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Israel detains Italian graffiti artists over Palestinian hero girl mural

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Italian artist Jorit Agoch (L) paints a mural depicting jailed Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi next to another artist on Israel's controversial separation barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on July 25,2018. (Photos by AFP)

Israeli forces have detained two Italian graffiti artists who were working on a mural of a jailed Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi.

According to Palestinian officials on Saturday, the two Italian artists and a Palestinian who was accompanying them were detained while they were working on a painting on the controversial Israeli separation barrier in Bethlehem in the West Bank.

Tamimi was sent to prison for assault after a film of her kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier in the West Bank went viral on December 15 last year.

The confrontation reportedly erupted after Israeli forces shot Tamimi’s cousin in the face with rubber bullet earlier that day leading to her anger.

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Faced with embarrassment as that video went viral, Israelis decided to arrest the courageous teenager. They took her into custody on December 19. According to some accounts, 20 Israeli army Jeeps arrived at Ahed's house before dawn to arrest her. Thirteen days later, she was charged with alleged assault, incitement, and throwing stones at Israeli military soldiers.  

Italian artist Jorit Agoch (L) paints a mural depicting jailed Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi next to another artist on Israel's controversial separation barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on July 25,2018.

During her incarceration Tamimi lawyer has accused her Israeli interrogator of sexual harassment.


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