“I don’t like violence,” states Reema Aburahma,”I am so girly!”
However, the 22-year-old from Gaza City quickly goes on to explain why she’s become a fighter,”I enjoy how it feels when I punch,” she informed.
“I feel more powerful, more courageous, more powerful. That is exactly what I love about boxing,” adds Aburahma, that spoke to daily reuters earlier this year, until the recent uptick from the violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.
She discovered the noble art nearly by accident, but with each hook and jab, Aburahma is now on a mission to alter the world around herboxing is now her rallying cry to Arab women and females everywhere.
Having graduated with a degree in English and French literature from Al Azhar University, Gaza, Aburahma has struggled to find work, and she is not so optimistic about the prospects for either her generation or the next in the narrow ancestral land that has been subjected to Israel and Egypt’s crippling blockade since 2007.
Below the blockade, Israel and Egypt regulates civilian movement and the import of basic goods into Gaza. Israel controls Gaza’s airspace, its naval boundaries and almost all of its land frontiers — Egypt participates at the property blockade by restricting movement through the enclave’s Rafah border crossing in the southwest.
The territory is right under 140 square miles in size, but home to almost two million individuals. That is roughly the exact same size as Detroit, but with nearly 3 times the population.
Israeli officials say these steps are necessary to prevent armed groups from smuggling weapons or carrying out attacks on Israel. Palestinians say the measures are violent and oppressive.
Interviewed Aburahma about her boxing fire ahead of the most recent round of violence involving Gaza militants and Israel this May. At least 256 Palestinians were killed by Israeli airstrikes, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, which is regulated by Hamas.
Israel’s bombing campaign wreaked havoc in Gaza, destroying scores of residential buildings and wiping out whole families, based on Gaza’s Ministry of Health.
Talking to daily reuters amongst the recovery work after the latest round of violence,” Aburahma says,”There is not any other alternative. We must keep living. We have to rebuild it again and again until one day, maybe, we could be free.”
Aburahma knows those who’ve tried to escape Gaza in search of a better life, one of these her friend who drowned at sea, however, she doesn’t believe that giving her up homeland is the response.
Her early memories of any kind of sporting action were playing games from the streets. From the time she’d turned , her family managed to find a better life and they jumped to Gaza City.
Her sister played soccer and Aburahma took up Dabke — a traditional folk dance. She says that there wasn’t much emphasis on sport at college, but she would occasionally lift weights at the gym and tried other actions, but nothing ever really stuck.
Everything changed, though, when she stumbled upon a video clip of Osama Ayob on Facebook this past year, training girls how to box.
Aburahma was intrigued and called him asking if he would teach her, also. Word got around and 10 other women went along with her to try it out; now, it is a team of approximately 45 boxers in two small places, varying in age from seven to 35 — children, teens, young adults and mothers. It is the first — and only — all-women’s boxing team in Gaza. “I have loved boxing since I was a little child; I adore it. I taught my sons and my daughters boxing, my wife.”
Ayob boxed all over the Arab world and if he returned to Gaza in 2013, he started introducing the sport to Palestinian women, initially outdoors on the shore — in people — an attempt to normalize a combat game in a strict, conservative society.