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Women in PA society
Internal Palestinian issues
There are many internal issues concerning Palestinian society that are not related to Israel. This section will track these subjects and update them regularly.
Women in PA society
Fatah official condemns honor killings, violence against Palestinian women 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2017
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 equal rights and value. Every person has the right to realize his freedom without discrimination on the basis of gender. Equality between men and women in all political, civil, financial, social, and cultural rights is a set goal. Discrimination against women constitutes a violation of the principles of human rights...
If we wish to liberate our society from the octopus grip of this crime (i.e., honor killings), we must purify our outlook, our books, and our heritage from the sanctification of killing for God and honor and from the glorification of weapons... We need a fundamental change, secure laws, clarity, honesty, and enlightened attitudes from religious figures, jurists, and politicians... and above all, we need a revolution in education."
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PA TV interviews first female Islamic religious judge in the PA 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 10, 2017
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 judge, you were the first female judge in Palestine. How was the journey to realizing this aspiration, and how did the dream begin?”

Shari’ah Court Judge Khuloud Al-Faqih: “We as Palestinians believe that rights are being taken from us by force. Palestinian women have been prevented from receiving this position without any justified reason… In the end, the appointment to this position is not [just] a success for Khuloud Al-Faqih, but a success for every woman.”

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PA Ministry of Women's Affairs expresses concern over rise in murder of women in the Gaza Strip 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Apr. 23, 2017
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 shadow of the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip and the rise in the amount of Israeli violations of human rights.
This evening, Sunday [April 23, 2017], the ministry strongly condemned all of the violence and murder being committed against women in a press release. The ministry demanded that the relevant parties take firm legal steps to stop all forms of the crimes of violence against women, and particularly the crimes of murder. This is in order to prevent the perpetrators from evading punishment, whether the goal was theft or protecting the honor of the family, or due to the use of drugs, which muddle a person's brain and humanity. [The ministry said that] the first of these steps must be the enforcement of the law that considers crimes of murdering women to be crimes of deliberate murder and not accepting any justification for mitigating a sentence, allowing the perpetrator to evade punishment…
The ministry also demanded to remove the strangling blockade from the Gaza Strip in order to improve the financial situation, which has led to a worrying rise in the rates of unemployment and poverty, along with the quick legislation of laws that will guarantee the elimination of violence and discrimination."
PA TV: Viewers who use "beatings and violence to solve their marital problems" to obey the Quran's "religious rules for beatings" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 1, 2017

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 goal of the beatings is rebuke in a way that does not cause injury. You can even go ask someone about it.”
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The verse indicated is: “Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband's] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance - [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand” (Quran, Sura 4:34, Sahih International translation).
PA official: Palestinian mothers of terrorist “Martyrs”honored, compared to Al-Khansa who rejoiced when sons died in battle 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Mar. 28, 2017
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 the Palestinian procession is walking.
These statements were made yesterday morning [March 27, 2017], during a tribute ceremony for a group of mothers of prisoners from Jerusalem and female workers of the district and ministry at the district headquarters in the Al-Barid neighborhood [of northeast Jerusalem]…
Al-Husseini said: ‘Palestinian mothers continue in one way or another to be absent from the ranks of the ceremonies and the meetings that are planned for Women’s Day, and they celebrate as part of private ceremonies that only the Al-Khansas (see note –Ed.) of Palestine know how to do, in expectation of people who will bless them over the death of their sons the Martyrs (Shahid), prisoners, or wounded for the homeland.’”

Al-Khansa - an Arab woman and poet from the earliest period of Islam (7th century) famous and honored in Islamic tradition for rejoicing when all four of her sons died in battle as Martyrs. She has been lauded by the PA and often presented as a role model for mothers, and the PA has named 8 schools after her.
PA initiates campaign against erasing women’s names from the public space 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 13, 2017
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 the government ministries and government institutes participated…
District Deputy Governor of Jericho and the [Jordan] Valley Jamal Rajoub said: 'I personally initiated this campaign when I noticed that during the preparations for the municipal elections in 2016 (in the end, the elections did not take place –Ed.) the names of the women candidates were concealed, as were the names of women on invitations to social events, and primarily weddings.' He said that the concealment of women's names 'constitutes a continuation of the policy of violence towards them and a continuation of the outdated traditions and customs and of a misguided legacy that is as far as possible from religion.’"
Palestinian women's rights group outraged that rapists and murderers receive reduced sentences 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 7, 2017
Headline: "Article 99 murders women twice"
     "The [PA] Ramallah court on Oct. 19 [2016] 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 waiver of personal right' (i.e., a legal device by which the victim or the victim's family can waive the victim's rights), it was decided to reduce his sentence to a year and a half, from which the half year he had spent in detention until his trial was deducted. This is according to a press statement issued by the public prosecutor's office.
On the same subject, institutions involved in women's rights, led by Women Media and Development TAM, are preparing to submit a petition to [PA] Prime Minister [Rami Hamdallah] demanding that he revoke and suspend the use of Article 99 of Penal Law No. 16 of 1960 in cases of murder of women, which provides mitigating circumstances to crimes of murder and allows the use of 'the waiver of personal right' as one of the reasons for reducing the punishment, which is reduced up to half, and in this way the criminal is sentenced to [only] a few years, after which he goes free after he committed a terrible crime against his sister, mother, wife, or daughter.
Director of the Women's Courts Project in the TAM organization Victoria Shukri said to [Palestinian news agency] Ma'an that... 'A man who murdered his wife in one of the Palestinian cities is released after two and a half years? Why? Because his [the murderers] family waived the [wife's] personal right after he was sentenced to 15 years.' This is a living example presented by Shukri, who even added: 'The statistics show that in 95% of the murders of women in Palestine the personal right is waived.'
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Gaza inequality: Woman sentenced to death by hanging for murdering husband, men who murder women receive reduced sentences 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 21, 2016
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 begun) in Khan Yunis imposed on Oct. 5, [2016,] on Nahla Abu Anza, 26, a resident of the village of Abasan Al-Jadida, east of Khan Yunis, after she was convicted of the premeditated murder of her husband Riyad Abu Anza, 36. This is the first legal case of its kind in the last 20 years of the history of Palestinian law in which a death sentence by hanging is imposed on a woman.

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Over 87,000 Palestinian women are paid less than minimum wage 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 5, 2016
Headline: “Female workers who were swallowed up by the exploitation – 87,000 women do not receive minimum wage, and there are no complaints out of fear of ‘losing’ the position”
     “The time has come to go to work, and Hanan Yassin needs to go quickly to the private clinic of two doctors who treat people’s pains – and implant extraordinary pain in her heart. The clinic is full of patients. The young woman, in her thirties, registers the names and organizes the queue. A call comes in from a doctor who asks her to prepare coffee or tea and clean the kitchen and bathroom. Hanan experiences an internal struggle: The undergraduate degree that she received did not help her to obtain a position in which she would be respected, and she was forced to work as a secretary in a private clinic for 800 [Israeli] shekels a month. She finds herself compelled to work in difficult conditions, and she does not receive the minimum wage – 1,450 shekels…
Hanan is just one case that exposes the difficult conditions of many [Palestinian] female workers, who do not receive their elementary right – minimum wage…
Secretary-General of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions Shaher Saed… expressed surprise that complaints are not being submitted, at a time when [success in] suing in court is 100% guaranteed.
He added: ‘However, we cannot submit a complaint without the person whose right was violated turning to us and [lodging a] complaint with us.’ …
Saeb clarified that over 87,000 women do not receive minimum wage. He noted that women are the group that suffers the most from violation [of rights] in everything connected to the minimum wage, and he called to publicly expose everyone who employs women at a salary lower than minimum wage.”
Mufti on PA TV explains how to discipline a wife: “Rebuke her, forsake her in bed, beat her – [use] a small brush or a handkerchief, and the number of blows should not exceed 10” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 24, 2016
 
