IN PHOTOS ~~ WOMEN’S DAY IN NEW YORK

International Woman’s Day at Washington Square Park NYC, 3/8/17. Thousands of people joined to militantly celebrate this day proclaiming they will resist attempts to turn  back the clock on the gains women have won over the years. The thousands were young and old, men as well as women. There was a militant SJP contingent with Palestinian flags flapping in the wind adding color to the event. Events like this took place throughout the United States. This was the first time  International Woman’s Day received national publicity in America.

Photos © by Bud Korotzer, Report by Chippy Dee

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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

To the men out there too!

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Honouring Palestinian Women by Latuff

Palestinian Women – One for All, All for One

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A funny look at the day ….

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INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY ON THE WEB

When a Brazilian’s cartoon is used at a gathering in New York and photographed by our roaming photographer …. it lead Carlos Latuff to state the following;

When I see my toons about Palestine being used, I feel that I kept my word with the Palestinians. Photo Bud Korotzer

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THE PLIGHT OF OUR BETTER HALF IN PALESTINE TODAY

On this day we celebrate International Women's Day. 
Below you can read of the situation and plight of women 
in Occupied Palestine.

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International Women's Day
Prepared by Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

The struggle of women here continues unabated. Many people like me believe
sincerely that had women been in charge here, we would have had a free
Palestine by now. My mother who is 84 years old showed us by example what
giving and self-sacrifice and love of people and land means. My wife and
three sisters are likewise examples of what we all should aspire to do:
kind, dedicated, and hard-working human beings. Like millions before them
and millions contemporary with them, these women make life livable while
many men (and a few women) engage in hurting others and pushing for
conflicts and war. Words are too mediocre and inadequate to express our
feelings but I simply want to say to all the women working for peace and
justice: thank you and to pledge that we will work with you for more
progressive change in our societies. As males, we must challenge the system
we inherited of giving privilege to men (Patriarchal societies we live in).
This must be in deed not in words.


For the local situation of Palestinian women today, I urge you to read this
remarkable new issue of the excellent magazine “This Week in Palestine”
dedicated to our better half.
 

PHOTOS OF NEW YORK’S MULTI ISSUE WOMEN’S DAY MARCH

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In 1910, the International Socialist Women’s Congress declared International Women’s Day.

Today, March 8th, 2015, women in NYC, and from surrounding areas, marched  through Manhattan’s streets demanding equality for women in equal pay, a  $15 hr. minimum wage, jobs, health care, free quality education for all, the end of racism and police brutality and the need for peace.

Photos © by Bud Korotzer

Commentary by Chippy Dee

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‘CELEBRATING’ INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY IN ISRAEL BY ERASING WOMEN

The city of Beit Shemesh is experiencing further religious radicalization: Visitors of the Leumit Health Services’ Woman’s Health Center in the Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet neighborhood were amazed to discover that the word “woman” had been erased from the sign with black paint.

Some blame this on extremist religious zealots, the real reason is IGNORANCE!

How quickly they forget from whence the came

How quickly they forget from whence they came

Word ‘woman’ erased from HMO sign

After targeting women’s pictures, radical haredi groups in Beit Shemesh take on written word as well.

The city of Beit Shemesh is experiencing further religious radicalization: Visitors of the Leumit Health Services’ Woman’s Health Center in the Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet neighborhood were amazed to discover that the word “woman” had been erased from the sign with black paint.

The incident surprised members of the ultra-Orthodox sector as well, who found it difficult to understand the problem with the word “woman.”

“Apparently, they think their women don’t need any health or services,” says local resident Nili Philipp. “It’s no longer of matter of respect or modesty. It’s complete exclusion.”

About a month ago, Judge David Gideoni accepted a claim filed by Philipp and three other women against a modesty sign posted in Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet and ordered Mayor Moshe Abutbul and the Beit Shemesh Municipality to pay each plaintiff NIS 15,000.

Last week, Philipp toured the area with a group of foreign journalists and noticed the HMO sign with the word “woman” painted in black.

“They received live evidence of what we are going through in Beit Shemesh,” Philipp says. “I used to visit the shopping center where the HMO clinic is located because it’s close to home and offers convenient prices and plenty of parking, but after being sworn at several times, I stopped going there.”

Health Center, no 'woman' (photo from Facebook)

Health Center, no ‘woman’ (photo from Facebook)

The local Leumit Health Services clinic treats women from all sectors. “If a woman gets an appointment, she is sent here even if she is not ultra-Orthodox,” says a city resident. “Some of the men and women who worked there are not haredi either, so they can’t impose their lifestyle on everyone.”

One of the workers says that in recent weeks, the center’s entrance doors have been spray-painted with graffiti calling on women to dress modestly. “The poor cleaning lady had to erase them all the time, but she recently stopped doing that because it took up too much of her time, and the graffiti just stay there,” the worker added.

