Ahed Tamimi has been released. After eight months in an Israeli prison, the 17-year-old Palestinian activist was finally released last week. The young revolutionist went viral last year when a video captured her slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier after he shot rubber bullets at her 15-year-old cousin. When Ahed was arrested, she was 16 years old and facing up to 12 charges, including assault. Since her arrest, Ahed has gathered thousands of supporters around the world. She has become the young and tenacious face of the fight against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.
As Ahed walked toward her freedom on her release day, she was surrounded by supporters and journalists in awe of her strength and courage even in her youth. In front of the cameras, she enthusiastically speaks of plans to continue the fight against Israel’s occupation.
This is what it means to be a revolutionary—to know the work is only over when all oppressed are free. Ahed doesn’t stand alone. Here are five other revolutionaries and activists making waves and changing the world.