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AMIRA DIBSI. From Warrior To Family Woman


Lourdes Segade

Just few hours with her were enough to know that Amira Dibsi (not real name) is a brave woman who has faced many difficulties in life. Now a teacher of Arabic, in 1976, when she was a student at university, she met someone in her family who was a member of Al-Fatah. She joined the party and took some friends with her. She was an active member, and some years later, in 1979 -when she was 24–, she tried to kill some Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem with a bomb. She was caught and put in jail for two months. Now she's a leader for the women in Al-Fatah in Hebron. "I am thinking about being a candidate for the Parliament, to get peace and give women what they need. Inshallah", she says. She tells them that they must look after their children, "so they do not throw stones to israeli soldiers, so they study and get education on order to be better human beings and to build a better land and a better home, Palestine". Amira says she was happy until Oslo agreements. She got angry afterwards: "The road they are trying to build for peace is not good, but let's hope that it changes". Amira's mother, Moshrika (91) cried when she saw Palestinian fighting between them in Gaza. And Amira says that they have sent messages from Hamas and Al-Fatah to their representatives in Gaza. "But there it is different". "In Fatah we have two things to fight for: dialogue with Hamas and peace with the Israeli". Amira says that she once saw her nephew Hassan throwing stones. "He said it hadn't been him. I knew it had. I asked him why and he answered that the Israeli had robbed and destroyed his cousins' house". Amira, leader of the women of Al-Fatah in Hebron, has lots of documents from the party. "But they are documents of the men in Al-Fatah. It is more difficult that they catch me, less risky. And I am not afraid. If I go to jail my brothers will take care of my mother and my house". It's been 9 months now that people working for the Palestinian government haven't got their salaries. Money is blocked.


 

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Amira Dibsi (50 years old) surrounded by her nephews Hassan (10, in the back), Hamse (5, learning some letters) and her niece Urut (12), all three brothers and sister. When Urut was 9, Israeli soldiers suddenly irrupted in the house where she was living with her family. Four of her cousins had been acused of belonging to a Palestinian militia and were in jail. Time later, two of them were freed but two were founded guilty. The soldiers destroyed Urut's house and took all the family out. Urut got shocked and got very sick. she was terrified and wasn't able to speak for two years.

Hebron, Palestine, Palestinien occupé, territoire - 21/12/2006

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From left to right, clockwise: Amira Dibsi (50 years old), her brothers Nedi (45) and Shaukat (48), her mother, Moshrika (91) and her nephew Hassan (10). The family spend a lot of time in the bedroom, around Moshrika, who can't get up often and without help.

Hebron, Palestine, Palestinien occupé, territoire - 21/12/2006

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From left to right: Suher (Amira's niece), a friend of the family, Hassan (Amira's nephew), Nedi (Amira's brother) and another friend.

Hebron, Palestine, Palestinien occupé, territoire - 21/12/2006

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Amira Dibsi (50 years old) as she watches TV.

Hebron, Palestine, Palestinien occupé, territoire - 21/12/2006

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From left to right: Amira Dibsi (50 years old), Ruha and Raian (5, they are twins) and their mother Suher (36, pregnant of twins). Suher was abandoned by her mother when she was a baby and, with her father dead, Amira has been a mother and a father to her.

Hebron, Palestine, Palestinien occupé, territoire - 21/12/2006

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Moshrika (91 years old) and Ruha (5) stay in bed this afternoon. Even though she's got a good health, Moshrika cannot get up often since her knees do not allow her to walk without some help. She keeps all day counting the beads of the 'tesbih'. Ruha just woke up. Moshrika is Amira Dibsi's mother. Ruha is the daughter of Amira's niece, Suher. Suher was abandoned by her mother when she was a baby and, with her father dead, Amira has been a mother and a father to her

Hebron, Palestine, Palestinien occupé, territoire - 21/12/2006

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Amira Dibsi (50 years old) as she cooks dinner in her house in Hebron.

Hebron, Palestine, Palestinien occupé, territoire - 21/12/2006

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Amira Dibsi (50 years old) as she embraces her niece Raian (5) while her 91-years-old mother Moshrika passes the beads of a 'tesbih' in bed.

Hebron, Palestine, Palestinien occupé, territoire - 21/12/2006

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Amira Dibsi (50 years old) closes the door of the small closet where she keeps the documentation and papers of the maculine section of Al-Fatah in Hebron.

Hebron, Palestine, Palestinien occupé, territoire - 21/12/2006

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Amira Dibsi (50 years old) as she watches TV with her niece Urut (12). Both women have had hard lives, even Urut who is so young. When she was 9, Israeli soldiers suddenly irrupted in the house where she was living with her family. Four of her cousins were acused of belonging to a Palestinian militia and were in jail. Time later, two of them were freed but two were founded guilty. The soldiers destroyed Urut's house and took all the family out. Urut got shocked and became very sick. She was terrified and wasn't able to speak for two years.

Hebron, Palestine, Palestinien occupé, territoire - 21/12/2006

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