So this is the story of the week, an elderly woman blew herself up in Gaza on November 23. It is extremely sad that the only way a woman’s life story can be told, is through her taking not only her own life, but the lives of others.
A group calling itself the Just Swords of Islam issued a warning to Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip over the weekend that they must wear the hijab or face being targeted by the group's members.
Human Rights Watch reports that a significant number of women and girls are victims of violence perpetrated by family members & intimate partners. While there is increasing recognition of the problem, little action has been taken to address these abuses.
An article by Luisa Morgantini, Member of the European Parliament on the situation in Palestine demanding that the massacre of the Palestinians stop now.

Les questions de droit personnel revêtent une importance et un caractère décisif tout particuliers dès qu’il s’agit d’égalité des sexes, car ce droit recèle un modèle distinct de relations hommes-femmes. Essentiellement axé autour des rapports entre les sexes, le droit personnel musulman est devenu, dans nombre de situations (pays musulmans et communautés minoritaires/immigrantes, par exemple), le « symbole préférentiel » de l’identité musulmane [1] et se trouve désormais étroitement corrélé avec les différences religieuses/nationales.

As one marginalized sector of society, Palestinian women have bore the brunt of various measures by the Israeli occupation. Thousands of women have endured the loss of husbands, sons, daughters, their homes and land to the brutality of the occupation.
An hour ago I was listening to the radio and the moderator was reading Tawfiq Zayyad’s* (Palestinian poet) famous poem "Like Twenty Impossible". I felt like crying!
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