Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi was released from Israeli custody after eight months of incarceration. Ahed thanked all her supporters and her family members who stood by her and supported her, while also saying that her release felt bitter-sweet because of her Palestinian sisters and friends who remain in Israeli prisons.
"My happiness is not complete without my sisters [Palestinian female prisoners], who are not with me. I hope that they will also be free," Ahed told local and international reporters Sunday hours after her release.
Ahed was arrested on Dec. 19, 2017, days after being filmed – with her cousin Nour Tamimi – slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers who had invaded the Tamimi home, near Ramallah.
The 17-year-old – who celebrated a birthday while behind bars – garnered international attention and major support from high-profile artists, actors, academics, and athletes across the globe.