Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Julie Webb-Pullman Images: International Women's Day in Gaza

International Women's Day in Gaza

Julie Webb-Pullman

Over a thousand women marched from the Square of the Unknown Soldier in Gaza City to the 'occupation' outside International Red Cross in Remal, demanding the release of 29 year old hunger-striking political prisoner Hana AlShalabi.

AlShalabi, released from administrative detention in Gilad Shalit-Palestinian prisoner swap late last year, was rearrested in February, without charge, and has been on a hunger strike ever since. International Women's Day marked the 22nd day of her protest, in which she has been joined by her mother.

Many men also marched, joining the women's calls for Hana's release, and unity between Fatah and Hamas.

As usual in Gaza, many women had their children in tow, even tiny babies.

Despite the serious messages of the event, the mood was one of high spirits and good nature, with smiles, hugs, and friendship as prevalent as the chanted demands.

Jamila AlShanti, Minister of Women's Affairs, told Reuters TV that all Gazan women are heroines and set an example to others.

"Whether she is a house wife or a working mother, a prisoner, a wife of a martyr, a mother of a martyr, I say this woman is a heroine, and is brave," she said.

Even in their dire circumstances, Gazan women can still celebrate their achievements - and smile!

********

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Saudi Oil Refinery Crisis

So the US and the Saudis claim to have credible evidence that those Weapons of Oil Destruction came from Iran, their current bogey now that Saddam Hussein is no longer available. Evidently, the world has learned nothing from the invasion of Iraq in 2003 when dodgy US intel was wheeled out to justify the invasion of Iraq, thereby giving birth to ISIS and causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. More>>

ALSO:

Veronika Meduna on The Dig: Kaitiakitanga - Seeing Nature As Your Elder

The intricate interconnections between climate change and biodiversity loss, and how this disruption impacts Māori in particular. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On China And Hong Kong (And Boris)

In the circumstances, yesterday’s move by Lam to scrap – rather than merely suspend – the hated extradition law that first triggered the protests three months ago, seems like the least she can do. It may also be too little, too late. More>>

ALSO:

Dave Hansford on The Dig: Whose Biodiversity Is It Anyway?

The DOC-led draft Biodiversity Strategy seeks a “shared vision.” But there are more values and views around wildlife than there are species. How can we hope to agree on the shape of Aotearoa’s future biota? More>>

ALSO:

There Is A Field: Reimagining Biodiversity In Aotearoa

We are in a moment of existential peril, with interconnected climate and biodiversity crises converging on a global scale to drive most life on Earth to the brink of extinction… These massive challenges can, however, be reframed as a once in a lifetime opportunity to fundamentally change how humanity relates to nature and to each other. Read on The Dig>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog