Homage to our Women of Palestine
an article by Ziad Medoukh (abridged)
Palestinians celebrate the World Women's Day with a
special thought for women held in Israeli prisons,
and for the women of Gaza who suffer, along with
the entire civilian population, at the hands of the
inhuman Israeli blockade.
Ziad Medoukh with Palestinian women for a broadcast on Radio Gaza
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Our women celebrate 8 March in tears and with great
difficulty, thinking of the martyrs, the wounded,
the prisoners, and children of Gaza deprived of
leisure and school supplies because of the
Palestinian women are involved in the front line
of the conflict. They play an important role in
our society; they continue to sacrifice for the
children and future generations to have a better
future . It is they who give Palestine its heroes.
In early March 2014 south of the Gaza Strip, a 52
year old woman was killed by Israeli bullets as she
cultivated the land.
Palestinian women lead a relentless battle with
dignity and exceptional courage. She is the
mother of the martyr, the woman prisoner, the
grandmother of desperate youth. She is always
there to support her husband and to help her
children, and to participate in the development of
a society in crisis.
She is heavily invested in social and economic
life. She has a vital role in the lives of
families, villages, cities and organizations, a
major element of cohesion in the Palestinian
Among the people who attend universities in
Palestine 70% are women, and the schooling rate
among Palestinian women exceeds 80%.
When she loses her husband as a martyr for
Palestine, the Palestinian woman sacrifices her
life for her children. She does not think about
her private life, but takes care of them and
raises them with respect and attachment to their
In the very difficult economic situation in
Palestine, many women must go to work to help their
husbands and families. They create cooperatives
and sell handicrafts to live in dignity on their
land. . . .
Palestinian women deserve our respect , they
deserve laws that enhance their status in our
country, they deserve our admiration.
Let us pay tribute to our Palestinian women: the
origin of our knowledge, the song of our hope, the
cure for our wounds, the richness of our earth,
the light of our memory, the angel of our
history, the symbol of our peace, our sense of
identity in the land of our ancestors, and the
future of our great Palestine in peace and
(Click here for a French version of this article)
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The 30 articles in CPNN linked to this question make it clear that women indeed have a special role to play in the peace movement. See the following for an historical explanation of why this is true.