Tamimi Honoured By Football Giants

JERUSALEM — Ahed Tamimi, the Palestin­ian teenager jailed for eight months for slapping an Israeli solider, was honoured on Saturday by Spanish football giants Real Madrid.

Tamimi’s case made headlines around the world, when the then-16-year-old was filmed hitting an Israeli soldier while re­fusing to leave her family home in the occupied West Bank’s Nabi Saleh, hours after her cousin had been shot in the head by Israel’s military.

The footage went viral on Facebook, and when Tamimi and her mother were jailed by Israel using the video as evidence she became a sym­bol of Palestinian resistance.

Now it appears she has caught the attention of the club of Puskas, Raul and two Ronaldos.

Shortly before Real Madrid’s derby match with bitter rivals Atletico Ma­drid, Tamimi was greeted by Emilio Butragueno, the legendary former forward and top club official.

Tamimi was presented with a Real Madrid shirt with “Ahed” on the back, along with the number nine – com­monly used by strikers.

Adding to the luster of the occasion were the multiple Champions League trophies lined up behind her.

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