Women and War: The Hidden Casualties

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The presentation examines the effect of the war situation on Palestinian women in The West Bank. The database consists of focus group meetings with mothers of children who were killed by the Israeli forces during the current Intifada from three main locations, Jerusalem, Nablus and Ramallah. The data suggest that international and national bodies nullify women narratives. Women's pains and reaction to the loss of their children was considered "child abuse" according to some international bodies, and "national heroism" or martyrdom according to national sources. Such reactions, we claim, might deny the acknowledgement of the actual victimization of mothers and their families as a reaction to their children's killing. The implications for such victimization will be discussed and drawn.

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