Visitors of the Woman’s Health Center and the main Leumit clinic located nearby have expressed their anger over the offensive graffiti.

 

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A healthier outlook of this wonderful day can seen from the other side of the wall in this contribution from

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

Many people like me believe sincerely that had women been in charge here, we would have had a free Palestine by now.

A society which bestows honour on women

A society which bestows honour on women

Today is International Women’s Day . The mainstream media misses thepoint intentionally. They highlight certain women (some who make the lives of women everywhere difficult people like Hilary Clinton, Condoleeza Rice, Angela Markel etc) and they fail to give credit to those who change things or to even explain to us the origin of this day. Having an anual dedicated day for women (action) was proposed by Clara Zetkin of Germany to attendees at the International Conference of Working Women in 1910. Inspired by women socialist movements for fair working conditions in the USA in 1908 and 1909, movements grew of women demanding their rights (until then they did not even have a right to vote).  The first women’s day on 8 March 1911 launched demonstration and marches for women workers’ rights (right to vote, right to fair work condition, right to live free from oppression, right to life, against wars etc).  After a long struggle and many lives lost along the way, the UN finally recognized 8 March as an “International” (I prefer global) women’s day in 1977, 66 years after it was launched by brave socialist women. Thus women’s day is about actions against injustice not about Hilary Clinton!

The First Arab Women’s Congress of Palestine gathered about 200 women and was held on 26 October 1929 in Jerusalem. The demands were rights of women and against the Balfour Declaration, against the racist idea of Zionism,  for self-determination, and for full equality (gender, religion etc). They elected a 14 member Executive Committee headed by Matiel E. T. Mogannam.  Mogannam wrote a book titled “The Arab Women and the Palestinian Problem” published 1937.  Moghannam explained how Palestinian women in the 1920s were innovative in many ways: lobbying the colonial power, writing in newspapers, and holding the first demonstration in human history that used automobiles with 120 cars in 1928 (gathered from all over Palestine to drive in the streets of Jerusalem). See my book on “Popular Resistance in Palestine: A story of hope and empowerment” (http://qumsiyeh.org/popularresistanceinpalestine/)

The struggle of women here continues unabated. Many people like me believe sincerely that had women been in charge here, we would have had a free Palestine by now. My mother who is 82 years old showed us by example what giving and self-sacrifice and love of people and land means. My wife and three sisters are likewise examples of what we all should aspire to do: kind, dedicated, and hard-working human beings. Like millions before them and millions contemporary with them, these women make life livable while many men (and a few women) engage in hurting others and pushing for conflicts and war. Words are too mediocre and inadequate to express our feelings but I simply want to say to all the women working for peace and justice: thank you and to pledge that we will work with you for more progressive change in our societies.

 

 

THE TURBULENT HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Or …. how this glorious Holiday almost wasn’t …..

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Clara Zetkin and International Women’s Day

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Clara Zetkin (left) with Jewish Marxist Rosa Luxemberg in 1910 // Wikimedia Commons

Today is International Women’s Day. Two German women, Clara Zetkin and Luise Zietz, first proposed the holiday in 1910 at the International Women’s Conference in Copenhagen. A year later, the holiday was celebrated for the first time. Neither woman was Jewish, but Zetkin, a member of the German parliament, was called a Jew by members of the Nazi press who wanted to prevent her from speaking at a government event.

According to a 1932 article in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency:

Ignoring the fact that Clara Zetkin, veteran Communist, is of Aryan stock, the Nazi press here calls her a Jewess and seeks to make stock from this fact for its propaganda, in connection with the possibility that, as the oldest member of Parliament, she may open the new Reichstag sessions in accordance with tradition. While the “Vossische Zeitung” insists that Clara Zetkin is of Aryan descent, and while it is known that her husband was a Jew, and not she, the “Angriff” writes: “Zetkin was never attached to Germany which is small wonder considering that she is not German, but a Jewess. We therefore ask whether it is to be tolerated that such shame be imposed upon the German nation as permitting a Jewess residing in Moscow and obeying orders from Moscow to open our Reichstag?” The “Voelkische Beobachter” also endeavors to establish that Clara Zetkin is a Jewess and uses the title “Jewish Woman wants to preside over Reichstag.” It is not only the irony of fate but symbolic that a Jewess from Moscow should open the Reichstag, the “Beobachter” asserts, expressing the hope that this Reichstag will be the last.

Read more about Zetkin here.

HOW ISRAELI SHMUCKS CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

This happened in December, but it could have been yesterday as well …

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The incident took place in December 2011 on a gender-segregated bus in Jerusalem. Moshe Fuchs, 44, asked a woman paying the driver at the front of the bus to go to the back. Matalon, sitting in the front, told him women could sit wherever they wanted to. The defendant said to her, “Who asked you, prostitute, go to the back. You’re standing among yeshiva students and it’s a disgrace.”

