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Women of Palestine

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Women

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This is a good picture because it reminds me of Soaud in Palestine.

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West Bank

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The article talks about "West Bank discriminatory laws, traditional practices and a severe shortage of emergency shelters combine to perpetuate violence against women by their family members and intimate partners in the Palestinian territories" (St. Petersburg times). It says the the government is not doing anything to help and people of that country want to help out and step in to create a new government that the people of Palestine can trust. The article talks about how there are leaders and the president who are getting upset by this and don't want to change laws so they are getting weapons to prove a point towards each other. The president likes the way things are and feels that he does not need to change anything in West Bank.

This relates to the book because it specifically talks about the West Bank's discriminatory laws which shows that West Bank has one of the worst areas on violence against women. West Bank is the setting of the book and the main character, Soaud, gets abused real bad by her family members and people of their village cheered on the family member who abused Soaud and did nothing to stop him. This relates to the article because it shows that no one in the government of West Bank does anything to help the women. An example in the book showing how Soaud feels like a prisoner in her own home is, “Although I am able to walk about freely, I am a prisoner in my skin.” (Soaud pg 22).

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Violence

Violence against women

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"Domestic Violence consists of acts committed in the context of an adult relationships. It is the continuance of aggressive and controlling behaviors, including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks, that one adult intimate does to another" (Gale Encyclopedia). This source talks mainly about domestic violence or violence against women in general. Police found that most men think of women as property so that is why men feel that they can abuse women and do whatever they want to them. It is found that when police don't intervene, women can be abused so much they eventually can get killed. The source explains that nothing or no one is trying to stop men from doing this. Police try but they can only do so much. Domestic Violence is everywhere around the world and has been going on for centuries. Women are being mistreated in many countries.

This source relates to Burned Alive by the way it talked about the violence against women. In this book, women all around Palestine are being treated like men's property or their objects, rather than a person or a wife. This is just like what is says in the article because the source said that many police found that men say their wives are their property. The violence against women includes physical, sexual and psychological attacks and in the book, Soaud was attacked physical where she almost died. In the article it says that if police don't help and do anything about the violence women can die. In this book Soaud almost died because no authority helped her out. It was a miracle she lived through the domestic violence! In the book Soaud talks about her terror of being abused. "...the suffering and humiliation of being tied up like an animal in the stable and beaten so hard i had no feeling in my back. The terror at the possibility of being suffocated or thrown into a well" (Soaud pg 78).

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Honor Diaries- exclusive extended clip - YouTube

Honor Diaries is the first film to break the silence on 'honor violence' against women and girls. Honor Diaries is more than a movie, it is a movement to sav...
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This film follows women of Palestine around and shows how the women get mistreated. They interview women and the women tell how and why they get mistreated. It can be from their religion, family, or from men. Most women in the film talk about ways in how they feel neglected and feel like nothing. They also talk about how the government does nothing and how strict they are in what they wear and what they do. This film relates to Burned Alive completely because in both, the women talk about the mistreatment and the strict ways of their government and religion. They both are alike because it shows how women are limited to things they do In their country and gives examples women who get beat which is like the book because Souad gets beat.

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palestine - Google Search

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Palestine is a region in Western Asia between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. This region is known as the Holy Land or the Land of Israel. Palestine has a variety of crossroads for religion, culture, and politics.

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man and woman date secretly

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This is a good picture to represent Burned Alive because it shows a man and a woman who are dating in secret. In the book Soaud gets pregnant by her man and they were not married yet, they were together in secret. This is a huge crime in West Bank and women get tortured and killed if they commit this act.

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Discriminatory Laws

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Government does nothing

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"Discriminatory laws, traditional practices and a severe shortage of emergency shelters combine to perpetuate violence against women by their family members and intimate partners in the Palestinian territories, according to a report to be issued on Tuesday by Human Rights Watch, a New York-based watchdog group" (New York Times). The article talks about how reports of violence against women is getting worse. The violence includes rape, incest, domestic violence, and adultery that embarrasses the family or clan. There are few women's shelters in the West Bank and none in Gaza; some women who need protection are put in women's prisons instead. The problem in this country is that no one sees this abuse against women as a crime, so therefore the Palestinian Authority is doing basically nothing to help out the women. 

