Israel Arrests Italian Artists Who Painted a West Bank Mural of Ahed Tamimi

Palestinian officials said Israeli border police arrested the two artists who crafted the large painting, now on display at a separation barrier in Bethlehem

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Artists painting a mural depicting Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi.
Artists painting a mural depicting Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi. Credit: \ MUSSA ISSA QAWASMA/ REUTERS
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Israeli border police on Saturday arrested two Italian graffiti artists who were painting a mural of a jailed Palestinian teenager, , on the Israeli separation barrier in Bethlehem in the West Bank, according to Palestinian officials.

Artists painting a mural depicting Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi.
Artists painting a mural depicting Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi. Credit: \ MUSSA ISSA QAWASMA/ REUTERS

Tamimi, now 17, was sent to prison for assault after being filmed kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier late last year, when she was 16.

Tamimi became a heroine to Palestinians after the Dec. 15 incident outside her home in the village of Nabi Saleh was streamed live on Facebook by her mother and went viral. 

Artists painting a mural depicting Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi.
Artists painting a mural depicting Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi. Credit: AFP

An Israeli police spokesman did not return a call for comment.

The Palestine Liberation Organization said on Twitter that Israeli forces had arrested the two Italian artists and a Palestinian who was with them. 

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