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The Politics of Killing Women in Colonized Contexts

December 17, 2012

As therapists, activists, and scholars who have worked with abused women, and conducted social anthropological studies on the killing of women in Palestinian society, we decided to respond to the article by Lila Abu-Lughod and Maya Mikdashi, “Tradition and the Anti-Politics Machine: DAM Seduced by the ‘Honor Crime.’” They reiterate—as our own interventions, activism, and studies have found—that the killing of women cannot be divorced from the realm of the political.

Palestine: World's youngest mayor goes back to school

September 20, 2012

Othman said that the regular mayor was more than willing to have her team take over. "I asked the mayor if I could get a feel for his work for a week, and he said 'yes'," Othman said. "He even told me I should do it for two months to really understand the nuances of institutional work."For the past week, Bashaer Othman has been busy meeting with parliamentarians in Jakarta, Indonesia, pushing them to enact projects to incorporate young people into civic life.

Palestine: All-female party to run in Palestinian elections

September 16, 2012

A new group running for municipal elections in Hebron is offering residents an alternative to politics as usual in the conservative West Bank city: Women at the helm, instead of men. 

The all-female list, which is called “By Participating, We Can,” is gearing up for next month’s vote with a campaign that aims both to win at the polls and to convince voters that women can lead just as well as men. 

Palestine: World's youngest mayor goes back to school

September 20, 2012

Fifteen-year-old Palestinian girl served as mayor of Allar in West Bank after town leaders gave their jobs to teenagers.

Palestine: All-female party to run in elections

September 16, 2012

A new group running for municipal elections in Hebron is offering residents an alternative to politics as usual in the conservative West Bank city: Women at the helm, instead of men.

The all-female list, which is called “By Participating, We Can,” is gearing up for next month’s vote with a campaign that aims both to win at the polls and to convince voters that women can lead just as well as men.

Palestine: Mass arrests of Palestinian women by Israeli troops

April 8, 2011


More than 100 women from a village near Nablus were held by Israeli troops searching for killers of settler family.Israeli troops have stormed Awarta village in the northern West Bank, arresting more than 100 women as they hunted the killers of an Israeli family from the illegal settlement of Itamar, officials said.

The military also used bulldozers to destroy Palestinian houses in a northern farming village east of Tubas, in an area under Israeli control, according to Palestinian security officials.

One Day One Struggle: International Campaign to Promote Sexual and Bodily Rights across Muslim Societies

November 9, 2010

On November 9, 2010, the 2nd international “One Day One Struggle” Campaign to promote sexual and bodily rights in Muslim societies will take place in 12 countries across Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia.

Palestine: Why violence against women is widespread

March 16, 2010

GAZA CITY, 16 March 2010 (IRIN) - Nahla*, aged 30, from Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, said she was physically and mentally abused for more than 10 years by her husband before being granted a divorce three months ago.

Fear and cultural factors prevented her from seeking help from women’s organizations.

Palestine: Landmark conference on murder in the name of family honour

May 7, 2010

At a landmark conference held recently in Ramallah in the occupied Palestinian territory, delegates were told of documented cases of “honour” crimes where women and girls had been poisoned, strangled, shot and forced to commit suicide by arelatives because their alleged behaviours had tarnished the family “honour”. These behaviours included talking on the phone with a man, being late or the mere rumour or supposition that an illicit behaviour may have happened.

Gaza: Hamas's unofficial orders for 'Islamic' dress curtail personal freedom

(New York) September 4, 2009 -- Hamas authorities in Gaza should suspend all orders that violate personal freedoms, including imposition of an Islamic dress code for female students, Human Rights Watch said today.

Q&A: 'Women Are Not Equals in Our Society'

Q&A: 'Women Are Not Equals in Our Society'

Mel Frykberg interviews MASHOOR BASISSY, director of the Palestinian

Authority Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA).

Palestinians join UN agencies in denouncing honour killings and gender abuse

5 December 2008 – Eight United Nations agencies have co-sponsored the first Palestinian ‘festival’ to combat violence against women, driving home the message that so-called “honour killings”

Man who tried to murder sister sentenced to 14 years in jail

Nazareth Court finds Khaled Muslemi guilty of attempted murder, says 'despicable phenomenon of murder under pretence of 'honor killings' must be condemned. Such actions carry nothing but disgrace'

Sharon Roffe-Ofir
09.28.08/ Israel News

The Nazareth District Court sentenced Khaled Muslemi, 24, to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of his sister.

Police error leads to plea bargain in 'honor killing' case

State's arm twisted in case of four Lod siblings accused of 'honor killing' after police mistake places department's informant in danger. Charges reduced from murder to manslaughter, men to serve 20-year sentence

Vered Luvitch
11.04.08, 18:03 / Israel News

A critical error by the police left the State Prosecutor's Office no choice but to sign a plea bargain with two brothers accused of murdering their sister. The plea bargain included reducing the charges against the two from murder to manslaughter.