World Bulletin / News Desk
A 10-year-old girl who was featured in a video angrily punching an Israeli soldier has arrived in Turkey as a guest of the Başakşehir Municipality of İstanbul.
Ahed Tamimi has become a hero to many in Turkey after a video showing her hitting Israeli soldiers -- who remain nonchalant, possibly due to the presence of cameras at the scene, after her brother's detention -- was posted online on Nov. 28. She arrived in İstanbul on Monday. Her first words were “I am very to be happy to be in Erdoğan's country,” referring to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a beloved figure in Palestine for his staunch opposition to Israeli policies in Gaza.
Tamimi arrived in Turkey on a Jordan Air flight at 2 p.m. on Monday, accompanied by her mother, Neriman Tamimi. She was greeted by primary school students holding flowers and Palestinian flags. Ahed made a victory sign, posing at journalists' cameras, and said after her initial statement at the airport: “I didn't fear the Israeli soldiers at all. I showed them the courage of Palestinians.”
Tamimi will be presented the Hanzala Bravery Award by the Başakşehir Municipality. The 10 year old, who appeared to be shy during her interviews, will also attend a panel on Palestine.
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