Academic lecturer on Islam and Mufti Sheikh Samih Hajjaj: “A man wanted to take revenge on [his] wife so he locked her in the bathroom. She is from a respectable family and he locked her up for 25 days. In the morning he would give her pita bread, a plate of red pepper, and a beating with a rubber pipe. In the evening he would give her a plate of red pepper, pita bread, and a beating with a rubber pipe. For 25 days. On the 25th day he didn’t pay attention and left the bathroom door open, may Allah protect us all. She fled to her parents’ home. ‘Why did you do this, sir?’ He said: ‘Didn’t you read the Quran? Allah said: “But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance - [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them”’ ... Even if he had acted gradually, he did not have to beat her in this way. ‘[First] advise them.’ Let’s say that a husband senses that his wife is lying. First he needs to rebuke her and quote the Quran and Hadith on the ban on lying. If that does not work, he need to forsake her in bed... The [Muslim] scholars said that the beating can be with a small brush or a handkerchief, and the number of blows should not exceed 10.”
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Official PA daily reports significant setback in number of women running for election 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 1, 2016
Headline: “The parties marginalize the role of women in political participation”
     “The millions of dollars that the women’s associations, centers for defending women’s rights, and party activists are transferring have not achieved advancement towards strengthening the role of women in political participation, as the presence of women on the lists of candidates for local elections has suffered a substantial setback compared to previous elections. If not for the law requiring the presence of women in one of [both] the first five and the first nine spots, it is possible that women would not appear on the lists at all. This matter raises a long list of speculations regarding this marginalization of women, even by the parties that pretend to protect women’s rights and wave the slogan of strengthening their political participation... Women appeared on most of the candidate lists only because it is required by law, and women do not appear in the first spot on any of the major cities’ lists, except for one list in Nablus. There is a woman in the second spot on another list in the same city, and in the first spot on one of the lists in Gaza City. In Ramallah there is a woman in the third spot on two lists, and in Tubas on one list out of eight. In Jericho there is a woman in the third position on only one list, and that is also how it is in Hebron. On the other lists, women are generally found in the fifth and ninth spots, as they are the positions guaranteed to them by law. Likewise, the rate of women contending in the elections is lower than the previous time, when it reached 25%.

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Palestinian university expels student for hugging his fiancé publicly 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Mar. 21, 2016
Headline: “Video: A hug at Kadoorie University in the West Bank leads to a student being expelled”
      “The administration of Palestine Technical University – Kadoorie (a PA government university –Ed.) decided to expel one of its students from the university due to conduct contradicting campus regulations, but allowed him the right to appeal. The expulsion decision was made against a student who hugged his fiancé on campus after putting an engagement ring on her finger, and the disciplinary committee that met about his case saw this as ‘something that offends the public sensibilities.’ Dean of Student Affairs Jamal Bishara told the Dooz website: ‘According to university regulations – whether the student meant to or not – he violated the university’s regulations, and did something that offended public sensibilities and the university’s good name. Therefore, the natural inclination [in response] to this transgression is expulsion.’ Bishara added that the university administration believes that Palestinian society is a conservative society, and ‘since the student admitted that he made the mistake, the only option is expulsion, but the student has the right to appeal, and the university’s president has not yet approved the expulsion decision.’”
Palestinian attorney: The Israeli labor law is very good but Palestinian middlemen steal half or two thirds of women’s salaries 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 16, 2016


Attorney Khaled Dukhi of Worker’s Hotline:
"Israeli labor law is a very good law regarding workers' rights, for both men and women. Israeli law does not differentiate between a worker who has entered Israel illegally or legally... Unfortunately, even though it is very good, in practice, the law has become very bad for female Palestinian workers. For instance, the Palestinian female workers in the agricultural sector enjoy many rights, like any Israeli worker in the agricultural sector: The salary is higher than the minimum wage, 14 vacation days a year in the first four years, 2,000 shekels convalescence pay [yearly] in the first year and 2,200 shekels in the second and third year for every worker in Israel, payment for holidays, whether Islamic or Jewish. It is a matter of choice."
TV host of 'Workers' Affairs': "But in practice, do they enjoy these rights provided by law?"
Attorney Khaled Dukhi of Worker’s Hotline: "In reality, Palestinian workers – and especially the female Palestinian workers – do not receive these things. Why? You said: “The Palestinian middleman deducts from her [salary].” No, he does not deduct, he shares her salary. In practice, he takes 50 percent, 60 percent, and even 70 percent of her salary. If her daily salary is 180 shekels, in the end she receives 60 shekels. The middleman steals two thirds of her salary. Excuse the word [“steals”], but that is the exact word."
TV host: "Yes, it reflects the reality."
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PA daily op-ed criticizes male Palestinians who murder their female relatives  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 13, 2016
Headline: “I don’t like anything”
Excerpt of op-ed by Hanan Bakir
    “I don’t like it that men – without stereotyping – in one moment alienate themselves from the woman to an extent that they commit the crime (i.e., femicide).
When a recalcitrant man commits [a crime] and goes to prison for theft, fraud, or even murder, the women – the mother, sister, wife, and daughter – do not abandon him. They go to visit him with delicacies and beverages and everything his heart desires. But if the woman does something that the man considers offensive to him – oh dear! Within a few moments he forgets his sister, or his daughter, and draws his sharp knife. As if he was slaughtering a chicken, his heart is devoid of emotion and he does not even blink! And afterwards he becomes a hero! ...
I do not like the fierce attack of/against a few of the Arab countries, for their negative treatment of refugees, while rights are being violated… [of] these refugees in the countries of their brothers, the Arabs. The Palestinian refugees, nearly 70 years after their Nakba (i.e., "the catastrophe," Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel), still suffer violations and humiliation in the homelands of the Arabs! I do not like the immigrants, who enjoy every kind of social security , allowing them to sleep soundly without worrying about tomorrow, and who are not concerned about the cost of medical treatments and the cost of medicine to treat chronic diseases… and then curse their new society, calling it ‘heretic’ and ‘lost.’”
PA Mufti of Gaza explains how to hit your wife: "Not hitting that will bring the police, and break her hand and cause bleeding" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 8, 2016


Mufti of Gaza Hassan Al-Laham:
"Allah created a solution for this (i.e., marital strife)... Allah said: Warn them [the wives], and separate from them, and hit them, and bring an arbitrator from his family and an arbitrator from her family. [Only] after this comes divorce. The husband starts with a warning."
PA TV host: "Explain to our viewers the steps a husband should take."
Mufti: "The warning needs to be made politely by the husband to his wife, while he shows good relations, dialogue, respect and humanity. She who stands before you is a human being. She is an independent person and deserves respect."
TV host: "What is the stage after the warning?"
Mufti: "'[Quran:] Warn them [the wives] and separate from them.’... After the warning and separation, comes the hitting - hitting that does not make her ugly. The Prophet [Muhammad] said: 'Do not hit the face and do not make her ugly.' In other words, not hitting that will bring the police, and break her hand and cause bleeding, or hitting that makes the face ugly. No. As it is said [in a Hadith] 'If not for this (i.e., the fear of retaliation), I would give you painful blows with a small brush.’ ... The hitting is not meant to disfigure, harm, or degrade. The hitting will be like a joke... Not a blow that breaks a bone or makes the face ugly, and he will not curse and the like. This hitting is a kind of reminder that the love and friendship that Allah commanded, is still found between us (i.e., the couple)."
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Palestinian feminist leadership rejects violence, calls on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to work for peace 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 6, 2015
Headline: “Women Wage Peace calls on the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships to sit together”
     “The Women Wage Peace organization and Palestinian feminist leadership supporters called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to sit together and work seriously to achieve a just peace for everyone.
The organization noted in a statement it published that the moral responsibility of the leaders and top officials requires action to stop the current cycle of violence, in order to create true peace that will bring peace and justice.
Likewise, it emphasized that it will stand against any violent action from any side and will continue the struggle for the security and wellbeing of the Palestinian and Israeli children.”
PA daily article opposes violence against women and the cultural norms that encourage it 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 29, 2015
     “According to statistics recorded by the Center of Women’s Affairs in Gaza about the cases of violence reaching the center, 63% of women suffer from marital violence, 63 % believe that the violence has increased following the recent aggression against the Gaza Strip (i.e., Israel’s Operation Protective Edge which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel), 73 % suffer from verbal abuse, 24 % from physical abuse, 29.5 % from mental abuse, 9.4 % from financial abuse and 4.5 % from sexual abuse. Regarding the justifications for violence: 41 % of the women agreed that violence was justified if the woman leaves home without notifying her husband, while 74 % agreed that violence was justified if she neglected her children... In this context, Zainab Al-Ghneimi, head of the Women’s Legal Counseling Center, said: ‘Married women are not forthcoming with these details about violence at the beginning, probably out of shame, and because the prevailing culture forbids discussing such secrets. This stems from the lack of a proper sexual ethics in our society...’ When asked for the reasons that may bring a man to act violently towards his wife, Al-Ghneimi responded that, in her opinion, there were many reasons, but that the main reason is probably that the man believes he has bought the woman and paid for her, and therefore she has become his property and must obey his orders. She clarified that unfortunately, this is the culture of the entire society, and that [Palestinian] laws give him the right of ownership, based on the man being the guardian, and he is the one who commands and prohibits..."
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Fatah official's FB post glorifies "heroic female Martyr" who murdered 37 
Source: Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul, Mar. 8, 2015
Image and text on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Hussein Al-Sheikh


