Israeli gift to Palestinian women on Woman’s Day

Israeli occupation murdered and wounded Palestinian women on their day

The Israeli Zionist state marked International Woman's Day by murdering one Palestinian woman and kidnapping another one.

The Israeli occupation should be condemned for not showing respect for human rights and rules of the civilised nations; otherwise, we will continue to hear tragic stories such as of Fadwa and Manal

By Mahmoud el-Yousseph

The Israeli Zionist state marked International Woman’s Day by murdering one Palestinian woman and kidnapping another one.

Woman’s Day in the Israeli occupied West Bank began with the execution of Fadwa abu-Teir, a mother of five. She was on her way to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. She was 50 years old and a mother of five children; three boys and two girls.

Spokesman for the only democracy claimed to have ordered her to stop and she did not comply. Later, the spokesman alleged she was attempting to stab a heavily armed soldier.

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses at the scene said, she did not hear the soldier’s order, she was unarmed, was shot without warning and was left to bleed to death.

Fadwa was executed in cold blood by the Israeli occupation forces.

The notion that the soldiers would let her bleed for 45 minutes after shooting in the eye and stomach without allowing Palestinian medics or doctors come to her aid is mind boggling and inhumane.

Later on that day, the Israeli occupation army raided the home of Manal al-Tamimi, a mother of six and nonviolent resistance activist, and kidnapped her for her activity against the Separation Wall, supporting BDS (boycott, divestment and sanction) and for calling the release of human rights activist and attorney Shireen al-Issawi, who was sentenced to four years in prison for her human rights work.

Twelve-year- old Muhammad Tamimi being rescued by his sister, mom and aunt Manal from being abducted by IOF soldier
Twelve-year- old Muhammad Tamimi being rescued by his sister, mom and aunt Manal from being abducted by IOF soldier

As Manal’s husband, Bilal al-Tamim, put it succinctly, “this is the Israeli gift to Palestinian women on Woman’s Day.”

Manal’s fault was her attempt, alongside sister and mother, to rescue her nephew the 12-year- old Mohamed al-Tamimi from being kidnapped by a cruel Israeli occupation soldier. The boy’s hand was broken and he was in cast during the kidnapping attempt.

Ironically, both of those crimes come on the International Woman Day, without any western outrage or condemnation. These crimes run contrary to US laws which bans aid to countries engaged in blatant human rights violations. Thus, without the US aid and silence, such crimes would not take place on a daily basis.  Sadly, this is the faith of Palestinian women under the Israeli military rule.

Since last October, Israel has killed more than 200 Palestinians as part of the Israeli crackdown on anti-occupation protest and unrest in the occupied West Bank. Defence for Children International confirmed that the Israeli occupation has killed at least 49 Palestinian children including 17 girls since October 2015.

As long as the Israeli occupation is not being held accountable, its army will continue to murder Palestinian women and children with immunity.

The Israeli occupation should be condemned for not showing respect for human rights and rules of the civilised nations; otherwise, we will continue to hear tragic stories such as of Fadwa and Manal.

(Source / 10.03.2016)

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