Ghadir Ghadir, a Palestinian feminist activist, helped
organize volunteer drivers to get out the Bedouin women's vote. Many Bedouin
women face political, logistical and cultural obstacles that prevent them from
voting. Credit: Eetta Prince-Gibson/The World
Jewish and Arab Women Unite To Defy Bedouin Voter
Suppression in Israeli Election
'Islam Is Right about Women': Odd Signs Spark
Confusion in Winchester
Bahrain Torturing Women in Detention
Assam: Police Strip, Torture 3 Muslim Women,
Pregnant Woman Loses Baby
A Muslim Woman Comic Walks Into a Bar: Changing Perceptions
Karnataka Woman Gets Triple Talaq Over WhatsApp from
Dubai, Files Complaint
Photo Fest To Feature Arab News Series On Saudi Female
Israeli Police Shoot Palestinian Woman, Saying she
Tried to Stab them
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Urge Malaysian Govt to Follow Indonesia's Move by Prohibiting Child Marriages
LUMPUR: Local non-governmental organisations (NG0s) are urging the authorities
to adopt effective measures to raise the minimum age for marriage, following
Indonesia’s decision to set it at 19 to curb child brides.
rights advocate and secretary-general of the Society for the Promotion of Human
Rights, Ivy Josiah, said the education aspect on the issue should begin as soon
is without question that we should raise the minimum of age marriage to 18 for
girls. At the same time, there must be a sustained public education strategy to
reach out to parents, girls and communities on the rights of children, the
pitfalls of child marriages and the inadmissibility of culture as a social
Aid Organisation (WAO) said while some states had raised the minimum age of
marriage, chief ministers and Syariah courts could still allow child marriages
to take place.
and girls are not ready for marriage. Such responsibility could be detrimental
to children’s mental and physical health, education, future economic prospects
and overall wellbeing,” said WAO’s head of outreach and capacity development
Melissa Mohd Akhir.
government should announce a timeline for when it plans to prohibit child
marriage, in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against
Women (CEDAW) that Malaysia has ratified.
Indonesia can change its laws to prohibit child marriage, why not us?”
urged the government to take extra measures to combat poverty, such as the
introduction of compulsory secondary education and effective social programmes.
also urged the government to commit to a timeline to enact a uniform minimum
age of marriage in the country without exceptions.
in Islam (SIS) communication manager Majidah Hashim said schools were not
equipped with facilities to handle emotional, social and physical needs of
underaged pregnancies as a result of marriages, forcing many girls to stop
fact that child marriage is still legal contributes to these statistics. Most
states in Malaysia have yet to take concrete steps to end child marriage in
their states despite a directive issued by our Prime Minister (Tun Dr Mahathir
Mohamad) last year.
intents and efforts have been shown in states such as Selangor, Penang and
Sabah, but until today, none of the states in Malaysia has raised the age of
marriage to 18 for all children in the states, with no exceptions.”
said there was a lack of programmes aimed at the grassroots level to curb child
is unfair that issues pertaining to children have become accessory to political
ambitions, more so considering that Malaysia plans to submit its first CRC
report next year.
need active, concerted and collaborative steps to make meaningful, and not
cosmetic, reforms to our education systems.
the same time, we need to remove physical, social and psychological barriers
that stand in the way of children to achieve their fullest potential.”
Women, Family, and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh in late July last
year announced that 14,999 child marriages have been recorded between 2007 and
2017, with Sarawak having the highest number of registered child marriages.
Rights Coalition Malaysia reported in 2009 that 32 children under the age of
10, 447 children between 10 and 14, and 8,726 children in the 15 to 19 age
group had undergone pre-marital HIV tests.
July last year, a 41-year-old man from Gua Musang married an 11-year-old girl
September the same year, a 44-year-old man in Tumpat took a 15-year-old girl as
his second wife with the approval from the Syariah Court.
Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 puts the minimum age for marriage at
18 but girls can marry at 16 after obtaining a licence from their state’s chief
minister or menteri besar.
under 16 are not allowed to get married. In addition, the law makes it
compulsory for either party who have not reached the age of 21 to seek
permission to marry from their parents.
the Islamic Family Law sets a minimum age of 18 for boys and 16 for girls.
