For the first time in the history of Palestine, two women were appointed as
judges to the Islamic  Sharia court in the West Bank cities of Hebron and
Ramallah. President Mahmoud Abbas accepted the appointment of the two female
judges among 11 judges appointed to the Sharia Courts in the West Bank,
after each woman successfully passed two competitive judicial exams held in

*Before the ratification of the appointments, President Mahmoud Abbas asked
that Dr. Tayseer Rajab Al-Tamimi, the Chief of Judges and the Chairman of
High Council of Islamic Law for Palestine, to confirm that the appointment
is legitimate according to the Sharia and in the opinion of the the Islamic
court, according to one of the new female judges, Asmahan Yusif Al- Wahidi,
who was appointed as a judge to the Islamic Court of Hebron.*

Afthab Ellath

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