Women protest Israeli brutality online

Some of the messages posted on social media sites by women in Saudi Arabia in support of the people of Palestine.

Some of the messages posted on social media sites by women in Saudi Arabia in support of the people of Palestine.

Hundreds of women on social media in Saudi Arabia have expressed their solidarity with the people of Gaza and denounced the Israeli regime’s attacks that have killed 174 people and wounded over 1,000 since June 12.

They have used their pages and groups on Facebook and other social media sites, including blogs and e-mails, to highlight the unjust war launched by the Israeli government.

They have also called for a boycott of the country and further nonviolent international pressure for Israel to stop violating the rights of Palestinians and killing civilians.

“We are sad and angry about the crisis in Gaza. We also feel helpless. The only thing we can do is share these feelings and pray for our Palestinian brothers and sisters,” said Umm Abdur Rahman, a housewife, who is a member of a Facebook group.

Sheba Naem, a freelance photographer in Riyadh, said: “We won’t save the world by talking about issues but if everyone keeps quiet, the world would be a worse place.”

Many have used their pages to post messages, videos and pictures of solidarity. “We are human beings designed to feel pain and express it. We’re doing it to spread the word and announce our support with all our heart,” said Arwah bint Umar, an interior design student in Riyadh.

The messages, which includes those posted as profile and cover pictures, include: You Don’t Need to be a Muslim to Stand Up For Gaza, You Just Need to be Human; We Are All Humans; In Solidarity With Gaza; Make Gaza a Nicer Place to Live; Free Palestine; All United for Free Palestine; and End the Occupation.

Sara Arafeh Halawani, who has a Facebook cover photograph stating, Stand Up for Palestine, said: “There will always be good and bad in any country, among all races and religions. However, there are still honest people who will stand up for what is right no matter what.”

“I think the right information raises awareness and helps to educate people who really don’t know much about the rest of the world,” said Sandra Kenesi, on a popular blog.

“The international community should not tolerate the killing of innocent civilians and children targeted by
the Israeli military. They should rather join together to promote the correct information about the events as opposed to that being disseminated by the media at large,” she said.

Many also posted prayers and verses from the Holy Qur’an seeking peace and protection for the Muslim Ummah.

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