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Palestine: University students harassed for wearing head scarves at checkpoint

July 2, 2012

Thursday, March 29. 2007

Nablus, (Palestine News Network):

Deputy Dr. Najat Abu Bakr unveiled a new phenomenon that is casting a shadow over Palestinian girls and women who cross the checkpoints daily.

At southern Nablus’ Huwara Checkpoint a group of students from An Najah University spent hours being harassed for covering their heads. Israeli soldiers shouted at the university students that they were oppressed for opting to cover.

The 70 year old man who attempted to intervene on behalf of the young women was held for seven hours. Israeli soldiers poured cold water over the elderly resident of Jenin’s Burquin Village and assaulted him.

The government member, Abu Bakr, called for an end to such abusive practices, this newest phenomenon coming from the Druize community.

He went straight to the mothers, asking why a community that historically honors custom is raising sons such as these, who not only do not respect the traditions of others, but who serve in the Israeli forces.


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