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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
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: 
“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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