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Beauty Queen Who Refused To Go to Back of Israeli Bus

Man Called IDF Soldier ‘Prostitute’ on Jerusalem Bus

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(Haaretz) — An ultra-Orthodox resident of Beit Shemesh was convicted of sexual harassment yesterday for calling a female Israel Defense Forces soldier a “prostitute” after she refused to move to the back of a bus.

The soldier, Doron Matalon, who has since started a modeling career, won second place in Tuesday night’s televised “Miss Israel” beauty pageant.

The incident took place in December 2011 on a gender-segregated bus in Jerusalem. Moshe Fuchs, 44, asked a woman paying the driver at the front of the bus to go to the back. Matalon, sitting in the front, told him women could sit wherever they wanted to. The defendant said to her, “Who asked you, prostitute, go to the back. You’re standing among yeshiva students and it’s a disgrace.”

At that point other ultra-Orthodox men joined Fuchs and yelled at her “prostitute” and “shikse” (gentile woman), Matalon said.

At that point she “felt threatened and a huge commotion began. I yelled out for the conductor to come quick, and two male conductors rushed in. They pushed him away from me and said: ‘Why are you shouting, she’s a soldier,’ but he continued to be abusive.”

Fuchs asked the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court to acquit him because the incident was “trivial.” Magistrate Hagit Kalmanovitch rejected this argument and said the defendant’s misconduct was grievous.

She wrote in her verdict that he had embarrassed the soldier in public “without an apology and without expressing regret.” The incident was also grave “because the defendant acted as part of a social practice of excluding women on segregated lines in particular and in public in general,” said the judge.

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THIS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY LET’S END THE WAR ON WOMEN

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THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

In 1869 British MP John Stuart Mill was the first person in Parliament to call for women’s right to vote. On 19 September 1893 New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the right to vote. Women in other countries did not enjoy this equality and campaigned for justice for many years.

In 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day – a Women’s Day – to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Zetkin’s suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women’s Day was the result.

The very first International Women’s Day was launched the following year by Clara Zetkin on 19 March (not 8 March). The date was chosen because on 19 March in the year of the 1848 revolution, the Prussian king recognized for the first time the strength of the armed people and gave way before the threat of a proletarian uprising. Among the many promise he made, which he later failed to keep, was the introduction of votes for women.

Plans for the first International Women’s Day demonstration were spread by word of mouth and in the press. During the week before International Women’s Day two journals appeared: The Vote for Women in Germany and Women’s Day in Austria. Various articles were devoted to International Women’s Day: ‘Women and Parliament’, ‘The Working Women and Municipal Affairs’, ‘What Has the Housewife got to do with Politics?’, etc. The articles thoroughly analyzed the question of the equality of women in the government and in society. All articles emphasized the same point that it was absolutely necessary to make parliament more democratic by extending the franchise to women.

Success of the first International Women’s Day in 1911 exceeded all expectation.

Meetings were organized everywhere in small towns and even the villages halls were packed so full that male workers were asked to give up their places for women.

Men stayed at home with their children for a change, and their wives, the captive housewives, went to meetings.

During the largest street demonstration of 30,000 women, the police decided to remove the demonstrators’ banners so the women workers made a stand. In the scuffle that followed, bloodshed was averted only with the help of the socialist deputies in Parliament.

In 1913 International Women’s Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Women’s Day ever since.

During International Women’s Year in 1975, IWD was given official recognition by the United Nations and was taken up by many governments. International Women’s Day is marked by a national holiday in China, Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

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IRISH SOLIDARITY WARMS THE HEARTS OF GAZANS

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Quilt

Widyan Sha’at Director of Ethar with Sinead MacLochlainn, Alanna Campbell and women of Ethar

My Dear friend Mags O’Brien (SIPTU & TUFP and Irish Ship to Gaza comrade) who lives in Dublin contacted me around the beginning of March 2012 just before UNISON’S International women’s day festivities which would be held on March 8th 2012 in Belfast. She said that a quilt had been made by women in Ireland who were members of the trade unions and they wanted it delivered to Gaza, was I up for doing it. I said “yes!” and agreed to meet her in Belfast on 8th of March for International Women’s day.

March 8th arrived and I boarded the bus form Derry as Mag’s boarded the bus from Dublin. I was excited about the prospect of delivering this message of love and solidarity to our sisters in Gaza. As I was already planning to travel out to Gaza on March 28th, delivering the quilt on behalf of Irish women could easily be added into my schedule.

