Italian Artists Arrested And Jailed For Painting A Mural Of Ahed Tamimi

Israeli security forces on Saturday detained two Italian artists for painting a mural of the jailed Palestinian teen, Ahed al-Tamimi, on the separation barrier that snakes through the occupied West Bank.

on Saturday, Israeli security forces arrested two Italian graffiti artists who were painting a mural of a jailed Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, 17, on the Israeli separation barrier in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

according to Palestinian officials, the two Italian activists and a Palestinian man were detained in Bethlehem when the artists were about to finish their painting.

Ahed Tamimi was sent to prison for assault after being filmed kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier late last year when she was just 16. The 17-year-old Palestinian girl has spent the last several months in Israeli police custody.

To express their support for al-Tamimi, the two artists, started to paint a larger-than-life portrait of the detained teen, who has become a symbol of the Palestinian resistance on Friday.

But the teen’s father, Basem al-Tamimi, on Monday, voiced hope that his daughter — who was slated for release on Aug. 19 at the latest — could be released Sunday.

The mural is the creation of Italian street artist Agostino Chirwin, also known as ‘Jorit Agoch,’ who has a reputation for hyper-realistic murals of activists, politicians and other campaigners. Chirwin obscured his identity while painting the mural by keeping a black cloth wrapped around his head.

The mural is the creation of Italian street artist Agostino Chirwin, also known as ‘Jorit Agoch.’ Chirwin obscured his identity while painting the mural by keeping a black cloth wrapped around his head. He has a reputation for hyper-realistic murals of activists, politicians and other campaigners.

The identities of the second Italian artist have not yet been released.

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