"Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more." (IWD)What better way for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency to commemorate International Women's Day, than by having the Al-Amari youth center (a UNRWA youth facility in the West Bank) announce a football tournament for youths to be held later this week, named after the first Palestinian female suicide bomber Wafa Idris.
The Al-Amari youth center's website displays its logo with UNRWA's name in the center. On the home page, just below the logo and bordered in red, is the announcement of the Wafa Idris tournament. (See here in Arabic, here in English)
Palestine Media Watch provides the following details:
Wafa Idris was the first Palestinian female suicide bomber. She blew herself up in Jerusalem, killing one and injuring more than 150 on Jan. 27, 2002. As a volunteer for the Palestinian Red Crescent, she was able to bypass Israeli security and enter Jerusalem in a Palestinian ambulance. Since her bombing, Israel has been forced to delay Palestinian ambulances entering Jerusalem at security check points.
The PA has repeatedly presented Wafa Idris as a hero and role model, naming places and events after her, including a summer camp for youth funded by UNICEF, a Fatah women's military unit, a university students group for Fatah members, a Fatah course, and more. There have been public demonstrations and songs on PA TV to honor her. (PMW)
The slogan for UNRWA is "Peace Starts Here"
I guess it's no surprise that UNRWA's existance has done nothing to further "peace" anywhere on the planet.
As the UN and free-world harp incessantly about the importance of the creation of a "Palestinian State", we should remember the important Palestinian contribution to the advancement of Women's Rights.
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