RAMALLAH – They may argue they enjoy better conditions than their peers in Arab countries, but Palestinian women share a similar problem with them: being forcibly denied their legitimate inheritance.
Women are usually shy about making such demands or fear social pressure such as being ostracized by their family. Others simply believe their male relatives are more entitled to the inheritance because they are the family’s bread-winners, and give up their rights to inherit intentionally.
Social workers and lawyers familiar who work on such cases blame Arab society’s culture and norms, since women’s right of inheritance is granted by Islam’s Sharia law and the Palestinian laws derived from it.
The Sharia law implemented in this area clearly classifies who gets what. Christians refer to their churches’ courts which also give women the right of inheritance.
Jwana Rafeedie, Coordinator of the YMCA’s Inheritance Denied Project, told The Media Line
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