The Interior Ministry in the Gaza Strip, controlled by Hamas, announced the results of an investigation into a complaint filed by a journalist who was said to have been “attacked by security forces for not veiling.”
According to Palestinian media reports, the ministry that oversees Hamas decided to imprison the attacker and apologize to the journalist.
The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate has condemned the attack on Rawa Morshed, a member of Hamas, while she was doing her work.
For the past few days, the story of a human rights defender and activists was discussed on social media and highlights the rights of journalists and women in the region.
She told that she was on a photo tour with her co-workers when two men in military clothes stopped her, questioned her identity and questioned her on the pretext of being in a security zone.
Rava indicated that after trying to present himself, the dialogue took another turn about “external appearance and not wearing the hijab”, then it developed to the point of accusation of “apostasy”, as he said .
When he objected to the speech given under his direction, Rava said, “The security guard hit him with a tree branch, leaving wounds all over his body.”
For its part, the Ministry of the Interior talks about a dispute that broke out between a journalist and one of the “Hama al-Thaghour” elements, who were arrested and later instructed to deal with civilians. Was punished for trespassing.
The ministry indicated that “its investigation has concluded that the journalist and his colleagues were not on an official work mission,” noting that “they did not coordinate and notify the entry of a border area, especially since their presence in it An increase with an Israeli army. ”
The story of the attack on the journalist sparked controversy, and the pioneers of social networking sites were divided between sympathy and suspicion before they welcomed the news of the attacker’s stopping the security element.
The activist and tweeter expressed their solidarity with the journalist, condemning the attacks and accusations from her person and her personal life.
He called for activating laws to protect journalists from these repeated practices that violate their freedom and goal according to their expression.
Activists say some people have discovered newspaper photos to discredit him, who blamed him for being a real boss. There are those who believe that these actions reflect “the real status and inferiority of women in the Gaza Strip”.
In this context, Sheri al-Tire wrote: “The comments of some who supported the vandalism of the incident are disgusting and express the mindset of ISIS.”
Despite her condemnation of the attack on Rawa, some commentators accused her of being sympathetic and exaggerating the incident to deal with “intellectual and political accounts” or portrayed the Gaza Strip as “humiliated in women”.
Some described the incident as an individual, as one commented: Why is it distorting Gaza’s image and turning it into a bogeyman … Gaza is really different, with many Girls are not covered. “
While others pointed to similar incidents in which victims were attacked due to their physical appearance .
On the other hand, a third team describes the discussion surrounding the incident as secondary, at a time when Palestine is witnessing a heated debate following the decision to postpone the election.
Activists also warned of the continuing state of political polarization in defining the parameters of discussion to be held in the Palestinian territory, which could become a hindrance to any effort to find radical solutions to basic issues.