However, those under the legal age can seek permission to marry from the
and Arab Women Unite To Defy Bedouin Voter Suppression in Israeli Election
Israeli election day, scores of women volunteers crisscrossed the dusty roads
of Israel's southern Negev desert, using their own cars and gas, to bring
hundreds of Bedouin women from remote villages to their polling stations to
held elections for its parliament, the Knesset, after Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu called for snap elections after he failed to form a government
following elections in April.
of Wednesday, Sept. 18, with 90% of votes counted, Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud
party came in second with 31 seats, trailing the centerist Blue and White
Party. This means Netanyahu could lose his position as prime minister.
and Likud knew that a large Arab turnout could threaten their position in
parliament, and so ramped up the anti-Arab sentiment and encouraged Arab voter
suppression in his bid to maintain power, drawing on Israeli fears of terrorism
and threats to Israeli statehood.
In Israel’s election, the Arab vote could be pivotal
why voting drives to help bus Bedouins to polling stations have been so
critical. Zazim, a grassroots organization, planned to coordinate a system to
connect Bedouin women with mini busses to the polls this year, much as they did
in the April 2019 elections.
people are part of Israel's Arab citizenry, but because their villages are
often located on tribal lands that are not included in Israel’s official
planning documents, Israel refuses to provide them with paved roads, sewage,
running water and electricity, public transportation, schools — and polling
Sunday, Sept. 15, Central Elections Committee head Justice Hanan Melcer, in response
to a petition from Netanyahu’s Likud party — and in rejection of the opinion of
Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit — ruled that to get permission to bus
voters, groups must first register as an “organization active in the election”
with the State Comptroller’s Office.
situation begins with the absurdity that the state does not provide a solution
for thousands of voters and doesn’t provide them with accessible polling
stations," said Raluca Ganea, founder and director of Zazim. "It
continues as Melcer refuses to believe that this is not a left-right political
issue, but a question of democracy. And it ends with the victory of the
right-wing, which is trying to suppress the Arab vote. But we are a law-abiding
nongovernmental organization, and we have canceled our plans.”
Central Elections Committee's ruling may have intended to put an end to the
get-out-the-Arab-vote campaign, but it achieved the opposite. Within hours,
connected through social media and volunteers email lists, hundreds of volunteers
organized and arranged to meet early on election day at a gas station in the
faceoff in the desert
the time the first dozens of volunteers arrived, the organizers, who insist
that they had no official organization behind them this time, began taking
action to coordinate and match drivers with Bedouin women voters.
your location on Waze [a navigational app],” requested one organizer, speaking
vehemently into her cellphone.
they [the women who are being taken to the polls] don’t speak Arabic? We’ll
send a driver who speaks Arabic …” said another one on her phone.
turned to the crowd. “Who here speaks Arabic?!” Three women volunteered,
received the location on their smartphones, and set out.
after they began sending out drivers, two men from Im Tirtzu, an extremist
right-wing group, showed up at the gas station, wearing go-pros on their heads
and armed with megaphones and notebooks.
here to make sure that these traitorous, extreme leftists don’t disobey the law
and aren’t part of that extremist organization, Zazim,” said Yehuda, one of the
men, both of whom refused to give their last names.
the ruling by Justice Melcer, they have come here to break the law to help
people vote for the Arab parties and destroy Israel as a Jewish state.”
filming you,” Yehuda taunted Ghadir, a Palestinian activist from northern
don’t scare me,” she said. "We will do what we must do, like any citizen
should, anywhere in the world. I am a private citizen, doing what is right.”
two groups exchanged heated taunts and barbs. Both groups called the police,
who came to the gas station and examined the identification cards of all
involved. After several minutes, the police asked everyone to “behave nicely
and according to the law," and left the scene, and so did the men from Im
the volunteers persisted, coordinating with local villagers to match drivers
with Bedouin women ready to vote.
the Bedouin town of Kesar-a-Sirat (population approximately 1,600), spread out
over poorly paved roads and unpaved paths, Amal, 68, dressed fully in black,
with only her eyes showing above her niqab, or face veil, walked jauntily out
of the polling station.
refused a photograph and only and gave her first name and age because — she
explained — she did not ask her husband’s permission.
husband told me whom to vote for. But when I vote, I don’t have to listen to
him. Being in the voting booth is the only other room where I can be alone,”
nice, Jewish women brought me here,” she continued. “I don’t know their
names. I live in Abu Tlul [a village
about 15 miles away], but this is my polling station. If these nice ladies
wouldn’t have picked me up and brought me, I wouldn’t have been able to vote.”
than half of the approximately 160,000 Bedouins living in the Negev reside in
so-called unrecognized villages that range in population size from several
hundred to several thousand.
make matters more complicated, Bedouins are assigned to polling stations
according to their specific tribal group, rather than their address.
