Lebanese officials were united Sunday to celebrate the release of Ahed Tamimi from prison.
Tamimi, 17, and her mother, Nariman, were released earlier in the day after having served eight months in an Israeli prison. They were greeted amid cheers by crowds of supporters and journalists.
Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh applauded Tamimi’s courage and release, with Hariri tweeting, “Congratulations to the courageous girl Ahed Tamimi for [being released] to freedom, and a salute to all the Palestinian fighters in the prisons of the Israeli occupation and the heroic Palestinian people.”
Former Premier Najib Mikati lauded Tamimi’s steadfastness and said that as long as the Palestinians continue fighting for their rights, their sacrifices will eventually pay off.
Progressive Socialist Party head Walid Joumblatt tweeted, “No matter how long it takes, Palestine will be freed. Salutations to the heroine of steadfastness and challenge, Ahed Tamimi.”
Caretaker Justice Minister Salim Jreissati lent the release a local connection: “Ahed Tamimi was released by the force of right and our [presidency] is forever free with the force of the National Covenant and the Constitution and can’t be cornered,” he tweeted. He was referring to the term of President Michel Aoun.
Tamimi was detained in December after a video of her slapping two Israeli soldiers outside her family home went viral. She faced 12 charges, including aggravated assault, and in March pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. She was sentenced to eight months in prison.
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