It has been said: “Behind every great man hides a woman”, but in Palestine, women seem great in all their positions; It stands behind every story of a martyr, the story of a prisoner or the sense of patience and steadfastness. A woman brings a captive, a captive, a martyr and a martyr.
Before being a martyr or a prisoner, the Palestinian mother had been a nanny for generations who defended and still are in Palestine, and she undertook the education of the “generation of liberation”, in accordance with the demands of each stage , and endured the hardships of life to raise and care for children, especially if the husband was detained in the absence of prisons or a martyr. Read also Shadia and her companions … the martyrs of Palestine and the root of its struggle Palestinians cry: Why are they killing us? .. When the cry is louder than words The Palestinian “chrysanthemum” … a secret feminist organization before the NakbaJournal of a young girl from Jerusalem in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Jana Al-Kiswani is hit by an occupation treacherous bullet as she brews coffee for her father
Palestinian mother Abdel Salam
Many Palestinian women or their blackness have had at least one experience of loss and family, and in many cases they have lived with their families or themselves, as is the case with Palestinian mother Asma. Abu al-Hija (Umm Abd al-Salam) the released prisoner and the wife of the captive Sheikh Jamal Abu al-Hija and the mother of the martyr and the captives.
In Jenin camp, where the Abu al-Haija family live, the patience of Umm Abd al-Salam (57) cannot be described as she brings up and sees her children and grandchildren growing up in the absence of her husband, and she forgot about her pain and aches for years, so that she can no longer see with her eyes.
Umm Abdel Salam experienced all kinds of suffering in herself and in her family, so the occupation stopped her for 9 months, and all of her sons, Abd al-Salam, Essam and Imad, and Hamza have arrested before his death in 2014, he was also arrested and their house was shelled while they were inside, and the occupation soldiers also set it on fire when they failed to stop once her husband.
Education, preparation, access to publishing
All this made her a solid stone, on which the pain and troubles of life were destroyed, as her daughter Banan says, and made her a shield for her family, especially after her husband was arrested in 2002 and sentenced to life imprisonment 9 times and 20 years. on it.
And aware of the dangers of living with a husband wanted by the occupation, and therefore knowing his fate in advance, either by arrest or by martyrdom, Umm Abd al-Salam went to his side, and it was is why she was arrested, just as she did not fall off her agenda to instill her husband’s love in the hearts of her children.
Captive and captive girl of Banan
She tells about her daughter Banan, who was also arrested and subjected to severe interrogation; Her mother’s approach was based on good preparation and dogmatic education for her children, then accommodating behavior, leading to national mobilization and mobilization, and enveloping this within the framework of “homeland liberation”, and she did not care about the consequences, however difficult they were. were.
She says that her mother was keen on presenting her children with correct behavior, which made her follow their lives with great interest, and she sought from the beginning to enroll them in schools and universities, then to marry them and start their families, not caring about their repeated arrests for long periods of time, and therefore assumed the role of godfather for their families as well.
Banan recalled an incident with his martyr brother Hamzah, while he was being hunted down by the occupation, and he sneaked into his home to tell him his love for martyrdom.
Freedom to choose the path
The Palestinian mother has become a martyr at all stages of the confrontation with the Israeli occupier. In the recent war on Gaza, around 70 Palestinian women were martyred. She was also deported and arrested with her children.
Choosing the path, the Khansa of Gaza also sees Naima Al-Abed (Umm Ahmad) in her children as she brings them up to love the motherland and sacrifice herself for her, so she said goodbye to 3 of his martyred sons, the last of whom was Mustafa a few days ago, who stood up during Israel’s last war against Gaza (the sword of Jerusalem), I bid farewell to his brother Mahmoud to carry out a martyrdom operation.
Khansa Gaza or Ahmed
Naima, as she told Al-Jazeera Net, would not appear before any of her children who chose a method of jihad, and her slogan was that death comes and everyone “chooses their path”, and at the same time it was improving their education and way of life as if they were eternally immortal, so they acquired knowledge in mosque and school And all inclusive.
Naima explains that while she was grieving at the martyrdom of her son, and despite “preparing for her children and mobilizing them in behavior and education”, she loves and cares for them and mourns over their separation like any mother, but her motto when one of them is martyred is that “a piece of me precedes me to heaven”. And she said: “As long as dying for Allah, everything is insignificant”.
And from what Banan once recalled, the loudspeakers at Jenin camp shouted for “all free and honorable” to demonstrate against the occupation, so my mother ordered my brother , the martyr Hamza, to come out saying: “Who else ?!”
And patience, perseverance and bonds are slogans raised by Palestinian mothers after the martyrdom or the families of their loved ones in reality.
The support and motivation of man for the fight
Mona Mansour, former Legislative Council member and feminist activist, says Palestinian women “have an interior ministry at home and an outside ministry if needed.”
The most important thing in Mona Mansour’s description of Al-Jazeera Net is that the woman – especially the mother – was not discouraged in the struggle of man or son, and this is appeared through that she endured the trials of life after him, and therefore the man realized that there are those who are patient and enduring, who manage his house and his family well, which pushes to work more.
Mona Mansour added that if the woman was “passive or holding the half stick,” the man would not sacrifice himself and offer because he was losing his back at the time, and it was is why the Palestinian wife and mother are “rare” among the women of the world.
The journey of kissing and raising a Palestinian mother has not started to end, as it is her condition and always, and she has known her way from the start. This is why you find her receiving her captive son in Zagrouda and also bidding farewell to her martyrdom in Zagrouda.