Palestinian Girl Filmed Slapping IDF Soldiers in West Bank Is Arrested

Israeli security forces have arrested a Palestinian girl who was filmed while assaulting two soldiers during protests in the occupied West Bank.

The girl, identified as 16-year-old Ahed Tamim, was part of a group of females who pushed and slapped two Israeli soldiers, who did not respond to the abuse.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement that the girl was arrested for taking part in a protest in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Friday (December 15). She was arrested the following Monday and was being questioned by the Shin Bet security service, according to the Times of Israel.

The army said in a statement: "Several Palestinians entered a nearby home and continued throwing rocks at soldiers from inside the home with its occupants' consent.

"Forces removed the rioters from the home and remained standing in the entrance in order to prevent further entry. Later, several Palestinian women came out to face the soldiers in order to incite provocation."

The military said an investigation determined that an infantry company commander was one of the soldiers in the video. The inquiry concluded the commander "conducted himself professionally by not responding in kind."

It added: "But the Palestinians could have been arrested at the time of the incident, considering they were physically violent and were disrupting the soldiers from carrying out their tasks."

Ahed Tamim
The girl, identified as 16-year-old Ahed Tamim, was filmed while pushing and slapping two IDF soldiers. Bassem Tamimi / Facebook

But Bassem Tamimi, Ahed's father, told Israeli news site Ynetnews that the soldiers had attacked the family's house before the video was taken.

"The soldiers entered the grounds of the house, started throwing gas grenades around and broke the house's windows," he said.

"An hour prior to the incident, they beat a local young man, and there's even a possibility the soldiers who beat him were those two [soldiers in the video]."

He added that the behavior of the two soldiers did not impress him.

"Their conduct may seem humane at that instance, but I don't think their general conduct that day was humane. I'm proud of my daughter and what she did," he continued.

Bassem Tamimi wrote on his Facebook page after his daughter's arrest: "The [Israeli forces] raided my home and arrested my daughter following the Israeli media's attack against her. They stole our phones, cameras and laptops and beat my wife and children."

A similar incident occurred two years ago, when Ahed Tamimi was filmed as she bit the hand of an Israeli soldier who was holding a boy accused of having thrown stones.