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Op-ed supports proposed law to raise marriage age to 18 and supports gender equality
Excerpt of op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily Headline: "Hizb ut Tahrir and women” “Those responsible for publicity and media in the Islamist Hizb ut Tahrir (i.e., an international Salafist political organization) blurred the..."
Aug 1, 2019
Religious ruling published in PA daily: Sex on demand is a husband's "right" and a wife's "obligation"
Excerpt of a Fatwa (religious ruling) in the Fatwa section published during the month of Ramadan by the Dar Al-Ifta, an official PA institution issuing Fatwas in the official PA daily “Question: ‘Does a woman have to ask her husband for permission to fast six days in the month of Shawwal (the month...”
May 15, 2019
Social activist claims that gender-based violence caused by the occupation
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on 16-day campaign to fight gender-based violence, hosting Campaign Liaison and Support Director for the Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development Sandy Hanna The Palestinian campaign is part of the international “16 Days of Activism against...”
Dec 9, 2018
Palestinian women earn less than 500 NIS/month, campaign for equal rights launched by trade unions
Official PA TV News host: "The Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions together with the International Labor Organization has launched a national campaign for decent work for working women and the right to unionize... The campaign strives to promote women's access to equal economic..."
Nov 3, 2018
Palestinian Center for Human Rights condemns murder of woman by family member, says number of murdered women has increased
Headline: “The Palestinian Center for Human Rights condemns the murder of a resident of Khan Yunis by her father” “The Palestinian Center for Human Rights yesterday [Sept. 19, 2018] condemned the murder of R.S., a 43-year-old resident of Khan Yunis, by her father. It called to take legal steps in...”
Sep 20, 2018
Abbas’ advisor gives examples of when “a woman's testimony is insufficient” because of her “delicate nature”
Official PA TV program Horizons, on attitudes regarding women Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "Considering the true and normal difference between men and women – physically and..."
Sep 8, 2018
Female MPs from Arab countries call on Abbas to repeal PA law which enables rapists to avoid punishment by agreeing to marry the rape victim
Headline: "Workshop participants demand that clause 308 of the Penal Code be repealed" "Participants in a discussion for March 8 (i.e., International Women's Day) demanded that clause 308 of the Penal Code be repealed. The discussion was held yesterday [March 4, 2018] in Ramallah under the title No..."
Mar 5, 2018
Palestinian press freedom organization: The PA violates human rights despite having signed many international human rights treaties, woman journalists’ rights are being violated
PMW note: The following text was published in English on MADA's website on Nov. 30, 2017 and in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on Dec. 1, 2017. Headline: “MADA held a conference about challenges facing women journalists” “The Palestinian center for development and media Freedoms “MADA”...”
Dec 1, 2017
Palestinian child bride of 12 “became 17” to marry older man, couple married for 75 years
Official PA TV program "Palestine This Morning", on Abu Wajdi and Sara Al-Qassem who have been married for 75 years: Official PA TV host: "Tell us how did you meet your wife?" Palestinian man Abu Wajdi Al-Qassem: "She is my cousin. She was born abroad and lived [there] with her family. At the time,..."
Oct 14, 2017
Fatah official condemns honor killings, violence against Palestinian women
Op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, Fatah Revolutionary Committee member and regular columnist for the official PA daily, calling for change in Palestinian society's attitude towards women and violence against women. Headline: "Murder for [family] honor - terror and racism" "All people are born free, with..."
Aug 3, 2017
PA TV supports Israeli law against polygamy
Official PA TV program Keepers of Our Flame, on Arab women in Israel, hosting Israeli Arab Naela Awad from the Israeli NGO Women Against Violence Women Against Violence activist Naela Awad: "It can be seen that despite there being a law against polygamy in the State [of Israel], the implementation..."
Jul 9, 2017
PA TV interviews first female Islamic religious judge in the PA
Official PA TV program Live With Them in Serenity, hosting female Shari’ah Court Judge Khuloud Al-Faqih Official PA TV host: “When we say [the name] Khuloud Al-Faqih, immediately the first female Shari’ah judge echoes in one’s head – in addition to being the sister of the second female Shari’ah...”
Jun 10, 2017
PA Ministry of Women's Affairs expresses concern over rise in murder of women in the Gaza Strip
Headline: "The [PA] Ministry of Women's Affairs expresses concern over the escalation in crimes of murdering women in the Gaza Strip" "The [PA] Ministry for Women's Affairs expressed great sorrow and concern over the rise in the extent of violence and murder against women in recent days, in the..."
Apr 23, 2017
PA TV: Viewers who use "beatings and violence to solve their marital problems" to obey the Quran's "religious rules for beatings"
Official PA TV reporter on Talk of the Land:“To those who use beatings and violence to solve their marital problems: Carefully read the Quranic verse again [Sura 4:34]. There are solutions before giving beatings. If you have to, there are religious rules for beatings that must be obeyed. Guys, the...”
Apr 1, 2017
Compilation of PA TV clips telling Palestinian men how to beat their wives properly
The following are broadcasts from official Palestinian Authority TV explaining the conditions that a Palestinian man should follow when hitting his wife, according to Islamic law: PA TV reporter, official PA TV, April 1, 2017: "To those who use beatings and violence to solve their marital problems:..."
Apr 1, 2017
PA official: Palestinian mothers of terrorist “Martyrs”honored, compared to Al-Khansa who rejoiced when sons died in battle
Headline: “Al-Husseini honored mothers of prisoners from Jerusalem” “[PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and District Governor of Jerusalem Adnan Al-Husseini noted the sacrifice of Palestinian women, and Jerusalem [women] in particular, and their role in the path of freedom and independence on which...”
Mar 28, 2017
PA initiates campaign against erasing women’s names from the public space
Headline: "A meeting of the My Name is Not Shameful campaign at the [PA] government's General Secretariat" "The [PA] government’s General Secretariat yesterday [March 12, 2017] hosted the second meeting of the My Name is Not Shameful campaign, in which all of the employees of the gender units in..."
Mar 13, 2017
Palestinian women's rights group outraged that rapists and murderers receive reduced sentences
Headline: "Article 99 murders women twice" "The [PA] Ramallah court on Oct. 19  convicted a man from Tulkarem of rape, in contradiction of the directives of clause 296 of [Palestinian] Penal Law No. 16 of 1960, and sentenced him to manual labor for three years. However, in light of 'the..."
Mar 7, 2017
Gaza inequality: Woman sentenced to death by hanging for murdering husband, men who murder women receive reduced sentences
Headline: “Gaza: A women’s rights center demands to cancel the death sentence that was imposed on Nahla Abu Anza” “The Center for Women’s Legal Research and Consulting [in Gaza] strongly condemned the death sentence that a court of first instance (i.e., a trial court where legal proceedings are...”
Dec 21, 2016