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PA daily article denounces honor killings and warns that many cases are misclassified as suicides
Headline: "The long wait for legislation" "Since the beginning of the year , more than eleven women have fallen victim to murder in the Palestinian [West] Bank and in Gaza, but the victims who were murdered during the month of Ramadan are the ones who aroused the anger of the feminist..."
Aug 12, 2012
PA Mufti: A wife may not refuse her husband sex as "it is his right"
PA TV host: "A man doesn't fast and doesn't pray, but according to Shari'ah [Islamic] law - if he wants to have sex after the prayer [time] and [his wife] refuses, perhaps for the reason: 'You don't pray, and don't fast.'" PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein: "That is not a reason." Host: "Does she have the..."
Aug 12, 2012
Inequality of women highlighted in satire on PA TV
Husband: "Afaf, I don't get it. How long can the house stay like this? What are you thinking? That I'll hire a house cleaner? Wife: "If only, Hussein, if only! You don't understand how much you could help me." Husband: "Did you really believe it? [...] Move! Move! You're also late with dinner every...
Aug 11, 2012
PA daily op-ed opposes honor killings and the "mentality of racist murder"
PA daily op-ed condemned honor killings: "None of us who are alive can be honored as long as the mentality of racist murder, what is called honor killings, continues happening across the dark society... It seems that many of us still think of them [women] as the bent rib of Adam, void of..."
Aug 10, 2012
Op-ed speaks out against honor killings and forced marriages
"In less than two weeks, there were two reports of women murdered for reasons that seem to be connected to honor. The last case, a woman from the Hebron district, was murdered by her father and brother after her husband expelled her from their shared home. This is the twelfth case since the..."
Aug 10, 2012
PA daily: Feminist organizations call for laws to protect women from domestic violence and honor killings
"Representatives of a number of feminist institutes demanded the swift enactment of laws in the area of personal status to protect families from violence, along with steps to deter the killing of women. This was said during the demonstration yesterday in Ramallah... that protested the culture of..."
Aug 10, 2012
Abbas appoints committee to amend laws protecting women from domestic violence and honor killings
"President Abbas decided yesterday to appoint a legal committee, made up of his legal advisor, Hassan Al-Awri, and the Minster of Justice, Ali Mahana, to examine the law of personal status and others. This in order to improve the laws and amend them, so Palestinian women's rights will be protected..."
Aug 10, 2012
PA cleric: Women may only perform the I'tikaf worship in the mosque if their husbands give permission
Column, religion section of the official PA daily, by PA cleric Abada Sabri: "It is best to fulfill the focused individual worship [I'tikaf] during the last 10 days of Ramadan... A wife should do the I'tikaf [in the Mosque] only after getting permission from her husband. And if he denies her..."
Aug 10, 2012
PA daily reports on human rights organization that condemns Palestinian honor killings
Headline: "Call to legislate a law to protect families from violence and to establish a fund to aid victims of violence" "The General Commissioner of the Independent Association for Human Rights, the 'Bureau of Injustices', Dr. Ahmed Harb, said: 'We, of the Association, condemn and denounce these..."
Aug 9, 2012
PA PM Fayyad calls for laws protecting women from honor killings
Headline: "Fayyad: Murders of women require deterrent punishments and a reassessment of the relevant laws" "Prime Minister Salam Fayyad emphasized that recurring incidents of violence in Palestinian society, and especially the phenomenon of murder of women for various reasons, represents a danger..."
Aug 9, 2012
PA daily op-ed condemns "tribal mentality" that seeks to justify the killing of women
Headline: "All excuses are rejected out of hand" "The frequency with which crimes against women are committed is rising constantly, and every day more than one crime is committed against more than one woman... The latest two incidents, in which a girl in Tulkarem and a woman in Bethlehem were..."
Aug 7, 2012
PA daily op-ed: A "cultural revolution" is needed to put a stop to honor killings
Headline: "Violence against women - a legitimate crime!" "Our [Arab and Muslim] societies consider the crime of violence against women, honor killings, and avenging the killing [of relatives], as legitimate, understandable and [part of] a unique heritage. There are some who even praise and glorify..."
Aug 6, 2012
PA official condemns honor killing; others call for harsher laws to punish murderers
"Bethlehem district governor, Abd Al-Fatah Hamail, denounced the crime [murder of Nancy Zaboun by her husband because she wanted to work] and said that this act contradicts the customs of the Palestinian people. He stressed that the accused man would be brought to justice, and he spoke about the..."
