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Public march cancelled because intermingling of sexes might lead "women to sin and fall into traps"
Op-ed by Jawad Boulus, a columnist for the official PA daily “The Islamic Movement in Sakhnin opposed the screening of the film The Savior, which recounts the story of Jesus. To clarify the opposition’s position, five Imams of mosques in Sakhnin published notices in which they explained they...”
Apr 19, 2014
Female journalist honored for "supporting the prisoners' issue"
“The Fatah branch of central Hebron, the [Palestinian] Prisoners’ Club and the Released Prisoners’ Committee honored female journalist Abir Al-Shamali, who hosts the In a Fighter’s Home program on PA TV’s satellite channel. This [was done] in appreciation of her role in supporting the prisoners’...”
Mar 30, 2014
PA TV host receives journalism award for show that glorifies terror
Photo: Journalist Manal Seif accepts the [Palestinian] Women Media Award. “The Palestine TV program For You host, Manal Seif, was awarded the Palestinian Women Media Award for 2014 yesterday, Thursday [March 13, 2014]. The recognition [ceremony] for Seif and Director of Information of the...”
Mar 14, 2014
Young girl at official PA ceremony: Terrorist murderer Dalal taught us “how to be free women”
Official PA TV Live broadcast the Qalqilya municipality’s ceremony honoring District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam on [International] Women’s Day. The event was attended by District Governor of Qalqilya Rafe’ Rawajbeh, PA Minister of Agriculture Walid Assaf, Mayor of Qalqilya...
Mar 12, 2014
Abbas orders legal committee to review women`s rights and amend discriminatory laws
“Yesterday [March 6, 2014], [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas ordered the government to establish a legal committee to comprehensively review all sections of the various laws that discriminate against women, and to prepare the necessary amendments. The President’s legal advisor, Hassan Al-Awri, said...”
Mar 7, 2014
Women stage sit-in strike demanding law reform on domestic violence
“The Forum of Palestinian Civil Organizations for the Struggle to End Violence Against Women and [other] social organizations demanded the approval of the proposed penal law and of the law for protecting families from violence. These demands were made as part of a sit-in strike held by dozens of...”
Mar 7, 2014
PLO member: Laws do not adequately protect women from honor killings
"PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi asserted that we must hurry and urgently approve the penal code, dismiss all extenuating circumstances for murder of women, approve a series of legislation concerning the security of society, and specifically the security of women, as well as give..."
Feb 23, 2014
PA official complains that Abbas hasn’t amended leniency clause for "family honor" killings in PA law
"Director of Coordination in the Ministry of Women's Affairs, Nabila Rizq revealed that the number of women who were murdered in 2013 in Palestine due to 'family honor' rose to 27, compared to 13 women murdered in 2012... Rizq said the loophole in the penal code -- specifically the extenuating..."
Feb 3, 2014
PA daily: Palestinian women increasingly demand equal rights
"[There] are signs of increasing awareness among women about demanding their right of inheritance. This [is happening] even if this demand may encounter many obstacles [caused] by [their] brothers and family, [obstacles] which may even sometimes result in murder, and recording it [the murder] as if..."
Feb 3, 2014
Fatah official: “The Palestinian woman… carried a rifle from the start”
An episode of the PA TV program Palestine this Morning discussed the role of women in Palestinian society and hosted Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad. Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad: “…I wanted to move on to the topic of Dalal Mughrabi because she led a quality operation (i.e.,...”
Jan 1, 2014
PA daily op-ed acknowledges Hitler as one of history’s “criminal leaders”
Note: Hitler is sometimes admired in the PA media. However, in this op-ed in the official PA daily Hitler, along with George Bush and Napoleon, are listed among the “criminal" leaders: Op-ed by Muhammad Ali Taha: Headline: “Waiting for a female president” “Kings and presidents have committed...”"
Dec 30, 2013
PA Minister: Women have played an important role in armed resistance against Israel
Official PA TV Live broadcast a conference on Bedouin women in Palestinian society that took place in Hebron. According to independent Palestinian news agency Ma’an, the conference was sponsored by the District Governor of Hebron, Kamel Hamid, the PA Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the PA Ministry...
Dec 23, 2013
PA daily reports on statistics of Palestinian honor killings
“On average, at least one Palestinian woman is murdered every month for this reason (i.e., family honor) by her relatives and the penal code in force shows leniency in punishing the perpetrators and gives them reduced sentences that anger supporters of women’s rights and causes. However, there are...”
