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Gaza to hear appeal of woman’s death sentence

A woman who says her husband beat her is appealing her death sentence with the support of more than a dozen rights groups.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In 1984, the TV movie "The Burning Bed" opened Americans' eyes to the long-cloaked reality of domestic violence. It helped establish in American minds the validity of desperation as an extenuating circumstance in certain criminal cases.

More than 30 years later, in a statement issued Dec. 18, an alliance of Palestinian nongovernmental organizations is calling on the Palestinian judiciary to consider the effects of domestic violence as a woman appeals her death sentence in the slaying of her husband.

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