Hebrew slogans calling for the release of Palestinian teenager Ahed al-Tamimi have been scrawled on the walls of poor neighborhoods in Tel Aviv.
Written in fluent Hebrew, some of the slogans read “Freedom for Ahed al-Tamimi,” “Ahed al-Tamimi is a hero” and “We love you Ahed al-Tamimi.”
The Tel Aviv municipality was quick to erase the writings and police have launched a probe into the matter.
They suspect that Arabs fluent in Hebrew are behind it. They also did not rule out however the possibility that radical Jews may be involved.
An Israeli court had on Monday extended Tamimi’s detention to Wednesday.
Tamimi, 16, was arrested for slapping Israeli soldiers. She was filmed in December outside her family home, pushing, kicking and slapping soldiers, who fended off the blows without retaliating.
The prosecution is demanding that her detention be extended until all judicial measures against her are complete. Her defense has demanded that she be released because it believes that the prosecution is demanding too harsh a sentence.
Her lawyer presented to the court several cases of Jewish settlers who had done much more than slap a soldier and their detention was not extended until their judicial measures were over.
Tamimi should not be discriminated against simply because she is an Arab, she added.
She was indicted earlier this month on several counts, including attacking the soldiers.
The European Union had expressed on Friday its concern over her ongoing detention.