Israel Detains 2 Italian Artists for Ahed al-Tamimi Mural

Published July 29th, 2018 - 07:26 GMT
Italian artist Jorit Agoch (L) paints mural depicting jailed Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi next to another artist on Israel's controversial separation barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, July 25,2018 (AFP/ File)
Italian artist Jorit Agoch (L) paints mural depicting jailed Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi next to another artist on Israel's controversial separation barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, July 25,2018 (AFP/ File)

Israeli security forces on Saturday detained two Italian artists for painting a mural of the jailed Palestinian teen, Ahed al-Tamimi, on the separation barrier that snakes through the occupied West Bank.

Muhammad al-Lahham, a Palestinian activist, said that two Italian activists and a Palestinian man were detained in Bethlehem when the artists were about to finish their painting.

The 17-year-old Palestinian girl has spent the last several months in Israeli police custody.

The whereabouts and identities of the trio remain unknown.

On Friday, the two artists, who preferred not to give their names and who have not made any statements to the press, started to paint a larger-than-life portrait of the detained teen, who has become a symbol of the Palestinian resistance, to express their support for al-Tamimi.

Earlier this year, al-Tamimi was slapped with eight months behind bars for “attacking” an Israeli soldier.

But the teen’s father, Basem al-Tamimi, on Monday voiced hope that his daughter -- who was slated for release on Aug. 19 at latest -- could be released Sunday.

The Israeli authorities, however, have yet to announce an official release date for the detained teen.

In 2012, Istanbul’s Basaksehir Municipality granted al-Tamimi the prestigious Hanzala Courage Award for defying Israeli soldiers who had just arrested her brother.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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