Bassem Tamimi, Ahed's father, told The Daily Star that the arrest came after a video of her clashing with Israeli soldiers Friday went viral. They circulated pictures of Ahed when she was a little girl raising a fist in front of Israeli soldiers.
The arrest warrant, which was carried out by soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Border Police, stated that the girl was arrested for taking part in violent riots in the village, the Times of Israel reported, citing a statement from the IDF.
Ahed's father, mother and brothers had been repeatedly arrested by Israeli forces for their opposition to the decades-long occupation of Palestinian territories.
According to reports, the victim was shot at close range during demonstrations staged in the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank. We are used to criticism from the worldwide community about the violence of the occupation, but we are not so accustomed to criticism over two soldiers who thought before raising their hands to strike.
Nafatali Bennet, Israel's education minister who is known for his hawkish views, told Army Radio on Tuesday that Ahed and the other women in the video should "finish their lives in prison". The iconic image of a blindfolded 16-year-old Palestinian named Fawzi al Junaidi being dragged by Israeli soldiers became a symbol of last week's protests against Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
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"Israeli military repression of protests by the villagers has left many members of the family wounded, killed or imprisoned over the years".
Israel soldiers grab Ahed Tamimi and a relative as she is being arrested at the entrance to Nabi Saleh's water spring, during the weekly protest against the occupation in the West Bank village, August 24, 2012.
Nabi Saleh could have been an inconsequential village with a population of about 600 in the middle of Ramallah's rolling hills if not for a small fresh water spring called Ein al-Qaws and a determined community unwilling to back down.
"Everyone involved, not only the girl but also her parents and those around them will not escape from what they deserve", he said. One year later, she witnessed the army shoot and kill her uncle Rashadi.
Manal Tamimi, a second cousin of Mohammed, said the bullet entered the teen's face below his nose and broke his jaw before getting lodged into his skull. And they continue to pay the price for their refusal to accept the status quo, for their steadfast challenge to mechanisms of the occupation. This morning, the army finally gave them what they've been demanding.