught me how to be patient, how to be in a group. It taught me to always love life, because when one is in prison everything feels more valuable.”
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Below is MC Gaza’s tribute to Ahed Tamimi and the 850 Palestinian children who are tortured every year, through the Israeli Occupation’s systematic, institutionalized detention centers.