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>> Many Palestinians are calling her a hero after 16 year old Ahed Tamimi was filmed punching an Israeli soldier. Three days later she was arrested. Now Israel has charged her for aggravated assault. Tamimi was filmed confronting troops outside her family home in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli Army says she threw stones, obstructed troops in their duty, and left a bruise on a soldier's brow.
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While the case has made her into a potent symbol for Palestinians, right-wing Israelis questioned whether the soldiers showed weakness by not striking back. An adult found guilty of assaulting a soldier could be jailed for up to ten years. But such an outcome would be unlikely for Tamimi as a minor.
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Tamimi's lawyer says while she's certain some charges will be dismissed, prosecutors may seek the maximum penalty in other counts. Tamimi, whose father is a prominent Palestinian activist, has made headlines before. She was pictured two years ago biting a soldier who tried to arrest her younger brother. And 2012, she was presented with an award in Turkey and met President Tayyip Erdogan after images of her confronting a soldier went viral.