Bedouin community is composed of dozens of tribes, scattered throughout the
Negev. Thus, Alsanah, a woman from Rahat, a recognized Bedouin city, also has
to travel to Kesar-a-Sirat, a distance of almost 30 miles, because most of her
tribe lives there.
is another way that the state makes their life so difficult,” says Nitza
Hevroni, 70, from the central city of Rehovot, who has brought Alsanah from her
home to vote.
is a right, and so accessibility to voting is a right, too," Hevroni said.
"This isn’t an issue of right or left — I did not ask her who she’s voting
for. She has the right to vote. That’s what matters. So I’m volunteering to
drive. No big deal — I’m in my air-conditioned car. Imagine what her life is
against the Arab vote
Arab turn-out may have been a significant factor in helping the center beat
incumbent Netanyahu in this tightly-contested election.
and the other right-wing parties used anti-Arab rhetoric in an attempt to both
suppress the Arab vote and whip up support among the strident right. As a
result, this election campaign has been particularly toxic for the Arab
the campaign, Netanyahu complained about voter fraud in Arab communities in
April elections — even though the only fraud found by an official committee
favored Likud, Netanyahu’s own party. He planned to deploy over 1,000 activists
with hidden cameras to monitor Arab voters in polling stations — as he did in
previous elections — because he believed that it would suppress the Arab vote.
This, despite the opposition of Israel’s attorney general, who views the
cameras as voter intimidation.
the cameras were voted down in parliament, Likud and right-wing activists
announced that they would turn up at Arab voting booths, equipped with cameras.
has gone to great lengths to delegitimize the Arab vote. In 2015, he released a
YouTube video late on election day declaring that Arabs were “running to the
polls in droves” and that leftist organizations were driving them. The video
suppressed the Arab vote by sowing fear, alienation and chaos and energized
Netanyahu’s most right-wing flank.
the most recent campaign, he has regularly “warned” against an alliance between
“extreme hostile Arabs.” Last week, Facebook sanctioned Netanyahu’s official
page, after a post called on voters to oppose a government composed of “Arabs
who want to destroy us all — women, children and men.” Netanyahu denied the
post and removed it, saying it was a staffer’s mistake.
reported that on Monday, more than 24 hours before exit poll results were
announced, Netanyahu had already prepared a recorded message to be sent out on
election day to hundreds of thousands of voters’ phones, warning them of very
high voter turnout among Arab communities and in “left-wing strongholds."
is in direct contradiction with Israeli law, which prevents politicians from
issuing electioneering statements on days before elections. Exposed by the
press, the statement was not released.
the delegitimization campaign seemed to have had an effect, at least within the
Arab community, where polls were predicting a low voter turnout within the Arab
Arab voter turnout
election results show that voter turnout in Arab communities rose to 60% in
this election, compared with 50% in the April elections, and that the Joint
Arab List, a bloc of Arab parties, is now the third-largest party in the
organizing between Jewish and Arab women likely had something to do with it.
don’t want to romanticize women’s political activity,” said Hevroni, the driver
from central Israel. “But women identify with other women, with not being able
to vote. And we recognize the day-to-day difficulties, like lack of access or
freedom of mobility. And maybe there is something very real about our thinking
— this is just the right thing to do.”
from specific polling stations will not be available for at least a week, but
activist Ghadir said she is “convinced that more Bedouin women voted than ever
before. The Jewish volunteers gave us hope, and showed us that the only way to
bring change for the better for everyone is for Jews and Arabs, and especially
Jewish and Arab women, to work together.”
Is Right about Women': Odd Signs Spark Confusion in Winchester
Mass. - A slew of controversial signs posted across one local town has been
drawing more confusion than outrage.
Winchester, signs that read "Islam was RIGHT about women" has
residents scratching their heads to figure out exactly what the poster meant by
Police and upset residents spent a good part of their Wednesday afternoon
removing signs from several poles across the town.
offensive to some, police said that, while it's technically illegal to post
anything on a street sign, it's a tough law to enforce. Due to freedom of
speech and because the signs in question aren't threatening, police say it's
like posting a sign about a lost cat.
assume it's negative," said Dorothy Kruger, a resident. "That's not
cool, that's not a cool thing to do."
said they received multiple calls about the signs, but since they removed them,
no other signs have popped up. Nevertheless, authorities are still
investigating the incident.
think somebody just wanted this to happen right?" said Stacey Irizarry.
