POLITICS >Turkish PM eats breakfast with Palestinian girl who challenged Israeli troops

ŞANLIURFA – Anatolia News Agency

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sat down forbreakfast today with Ahed Tamimi, a 13-year-old Palestinian girl who gainedworldwide fame after challenging Israeli troops who arrested her brother.

Erdoğan received Tamimi and her mother, Neriman Tamimi,at his hotel in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa. Erdoğan spoke with thepair for a while and gave several gifts to the family.

Speaking to Anatolia news agency after the breakfast,Ahed Tamimi said she had had a breakfast with a prime minister for the firsttime in her life.

"I thanked Prime Minister Erdoğan for hishospitality and his support for Palestine," she said.

Tamimi was awarded with the "Handala CourageAward" in Istanbul on Dec. 26.

Visiting Turkey as a guest of Istanbul’s BaşakşehirMunicipality, the girl attended a series of events ahead of the award ceremonyand opened an art exhibition titled "Being a child in Palestine.”

During the ceremony, she thanked Turkish children forwelcoming her while also calling on Palestinian children to stand tall, whilealso saying she brandished her fist at Israeli soldiers in the thought that shecould make Palestine free.

Tamimi also told the agency that she said she would liketo become a lawyer in order to contribute to the Palestinian issue.

The Handala Courage Award, handed out by the BasaksehirMunicipality, was named after the cartoon character Handala created byPalestinian cartoonist Naji Salim al-Ali, who is noted for his politicalcriticism of Arab regimes and Israel in his works.

Handala, a 10-year-old boy, has become an icon ofPalestinian identity and defiance.


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