Erdogan invites Ahed Tamimi to visit Turkey and meet him


ANKARA, PALESTINOW.COM — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan extended an invitation to Ahed Tamimi, who was recently released from an Israeli jail, to visit Turkey and meet him in the country.

Reaching to Tamimi by phone, Erdogan congratulated her on her release, hailing her strong determination.

After eight months in Israeli captivity, Tamimi, 17, was released on Sunday as a celebrated figure in Palestinian politics, amid a period of particular tension along the border.

Tamimi was arrested on December 19 last year, days after she was filmed with her cousin Nour Tamimi slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers who refused to leave their home in Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah.

Turning 17 in prison, Tamimi was denied bail throughout her detention and subsequent trial in an Israeli court, where she was tried for assault, stone-throwing, incitement to violence and making threats.

For Palestinians, Tamimi became a hero for standing up to Israeli aggression and invasion of her family home.

Ahed’s case drew international support from high-profile artists, actors, academics, and athletes calling for the teenager’s release.

Ahed, who comes from a family of prominent activists, made headlines after she was filmed biting the hand of an Israeli soldier trying to arrest her brother. Before that, she was photographed defying soldiers in her village. (PIC)

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