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Palestines women of the Intifadas

October 23, 2015 

Three generations of Palestinian women reflect on how female fighters have always been a part of the resistance.

women of the intifadasRaja Mustafa pulls out a tattered issue of Palestinian Revolution magazine. It is from 1993, the last year of the first Palestinian uprising, or Intifada.

Inside it is a black and white photograph of Raja taken almost 25 years ago. An Israeli soldier stands in the foreground. Raja is behind him, wearing a striped nightgown. In one hand, she clutches a broomstick. The other is raised high in the air, captured just as it is about to swoop down.

“You can’t see it in the photo, but there was already a soldier on the ground that I had hit,” says the 44-year-old, grinning.

“The soldiers were known for stealing things when they did home raids. One of them stole my gold on my nightstand and wouldn’t give them back. I’d had enough and just started hitting them to get my gold back and to get them out of my house.”

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