"To get some kind of response. The sign itself is confusing it is subject
many say they are offended and bothered by the signs, others say they don't
really know how to feel about them since the signs don't make a lot of sense.
really don't know because everybody has their own opinion and I respect
it," said Syeda Tahsina Mahmud, who is Muslim. "Everybody's entitled
to say whatever they want."
is the intent behind it and what are we trying to prove by putting it on this
pole so ambiguously," said Shakeelur Rahman, the Imam of the Islamic
Center of Burlington. "There is not a lot of clarity in it. I hope the
person was trying to encourage people to look it up maybe or research it."
Torturing Women in Detention
to the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy and Americans for Democracy
and Human Rights in Bahrain that released a damning report on September 11,
Bahrain’s political allies in the west are failing to hold the oil-rich nation
accountable for multiple reports of human rights abuse.
al-Saegh and Najah Yusuf say, after refusing to work as informants, they were
assaulted during an interrogation at the Muharraq Security Complex. The
Director of the complex was a beneficiary of a £16,000 UK taxpayer-funded
training in 2015.
to human rights organizations the treatment of female prisoners is just one of
the Bahraini monarchies methods of crushing descent and maintaining power.
Arbitrary arrests, imprisonment without trial, torture and executions are
reported in Bahrain on a daily basis.
disappearances are common and interrogations are reportedly conducted without
any legal representative present. Ms. al-Saegh says her interrogator boasted of
his reputation for inflicting torture and pain on detainees.
International, Human Rights Watch and the World Organisation Against Torture
contributed to the report that documents the suffering of these women.
UK has failed to address the abuses perpetrated against them in any public way,
instead relying on statements released by the Bahraini Embassy in the UK that
dismisses torture and ill-treatment allegations levelled against Bahraini
authorities. And the UK and the US governments continue to supply arms,
training and political support to the Bahraini regime.
Police Strip, Torture 3 Muslim Women, Pregnant Woman Loses Baby
In a horrific incident, a pregnant Muslim woman and her two sisters were
allegedly stripped and tortured inside a police station in Assam's Darrang
district. The pregnant woman started to bleed and lost her baby, after being
kicked in her stomach by a police officer.
incident took place on September 8 and caught an eye on September 17.
to a report by India Today, after the alleged torture, the pregnant woman was
admitted to a hospital where she lost the baby due to miscarriage.
district police picked up three sisters - Minuwara Begum, Sanuwara and Rumela
from Sixmile area in Guwahati on September 8 night in connection with a
kidnapping case and took them to Burha police outpost,” reported India Today.
September 10, Minuwara Begum filed a police complaint with the Darrang district
Superintendent of Police, alleging that
the three sisters were picked from their homes by a police team led by the
officer-in-charge of Burha police outpost, Mahendra Sarma, on September 8
were brutally beaten up by stick and shoes and the police officer stripped our
clothes touched our private parts. The police officer threatened us by showing
his pistol and warned us from filing any complaint against him," the woman
said in her complaint.
the woman had filed a complaint with the Darrang district Superintendent of
Police on September 10, their case was not registered.
woman also said that she repeatedly pleaded with the officers who ignored the
appeals and went on with the torturing. "When the police officer kicked my
pregnant sister, she started bleeding and her pregnancy was terminated. My
elder sister was two months pregnant. We were also forced to sign our signature
in a blank paper at gunpoint," said one of the sisters, India Today
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has ordered an inquiry into the case
while the Assam State Commission for Women has also taken up the matter suo
Bhuyan, SP of Darrang district said, "We received a complaint on September
11 that the woman was tortured when she was at the Burha police outpost. I
already directed our DSP to make an inquiry into the incident. If we find that
police used additional forces on the women we will register a criminal case. We
will also at the medical report."
conduct an inquiry into the case, DIG of Central Western Range, Brajenjit Sinha
has been directed by Assam CM.
accused officer-in-charge of Burha police outpost and the lady constable have
Muslim Woman Comic Walks Into a Bar: Changing Perceptions Through Jokes
intermission, and the Comedy Clubhouse is buzzing with conversation. Young
people in business attire or hipster T-shirts have refreshed their drinks and
are settling into plastic chairs. One woman stays perched on a corner bar
stool, sipping water and chatting. She’s wearing a yellow sweater – and a
the lights go dark, the host introduces her as Mariam Sobh, the only Muslim
woman to take the stage tonight. Walking to the microphone, Ms. Sobh already
has a good idea of what’s on the minds of audience members. She goes right at
was crossing the street in my neighborhood and this guy walked by me, muttering
‘ISIS’ under his breath,” Ms. Sobh says.