Posted text:
“In the Palestinian memory there are women before whom it is impossible not to stand in honor and admiration
For March 8 (i.e., International Women’s Day), thousands of blessings for the soul of heroic female Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children), and to all of the Palestinian female Martyrs, as well as the female prisoners, the mothers of the prisoners and Martyrs, the wounded women, the working women, and all women of Palestine who stand firm and deal with the hardships and difficulties of life alongside the men.”

The image shows an elderly Palestinian woman with a rock in her hand poised to throw it, and in the background a man with a video camera and a Palestinian boy.

Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.
Abbas makes punishment for honor killings identical to other forms of murder 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 23, 2015
Op-ed by attorney Dr. Ihab Amr of the PA Justice Ministry
     “In order to diminish the number of murders for motives of honor, his Excellency the President [Mahmoud Abbas] published a resolution on May 11, 2014 to amend Article 98 of Penal Law 16 of 1960, which is in force in the West Bank… abolishing the pretext (i.e., mitigating circumstance) that reduces the penalty for femicide for so-called ‘motives of honor’ – a pretext used regularly [by defendants] in the past before the above-mentioned abolition. The amendment classifies murders for motives of honor as identical to any other [form of] murder in terms of the penalty. The decree to institute the amendment of the law reads as follows: ‘The mitigating circumstance shall apply to a person who has committed a crime in a state of rage resulting from an act of injustice committed by the victim against the perpetrator, posing a threat to the latter. The mitigating circumstance shall not apply in the event that the act was committed against a woman on the pretext of honor.’”
PA daily columnist condemns violence carried out against Muslim women in the name of Islam 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 25, 2015
Op-ed by Hanan Bakir, regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
     “The Charlie Hebdo commotion has subsided, and the discussion over free speech, its borders and criteria has been ignited… France has recognized its responsibility for marginalizing the refugees and failing to implement a wise policy for their integration into society. Will we [too] admit that we are responsible, to a certain degree, for the negative way in which we portray our Arab culture, without this being construed as self-flagellation?... We are living in the West, and we are witnessing sickening behavior, whether on the part of individuals or some of the clergy, and the host countries are not blind to what is happening and being said in Friday sermons and Islamist circles. Furthermore, their eyes look around, and there are many who volunteer to spy on their coreligionists – for money, not out of loyalty to those who satisfy their hunger and provide them a safe haven…"

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PA daily reports on study: 53% of Palestinian women have suffered from violence 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 28, 2014
     “A specialized study has confirmed that 53% of [Palestinian] women have been exposed to violence – 63.3% of them once – and that 18% of non-married young women have been exposed to physical, psychological and sexual violence. In 45.9% of the cases, the violence was perpetrated by the [victim’s] father, while in 25.5% of the cases – by her brother. These findings were presented at a conference organized by the Women’s Affairs Team yesterday [Nov. 27, 2014], with the aim of presenting the results of the study which examined the services offered to victims of violence… In addition, the evaluation of the functioning of the governmental health institutions revealed that the medical insurance [offered by the government] does not cover the costs of the treatment [necessary as a result of] the violence…”
PA daily article: Honor killings used as an excuse to kill women for other reasons; honor killings should be made a crime  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 27, 2014
     “Despite the efforts of the women’s organizations participating in the Forum to Combat Violence Against Women and the human rights organizations, the murders for [family] ‘honor’ continue to occur – [in fact,] their number is on the rise...  In most cases, the motive is inheritance. Additional motives may include the victim’s discovery of a family member’s secret – for example, that they had collaborated [with Israel]. Why is it nonetheless claimed that the murder was committed in defense of ‘honor’? Because this is the legally accepted claim to alleviate the verdict. The murderer uses the motive of family ‘honor’ as a sure way of shirking [the penalty for] his crime, by exploiting the mediating circumstances prescribed by the current penal code... The murder of even one woman is too much. What will happen if that number reaches 30 – not including the cases that go unreported, and which do not appear in the statistics. Until laws [are passed] that define the murder of women for motives of ‘honor’ as a crime punishable by law, women will continue to be murdered using the claim of ‘honor.’”

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PA daily reports on women’s study: 62% of Palestinian women are denied their inheritance 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2014
     “Sixty-two percent of the families refused to grant women their right to inheritance when they demanded it, while 25% repeatedly postponed [the issue]. This data appeared in a study carried out by the Women’s Center for Legal and Social Advising, together with the Young Christians’ Association at the Gaza Women’s Center and the Church Aid Institution. The study was financed by the European Union, as part of the Right of Inheritance project … Nasreen Qawas, the project coordinator, told Al-Hayat Al-Jadida that… women in Palestine are among the groups that are most marginalized and discriminated against in all spheres of life – economically, socially, culturally and politically. In addition, she noted that despite the rise in the number of women in the work force over the past decade, their number was still small, amounting to 17.4% of all women of working age in 2012, as opposed to 10.3% in 2001.”
PA Minister of Women’s Affairs pushes ‎Penal Law that will protect women from ‎violence 
Source: Al-Ayyam, May 21, 2014
     ‎“[PA] Minister of Women's Affairs Rabiha ‎Dhiab said yesterday [May 20, 2014] that ‎the finishing touches are currently being ‎put on the proposed Penal Law, and ‎spoke of the law’s importance in stopping ‎crimes of femicide. Dhiab spoke during ‎the sit-down strike held in front of Prime ‎Minister [Rami Hamdallah]’s Headquarters ‎in Ramallah, at the request of Tawasul ‎‎(contact) centers, the ministry, and ‎women’s groups such as the Palestinian ‎Non-Governmental Organization Against ‎Domestic Violence Against Women (Al Muntada),‎to demand the bill’s ratification. ‎In addition, she praised [PA] President ‎Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to cancel ‎mitigating circumstances in [cases] of ‎femicide… ‎
In a position paper published on its ‎behalf, the Palestinian Non-‎Governmental Organization Against ‎Domestic Violence Against Women (Al Muntada)… ‎expressed its concern about the increase ‎in the rate of femicide cases, which ‎necessitates the publication of a ‎presidential decree ratifying the proposed ‎penal law submitted to the Legislative ‎Council (PA Parliament), the government ‎and the President by the civil social ‎institutions and the National Group for the ‎‎[formulation of the] Bill. In addition, he ‎noted that an honorary convention, [which ‎is to serve] until the [bill’s] ratification, was ‎recently published with the common ‎consent of all PLO factions.”‎
Abbas amends law on honor killings 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 20, 2014
     “[PA] Chairman Mahmoud Abbas published a legally binding decree amending Article 98 of the [Palestinian] Penal Law No. 12 of 1960.
Hassan Al-Ouri, legal advisor to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, said the significance of this amendment was its abrogation of mitigating circumstances in cases in which the act is committed against a woman for motives of what is referred to as ‘family honor.’ According to Al-Ouri, this means that the court has no authority to invoke mitigating circumstances [in the defendant’s favor] when the victim is revealed to it [the court] to be a woman, and when the crime was committed for motives of what is referred to as ‘family honor.’ …
Article 98 of the [Palestinian] Penal Law No. 12 of 1960 will read as follows: ‘Mitigating circumstances shall apply in cases in which the crime was carried out in a state of extreme anger, as a result of a serious and unjust act…’ The amendment adds: ‘Mitigating circumstances shall not be granted to the perpetrator if the crime was committed against a woman for motives of honor.’
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) welcomed this decision. Baha Al-Saadi, the [UN] HRC representative in the Palestinian territories, told Reuters: ‘We welcome this move, which we consider a great step forward…’ He added that the council had conducted a study of cases of murder committed under the pretext of honor, and had concluded that an amendment of the law was necessary...
This decision came in the wake of a steep rise in cases of murder of women – most recently, the murder of a woman by her husband in a Shari’ah law court in Birzeit, north of Ramallah, and the strangling to death of another woman by her husband in one of the refugee camps.”
 
