Ahed Tamimi as Joan of Arc. Collage of Public Domain and CC images
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Ahed Tamimi was arrested after slapping an Israeli soldier. Now the teen with long blond curly hair has become a global symbol of resistance. Tamimi, now 17, did that by simply bucking a longstanding stereotype of Palestinian activists — hoary old warriors and rock-throwing young men — and in the process electrifying a Palestinian population disheartened by years of settlement-building on land envisioned as a future state. She also prompted renewed international attention on Israel's occupation of the West Bank, and on the Palestinian cause in general.