Ahed Tamimi speaks during a press conference on the outskirts of the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, July 29, 2018. Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi and her mother Nariman returned home to a hero's welcome in her West Bank village on Sunday after Israel released the 17-year-old from prison at the end of her eight-month sentence for slapping and kicking Israeli soldiers.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Palestinian teen icon says she has a 'political future'

July 30, 2018 - 7:06 am

NABI SALEH, West Bank (AP) — Teenage Palestinian protester Ahed Tamimi has vowed to keep demonstrating against the Israeli occupation and says she expects to have a "political future," without elaborating.

Tamimi spoke to The Associated Press on Monday after serving an eight-month sentence for slapping two Israeli soldiers in an incident captured on film that has made her an icon among Palestinians and their supporters.

She said she hopes to pursue a law degree in order to document human rights violations.

The curly-haired 17-year-old struck the soldiers outside her West Bank home in frustration after learning that troops wounded a cousin in nearby clashes. Israel views her as a provocateur.

Her case sparked debate over what constitutes legitimate resistance to Israel's half-century rule over the Palestinians.

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