International Women’s Day Belfast

We both arrived in Belfast and attended the woman’s day march and speeches after. During the speeches I couldn’t help but think to myself “here we are in Ireland as women standing free, exerting our rights as women, marching for what women have achieved and what women will achieve as our struggle continues to move forward” yet, back in Gaza our sisters are struggling in a way many of us here cannot comprehend. See for yourself the reality of life in Gaza for poor women who have lost their homes and/or husbands in Cast Lead.

This woman and her children barely exist in this tiny one room space, nothing else

Barely enough room for one person let alone ten!!

Women with children forced to live in refugee camps, in tiny 3 metre areas that more resemble a stable or a shed rather than a inhabitable home created by a brutal inhumane collective punishment siege! Women who have had to watch their homes destroyed in a flash of white light from Israeli drones or F-16’s. Women who have had to watch their own children die for lack of medical supplies, or parts, and still others have been forced to watch as their child lies dying needlessly before their eyes, simply waiting for a little permit to be approved by Israel for the child to leave Gaza to go to a specialist hospital in Egypt or Israel. Women who have lost their homes and their husbands in Cast Lead and are now left to fend for themselves in the streets of an open air prison. The refugee camps will haunt you, cramped and filled with women and children, so many children. With horrible sewage problems because Israel won’t allow pipes in to fix the bombed out sewer system. The smell of this is a constant reminder and it is never far away, even the sea is polluted with sewage, and the tap water is nothing but contaminated sea water with waste in it. This is life in Gaza, this is a man made disaster of epic proportions which is being ignored by most of the world. And the women are suffering the most. So I was very happy to facilitate this Quilt with a message of Solidarity to our sisters in Gaza from women in Ireland.

“We call for the immediate and complete lifting of the blockade on Gaza. The ongoing siege is a denial of dignity; it is a denial of rights for a people, particularly its women, who yearn to be Free!”

The quilt was sponsored by UNISON and in 2011 it was taken from Belfast in small pieces down to the Women’s Seminar in Cork where women began working on it. The Quilt was then brought back up to Belfast where the finishing work was carried out by Vivien Holding of the Communications Workers Union. Vivien put it together and laboriously sewed the binding and backing.

Mag’s and I met up with Patricia McKeown the Regional Secretary of UNISON in the North of Ireland who facilitated us in making our way to the UNISON building for the remainder of the day’s events and speeches. As we made our way to the UNISION building we discussed with Patricia the possibility of Irish women doing some solidarity work with our sisters in Gaza.

Upon arriving at UNISON the quilt was presented to myself and Mags by Taryn Trainer of UNITE and the Chair of the Woman’s Committee in the North. In a message from Pauline Buchanan regarding the quilt, she said “ The women of Ireland thought that the quote which takes pride of place in the centre would appropriately express to our sisters in Palestine that we support them, and that we will continue to work towards the realization of their human rights.”

Taryn Trainor presents quilt to Mag’s O’Brien and Sinead MacLochlainn

From the quilts idea and inception by women in Belfast shortly after Cast Lead, the quilt began its life in Belfast, travelled down to Cork where more women worked on it, then it travelled back to Belfast where still more women completed it. The quilt has travelled across Ireland, then by air across England, France, Italy, Greece to Cairo, Egypt. Where it then began the 7 hour ride across the Sinai desert where on March 28th it crossed into Rafah, Palestine, and then travelled to Kahn Younis where it was received and presented to Widyan Sha’at the Director of Ethar Woman’s Initiative. It is home now.

Ethar Initiative-Gaza

Sinead MacLochlainn made the presentation on behalf of the the Women’s Committee Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ and a mention of the ICTU, NIICTU, UNISON, UNITE, Communications Union Workers as well. Ms. Sha’at speaking on behalf of Ethar Initiative said she wishes to thank the women of Ireland for their solidarity, especially Taryn Trainer and the Women’s Committee in the North, Pauline Buchanan of ICTU and Patricia McKeown of UNISON and Vivien Holding of the Communications Workers Union. The quilt will stand as a reminder to women here in Gaza of the friendship and solidarity between Ireland and Palestine.

The Ethar Initiative will be sending a personal letter of thanks to the ICTU/NIICTU and to those organisations and women who participated in this project of solidarity by creating and sending the Quilt to Gaza.

The Ethar Initiative was set up by women, for women, and is run by women who get no salary, all donations go to the poor women and children that Ethar helps. Ethar is a labour of love run by our sisters, who need our help!! So, please check back on this website as we will be doing an entire report on the Ethar Woman’s Initiative and we hope all the women of Ireland will get on board and get invovled with the campaign to help woman in Gaza by working with our sisters at Ethar. Coming soon in solidarity we will be launching an all Ireland Initiative for women to work with our sisters in Gaza dubbed the “Ireland Gaza Woman’s Initiative ” and we hope Irish women will join us in working directly with our sisters in Gaza! Bookmark our coming website here http://www.igwi.org and check back to learn about the new Initiative between Ireland and Gaza.

