Tamimi arrives for the beginning of her trial in Israeli military court. Photo: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old Palestinian girl arrested for slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers, has been released from prison after serving an eight-month sentence, reports the AP.

Why it matters: She became a polarizing, global figure of Palestinian resistance in December, when a video of her hitting the soldiers in retaliation for the death of her 15-year-old cousin went viral. Per the AP, she received "a hero's welcome" upon returning to her West Bank village Sunday.

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