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West Bank Teen Ahed Tamimi Becomes Poster Child for Palestinian Plight

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    In this Friday, Aug, 28, 2015 photo, Palestinian women and girls scuffle with an Israeli soldier trying to arrest a 12-year-old boy during a protest near the West Bank village of Nebi Saleh. A video showing the incident has been viewed more than 2 million times on Facebook, and shined a light on Israeli military policies in the territory.

    Fourteen-year-old Ahed Tamimi, who was photographed biting and hitting a masked and armed Israeli soldier who was thrusting her 12-year-old brother down onto a rock in the West Bank, has become the poster child for the Palestinian fight against Israeli occupation.

    Tamimi's activism already made her a fixture in social media. In December, 2012 she was filmed shouting at and shoving soldiers twice her size, which earned her an invitation to Turkey to receive a "courage" award.

    Since the viral image, journalists have beaten a path to her family's door in the village of Nabi Saleh to speak to her about her ultimate goal — the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank. Israel has occupied the area since 1967 but Palestinians see it as integral to a future state.