We Stand In Solidarity with Our Sisters

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LATUFF ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Intl Women’s Day: Free Hana al-Shalabi, Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike for 3 weeks

Now, Hana al-Shalabi approaches the completion of her third week on hunger strike. Like Adnan, Shalabi, 29, is protesting administrative detention, torture and humiliation at the hands of Israeli soldiers:

Full report HERE

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WE DEDICATE THIS YEAR’S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY TO THE VALIENT WOMEN OF PALESTINE

Palestinian women suffered the most from the occupation and the establishment of the Jewish state. They experienced the migration, separation, and non-settlement in neighbouring countries. They continue to live at risk of institutionalized discrimination, the risk of local displacement and uprooting, as in the Negev, and continue to live at risk of having their families torn apart by the law of racial citizenship…
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Women’s Day: Solidarity Day with Haana Al-Shalabi

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A call for women’s and feminist organizations to announce International Women’s Day as  a day of solidarity with administrative detainee Haana Al-Shalabi and all female prisoners and women in the families of Palestinian prisoners.

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Solidarity with Hanaa Shalabia Palestinian woman prisoner on a hunger strike to protest her administrative detention by the Israeli authorities

 

Women’s Day, marked on 8 March, is a symbolic day to remind us of the struggle that women of the world go through to break the chains of sexism because they are women. However, there are different categories of women. Whilst some women struggled for liberation and equality – for example against discrimination in terms of the right to vote and be elected, women were sexist towards women of other ethnic groups or on the basis of gender and race. 

In Palestine, Women’s Day is a day of struggle. Despite the achievements of some significant things, which were achieved as a result of long paths of struggle, we shouldn’t celebrate yet as we are still Palestinian women, whether in Palestine 1948 or in the West Bank and Gaza or the Diaspora suffering from colonialism, occupation, discrimination and racism. Women of the West Bank and Gaza Strip suffer from the consequences of the occupation, and in Palestine 1948, we suffer from racism institutionalized in the laws and the fact that the state is the state of Israel, the state is built on our land and has torn our families apart. 

Palestinian women suffered the most from the occupation and the establishment of the Jewish state. They experienced the migration, separation, and non-settlement in neighbouring countries. They continue to live at risk of institutionalized discrimination, the risk of local displacement and uprooting, as in the Negev, and continue to live at risk of having their families torn apart by the law of racial citizenship…

Our women have suffered from captivity in the past during the British Mandate period, and have suffered from emergency laws used by the British, including that of administrative detention.

Palestinian activist Sathej Nassar, Editor of Carmel magazine and wife of activist Najib Nassar, was the first ever political Palestinian woman prisoner. Nasser was arrested on 23 March 1939 under Emergency Law No. 15B, which permitted administrative detention, and she was imprisoned in the city of Bethlehem until 23 February 1940. The British called Nassar “a very dangerous woman”.

The British Mandate government arrested numerous Palestinian women and put them in prison for up to ten years for hiding or smuggling arms, and this happened during the general strike and the great revolution in 1936. In 1937, the feminist activist Maseel Maghanam wrote a book in English entitled The Arab Woman and the Palestine Problem, writing “do not talk about women’s rights as long as we under occupation.” Maghanam meant that women needed complete liberation of the entire system of occupation that suppress freedoms and initiates violence.

In the case of Palestinian women, the Jewish state helped in continuing this violence, killing and detaining women and failing to provide awareness and prevention of abuse deriving from the harsh socio-economic conditions experienced by Palestinian families (e.g. unemployment, poverty, displacement and home demolitions). Palestinian women still pay the price, and suffer from the occupation and its consequences. The Separation Wall has further dismembered families and hindered human family communication.

Our women pay the price in captivity, detention, investigation and insults, and pay the price of the longest running occupation and colonial system following an end of the apartheid system in South Africa.

Women and young girls pay the price for their family members’ captivity, and suffer discrimination in prison against them and their families because of prison policies, , which prevent any physical contact between the political prisoners and their families. While Jewish political prisoners and Palestinian and Jewish criminals are allowed physical contact with their family members, this basic human need is not respected for political prisoners. Israeli prisons do not allow Palestinian captives to hug their families, even in the most difficult moments, as in cases of death. 

Palestinian detainee Haana Al-Shalabi announced that she is on hunger strike to protest her administrative arrest after she was released in the “Wafaa Al-Ahrar” prisoner exchange in October 2011. 

Israel is currently holding 307 Palestinians n administrative detention, which is detention without charges or indictment. Of these, three are women and there are a total of six Palestinian women political prisoners in Israeli prison, after the majority were released in the aforementioned prisoner exchange. 

