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Shorouq Dwayyat

Symbolic figure in the struggle of Palestinian women for justice.

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Date of Birth:



Sur Baher, Jerusalem

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Shorouq Dwayyat's case highlights the challenges faced by Palestinian women and youth under occupation, bringing international attention to issues of justice and human rights in conflict zones.

Brief bio

Shorouq Dwayyat, a young Palestinian woman from Sur Baher in Jerusalem, became a notable figure following her arrest and subsequent sentencing in an Israeli prison. Her case became emblematic of the plight of Palestinian women and youth in p, sparking debates and advocacy regarding their treatment under the Israeli judicial system.

Major Milestones


  • High School Graduation (2015): Achieved a 90% result in the national secondary Tawjihi examinations.

  • Arrest (2015): Arrested in eastern Jerusalem, accused of attempting to stab an Israeli settler.

  • Sentencing (2016): Sentenced to 16 years in prison by a Jerusalem court.

  • Incarceration (2015-2023): Served eight years in Israeli prison, including time in Damon prison in Haifa.

  • Release (2023): Released from prison as part of a prisoner exchange deal.

  • Highlighting Judicial Challenges: Became a focal point in discussions about the Israeli judicial system’s treatment of Palestinian detainees...See More

  • Representation of Palestinian Women: Represented the struggles and resilience of Palestinian women under occupation...See More

  • Education Advocacy: Her case underscored the importance of education for Palestinian youth amid conflict.

  • Human Rights Advocacy: Her story was instrumental in mobilizing international human rights advocacy efforts.

  • Symbol of Resilience: Became a symbol of resilience and hope for Palestinian communities, particularly for young women.

Date of Last Update: 
December 18, 2023

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