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Israel bans Palestinian Minister of Women's Affairs from travel

May 3, 2019 11:17 A.M. (Updated: May 5, 2019 12:51 P.M.)
TEL AVIV (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities prevented Palestinian Minister of Women's Affairs, Amal Hamad, from travelling to the Jordanian Kingdom, on Thursday, to take part in the Euro-Mediterranean (Euro-Med) conference on “Launching the Regional Campaign on Zero Tolerance for Violence against Women and Girls.”

While addressing the Euro-Med conference via Skype, Hamad expressed regret for not being able to attend in person due to the Israeli ban on her travel and stressed that preventing her from traveling to Jordan to participate in the activities of this conference is “clear evidence of some of the violence Palestinian women experience under Israeli occupation.”

Hamad spoke in her intervention on the current political situation in Palestine and the Israeli measures on the ground.

She also said that Palestine is committed to international resolutions on women, noting that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ratified the CEDAW agreement without reservations, as well as the Additional Protocol, the International Covenants, the Convention against Torture and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

She pointed out, “Palestine was the first to develop the national implementation plan for Security Council Resolution 1325 and sign the goals of sustainable development and the development of mechanisms to implement Goal 5 on gender equality.”

Hamad reviewed Palestine's governmental mechanisms to protect women from violence, including the implementation of interrogation and accountability within the framework of the 1325 Plan of Action to monitor and report the attacks of the Israeli occupation soldiers and illegal settlers against Palestinian women; periodically sending these reports to the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council and their inclusion in national reports; as well as the existence of the Family Protection Unit in the police authority, shelters for battered women, the National Transfer System, the National Observatory on Violence and the Unified Complaints System.

Israeli authorities did not provide a reason for the ban.

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