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Abbas publishes legal amendment ‎against perpetrators of hate crimes ‎against women 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 20, 2014
     ‎“[PA] Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has ‎published a legally binding decree ‎amending Article 98 of the [Palestinian] ‎Penal Law No. 12 of 1960. ‎Hassan ‎ Al-Ouri, legal advisor to PA ‎President Mahmoud Abbas, said the ‎significance of this amendment was its ‎abrogation of mitigating circumstances in ‎cases in which the act is committed ‎against a woman for motives of what is ‎referred to as ‘family honor.’ According to ‎Al-Ouri, this means that the court has no ‎authority to invoke mitigating ‎circumstances [in the defendant’s favor] ‎when the victim is revealed to it [the court] ‎to be a woman, and when the crime was ‎committed for motives of what is referred to ‎as ‘family honor.’ … ‎
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) ‎welcomed this decision. Baha Al-Saadi, ‎the [UN] HRC representative in the ‎Palestinian territories, told Reuters: ‘We ‎welcome this move, which we consider a ‎great step forward…’ He added that the ‎council had conducted a study of cases of ‎murder committed under the pretext of ‎honor, and had concluded that an ‎amendment of the law was necessary.‎..
This decision came in the wake of a steep ‎rise in cases of femicide – most recently, ‎the murder of a woman by her husband in ‎a Shari’ah law court in Birzeit, north of ‎Ramallah, and the strangling to death of ‎another woman by her husband in one of ‎the refugee camps.”‎
PA daily reports on higher number of ‎femicide cases and necessity of ‎combatting it 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 16, 2014
     ‎“The UN Organization of Women in ‎Palestine has expressed its concern over ‎the femicide that occurred this week, ‎which raised the number of femicide ‎cases in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to ‎‎14 since the beginning of this year [2014] ‎‎– an average of a crime against women ‎every ten days.‎
In addition, it [the Organization] noted that ‎the Palestinian Government had ‎‎‘demonstrated a resolute political will to ‎end violence against women through the ‎adoption of a zero-tolerance policy on ‎violence against women, by realizing the ‎Millennium Development Goals and ‎adopting a national strategy to combat ‎violence against women for the years ‎‎2011-2019, and most recently, the ‎ratification of the Convention on the ‎Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination ‎against Women.’ The Organization ‎emphasized that this political will must be ‎translated into urgent concrete action, and ‎called for the urgent implementation of the ‎Serious Case Review mechanism ‎coordinated by the Ministry of Women’s ‎Affairs.”‎
Palestinian activist calls for Abbas to publish ‎new presidential decree protecting women ‎from violence 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 6, 2014
Op-ed by Atef Abu Al-Rub:
     ‎“Lately, Palestinian society, which ‎considers itself united and crime-free, has ‎been shaken by a series of grave social ‎events. Among the clearly prominent ‎crimes were assaults on women – ‎including murder, attempted murder, and ‎other acts considered to be assaults on ‎women… ‎
Feminist activist Nada Tawil says: ‘Since ‎the beginning of the year, the number of ‎femicides perpetrated in safe places, ‎including even courts of justice (allusion ‎to the murder of a woman in a Shari’ah ‎law court in the beginning of May, 2014. ‎Ed.) has risen to 13. Feminist movement ‎groups working to form coalitions to ‎advance the development of the Penal ‎Code and the Personal Status Law, have ‎finished their drafts and submitted them ‎for approval to the Palestinian Parliament ‎‎(Legislative Council) – but it [the ‎Parliament] is [currently] suspended ‎because of the rift [between Fatah and ‎Hamas]. Therefore, we asked the ‎President [Mahmoud Abbas], by way of ‎memoranda, to publish a presidential ‎decree abrogating the mitigating excuses ‎for murder. [The decree] was indeed ‎published, but with loopholes – the issue ‎was left to the discretion of the legal ‎system, creating a loophole in the law. We ‎demand that the President publish an ‎additional decree until the Legislative ‎Council convenes.’”‎
Public march cancelled because intermingling of sexes might lead "women to sin and fall into traps" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 19, 2014
Op-ed by Jawad Boulus, a columnist for the official PA daily
     “I don’t know if there are organizational ties between the groups that opposed a series of social and cultural activities that were supposed to take place in a number of our villages in the Galilee and the Triangle (a concentration of Israeli-Arab towns and villages adjacent to the Green Line in northern Israel). The organizers of a march in Baqa Al-Gharbiya, the purpose of which was to allow all family members to participate in an educational entertainment activity… were forced to cancel it to prevent a ‘civil war’ – according to an announcement [published] by those in charge. Prior to this, [activists] distributed notices and pamphlets, signed by Islamic movements, which called for the cancellation of the event on the grounds that it was inconsistent with the principles of the Islamic Shari’ah [law], as the intermingling [of men and women] might allow the participating women to sin and fall into traps.
In Acre, a group of members of Takfir (i.e., Muslims who accuse other Muslims of heresy) protested a performance by the Homeland On a String group and prevented the audience from entering the concert hall, claiming that in one of its satirical and critical performances, the group had attacked the Muslim Brotherhood... We are on the brink of a nationwide phenomenon that reflects the growth of rapidly spreading Takfir ideas. The proponents of these ideas are no different from their predecessors in the Islamic and Takfir political movements, and so they follow their example and strive to enforce what they believe to be their right and duty of protecting their faith – [their faith] as they understand it."

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Female journalist honored for "supporting the prisoners' issue" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 30, 2014
     “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’ issue and her continuous contact with the prisoners’ mothers, wives and families in the Hebron District and in all districts of the homeland.”
PA TV host receives journalism award for show that glorifies terror 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 14, 2014
Photo: Journalist Manal Seif accepts the [Palestinian] Woman Media Award.
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 [Palestinian] Prisoners’ Club Amani Sarahaneh was held in the presence of Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate Chairman Abd Al-Nasser Al-Najjar, Deputy [PA] Minister of Communications Mahmoud Khalifa, Director of the Amin [Arab Media Internet] Network Abu Akar and a number of female journalists…
Abu Akar said that the decision of the committee responsible for selecting the winner was based on the importance of the role of the prisoners’ cause and the roles of journalists Seif and Sarahneh in serving the prisoners’ cause.”
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Note: PMW has documented that the PA TV program For You hosted by the prize winning journalist is used for honoring terrorists. Host Manal Seif has defended this practice and referred to three planners of suicide bombings who are serving 156 life sentences for murder as "heroes." Click to view previous PMW bulletin on this story.
Young girl at official PA ceremony: Terrorist murderer Dalal taught us “how to be free women” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Mar. 12, 2014
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 Othman Daoud, District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam and Fatah Secretary in Qalqilya Mahmoud Walwil.

A young girl leads Laila Ghannam on stage and says:
“They said: ‘She’s a woman.’
I said: ‘What does it matter, brothers; we’re all revolutionaries and fighters.’
They said: ‘Landless.’
We said: ‘Not for long.’
They said: ‘A black [refugee] tent.’
We said: ‘We have grown used to suffering.’
Oh mother, I have donned a shrouds [made from] from the sash of the revolution,
Oh life, Dalal Mughrabi taught us how to keep our heads high
Faced with grief, we will keep our heads high
Despite the darkness of oppression and the callousness of the jailor,
Oh Dalal, we will complete the journey.
We have learned from your sacrifice how to be free women.”

