Viral video of teen slapping soldiers has both sides claiming a win

The Israeli soldiers beat the occupants of the house and took the cameras that documented the brutality of the Israeli soldiers during their suppression of the protests in the village over several years.

It is alleged that Ahed was arrested for slapping a soldier during a demonstration the day before. It was shared by Quds News Network the same day with the caption: "These courageous Palestinians girls from the Tamimi family managed to kick two heavily armed Israeli soldiers who wanted to break into their house". The family alleged the soldiers beat them during the raid.

The arrest warrant, which was carried out by soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Border Police, stated that the girl was arrested for taking part in violent riots in the village, the Times of Israel reported, citing a statement from the IDF.

Two years ago, the family made headlines when an Israeli soldier violently attempted to arrest Nariman's son Muhammad, who had one arm in a cast at the time.

The arrest came in the wake of an incident, in which Ahed Tamimi, 17, and another teenager were seen on a video footage slapping and kicking two heavily-armed Israeli soldiers in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh in the central West Bank.

After Israelis Eitam and Na'ama Henkin were murdered in front of their four young children, Manal Tamimi tweeted, "all settlers in West Bank should stay at their house, Pal lions still free & can reach u & kill you where ever u r".

"They didn't give a reason for her arrest", he told AFP.

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According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, an Israeli nongovernmental organisation (NGO), a parent has the right to accompany their child during an interrogation in the occupied Palestinian territory. Her arrest is not so surprising to anyone familiar with the Tamimis.

Mohammad had to be put under a medically induced coma, from which he woke up on Tuesday, 72 hours later.

"Ahed was telling the soldiers to get away from our home", her father said.

Nafatali Bennet, Israel's education minister who is known for his hawkish views, told Army Radio on Tuesday that Ahed and the other women in the video should "finish their lives in prison".

The video quickly became viral on social networks and widely broadcast by Israeli media.

"This has given us the message that everyone now is being targeted - men, women, and children", she said.

The sixteen-year-old is a member of a famous activist family from the village of Nabi Saleh, which holds nearly weekly protests against Israeli occupation.

  • Megan Austin