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Many Palestinian Women Surrender Inheritance for Marriage

Many Palestinian families strip their daughters of their inheritance rights if they wed outside the family.
Palestinian Doa'a Abu Mosabeh holds her wedding dress as she tries to cross into Egypt at Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip June 21, 2011. Abu Mosabeh's wedding is set for Thursday June 23 in Qatar and she has been unable to leave Gaza Strip due to the slow passage movement at Rafah border crossing with Egypt.   REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR2NWY7
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GAZA — “Rejected,” Asmaa’s family responded, when young Ahmed proposed to their daughter. According to Palestinian tradition, which Asmaa’s family has followed for decades, daughters should not marry men from outside the family for fear that the family's property and real estate will be transferred to others. Ahmed does not belong to Asmaa's family.

Ahmed and Asmaa, who did not want to disclose their surnames, are colleagues who majored in construction engineering. They had liked each other since their college days and had been intending to get married since that time. They did not expect, however, that this desire would come to an end or that their hopes of building a married life filled with love and happiness would fail to materialize.

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