This article relates to Burned Alive in many ways. It talked about how women are being abused and that the government is doing nothing to help them out. The article specifically talks about the West Bank which is where the book is set in. It said that in the West Bank women are put in prison cells to save them from the abuse, which is just as bad. This reminds me of how Soaud lives in much pain after she gets burned by her family member. “Sometimes laying in my bed, I would think that I should have died because I deserved to" (Soaud pg 81). This shows me that women in Palestine have no self confidence and feel awful about themselves because of the men and the abuse. I think the government should do more to help out the women so things can be better for them.

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Palestine Conflicts

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This "provocative" photo relates to Burned Alive because it shows women who are upset and crying in Palestine. This is like the book because the main character Soaud was like this in most of the book, extremely depressed and felt that she wasn't good enough. My reaction to this photo was hurt because no woman should be treated the way they get treated in Palestine.

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Palestine-Israel Journal: Women in Islam

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The Palestine-Israel Journal is a non-profit organization, founded in 1994 by Ziad AbuZayyad and Victor Cygielman, two prominent Palestinian and Israeli journalists, and was established concurrently with the first phases of the Oslo peace process to encourage dialogue between civil societies on both sides and broaden the base of support for the peace process.
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"Issues of human rights and liberties in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the transitional period are gaining importance and dominating debate among Palestinians. The status of women, especially in light of the existence of a strong Islamic opposition movement, is of special significance. We notice that Palestinian women have suffered greatly both from laws enforced against them, and from the economic and political situation." (Palestine-Israel Journal). This website talks about how women have been mistreated throughout the years and how government and authorities do nothing. The mistreatment of women has damaged the way they view themselves and the world. As the years move along, women are having self confidence issues and feel that they are just being used as properties to men. Even in their religion they feel that they are nothing because they have to cover up so much.

This website relates to this book because after Soaud gets burned by her family member, she feels like she is nothing and her confidence goes down even more than before. “Sometimes laying in my bed, I would think that I should have died because I deserved to” (Souad 99). This quote shows that Soaud feels extremely depressed after she gets hurt. In the website they talk about how as the years move along more and more women in Palestine feel like they are nothing. This reminds me of the book because in West Bank, specifically, Soaud and a lot of other women view themselves as nothing.

 

This organziation talks about peace for the country!!

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Burned Alive: A Survivor of an "Honor Killing" Speaks Out: Souad, Marie-Therese Cuny: 9780446694872: Amazon.com: Books

Burned Alive: A Survivor of an "Honor Killing" Speaks Out [Souad, Marie-Therese Cuny] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When Souad was seventeen she fell in love. In her West Bank village, as in so many others, sex before marriage is considered a grave dishonor to one's family and is punishable by death. This was her crime. Her brother-in-law was given the task of meting out her punishment. One morning while Souad was washing the family's clothes
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     Burned Alive is a horrific tale about Soaud's family who live in Palestine. They live in West Bank occupied by the Israeli's. In this village, laws are strict and every family must follow laws, if they don't, very bad things can happen. The book is mostly about how women get mistreated, don't have freedom, and are controlled by men. In West Bank, sexual relations before marriage is frowned upon and was considered a death penalty if this act was done. Soaud fell in love with Faiez, a neighbor who had once asked her parents for her hand in marriage. They refused as her elder sister was still unwed, and it was not permissible for Souad to marry first. She ended up getting pregnant by him but she did not tell a single soul. As the months passed and her stomach was getting bigger, her mother started to notice she looked pregnant. Her mother and father ask their son in law to kill her, by burning her to death. She ends up surviving!

    One scope of this book is how men control women. An example of this is that women have to wear Hajabs, and cannot have sex before marriage. The men rule, where they basically use the women to have kids and nothing else.
Another scope would be how strict and abusive people in that country are. It seems like they have no freedom no matter what they do. An example of this would be that when Soaud got pregnant and her brother in law tried to burn her, it was considered a death penalty because she wasn't married so when he tried burning he, he was considered a hero. "Yes, but we will bury her like that, if Allah wants it so, and we will say to everyone that we buried her and that will be that" (Soaud pg. 76)
The last scope would be how the government does not do anything about the abuse in their country and they just let it happen. Especially when it comes to abuse against women, the government lets women get abused if they have done "wrong". But no one abuses the men, and as you can see, every member in the government is male.

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