From: Sa’ed Atshan
Subject: Re: An image in question
Date: 23 May 2022 at 07:33:04 CEST
We, Palestinians, and our allies, celebrate, and we mourn. We honor the women of Palestine who are the backbone of our society. As a Palestinian cis male queer feminist, I am proud to come from a long lineage of strong women: great-grandmothers, grandmothers, mother, aunts, cousins, nieces, sisters, and neighbors. My sense of spiritual rootedness stems from their love and examples.
Micheline Awwad’s legacy gives us courage as we grieve the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh in the present. Both are Palestinian Christian women who embody bearing witness to Israeli occupation. They manifest resistance to oppression through word and deed. Awwad and Abu Akleh have become symbols, not only across Palestine, but around the world.
There is tremendous beauty and power in Palestinian femininity. Awwad’s color-coordinated bright yellow heels and scarf look to the future, even in the face of potential harm or death. Abu Akleh consistently carried herself with elegance as a journalist in occupied Palestine, even as she took risks standing before the camera to capture the realities of Palestinian suffering. The memories and resilience of Awwad and Abu Akleh resonate far and wide, touching the hearts of all who care about peace and justice in Palestine and beyond.