Let’s announce the 8th of March as a day of solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, and to unite frameworks and women’s movements behind this cause.

 

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*Janan Abdu … Palestinian feminist activist and wife of political prisoner Ameer Makhoul

 

 

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WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN PALESTINE UNDER SIEGE

 

On the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day Palestinian Women’s Rights Remain Under Siege

Yesterday, the 8th of March marked the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day. Women across the world were mobilising and marching in celebration and protest, championing their freedom of expression and campaigning for further change. Al-Haq takes this opportunity to remind the rest of the world that in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) the struggle for the fundamental human rights of Palestinian women is held hostage to a belligerent and unrelenting occupation.

The Women Speak….


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Also see THIS post written by my Son The CrazyComposer….

100 Years of International Women’s Day – What’s the Big Deal?

And my own annual repost….

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF CELEBRATING WOMEN

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY IN PALESTINE …. THE SAME ISRAELI TERRORISM AS ANY OTHER DAY

Israeli soldiers threw more sound and tear gas grenades into the crowd.

Several people injured at the International women’s day demonstration at Qalandiya checkpoint

At the 5th of March several protesters at Qalandiya checkpoint were injured. Among the injured were a 23 year old Swedish ISM activist hit by a tear gas grenade. The grenade burned her skin and left a bleeding wound on her arm, burned her hair, and left her temporarily deaf in her right ear. A Palestinian woman suffered from asphyxia from the tear gas and was taken to a hospital in an ambulance. She went home later in the evening.

The demonstration was held in celebration of the coming International Women’s Day on the 8th of March. It began in Ramallah and protestors marched toward the Qalandiya checkpoint. Shortly after arriving to the checkpoint the Israeli military rolled a sound grenade into to the crowd and people moved backwards; the soldiers responded by throwing tear gas grenades.

When the demonstration gathered again in front of the checkpoint gate, Israeli soldiers threw more sound and tear gas grenades into the crowd. Several people suffered from the tear gas, with difficulty breathing and seeing.

The Israeli military regularly attacks Palestinian demonstrations with great violence. On the 1st of January this year, a Palestinian woman died of asphyxiation from the excessive use of tear gas at the weekly protest against the wall in the village of Bil’in. She became the 21st person to be killed by the Israeli army during peaceful protests against the wall in the West Bank.

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ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF CELEBRATING WOMEN

 
Next Tuesday, the 8th of March we will celebrate International Women’s Day. This year’s celebration will be a special event as it will be the centenary of that glorious day.
 
Below is a post from the archives in honour of the day and those it celebrates….
 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY…. AND THE WOMEN I LOVE

 
A painting by Charles White that always inspired me, it shows the strength and love of a woman.
  

 
 
First, a question… why is there a special day designated for women? For centuries women took a ‘back seat’ in all social and political issues, forbidden to work, vote, and receive an education…. Yet they fought these injustices and won. Doing so, they proved that they are truly equal.. in fact in many cases superior to men.

Women are special! The first person to kiss us at our birth was a woman. The person that carried us for nine months with much discomfort and pain was a woman. For this woman, there is yet another special day set aside; Mother’s Day.

As a political activist, it was mostly women that inspired me to become what I am today… to name just a few there was/is …
 

My Mother Esther—a Saint in her own right

 
Freda Gardner—a family friend, left wing activist

 
Ann Yellin —–a family friend, trade union activist

 
Helen Keller——’handicapped’ person that wouldn’t accept limitations
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn—-communist leader, Joe Hill’s ‘Rebel Girl’
Rosa Parks—-civil rights activist
My Aunt Sarah——who taught me that every human being has his worth.
 

My dear cousin Fran Korotzer (AKA Chippy Dee) — an Associate of this Blog. She has been a part of the Struggle for the Social Justice of ALL Mankind for as long as I can remember, never taking her ‘eyes off the prize’. She has, over the past few years, become more of a sister to me than a cousin.
 

 

There are more, many more… but the point remains that it was and is women that are the molders of what we are today. It is women that continued to make our world a better place despite every attempt to ‘keep them in their place’. They have proven that their place is where they want it to be… in politics, in the workplace, in the home and in the community. The same Neanderthal mentality that tried to keep them down is the same mentality that has tried to keep minorities down all over the world. This type of thinking cannot and will not be tolerated.

It used to be said that ‘behind every great man there stands a woman’… this is so not the case. In reality it should say ‘wherever there is a great man, there is a woman just as great or greater’.

Let us all salute the women in our life, past and present… not only on International Women’s Day… but everyday. Let us never forget their greatness, their love and the patience they have shown to the injustices that they were forced to put up with. Let us celebrate their day every day… without them we wouldn’t be here!


