The Palestinian Legislative Council honored girls with disabilities, the winners of the Wheelchair Basketball Championship in the presence of Dr. Ahmed Bahar, the First Deputy of the Legislative Council Chairman, the Deputy Abdel Rahman Al-Gamal, the Deputy Huda Naim, the Deputy Mohammad Shehab and the Deputy Yousef Al-Sharafi, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Ahmed Muheisen, Dr. Mohammed Al-Madhoun and a member of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Mr. Abdel Salam Haniya. The Council honored 10 players of the first place winners from the Peace Club, 10 players of the second place winners from Al-Jazeera Club, and 10 players of the third place winners from the Knight Club of Palestine for Women with Disabilities.
Dr. Bahar spoke about the respect of the Council for those girls who have persevered and won the top rank in Palestine. Then, Mr. Ahmed Muheisen, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, thanked the Peace Club for Persons with Disability for its interest in this group of people and expressed that his ministry supports the sport of people with disabilities.
Mohammed Al-Arabi, the Chairman of Peace Sports Club for Persons with Disability, thanked the Palestinian Legislative Council for its interest in this group and for honoring these girls in a nice gesture for their great role in society. Furthermore, he said that these girls in spite of their difficult circumstances, pain, disability, and their suffering from the siege imposed on our free Palestinian people started from the closure of Gaza crossings and the permanent interruption of electricity, which have increased their suffering exponentially. However, their love for the homeland and their courage motivate them to be heroes and raise the flag of Palestine in international forums when the opportunity comes. He also said that over the previous period, the Diakonia /Nad Foundation has a great role in supporting these girls through a future sport project which will be implemented by Peace Sports Club for Persons with Disability. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has also recently supported the basketball game in the Gaza Strip.
Mr. Al-Arabi thanked Mrs. Huda Naim, who cares for people with disabilities and do her best to stand by them and solve their problems. He also called on the Legislative Council to promise explicitly to do another celebration before the end of this year, specifically on December 3, in the World Disability Day, in which we celebrate the accessibility of the beach in Gaza with the participation of the Palestinian Legislative Council, the Municipality of Gaza and all the loyal of our people. Mr. Al-Arabi called on the Legislative Council to call the year of 2018, the year of the persons with disabilities and to apply the Law No. 4 of 1999, which was approved by the late President Abu Ammar but has not been implemented so far.