Note: Dalal Mughrabi - led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Abbas orders legal committee to review women`s rights and amend discriminatory laws 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 7, 2014
     “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 that the President’s orders state that a legal committee will be established by the government, in coordination with the relevant bodies and civil institutions. He added that the President had emphasized the urgency of proposing the necessary recommendations and amendments, which will allow for the protection of women’s rights and the provision of necessary legal protection, as well as for increasing the severity of the penalties for crimes against women. Al-Awri noted that the President’s orders also called for amending any section open to interpretation, or [any section] which implies that the criminal may use mitigation arguments to lessen the severity of the penalty or avoid punishment altogether in cases in which the victim is a woman.
Al-Awri emphasized that the President is providing all possible means for the protection of women, and stressed the need for official and unofficial bodies to take responsibility for them [by], among other things, creating a legal apparatus that will provide full protection for women, especially in view of the rise in violence against them, [which goes] by various names.”
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Women stage sit-in strike demanding law reform on domestic violence 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 7, 2014
     “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 women yesterday [March 6, 2014] across from the Muqata’a (the PA's Presidential Headquarters) in Ramallah, with the participation of [representatives from] several human rights centers and women’s institutions…
It should be noted that the women’s rights centers documented 14 murder cases in 2012, which were considered “honor killings.” In 2013, 28 murders of women were recorded, and since the beginning of this year [2014], 8 women were murdered on similar grounds.”
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PLO member: Laws do not adequately protect women from honor killings 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 23, 2014
     "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 maximum sentences to the perpetrators and to anyone who violates provisions of the law.
These words were said as she strongly condemned the murder of a 15-year-old from Jabalia by her father and the murder of another young woman, a 17-year-old from Khan Yunis, by her brother, [both of which happened] in one day.
Ashrawi noted that the number of women who were murdered since the beginning of 2013 and up to December of that year reached 28 victims because of a lack of regulations and laws to guarantee social protection for women, the lack of legal accountability, laxity in pursuing perpetrators, as well as a lack of desire to punish them.
She added: 'It's time to implement the necessary amendments to the law, approve a penal code that dissuades [people from committing the crimes and that will] view these crimes as crimes against humanity, to activate methods for implementing the law and to urge the legal system to assume its responsibility.'
Ashrawi denounced the fact that these crimes are called murder for 'family matters,' or what are called 'honor' killings, and described this as an 'excuse.' In addition, she said: 'Women are not a symbol of men's or families' honor, but are an equal member [of society], like all other individuals in society...'
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PA official complains that Abbas hasn’t amended leniency clause for "family honor" killings in PA law 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 3, 2014
     "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 circumstances and circumstances which permit [murder] -- gives the criminal an excuse to commit his crime, and she asserted that three years ago a demand was submitted to President Mahmoud Abbas to remove this clause because it exempts the criminal from punishment. Rizq deplored the escalation of violence against women, which currently poses a dangerous threat to our society."
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PA daily: Palestinian women increasingly demand equal rights 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 3, 2014
     "[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 it was committed as a family honor [killing] or by an anonymous person... Nasreen Qawas, coordinator of the 'Right of Inheritance' project, told Al-Hayat Al-Jadida: '... Some of the women grapple with many difficulties with their brothers or families, [difficulties] which have at times resulted in murder due to greed.'"
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Fatah official praises Mughrabi, killer of 37, as “role model" for bringing “destruction upon the occupation” in a “quality operation” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 1, 2014
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.
1st PA TV host: “During the Palestinian revolution and its history, the woman was this struggle’s important and essential element... She participated in all aspects of the struggle, and in fact proved that she is an element worthy of a prominent place in Palestinian society and that she is part of the important history of this great nation.”
2nd PA TV host: “On this occasion, we will recite a stanza from a poem that reads: ‘On the eleventh of March, a Saturday, an Arab self-sacrificing fighter emerged from the waves, and the dark-skinned Arab [woman] Dalal [Mughrabi] set out and cried: ‘My country, my country, my country!’”
1st PA TV host: “Dr. Amal, throughout Palestinian history, the woman had an important role in the armed struggle... How would you describe the role of the Palestinian woman in recent years?”...
Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad: “The Palestinian woman was a partner in the struggle. She carried the rifle, she was on the front lines…Dalal Mughrabi was at the front lines, she led men in the battle of defiance and in the resistance against the occupation... She led a quality operation (i.e., terror attack) in the Palestinian Interior (i.e., Israel). She killed dozens of Israeli army officers, and she was the leader of this operation. She led men. She is a source of pride in her struggle, her history, her giving and her sacrifice. The woman was a [role] model in the national struggle and this role model is now being copied, and [students] learn about it at the world’s universities.”