Helen Keller

 
Rosa Parks


Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

 

The following poster appears on the March 2011 page of the Peace Calendar

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY…. AND THE WOMEN I LOVE


A painting by Charles White that always inspired me, it shows the strength and love of a woman.

First, a question… why is there a special day designated for women? For centuries women took a ‘back seat’ in all social and political issues, forbidden to work, vote, and receive an education…. Yet they fought these injustices and won. Doing so, they proved that they are truly equal.. in fact in many cases superior to men.

Women are special! The first person to kiss us at our birth was a woman. The person that carried us for nine months with much discomfort and pain was a woman. For this woman, there is yet another special day set aside; Mother’s Day.

As a political activist, it was mostly women that inspired me to become what I am today… to name just a few there was…


My Mother Esther—a Saint in her own right


Freda Gardner—a family friend, left wing activist


Ann Yellin
—–a family friend, trade union activist


Helen Keller
——’handicapped’ person that wouldn’t accept limitations


Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
—-communist leader, Joe Hill’s ‘Rebel Girl’


Rosa Parks—-civil rights activist


My Aunt Sarah——who taught me that every human being has his worth.


Some new additions to this list…..


My dear cousin Fran Korotzer (AKA Chippy Dee) — an Associate of this Blog. She has been a part of the Struggle for the Social Justice of ALL Mankind for as long as I can remember, never taking her ‘eyes off the prize’. She has, over the past few years, become more of a sister to me than a cousin.


Mary Rizzo — not merely an ‘art restorer and translator’ as she describes herself, but a loud and consistant voice for the Palestinian Cause. As Administrator of the Palestinian Think Tank (another Associate of this Blog), her efforts are never-ending. She is an inspiration to all in the battle for Justice.


Robin — Tireless researcher for the Palestinian Blogesphere. Her ‘discoveries’ make for great reading and literally keep us going.


Paola Pisi — the ‘behind the scenes’ moderator at Uruknet, another Associate of this Blog. Her efforts to bring the truth about the Middle East to our readers are endless. She is truly a gift to the ’cause’.


There are more, many more… but the point remains that it was and is women that are the moulders of what we are today. It is women that continued to make our world a better place despite every attempt to ‘keep them in their place’. They have proven that their place is where they want it to be… in politics, in the workplace, in the home and in the community. The same Neanderthal mentality that tried to keep them down is the same mentality that has tried to keep minorities down all over the world. This type of thinking cannot and will not be tolerated.

It used to be said that ‘behind every great man there stands a woman’… this is so not the case. In reality it should say ‘wherever there is a great man, there is a woman just as great or greater’.

Let us all salute the women in our life, past and present… not only on International Women’s Day… but everyday. Let us never forget their greatness, their love and the patience they have shown to the injustices that they were forced to put up with. Let us celebrate their day every day… without them we wouldn’t be here!


Helen Keller


Rosa Parks


Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

The above is an annual repost.

HOLIDAY TOON ~~ MARCH 8th IN PALESTINE

Image ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

DEMONSTRATIONS WORK ~~ MOTOROLA MEETS BOYCOTT DEMANDS

Last week, New York activists marched in front of Motorola’s Headquarters demanding they divest from Israel….. IT WORKED!

This is just the beginning of HOW TO CHANGE ‘YES WE CAN’ TO ‘YES WE DID’!

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Moto Meets Our First Demand!

Last week Motorola Israel, Ltd. sold its Government Electronics Department to Israeli military contractor Aeronautics Defense Systems. This means that Motorola will no longer be selling bomb fuses to the Israeli military. The first demand of our boycott has been met!

While this first victory is sweet, it’s far from the end of Hang Up On Motorola! Motorola Israel (which is wholly owned by Motorola USA) still produces a number of products that support Israel’s military occupation and entrench its apartheid system in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. Support Hang Up On Motorola now and ensure that we will stay steadfast until Motorola stops profiting from Israel’s human rights abuses and violations of international law. Make a $30 or greater contribution and we’ll send you a poster featuring Parachutes Falling, the winning design from our Expressions of Nakba art competition. Make a $50 or greater donation and receive a DVD of Occupation 101*. Make a $100 or greater contribution and we’ll send you both Parachutes Falling and Occupation 101*.

What does this sale mean for Hang Up On Motorola?

1) We have Moto on the run – we can win this boycott! The only stated motivation for this sale is that it “would enable Aeronautics to provide more comprehensive solutions to its customers,” and, on its part, Motorola has declined to comment. Of course, we expect Motorola will be reticent to admit that our pressure had anything to do with this sale. Read more about how pressure from international boycott & divestment campaigns are affecting Israeli businesses here. Click here to demand divestment from occupation – make a tax-deductible donation to this campaign now!

