While most womens rights advocate’s point to education, leadership, and job access as proof of progress for women, Palestinian Minister of Women’s affairs, Amal Hamad, has a completely different way to measure equality for women.
During an interview for Palestinian Women’s Day last week, Amal Hamad highlighted female suicide bombers and female mass murders of women and children as proof of gender equality.
“We don’t think that there is a difference between the genders,” Amal says during the interview, while wearing a hijab covering her head – a requirement for women in Islam.
As an example of female equality, Amal points to Dalal Mughrabi, who as her last act in life, led the slaughter of 37 innocent Israeli civilians (many of them women and children), before she detonated a grenade, killing herself and many others in 1978.
Amal continues her fact finding mission of equality among the genders in Palestine, “There are also female prisoners in the occupation’s prisons.” She suggests that the women who are currently in prison for supporting terrorism against civilians is proof of gender equality in Palestinian society and that men and women are “going hand in hand.”
Amal would perhaps do better to look to examples like Ada E. Yonath, the first Israeli woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and the first woman in the Middle East to win a Nobel Prize in Science. Or perhaps she could take a look at the Israeli Knesset, the governing body for Israel which is currently 25% women – the highest anywhere in the Middle East.
Maybe Amal could look at how 31% of Israel’s top 100 company directors are women. These are women who can be praised for providing better living standards for thousands of families and children, instead of praising women who take life away from families and children.
If anything, Amal’s interview shows us that the darkness of Islam is blinding and shows clearly how the enemy hides us from the truth.