Aug 3, 2012
PA daily: Increasing calls for legislation to protect women from abuse and honor killings
"Justice Farid Al-Jalad, President of the Supreme Court, met yesterday at his office in Ramallah with a delegation from the Ministry for Women's Affairs and from the Women's Union, headed by Minister of Women's Affairs Rabiha Dhiab... to discuss the causes for the recurrence of crimes against..."
Aug 3, 2012
Muslim wives should "obey" their husbands, says PA Mufti in response to Ramadan question
PA TV show with PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein: Host reads out question: "What should a man do with his wife if she doesn't prepare the pre-dawn meal for him?" Mufti Muhammad Hussein: "In general, the woman should obey her husband and please him." Host: "The pre-dawn meal is Islamic tradition." Mufti:...
Aug 2, 2012
PA daily: Man who stabbed his daughter to death arrested by PA police
"Commander of the Tulkarem police, Ma'aruf Al-Barbari, said... that on the second day of Ramadan, a father fatally stabbed his daughter several times, even though her family had celebrated her success in the matriculation examinations a day prior to her death, and she had achieved an average of..."
Jul 24, 2012
University lecturer on PA TV says that killing and beating women is a negative part of Arab identity
PA TV program about Palestinian identity among Israeli Arabs. Guest: Israeli Arab lecturer Yusuf Jabareen from the Technion, who opposes violence against women: Yusuf Jabareen: "Part of our identity is to kill women, to beat women… Part of our identity is to attack women – we must acknowledge it..."
Jun 24, 2012
PA daily article: Should women be allowed to drive taxis?
Headline: "Women driving taxis – agreement and opposition" "Director General of the Licensing Authority, Yasser Al-Khatib, emphasized that the culture, customs and tradition of Palestinian society do not accept the idea of a woman working as a taxi driver, and that a woman is unable to work in this..."
Jan 30, 2012
Abbas proposes amending law that permits murdering women in [family] honor killings
“Women’s organizations, human rights organizations, workers’ unions, the political factions and the various social organizations in the Hebron district have hailed the President’s [Abbas’] decision to instruct the legal advisor to the Presidential Office to amend sections 340 and 98 of the...”
May 15, 2011
Exam question for high school students published in PA daily encourages violence for women
Headline: “Sample questions and answers in preliminary [PA] matriculation exam” “Al-Ayyam presents to its high-school readers sample questions and answers selected from the curriculum… under the supervision of a group of specialized teachers, with the aim of helping students to pass the...”
May 3, 2011
PA TV host praises women for raising "Martyrs" and fighting in the Intifada
Interview with MP and activist in the realm of women’s issues, Jihad Abu Zneid, about the resolve of Jerusalem women, on the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8th: Host: “Palestinian women in general are known in the world as having proved themselves, in the first Intifada (terror...”
Mar 4, 2011
Maximum prison sentence for honor killing is 24 months
Headline: “The phenomenon of murdering women – disregard for the law and reinforcement of traditions with no basis in religious law” “Director of the Unit for Women’s Affairs at the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Muna Al-Shawa, said that the Center is concerned about the recurring crime of...”
Feb 13, 2011
PA TV public service ad highlights devaluing of women in Palestinian society
PA TV broadcast a public service ad that negatively portrays a man who is not concerned with the pain his wife is suffering in labor, or with the birth of his new daughter: Wife (in pain): "Ahmad, Ahmad! Come, take me to the hospital, I'm about to have the baby. Ahmad!" Husband watching TV:...
Oct 27, 2010
PA MP: 62% of women are victims of violence; PA police: Men are also victims
"Sahar Al-Kawasmeh, member of the Palestinian Parliament noted that the percentage of Palestinian women who are victims of violence has reached 62%. Among these, 23% are subjected to physical violence, which is a worrying figure. Ahmad Atawneh, Director of Public Relations for the Hebron police,..."
Mar 4, 2010
Terrorist killer of 37 is "heroine" and used as example of equality of sexes
Dr. Jamal Nazal, Fatah spokesman, in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida: Headline: “On Dalal Mughrabi's birthday” “To sister Rashida [sister of Dalal Mughrabi]: Thank you for your groundbreaking step in celebrating the birthday of Dalal Mughrabi, the heroine of Palestinian heroines.” Click to view bulletin Note:...
Dec 30, 2009