a brief, uncomfortable pause and a few sparse chuckles in the crowd of about 20
people. “So I turn to him and said ‘Allahu akbar!’ I mean, if you really
thought that I was a terrorist, would you want to provoke me?”
room bursts into laughter. Ms. Sobh has corralled the elephant in the room, the
same one that shows up nearly every time she performs. With that out of the
way, she owns the space for the rest of her five-minute bit, leaving patrons in
stitches with jokes about headscarves, terrorism, and patriarchy in
conservative Muslim families.
of comics have used stand-up to educate the broader society about their culture
or ethnic group. Now, Ms. Sobh, a radio anchor whose mother is from the Midwest
and father is Lebanese, is part of a growing wave of performers across the U.S.
using comedy to puncture stereotypes of Muslim women and to show how much they
have in common with their audiences.
women are still behind men such as Hasan Minhaj and Ramy Youssef, who have
established themselves on the comedy scene, says Yasmin Elhady, an
Egyptian-Libyan American lawyer and part-time comedian in Washington, D.C. Mr.
Minhaj’s Netflix special, “Patriot Act,” aired in late 2018 and Mr. Youssef
starred in his original comedy series, “Ramy,” released this year. Ms. Elhady
expects Muslim women to follow suit, bringing their lives into the mainstream
via comedy, the way Ellen DeGeneres did for the LGBTQ community.
just don’t think standing in a protest line and fighting for our rights is the
best thing for Muslims right now,” Ms. Elhady says. “People both in the
industry and out are very excited about us [female Muslim comedians]. I’ve only
been met with kindness and support since I started in comedy two years ago.”
were different when Ms. Sobh started her career in Illinois 15 years ago. She
wanted to expose people to Muslims in the arts, particularly in the post-9/11
era, when she was a student at the University of Illinois.
hoped to start her career as a television news reporter but was turned down
would tell me off the record that I didn’t get the job because of my hijab,”
she says. “That’s just how it was when I was starting out.”
Ms. Sobh went to work for Illinois public radio station WILL-AM, and soon
performed at open mic events and shows. She has been on the stand-up scene in
Chicago for about four years.
I started out, none of my jokes were about being Muslim,” Ms. Sobh says. “But
then I realized I needed to address the elephant in the room, which is me
wearing a scarf, because a lot of people made assumptions once they saw it. I
figured it was my chance to dispel the assumptions that people make about
audience members say they left Ms. Sobh’s show with a better understanding of
what Muslims experience on a daily basis.
lot of the jokes were really funny, and at the same time, this lifestyle and
culture are very different from my own,” says Jonah Dagen. The performance
“made me a bit more conscious.”
audience member, Margaret Larkin, says she could relate to Ms. Sobh’s struggles
with misconceptions and microaggressions.
it’s a bonus when people walk away from her shows having learned something, Ms.
Sobh says she’s just “an American woman who tells jokes and makes people
the Comedy Clubhouse, Ms. Sobh even took on a topic conservative Muslim
communities shy from: sex.
that is taboo in the Muslim community is the topic of sex,” she says. “It’s
kind of ironic because if you look at all of the really religious communities,
they are the ones who are doing it all the time. You look around and you see
like, what, 10 kids?”
Sadiq, a 28-year-old Pakistani American also on the Chicago comedy circuit,
says she feels the tension between confronting stereotypes and wanting her
audience to understand that she isn’t so different from them.
onstage is one way she can control the narrative. In a highly polarized
society, comedy helps lessen some of the tension surrounding her faith, she
says. Ms. Sadiq hosts and performs her bits at various bars across the city – a
point of contention in her jokes.
was hard telling my conservative mom that I did stand-up in bars,” Ms. Sadiq
joked during one of her late-night shows at Chicago’s iO Theater. “I’d be like,
‘There’s a curtain with guys on one side and women on the other – and we serve
Mona Aburmishan, a Palestinian American veteran of the Chicago comedy scene,
comedy allows her to deliver the truth “in a lovable way.”
you want your kids or dogs to take their medicine, you hide it in food,” she
says. “A lot of my jokes are kind of like that. They are really intentional, and
I’ll make these subtle jokes where people don’t really process it till they
walk out of the room.”
attributes the growth in American Muslim women comedians to the need for
Muslims to speak out in a more casual way, to get their message across without
lot of us Muslims are sick and tired of going to rallies and protests,” she
says. “It doesn’t leave you feeling awesome. But if you can make somebody
laugh, you’re the most powerful person in the room.”
