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Nuzha Nusseibeh named Knight of Jerusalem

Feb. 14, 2010 3:46 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 18, 2010 5:45 P.M.)
Jerusalem - Ma'an - Nuzha Nusseibeh was named the Knight of Jerusalem during a ceremony celebrating her lifetime achievements at the Dar At-Tifl school and orphanage in Jerusalem on Saturday evening, organized by the Jawwal Theatre Group.

Nusseibeh was awarded the title for her pioneering role in establishing a number of Palestinian institutions dedicated to providing education to both young girls and orphans, most prominent of all being the Young Women's Islamic Association which hosts one of the most successful secondary schools for girls in Jerusalem.

She was also recognized for her lifetime of work in education, women and prisoners' rights.

Under Nusseibeh's leadership, the YWIA recently opened a new school and community center on the Mount of Olives following a lengthy battle with the Israeli Jerusalem Municipality.

Moreover, Nusseibeh was one of the founding members of Jeel Al-Amal, an orphanage, school and refuge for abused women in Jerusalem and Dar At-Tifl, with Hind Al-Husseini, which took in over 55 Palestinian children following the Deir Yassin massacre in 1948.

She abolished the "orphan uniform" which was worn by children to identify them as without parents and ensured that school-leavers had access to higher education and grants, in spite of the social stigma. Nusseibeh was further among the first to visit Palestinian prisoners while family visits were banned by Israeli authorities.

Nusseibeh has also established a number of societies dedicated to offering assistance to Palestinians with disabilities.

The ceremony was attended by Governor of Jerusalem Adnan Husseini, head of Jerusalem affairs for Fatah Hatem Abdul Qader, in addition to local dignitaries, alumni and current students.

Born in the city of Ramleh to Yacoub Al-Ghussein, member of the Higher Muslim Committee exiled by the British in 1936, and Soraya Nusseibeh, she has lived in Jerusalem since her marriage and was among the organizers and marchers in the first all-woman demonstration against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.

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