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Abbas Meets with Family of Palestinian Teen Filmed Slamming Israeli Soldier

palestinian Ahed Tamimi is brought to a courtroom inside Ofer military prison near Jerusalem, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. Tamimi, a blonde 17-year-old from the West Bank village of Nebi Saleh, was arrested last week by Israeli troops and faces charges of attacking soldiers. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
AP/Mahmoud Illean

The Times of Israel reports: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met on Monday with the family of Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager who was filmed slapping and shoving IDF soldiers in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

It was the first meeting of its kind between Abbas and the Tamimi family since the arrest of the 17-year-old following the December 15 incident. Abbas saluted the courage of Ahed and her family “in confronting the might of the occupation and the assaults carried out by its soldiers,” according to a statement released by the PA president’s office after the meeting.

Abbas said that the Tamimi family’s actions were an indication of the Palestinian people’s clinging to their land, the statement added. “The peaceful popular resistance against the occupation is a powerful weapon in the hands of the Palestinian people and exposes the falsity of the occupation,” Abbas was quoted as telling the Tamimi family.

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