Earlier this month, Combatants for Peace activists joined to commemorate International Women’s Day in the spirit of joint resistance that underpins our movement. Our Women’s Group took a stand against the occupation, highlighting the abuse of Palestinian women in Israeli prisons. As the famous saying goes, “women’s rights are human rights!” We took to the streets of Tel Aviv, broadcasting our demands that the rights of imprisoned Palestinian women be upheld.
Together we are working for women’s rights, water rights, the right of all people to home and safety, and the rights of children to grow up without fear.
The women’s group protest also called on the international community to pressure Israel to ensure proper healthcare and medical treatment for Israa al-Jaabis, a mother wrongly imprisoned when Israeli forces falsely accused her of causing an explosion – one that inflicted serious burns on her. Despite ongoing health complications, al-Jaabis has been repeatedly denied essential treatment. Palestinian women must be allotted not only the fundamental human rights that are owed to them, but also the opportunity to flourish and thrive, as all people deserve.