Nov 26, 2013
Organization documents murder cases of Palestinian women; records 27 ‘honor’ killings in 2013
“[Attorney Ashraf] Abu Hayya [from the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counselling] noted the importance of accuracy when citing figures of femicide and said that the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counselling has been monitoring and documenting cases of femicide in Palestinian society,...”
Nov 6, 2013
Sharp increase recorded in number of honor killings
“An insane increase in the number of femicide cases in Palestinian society from the beginning of this year until Sept. 22, 2013. The Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counselling has recorded 25 cases of femicide for various motives in the [West] Bank and Gaza Strip… This number is the...”
Sep 29, 2013
Official PA daily decries increase in female honor killings: "It is the male who is the perpetrator of all crimes"
Op-ed by Adel Abd Al-Rahman, regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida “‘Erase the shame’ of the family is the euphemism used for the forsaking of the lives of Palestinian women. As of yesterday [Sept. 22, 2013], 26 young women have paid with their lives this year! ... Although the...”
Sep 23, 2013
Female PA minister proposes treating perpetrators of honor killings "like any other murder"
“[PA] Minister of Women's Affairs Rabiha Dhiab said… yesterday [Sept. 22, 2013] that she would submit the draft of the proposed Palestinian Penal Law to the government for discussion, ahead of its ratification [by the government] and its submission to the President for approval. [Her...”
Sep 23, 2013
Religious ruling does not castigate man for having sex with wife “against her will”
Headline: “Religious Rulings” “Question: I had daytime sex with my wife against her will during Ramadan. What is the ruling of Shari’ah law in such a matter? Answer: Having sex with a woman during daylight hours of Ramadan is one of the acts that break the fast, and someone who does such a thing...”
Aug 7, 2013
Op-ed: UN document on prevention of violence against women will promote homosexuality and promiscuity
Headline: “A critical Shari’ah view of the UN document entitled ‘The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and young women’” by Hassam Al-Din Afana of Al-Quds University, in his weekly Questions and Answers column in the religion section of the Palestinian daily,...
Apr 26, 2013
PA daily article: PA has taken steps to protect women from “honor killings,” but more needed
Headliine: “Dhiab: There is a desire and a commitment among the politicians to protect women from violence.” “Minister of Women’s Affairs Rabiha Dhiab said: ‘The politicians very much want to combat violence against women, both the President and the government.’ … Nonetheless, feminist activist and...”
Apr 11, 2013
Film director on PA TV emphasizes importance of focusing on Palestinian women’s experience under “occupation”
A PA TV interview with Palestinian film director Layali Kilani: PA TV host: “All the NGOs who get outside funding from foreign entities focus on issues of women in society, and they don’t go near [matters concerning] the occupation or the occupation’s actions. [The movie] If They Take Him did touch...”
Apr 5, 2013
Shari'ah judge: 'Honor' killings are against Islamic law
Headline: "Supreme Shari’ah Judge: ‘Honor’ killings are Against Islamic Law." Ramallah - Al-Hayat Al-Jadida "Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is, Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice, published the law’s position regarding honor killings in Palestine on the court’s..."
Mar 14, 2013
PA daily: Demonstrators in Bethlehem seek harsher sentences for honor killings
Headline: "Sit-down strike by women in Bethlehem in condemnation of the crimes of murder of women" "Feminist activists condemned the murder of women in the Palestinian territories, at a sit-down strike organized yesterday by the Palestinian Center for Peace and Democracy Issues in the [Church of..."
Sep 2, 2012
Palestinian MP calls for change in the "cultural attitudes towards murder of women"
Headline: “Hebron conference discusses Violence Against Women” “MP Sahar al-Qawasmeh: …37% of married women are abused by their husbands, [a statistic] that necessitates a change in the widespread cultural attitudes towards the murder of women.”
Aug 15, 2012
PA daily article condemns honor killings
Headline: "Who is defending murderers of women?" "Ninety year-old Khadra Mar’i of Bani Na'im in the Hebron district; the girl W.M.Q. (19) of the Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza; Amal Yusuf Akhras (18) of Tulkarem; Nancy Mahmoud Al-Zaboun (19) of Bethlehem, and Randa Khalil Mahariq (34) of Al-Samo'a..."
Aug 14, 2012