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PA daily op-ed promotes women’s rights and argues women are better leaders than men 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 30, 2013
Op-ed by Muhammad Ali Taha:
Headline:
“Waiting for a female president”
     “Kings and presidents have committed physical, economic and social crimes throughout history – from Alexander [the Great] (king of Macedon in ancient Greece) to [US President] George Bush Jr.; from Nebuchadnezzar (king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, c. 605-562 BCE) to Saddam [Hussein], [Iraqi Prime Minister] Al-Maliki and [ruler of Libya Muammar] Gaddafi; from the great Pharaoh to [Egyptian presidents] Mubarak and Morsi. [...] To the best of my knowledge, history has not known one female ruler who committed crimes.
Men have ruled our Arab world since the caliphs who followed a righteous path and until today. In the twentieth century, kings and generals sat on the seat of power and the Arab world did not know democratic elections, praise Allah, except for the elections that were held in the Palestinian Authority. [...] How can a woman who aspires to be elected president stand out in the shadow of tyrannical, oppressive regimes that do not honor women and do not acknowledge [their] abilities?
How can a state elect a woman to lead it while it forbids her to drive a car? How can a nation allow a woman to head it while most men believe a woman should leave her home only twice during her life – the first time for her husband’s house and the second time for the grave?
How will she be allowed to become president when she is not allowed out of the house without a chaperone? The Arab nation tried kings, presidents, emirs, sultans, generals… and they brought disaster on the nations and made them backward. It didn’t even try for one woman to reach the seat of power in democratic elections and for her to be interested in education, health, culture, the economy and people.”
PA Minister: Women have played an important role in armed resistance against Israel 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Dec. 23, 2013
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 of Local Government. The conference was held in cooperation with the Catholic Relief Services, CRS and funded by the US Agency for International Development, USAID.
PA Minister of Women's Affairs Rabiha Dhiab: “Everyone talks about the Palestinian woman and her important role throughout the struggle’s various stages and throughout the century. She was the man’s fundamental partner in all areas of life. Likewise, she participated in the struggle together with him – side by side in the armed or military struggle and she was also a prisoner and a captive… This doesn’t mean that our entire nation has to go to prison, not necessarily. We must act in all directions…
The problem of violence isn’t a local problem; it’s a global problem… We are under occupation; it cannot be that we will continue sitting idly, waiting for the occupation to leave. We must act because this is part of our firm stand, part of our awareness of everything that is taking place in the region. Therefore, we are always willing and ready to support the Palestinian woman and also receive support from our brothers, the men.
I think Yasser Arafat said one year at the Conference on Women: ‘We don’t want to only increase the woman’s participation; we favor her filling a full role in this rifle pit, behind this weapon, alongside her brother.’ I don’t mean only the [actual] weapon here, but the weapon is knowledge, hope and all these issues.”
PA daily reports on statistics of Palestinian honor killings  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 26, 2013
     “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 sources that say that more than two women are murdered every month.”
Organization documents murder cases of Palestinian women; records 27 ‘honor’ killings in 2013 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Nov. 6, 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, regardless of the circumstances of murder. [His statements were] directed at the sources speaking about statistics pertaining to the issue, which have noted that the number of cases of murder [perpetrated] from motives of what is referred to as ‘honor’ had reached 27 this year.
In addition, he stressed the need for accuracy and the need to distinguish between the number of female murder victims recorded by the Center and the circumstances of the murders, and said: ‘It is a mistake to think that all the women murdered were murdered for motives of what is referred to as honor.’
In addition, he noted that the number of female victims recorded by the Center over the course of this year [2013] has, so far, reached 27, and that it was still too early to establish the reasons and motives for these murders, since the reasons and motives are not immediately evident, but require a series of steps [involving] investigation, monitoring and documentation in order to be understood…
Attorney Latifa Sahwil… explained that these figures included [only] the cases of women known to the Center – [murders] into the circumstances of which it had carried out a process of investigation and documentation, and that these figures are likely to be inaccurate, since part of the murder investigations are secret and have not been made public, and since the Center faces serious difficulties in collecting and documenting information.”
Sharp increase recorded in number of honor killings 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2013
     ‎“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 ‎double that of the figure recorded in 2012, ‎when 13 women were murdered – a figure ‎‎[3] times greater than [that recorded in] ‎‎2011, when 4 women were murdered… ‎
The Women’s Center said femicide is a ‎crime for which the perpetrators must ‎receive the most serious penalties, ‎regardless of the identity or gender of the ‎criminal and the motives behind the crime. ‎‎[The Center added that] as of today, there ‎can be no further discussion regarding ‎the context to acts of femicide, since ‎women are murdered for being women, ‎while the male criminals are rewarded for ‎being men. They receive an exemption or ‎a more lenient punishment because the ‎victim was a woman.”‎
Official PA daily decries increase in female honor killings: "It is the male who is the perpetrator of all ‎crimes‎" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 23, 2013
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 Palestinian laws have ‎relatively improved regarding the ‎safeguarding of certain women’s rights, ‎the laws and legislators [still] stand ‎helpless and submissive before the power ‎of conventions and customs…‎
The men forget that it was they who ‎instilled abominable acts and the ‎desecration of the sanctity of girls and ‎women in all times and all periods, ‎because it is the male who is the ‎perpetrator of all crimes, and because ‎abomination and adultery don’t occur of ‎themselves. The age of miracles, of the ‎Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, peace be ‎upon Him, is over, and was a unique ‎event that will never repeat itself.”‎
Female PA minister proposes treating perpetrators of honor killings "like any other murder" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 23, 2013
‎     “[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 statement came] as part of her ‎response to the third case of femicide this ‎month and the fifteenth since the ‎beginning of the year…‎
She emphasized that the draft did not ‎contain sections [granting] mitigating ‎circumstances in cases of femicide, and ‎that it considers femicide a crime like any ‎other murder, on which the harshest ‎punishment is imposed, so that the ‎murderer is not released after two ‎months.”‎
Religious ruling does not castigate man for having sex with wife “against her will” 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 7, 2013
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 violates the sanctity of the month and has performed a forbidden act. You must fast an additional day in place [of the day the sex occurred], as the Prophet said ‘fast [a] day.’ And you must atone by fasting for two consecutive months, and if you cannot do so, feed 60 poor people… As for the woman who was forced to have sex by her husband, she must fast only one additional day in place [of the day the sex occurred], and she does not have to atone.”
Op-ed: UN document on prevention of violence against women will promote homosexuality and promiscuity 
Source: Al-Quds, Apr. 26, 2013
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, Al-Quds
     “The UN’s definition of violence groups all the differences between the way men and women are treated under the term ‘gender-related crimes,’ thereby [implying] that there should be complete equality between men and women in [all] aspects of life and law!...
Those who follow what the enemies of the Islamic nation are introducing into its religion and culture in order to destroy its essence and uniqueness believe that ‘gender’ is not just a word, but a whole philosophy of Western values [aimed] against our Islamic society, whose purpose is to erase all differences between men and women...
The advocates of ‘gender’ are striving to put an end to the roles of family, father and mother in Muslim society, and for the rejection of marriage; they also call for women’s ownership of their bodies, which is clearly a call for promiscuity, for the rejection of reproduction and the permission of abortions and homosexuality. And the person who claimed that ‘gender’ is a tool in the hands of homosexuality spoke the truth…
Likewise, [the agreements contain] very dangerous legal demands [stipulated] by the UN Commission on [the status of] women...For example, a woman, who received her inheritance according to Islamic law, whose husband married another [woman] or had sexual relations with her against her will, may submit a complaint against her country to the UN, accusing it of discrimination and violence!"

