“I believe I deserve a better life than this, so I’ll still fight.”

October 14, 2012: The New York Times published a profile story about Andaleeb Shehadeh, one of the five students on whose behalf Gisha petitioned the High Court of Justice, requesting they be allowed to study in the West Bank.
 
The story, published on October 12, 2012, describes Andaleeb’s life, her work and what her critics say about her.
 
“If I accept that I deserve this kind of life, I will be losing the hope,” says Andaleeb. “I believe I deserve a better life than this, so I’ll still fight.”
 
Andaleeb is finishing a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies at Al Azhar University in Gaza and working to bring about an improvement in the courts’ attitude toward women in divorce cases and tougher penalties for rapists and honor killers. Following the judgment delivered by the HCJ, the prohibition on travel by students from Gaza to the West Bank that was imposed in 2000 continues to be applied in a sweeping manner, without a mechanism for screening exceptional cases or any sort of review of individual applications.