Woman Gets Triple Talaq Over WhatsApp from Dubai, Files Complaint
A Muslim woman in the district headquarters town of Shivamogga in Karnataka has
approached police accusing her husband of giving her "triple talaq"
from Dubai over WhatsApp.
couple had been married for about 20 years, and the woman's husband had left
for Sharjah-Dubai in January but did not come back, police said quoting the
some issues the man is said to have repeatedly picked up quarrel with her
during their conversations, and finally gave her talaq (divorce) in August,
stating he "doesn't want" her, they said.
had initially sent her talaq message over WhatsApp, and then called her to
utter the same," police said.
couple, in their 40s, did not have any children and had adopted a girl child.
The woman has not "accepted" the talaq and sought justice by lodging
don't have any financial support and have a daughter to take care of," she
case has been registered under relevant sections of the Muslim Women
(Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, and under section 498A (husband
or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) of the Indian
had in July passed the triple talaq bill, making the practice of instant
divorce among Muslims a punishable offence.
new law makes it illegal to pronounce talaq three times in spoken, written or
through SMS or WhatsApp or any other electronic chat in one sitting.
the man was in Dubai, police will file a requisition with the magistrate for
impounding of his passport, officials said, adding an inquiry is on and the
legal process would follow soon.
Fest To Feature Arab News Series On Saudi Female Success Stories
Pictures taken for Arab News featuring some of Saudi Arabia’s most successful
professional women will go under the spotlight at a major photography event
taking place in the UAE.
from the newspaper’s The Face series, shot by Saudi lensman Ziyad Alarfaj, will
be on display throughout the fourth edition of the Xposure International
Photography Festival which runs from Sept. 19-22 at the Expo Center in the city
“The Face: Portraits from the Kingdom,” the picture presentation includes
striking photos that celebrate the groundbreaking accomplishments of Saudi
women profiled in the regular section of Arab News.
want to highlight women who aren’t relatively well-known because they’re too
busy working for themselves and for their countries,” said Alarfaj.
cameraman’s main aim was to add a human element to his photographs. “I don’t
want to place too much focus on their work. That’s why I capture them in their
living rooms,” Alarfaj added.
visitors will be able to view shots of successful women from a variety of
different careers, fields, and backgrounds. Among those featured are Sara I.
Alissa, a professional organizer from Riyadh, Ahlam Alshedokhi, a medical
doctor and artist, and university professor Dr. Dana Bakheet.
in 2015 by the Sharjah Government Media Bureau, this year’s event is set to be
the biggest yet and will house an acclaimed selection of more than 1,000 images
taken by 357 world-renowned photographers from the Middle East and beyond.
makes Xposure special, is that it’s not any regular photography festival. I’ve
been to many, and Xposure is one of the best,” said Alarfaj. “The participating
photographers are among the best in the world.”
addition to works from the likes of British wildlife photographer Will
Burrard-Lucas, American cameraman Stephen Wilkes, emerging Emirati
picture-taker Amer Al-Ali, and Brazilian snapper Gabriel Wickbold, Xposure has
a packed program in store for photography enthusiasts.
by Sharjah Media Council Chairman Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al-Qasimi during a
press conference, the festival will also include photography workshops, talks
from industry professionals, public seminars, portfolio reviews, and
Police Shoot Palestinian Woman, Saying she Tried to Stab them
security personnel shot a Palestinian woman who tried to stab them at the
Qalandia checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, Israeli police said,
and Palestinian officials said she died of her injury.
West Bank, among territories where Palestinians seek statehood, has seen
simmering street violence since US-sponsored peace talks with Israel broke down
circulated on social media, and which Reuters could not immediately verify,
showed men with rifles confronting a woman. A shot is heard and she collapses,
dropping something from her hand. One of the men then kicks the item out of
Israeli police spokesman said on Twitter that a woman whom he described as
"terrorist" attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at Qalandia
checkpoint. He posted a picture of a knife on asphalt.
Palestinian health ministry said a woman shot at Qalandia had died.
treated her at the scene and then evacuated her for further treatment, a police
Hadassah hospital pronounced her dead.
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