Head to Head / Filmmaker Ibtisam Mara’ana, are women’s rights on the Arab agenda?

18.07.2011                      16.Tammus, 5771

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Head to Head / Filmmaker Ibtisam Mara'ana, are women's rights on the Arab agenda?

Mara'ana despises Arab traditions; 'The women in Arab society must unite and declare a sex strike. Yes, seriously – a sex strike.'

Arab Israeli filmmaker Ibtisam Mara'ana spent Sunday going from one forum to another, giving extensive interviews about the murder of Maya Fares-Najm, whose body was foundFriday in an open lot in Har Halutz in western Galilee. Mara'ana, a personal acquaintance of Maya, been acquainted with the family for several years and is close to Maya's sister, model Angelina Fares. Fares appeared in a film Mara'ana directed about the struggle against traditional society, after the model decided to enter the competition for Israel's beauty queen.
Mara'ana has been the only spokesperson for the family and together with Angelina Fares, fought the bureaucracy to get Fares-Najm's body released for burial. The funeral took place Monday in relative quiet at Kafr Rama. The interview with Mara'ana took place in a public park not far away, on Moshav Shazur, close to the Acre-Safed highway. The filmmaker gave several interviews there to other media outlets. During the conversation, Mara'ana vented her anger against everyone, starting with the law-enforcement authorities and ending with the Israeli Arab leadership. She said that she despises Arab traditions and stated categorically: "The women in Arab society must unite and declare a sex strike. Yes, seriously – a sex strike."…