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PA daily article: PA has taken steps to protect women from “honor killings,” but more needed 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Apr. 11, 2013
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 head of the Palestinian Working Women Society for Development Amal Khreishe said that even though a number of presidential directives and government decisions indicate the politicians’ will, the desired results have not yet been achieved.
In addition, she said: ‘A simple check of the workings of the courts and their decisions in cases dealing with violence toward women, called ‘honor killings’, proves that in practice things have not changed. This is so because the authority of a judge’s [personal] evaluation still helps the criminal avoid punishment, and a sentence can be lessened because of a number of considerations, like introducing unofficial rulings, or personal beliefs of the judge.’”
Film director on PA TV emphasizes importance of focusing on Palestinian women’s experience under “occupation” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 5, 2013
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 on this, and it was very daring... How was this done? Was it easy? ...”
Layali Kilani: “We have a bit of a problem with this. Somebody can tell you that a woman’s problem stems from the fact that she is a woman, and society behaves violently to her because she is a woman, and this happens because of men. But in my opinion, no. We in Palestinian society still have men’s violence against women, but the occupation is also violent towards her. This isn’t easy. We view female Martyrs (Shahids) just like we view male Martyrs. We see [people] wounded, and there are women among them. Why shouldn’t we shed light on these things? In my case, I had an idea to do something about a strong Palestinian woman in society, as part of the ‘I am a Woman’ program. I don’t want to do something about divorce or marriage.”
Host: “And you didn’t come across any opposition... when you presented the topic?”
Kilani: “No, no, no.”
Host: “Foreign funding usually has strings attached: ‘Don’t go near matters having to do with the occupation; focus on women’s issues.’”
Kilani: “But in every film that you prepare, the EU writes: ‘This is the director’s opinion only, and is not the view of the European Union.’ This is where they give us freedom…”
Host [interrupting]: “There’s room [for maneuvering].”
Kilani: “Exactly. Do what you want, but it’s your own personal opinion."
Shari'ah judge: 'Honor' killings are against Islamic law 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 14, 2013
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 website. Using evidence, he proved that these crimes are against Islamic law and that this is a growing phenomenon that harms innocent women. [He said that this phenomenon] has no basis in the Quran and that Islam fights this Jahiliyya custom (i.e., the Islamic concept of ignorance of divine guidance, attributed to pre-Islamic times.)"
PA daily: Demonstrators in Bethlehem seek harsher sentences for honor killings 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 2, 2012
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 the] Nativity plaza [in Nazareth].
Demonstrators demanded that the Palestinian Parliament (Legislative Council) convene a special session to discuss the murder of women. They criticized the Palestinian press in this matter… and the lenient sentences [imposed] for killing women.
Activist Nadia Harb… said that there are many motives for murdering women, such as inheritance issues, for example, but [the crime] is justified as [a matter of family] honor, so that the killer will receive a lenient sentence."
Palestinian MP calls for change in the "cultural attitudes towards murder of women" 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 15, 2012
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.”
PA daily article condemns honor killings 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 14, 2012
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. Five women who were murdered in the most despicable ways, most of them humiliating and cruel, by first-degree relatives. The most infuriating incident in which the greatest injustice was done, is the case of W.M.Q., whose name has been withheld in order to protect the victim's 'dignity', thereby denying her the most fundamental right of the deceased, to let the public know her real name."
PA daily article denounces honor killings and warns that many cases are misclassified as suicides 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 12, 2012
Headline: "The long wait for legislation"
     "Since the beginning of the year [2012], 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 movements and of society in general – the victim from Tulkarem, who was 'convicted' following her demand to complete higher studies, and whose right to appeal was denied the moment her throat was slit, as her family coldly yawned; the victim from Beit Jala, whose slaughtered body was left abandoned and whose blood drained while onlookers were busy observing and documenting the scenes of horror; a woman from Samo'a in Hebron, who was beaten to death because she dared to defend herself; and a girl from the Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza, who was strangled in the name of [family] 'honor', after she rejected the suitor proposed to her by her family. [All these] incidents in addition to many suspicious murder cases filed under worrisome categories like “suicide,” “drug overdose” and “she fell into the well.”
PA Mufti: A wife may not refuse her husband sex as "it is his right" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 12, 2012
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 right [to refuse] according to Shari'ah?"
Mufti: "No. It's his right [to have sex]. Nonetheless, we say to him: You must obey Allah Almighty. Just as you want to satisfy your needs, which are in fact animalistic and impulsive, you must also observe Allah's duties and commandments, which are more important. Nonetheless, it is his right. This woman may not and has no right to deny him this right, especially during the permissible time, which is nighttime."
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PA Mufti: "A woman must leave home [only] at the discretion of her husband" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 12, 2012
Host: "What is the rule about women who go out shopping [at night during Ramadan] until 3:00 AM?"
PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein: "In general, a woman must [only] leave home at the discretion of her husband. If she left home at his discretion and with his approval, there is nothing preventing it."
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Inequality of women highlighted in satire on PA TV 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 11, 2012
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 day! What's with you?"
Wife: "What do you want me to do? We come home from work at the same time. You site down, rest, relax, watch TV, and I'm doing the housework. When do you want me to finish it?"
Husband: "This isn't my problem. That has nothing to do with me. Isn't that "equality?"
Wife: "Sure I want equality, but not to do work plus more work. I mean - not just the accounts, the children and expenses. No, [equality] with everything! What would happen if you helped me with the housework, hand in hand?"
Husband: "Great! That's all I need, [working] hand in hand. I should wash, sweep, and dust! Listen. Get up. Straighten up the house, wash, cook, and I'm going inside to rest. When you finish cooking, come and wake me."
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PA daily: Feminist organizations call for laws to protect women from domestic violence and honor killings 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2012
     "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 crimes of murder against women for what is called "honor"... The organizer of the "Civil Organizations for Struggle against Violence against Women" explained that two women murdered in Bethlehem and Hebron had approached the police, but it did not supply them with protection and did not save their lives."
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Abbas appoints committee to amend laws protecting women from domestic violence and honor killings 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2012
     "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 and defend them from oppression, violence, and discrimination. The president's decision comes following the increase in attacks and cases of murder of women."
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PA cleric: Women may only perform the I'tikaf worship in the mosque if their husbands give permission 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2012
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 [permission to go] she is prohibited from doing it, and then it is preferable for the woman to do the I'tikaf at home."
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PA daily op-ed opposes honor killings and the "mentality of racist murder" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2012
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 intelligence or religion..."
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Op-ed speaks out against honor killings and forced marriages 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 10, 2012
     "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 beginning of 2012 of what has been called "honor crimes."
The father of the girl is now guilty of his daughter's murder, but in the indictment against the murderer, the father, it is not mentioned that this is not the first time that he murdered her. He already murdered the victim, his daughter and flesh and blood, a number of years earlier when he married her off to a man who was 50 years older than her. In other words, he married her to someone the age of her grandfather...
Unfortunately, the murderer didn't act alone and found partners to his crime: his son, the brother of the murder victim, and the corrupt doctor who agreed to write a death certificate. This shows that there is public support for violence against women and that the perpetrators of this crime are ready to prepare excuses and even cover it up forever, so that the criminals do not receive a proper punishment."
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PA daily reports on human rights organization that condemns Palestinian honor killings 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 9, 2012
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 crimes committed last month (i.e., four incidents of murders of women during July 2012) in the harshest terms, and demand vengeance and justice for the victims, since our society must not reconcile itself to any justification for the murder of women…' Harb added: 'What happened last month shows the failure of the legal system, and of the private and official institutions, and their inability to protect the right to life for women who are victims of violence.'
The Association's legal investigator, Khadija Hussein, presented a work paper in which she discusses a number of topics pertaining to the crimes of murder of women, and stated that from 2005 until today, more than 50 women have been murdered in so-called 'honor' [killings]."
PA PM Fayyad calls for laws protecting women from honor killings 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 9, 2012
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 to society that harms the social fabric. It obliges everyone to consider it seriously so as to learn lessons, and it calls on everyone to assume full responsibility to combat and uproot it. …Fayyad said that relevant laws, and the laws that aim to ensure full equal rights between women and men, should be reassessed, and that the law should provide social and economic protection for women… Fayyad emphasized that it is important to proceed towards the immediate implementation of the constitutional amendment to disallow “extenuating circumstances” as an argument for lenient sentences in cases where women are victims of so-called ‘honor killings’. He also said that the penal code should be completed speedily, because this new law awards equal rights to women."
PA daily op-ed condemns "tribal mentality" that seeks to justify the killing of women 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 7, 2012
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 murdered, led to the writing of this column, in which I shall criticize out loud the social culture that still seeks justifications for the murder of women. The rumors and justifications for murder after the killing of these two [victims] led a woman journalist to write an article demanding that we respect the reason for killing the girl [in Tulkarem]...
As for the woman from Bethlehem who was murdered in front of people in the street without anyone trying to save her, people have already become experts at spreading rumors to convince us that her husband was right, and that there undoubtedly must be a reason that made the killing necessary...
There is no justification for murder... and there is no country or country-in-the-making that still bases itself on the tribal mentality. The law and the right to life must be respected, and the criminals must be punished. All excuses are rejected out of hand; we refuse to agree to murder... We reject measures that protect the murderers, and the justifications that claim that this keeps the unity and cohesiveness of society, since our cohesiveness and unity will be strengthened only through justice."
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PA daily op-ed: A "cultural revolution" is needed to put a stop to honor killings 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 6, 2012
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 this as a manly, heroic act, turning it into an aspect of [our] culture that molds the character of Arab and Islamic societies.
If we wish to free our society from this crime's octopus grasp, we must first admit that without a cultural revolution that will cleanse our perceptions, our books, and our heritage from sanctifying murder performed in the name of Allah and honor... we will not be able to take a single step towards lessening this crime, even if the books of [new] laws reach the roof of Parliament and the civil courts (i.e., no matter how many civil laws are passed against it.)"
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PA official condemns honor killing; others call for harsher laws to punish murderers 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2012
     "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 amendments which President Mahmoud Abbas has introduced into the lenient sections of [law regarding] murder [of women]; these assure that every man found guilty will receive his punishment, with no other consideration...
Expert and activist Khawla Al-Azraq criticized the use of the present law of personal status, saying: 'It is a disgrace that we are still using the law of personal status that was legislated in the 1950's. This Jordanian law has already been amended a number of times in Jordan, but we are still using it. The law reinforces violence against women, legalizes the murder of women, and protects the murderers, in spite of the amendments that the President [Abbas] has introduced'...
Attorney Salwa Banura said that the law encourages murders, since arguments for leniency [mitigating circumstances] are accepted by the courts, and a man who murders his daughter, wife or sister stays in prison only three months, and is then released."
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PA daily: Increasing calls for legislation to protect women from abuse and honor killings 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2012
     "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 women, following the three latest crimes that took place in different cities in the West Bank and Gaza. The delegation stressed its faith in the Palestinian legal system and demanded an end to the leniency employed in cases of honor crimes...
At the same time, a sit-down strike organized by Dhiab was held opposite the courts compound in Ramallah... in which participants demanded legislation that would protect women from violence directed at them and impose extremely heavy penalties on murderers of women."
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Muslim wives should "obey" their husbands, says PA Mufti in response to Ramadan question 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 2, 2012
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: "They perform it together... The woman must help her husband and family by preparing the pre-dawn meal, so the whole family is involved. She will be rewarded for observing the tradition and also be rewarded for obeying her husband."
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PA daily: Man who stabbed his daughter to death arrested by PA police 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 24, 2012
     "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 88.
He stressed that investigations were still going on to uncover the motives and causes for this chilling crime, and noted that the girl's father had been arrested. He called upon residents to act responsibly and not to rush to pass judgment on their children, and destroy the family. He stressed that following the so-called family honor killings of many girls, it turned out after pathological examination and autopsy -- that the victims were virgins."
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University lecturer on PA TV says that killing and beating women is a negative part of Arab identity 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 24, 2012
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. Every society has its defects and its charms. Palestinian identity has its charms, but there are things that we have adopted from Arab culture for centuries, which harm the individual and the woman. For example, in recent months, look how many women were murdered in Lod, in Ramle, and in Acre, and so on. That's part of our identity."
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PA daily article: Should women be allowed to drive taxis? 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 30, 2012
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 difficult field, since it involves work at night and late hours, passing from one district to another at irregular times, and extensive contact with all sectors of society.
Al-Khatib told Al-Hayat Al-Jadida that women's employment in public transportation is not legally forbidden, and that they have the right to engage in it whenever they wish to... He added, 'If a woman drives a taxi, she will encounter flirtation, and she may be forced to deal with criminals (thieves, alcoholics, and drug addicts).' This is in addition to her inability to deal with problems with the car, especially at night, and the fact that she is not well acquainted with inner-city roads and highways, and cannot leave household chores for 12 hours.…
Sheikh Jaber rejected the idea of a woman working as a taxi driver because sometimes things happen to men which are forbidden according to religious law, so how could a woman look after herself if she encounters the problems that happen to men? He noted that she might become tempted without knowing it...
Educational counselor Khoula Sarhan stated that women are capable [of being taxi drivers] and have better concentration than men do, as proven scientifically, but the common stereotype in our society and culture, and the adherence to norms, customs and tradition, limit the woman's role and obligate her with regard to certain roles. She noted that the idea of female taxi drivers is not wrong, but women need training before working in this field."
[The article goes on to quote opinions of six men, for and against. Some are more liberal, some less so.]
Abbas proposes amending law that permits murdering women in [family] honor killings 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2011
     “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 Jordanian Penal Act 16 of 1960, which allows those who have carried out crimes of murdering women in so-called honor killings, to escape justice… The participants in the meeting once again demanded that the judiciary and executive branches [of the government] speed up investigation of the circumstances of the murder of the young woman Ayah Barad'iyya (21) from Zurif.”
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Maximum prison sentence for honor killing is 24 months 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 13, 2011
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 murder of women in the Palestinian territories for so-called ‘family honor.’ This is a result of the immunity given to the criminal because of light sentences, such that the maximum sentence does not exceed three years [in jail] shortened [for good behavior], meaning, nearly 24 months…
Al-Shawa emphasized that according to the statistics of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, 13 cases of honor-killings took place last year. The victims included 9 women, a boy, and 3 men. Three of these crimes were carried out in the West Bank and the rest in Gaza. She stated that since the beginning of this year, only two instances have been recorded….
It is well-known that instances of murder of women are not a new phenomenon, but have been going on for many years. Several studies have been carried out on this issue, including special research carried out by the Project for the Support and Training of Women, as part of the Mental Health program in Gaza, in 2005… This research noted that all instances of murder for so-called family honor involve women [as victims], and do not involve men. Similarly, it turns out that instances of murder were carried out for various criminal reasons, but were attributed to family honor, so that the criminal would escape sentencing and would benefit from the extenuating circumstances awarded to him by law.”
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PA TV highlights problem of devaluing women in Palestinian society 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 27, 2010

