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Palestinian film festival stars gender-based violence

This year's Palestinian Cinema Days film festival took up the problems faced by women in the region and beyond.

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The murder of Israa Gharayeb, a young Palestinian makeup artist from Bethlehem, by her family has placed violence against women firmly on the country’s agenda for the last two months.

The Palestinian feminist group Tala'at organized demonstrations in cities in Palestine, Israel, Lebanon and Germany Sept. 26. Women took to the streets to protest gender-based harassment, violence and abuse. They also called on their governments for new laws and better enforcement to protect women. 

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