The Palestinian Ministry for Women’s Affairs on Thursday awarded Israa Jaabis, an injured Palestinian woman who remains in Israeli police custody, as this yearâ€™s â€śWoman of Palestine.â€ť
(photos: Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network)
A 32-year-old mother, Jaabis was arrested in 2015 after being shot at by Israeli soldiers in East Jerusalem. She sustained severe burns in an ensuing gas explosion.
â€śPalestinian women have been deeply involved in the Palestinian struggle,â€ť Womenâ€™s Affairs Minister Haifa al-Agha said, in a speech delivered at an award ceremony.
â€śThey remain a powerful symbol of the steadfastness of the Palestinian people,â€ť she added.
Al-Agha went on to assert that Palestinian women had played a â€śvital role standing up to the [Israeli] occupation.â€ť
The Israeli authorities accuse Jaabis of having attempted to attack Israeli soldiers with a bomb-laden vehicle — claims she and her family vehemently deny.
Jaabis sustained serious burn injuries on several parts of her body, for which she requires a number of surgical procedures, according to Palestinian officials.
According to Palestinian figures, roughly 6,400 Palestinians are currently in Israeli custody, including dozens of women and scores of minors.
The â€śWoman of Palestineâ€ť award is given annually by the ministry to Palestinian women who have accomplished notable achievements.
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