A video of her confronting an Israeli soldier during a protest went viral over the weekend, and eventually led to her arrest on Tuesday. They circulated pictures of Ahed when she was a little girl raising a fist in front of Israeli soldiers.
The army later confirmed the arrest in a statement, saying the teenager took part in violent protests in the Ramallah area on Friday in which 200 soldiers were attacked by Palestinian rioters. Tonight, soldiers raided Nabi Saleh and arrested Ahed Tamimi.
The video, filmed amid ongoing protests last Friday, shows Tamimi along with two other women, telling two armed Israeli soldiers to remove themselves from her property.
Rubber bullets are widely deployed by Israeli security forces as a "crowd control weapon" in the occupied West Bank, prompting an outcry from human rights groups and activists who say they are too lethal to be used to break up protests.
Nabi Saleh has been the frequent staging ground for provoked clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians, specifically members of the Tamimi clan, which has a history of getting involved in highly publicized interactions with the IDF.
Ahed was nine when weekly demonstrations began in Nabi Saleh to protest the seizure of the village's spring by settlers.
The Israel Project shared the video to its Facebook page with the caption: "A MUST WATCH: This is what Israeli soldiers have to go through".
"Ahed was telling the soldiers to get away from our home", her father said.
"Forces removed the rioters from the home and remained standing in the entrance in order to prevent further entry".
The Israeli army spokesman said that the "commander acted professionally by not being dragged into violence". We are used to criticism from the global community about the violence of the occupation, but we are not so accustomed to criticism over two soldiers who thought before raising their hands to strike. And they continue to pay the price for their refusal to accept the status quo, for their steadfast challenge to mechanisms of the occupation.
Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett told Army Radio this morning that he believed the young girls in the video "should finish their lives in prison".
The sixteen-year-old is a member of a famous activist family from the village of Nabi Saleh, which holds nearly weekly protests against Israeli occupation.
Israeli occupation forces arrested a 16-year-old Palestinian early on Tuesday from her town near the West Bank city of Ramallah.