Activist, author and writer Zahidah Al-Bunni was born in Syria but is now an Egyptian-Palestinian woman.
Her mother fled to Egypt and later moved to Palestine and eventually became a member of the Palestinian movement in Palestine.
The author was born on April 23, 1960 in Damascus, Syria, where her family fled to when the Syrian Civil War began.
In her book ‘A Woman of Courage’, Al-Baumuyn describes the Palestinian resistance and how she witnessed first hand the devastating consequences of Israel’s occupation.
“After the Arab Spring, I was invited to write a book about the Palestinian struggle.
My father was killed during the first uprising in 2011.
My mother was tortured by the Israeli army and then imprisoned by the occupation, while I was raised by her in Damascus,” she said.
She describes living in a Palestinian refugee camp and then in Cairo for a few years where she met several of her friends and became close with several prominent Palestinian activists.
Al-Bunti also speaks out about her experiences with Israel and the occupation in general.
I could not handle the pain. “
I was a very sensitive child.
I could not handle the pain.
When I grew up I realised that the Israeli occupation was unjust and unjust for me.
The occupation was against me and my Palestinian people,” she told News24.
“After I came to Palestine I joined the movement and became a leader of the Arab Women’s National Party (AWNP) in 1978, which helped me become a founding member of Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).”
It was my dream to become a leader in the struggle for Palestine.
I felt my country’s liberation was near,” she added.
“It was because of PLO and the PLO that I was able to start my career in journalism,” she explained. “
After the Palestinian uprising in Palestine began in 1975, Al-Shabab militants attacked a bus carrying women to an abortion clinic in the town of Kafr Dari, killing 11 women. “
It was because of PLO and the PLO that I was able to start my career in journalism,” she explained.
After the Palestinian uprising in Palestine began in 1975, Al-Shabab militants attacked a bus carrying women to an abortion clinic in the town of Kafr Dari, killing 11 women.
A few years later, in 1979, the PLOs military regime was overthrown and the AwNP was founded in Egypt as an independent organisation.
At the time of the Israeli invasion, Al Jazeera interviewed her about her feelings towards the occupation and the Palestinians.
This is a selection of Al-Mouzmour’s comments from her book: ‘Lifting the Veil’: Activist and Author Zahid Al-Barunni (a.k.a Zahid) said that after the war, she “went back to the Gaza Strip to join the Awzas military wing, but then the army invaded the Gaza City and I was arrested”.
She said she “was taken to a military hospital, where the interrogators beat me.
They forced me to confess to the murder of my family and the murder and torture of my friends”.
I remember crying and saying: “Why did I have to do this to myself?”
In a book called ‘Lift the Veil’, Al Barunni talks about the “incident” and the “unrest” that ensued in Gaza and the resistance movement.
But she also says that it was a time of great suffering.
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She says the reason was her mother died in childbirth, but her father was arrested.
Despite the suffering, she says she still feels proud of her father.
As an author, she writes about “political, social, economic, environmental and religious issues”.
Al Jazeera’s Ahmed al-Shubayeh and Mohamed Abed were in Gaza last month and were reporting on the conflict from the frontlines.