WOMEN WALK past pictures of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in Nablus in May.
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Palestinian Authority TV has used International Woman’s Day as a cover to glorify and celebrate female terrorists and female terrorism.
In a report highlighted by Palestinian Media Watch, PA TV broadcasted an interview with the Director of the Palestinian Women's Union in Gaza, Amal Hamad.
In the interview Hamad spoke about the “Palestinian national struggle” and the role women have played in terrorism.
“We have had female Martyrs, wounded, and prisoners,” she said, explaining that women were the first to take part in “the battle.”
“That is why we also have female Martyrs,” she said naming several well-known terrorists including Shadia Abu Ghazaleh, a terrorist who prepared bombs for terror attacks; Dalal Mughrabi, terrorist who led murder of 38 people in 1978, 12 of whom were children; Wafa Idris, who was the first female suicide bomber; Ayyat Al-Akhras, who was the youngest female suicide bomber who killed two people; and Darin Abu Aisheh, a female suicide bomber who wounded three people.
Palestinian Media Watch also pointed out that the PA has named schools after both Abu Ghazaleh and Mughrabi.
“Focusing the attention on the Palestinian female murderers obviously deflects attention from the real problems faced by Palestinian women,” the media watchdog highlighted. “One female PA TV reporter instructed the viewers ‘who use beatings and violence to solve their marital problems’ to ‘carefully read’ and ‘obey’ the Quran's ‘religious rules for beatings.’”
The reporter explained that “the goal of the beatings is [to] rebuke in a way that does not cause injury.”
Palestinian Media Watch added that the reporter had reminded "there are solutions before giving beatings," however she didn't categorically reject violence against women, the organization pointed out.
“The glorification of the female murderers on International Women's Day is easier than addressing Supreme Shari'ah Judge, PA chairman [Mahmoud] Abbas' advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash, who explained that a man is permitted to beat his wife when she is disobedient,” Palestinian Media Watch said,
It also highlighted how academic lecturer on Islam and Mufti Sheikh Samih Hajjaj, who explained how a Palestinian man should respond if he senses that his wife is lying.
"First he needs to rebuke her and quote the Quran and Hadith on the ban on lying,” Hajjaj said in a video. “If that does not work, he need to forsake her in bed... The [Muslim] scholars said that the beating can be with a small brush or a handkerchief, and the number of blows should not exceed 10."