2) Motorola is still responsible for the damage that their products have done. The “bomb family” that utilized Motorola fuses is responsible for the deaths of at least 28 civilians in Lebanon and Human Rights Watch recently found shrapnel with Motorola serial numbers on it at the site of a civilian building in Gaza bombed during Operation Cast Lead.

3) We must keep our pressure up! Even after this sale, Moto still makes myriad products used by the Israeli military to continue its occupation and enforcement of apartheid. Motorola Israel has ongoing contracts with the Israeli military, both independently of and jointly with Aeronautics Defense Systems. These contracts include military communications systems and surveillance systems for Israel’s apartheid wall and illegal settlements. Motorola Israel’s subsidiary, MIRS, also makes mobile phones exclusively for Israeli settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. This sort of business reinforces norms of apartheid and cannot be tolerated. Click here to organize the Hang Up On Motorola boycott in your area.

Photo Credit: Bud Korotzer

Our success so far is due to our supporters who have organized this campaign locally and who have sustained it by donating to our boycott & divestment work. Help see this campaign through to the end by contributing today. A $10 donation will fund a new Hang Up On Motorola organizer’s campaign kit. A $50 donation will pay for one internet advertisement to raise awareness of this campaign. $200 will pay for a US campaign presence at the Motorola shareholder meeting in Chicago on May 4th. $500 will sponsor a tour stop for our Fall 2009 boycott & divestment campus organizing tour.

Get involved in organizing the Hang Up On Motorola boycott! Sign up to get a Hang Up On Motorola campaign kit by clicking here. Email the US Campaign’s national organizer about demonstrating outside of the Motorola shareholder meeting by clicking here. Enter our Spoof Moto video contest! Click here to submit a video spoofing Motorola’s advertising campaigns to tell the truth about its support for Israeli military occupation and apartheid.

*Please allow up to two weeks for shipping of Occupation 101 DVD.

US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

SUNDAY’S TOONS ~~ CAPITALIST EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN

The Exploited…

Both images ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

The Profiteers…..

SIXTY MEMBER AID DELEGATION ALLOWED ENTRY TO GAZA (VIA EGYPT)

International Women´s Delegation Granted Entry to Gaza

Novelist Alice Walker, parents of Rachel Corrie and 58 others to spend International Women´s Day in war-torn territory.

GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP – A 60-member aid delegation was allowed entry into war-torn Gaza today through the Egyptian border crossing Saturday.

The delegation, which includes Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker, organized by the peace group CODEPINK, was allowed through the Rafah, Egypt crossing in time for International Women’s Day, March 8. The crossing has been closed by the Egyptian government almost continuously since July 2007. However, Egyptian First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, chairman of the Egyptian Red Crescent (similar to the Red Cross) and president of the National Women´s Committee, communicated her “blessing” of the mission through the Red Crescent team that escorted the delegation through the crossing.

“Given the fact that so many organizations and individuals wanting to help the people of Gaza have been turned away from both the Egyptian and Israeli border crossings, it is amazing that we were ushered through with such ease,” said Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK. “We feel extremely fortunate to be able to be with our Gazan sisters on International Women´s Day. But we also want to send a message to the governments of both Egypt and Israel that the borders must be opened to all individuals and organizations. Long-term peace and prosperity are not possible without freedom of movement.”

The Red Crescent estimates that 1,000 truckloads of supplies and other goods are needed every day to meet the needs of the 1.5 million residents of the Gaza Strip. Yet, the UN reports that the daily average has been only 125 truckloads since the borders closed about 18 months ago.

The CODEPINK delegation was invited to the region by the Gender Initiative of the United Nations´ Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), a program dedicated to promoting the rights of girls and women in the Gaza Strip. It will meet with social-service organizations and deliver more than 1,000 gift baskets to Gazan women. Also among the participants are Craig and Cindy Corrie, parents of 23-year-old Rachel Corrie, who was struck and killed six years ago this month by an Israeli bulldozer while trying to block the demolition of a Gazan home.
“Rachel chose to come to Gaza as a volunteer just as the U.S. invasion of Iraq was beginning, because she believed that the war would worsen the plight of the Palestinian people – and that this is the most forgotten part of the Occupied Territories,” said Cindy Corrie, as the group´s bus prepared to roll through the Rafah crossing. “She discovered, and shared with the world through her writing, that the people of Gaza are struggling to make a good life for their families, and are so in need and worthy of our support. The situation has only gotten worse since then, and Craig and I are devoting our lives to carrying on Rachel´s work, in partnership with organizations such as CODEPINK.”
Before completing the crossing into the Gaza Strip, the delegation sang peace songs both in front of the border gate and inside, by the passport counter.
“We hope our visit makes a lasting impression that neither the Egyptian government nor the people of Gaza will soon forget,” Benjamin said.

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