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Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi set to be released from jail today in deal for Gaza hostages

Gianluca Pacchiani is the Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

Men walk past a section of Israel's security barrier painted with a portrait of Palestinian detainee Ahed Tamimi, on November 6, 2023 in Bethlehem in the West Bank.(HAZEM BADER / AFP)
Men walk past a section of Israel's security barrier painted with a portrait of Palestinian detainee Ahed Tamimi, on November 6, 2023 in Bethlehem in the West Bank.(HAZEM BADER / AFP)

Prominent Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi is on the list of 30 Palestinian prisoners, all women and minors, slated to be released from Israeli jails today.

Tamimi was arrested some three weeks ago after posting on social media that Palestinians will “slaughter” settlers and “drink your blood.”

“Our message to the herds of settlers is that we are waiting for you in all the West Bank cities, from Hebron to Jenin,” Tamimi wrote. “We will slaughter you and you will say that what Hitler did to you was a joke, we will drink your blood and eat your skulls. Come on, we’re waiting for you.”

Tamimi became an icon of the Palestinian cause at age 16 after she was jailed for slapping an Israeli soldier. She served an eight-month sentence in an Israeli prison, and after she was released, went on a victory tour, crisscrossing Europe and the Middle East.

So far, the terror group Hamas has released a total of 61 Israeli hostages and 20 foreign hostages during the five days of the temporary truce. The original deal stipulated that the pause in fighting could be extended up to a total of 10 days, including the first four — if Hamas releases at least 10 additional hostages each day, with Israel freeing more Palestinian inmates at a ratio of three prisoners for each hostage.

Israel has so far freed 180 female and underage Palestinians serving time in Israeli prisons for security offenses, and is expected to release 30 more today, including Tamimi.

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