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: "Yes."
Wife: "Ahmad, I can't, I feel like I'm really about to give birth."
Husband (walks in to wife): "Hold on until the morning. How can I take you now, in the middle of the night?" [...]
 
At the end of the ad, the following text appears:
     "The Prophet said: Whoever has three daughters and he remains patient with them, provides for them and clothes them they shall be a shield for him from the Hellfire." [Hadith 3669]
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PA MP: 62% of women are victims of violence; PA police: Men are also victims 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2010
     "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, said that there are exaggerations in the presentation of the severity of violence against women, and that the statistics that the police have compiled show that there exists counter-violence carried out by women against men."
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Terrorist killer of 37 used as example of equality of sexes 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 30, 2009

Dr. Jamal Nazal (Fatah spokesman), in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida: 
Headline:
“On Dalal Mughrabi's birthday”
     The source of my respect, for Dalal is her quality of determination […] She said the word "no" adamantly and determinedly, and took leave of life without the conditions for respect that a person needs. She took her decision in her hands, without waiting for the green light from a guardian or the red light from the morality police, and set off on her way with a revolutionary, rebellious and liberated mentality […]

Palestinian NGO urges the PA to adopt law regarding forced prostitution as sexual violence 
Source: WAFA news agency, Dec. 9, 2009
     “A study on Trafficking and Forced Prostitution of Palestinian Women and Girls: Forms of Modern Day Slavery, conducted by Sawa Center with support of UNIFEM recommended to advocate for a law by the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) [PA Parliament] referring to forced prostitution as sexual violence and guaranteeing that girls and women are treated as victims of the crime and not as offenders.”
Hamas to women: Don't laugh or talk in public 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Sept. 3, 2009
Member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front, Kayed Al-Ghoul:
     "Hamas in Gaza today maintains a type of tyranny... and seeks, through undemocratic means of coercion and despotism, to enact laws that enforce their ideology and their party's world-view on the entire Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip...
Hamas enforces [wearing of] the headscarf and long gown (hijab and jalabiya) on female lawyers and students; it acts to separate the sexes in government departments by imposing a separation between the sexes in offices and waiting rooms, and it has prohibited mixed folk dancing. Most dangerous, it has established Morality Units, run jointly by the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Religious Affairs, which ask couples who walk on the beach to present a marriage contract, and ask any woman walking alone on the beach to have an escort [male relative], and prohibit laughing and talking for women [in public], and have issued a religious ruling (fatwa) prohibiting men from swimming in shorts, with the rest of their bodies naked."
Female terrorist portrayed as a symbol of women's rights and equality 
Source: Al-Ayyam, July 15, 2009
Sama Awida, columnist at Al-Ayyam, writing the column “Free pens”:
     "Dalal Mughrabi was independent when she went out to fight for liberty; she did not ask permission from her guardian. If Djamila Bouhired and the women of Algeria had not been free, they would not have gone out to fight against the colonialism that the world still speaks of with pride. And if Hanan Ashrawi were not free, she would not have been able to convey her messages to the entire world and to be one of the most important emissaries of the Palestinian cause..."

Note: Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
PA PM: Terrorist Dalal Mughrabi is an example of women's important role in the "Palestinian struggle" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 12, 2009
PA TV talk show about Fatah and women’s role in society and the way to the sixth Congress of the Fatah movement.
Najat Abu Bakr, PA Member of Parliament speaks of the importance of women’s role in the Palestinian struggle in general and within Fatah in particular: 

     “We find, for example, Dalal Mughrabi who led a team of 12 fighters and it was her who lifted the Palestinian flag above Tel Aviv [corrects herself] Tal Al-Rabia and it was her who said: ‘This is Palestine and here we will establish Palestine.’”

Note: Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
“Tal Al-Rabia” is the Palestinians’ Arabic translation of Tel Aviv, to wrongly imply the existence of an Arab village of that name prior to Tel Aviv.
Palestinian MP: We can't forget Dalal Mughrabi on International Women's day 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 16, 2008
On PA TV program "Palestine This Morning", on fourth anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death.Rabiha Dhiab, Palestinian Member of Parliament (Legislative Council):
     "On a day like today we cannot forget the commander Dalal Mughrabi, who headed a large group that entered [Israel] and liberated the coast of Palestine for several long hours…
The Palestinian woman should have a leading role in achieving the dream, continuing her path of struggle to achieve our dream as a Palestinian people and the dream of Yasser Arafat."

Note: Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Palestinian cleric: How to gently beat your wife 
Source: PA Ministry of Information website, Mar. 14, 2007
Palestinian cleric, Dr. Ismail Nawada:
     "No one can deny that the wife is apt to rebel on many occasions. This is why one of the useful means is for her husband to separate from her in the bedroom. This is why [Islam experts] said: 'A husband who uses these means can control a wife's behavior.'
The other issue that disgraces us is the topic of [wife] beating. First of all, the beating is not a severe beating, and as the experts in Islamic law said: 'Hit her with a handkerchief.'
Some asked: 'What use is that?'
Brother – it's a case of psychological treatment, and not a physical issue, to hit her. When the wife understands that her husband only raised his hand to her, she will be affected, if she is very sensitive. That is why no-one should assume he is allowed to hit his wife with a stick, to make her bleed, or to hit her in the face. This is only a sign: 'Wife, you need hitting. Don't necessitate [this] again.'"

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