A Palestinian woman in Bethlehem was left heartbroken by the fact that her earrings did not work on her.
“I thought, I’m not going to wear these on my head anymore, I have to wear them under my skirt, or I will go to the hospital,” Hana Abu Hamoud, 32, told Al Jazeera.
“When I tried on my earrings, they were completely useless.
They are not going anywhere, they are going into the landfill.”
She said the same thing happened to other women in the same situation, who did not want to go to hospitals or pay for earrings because of the high price tag.
“They are going to get their earrings and wear them for a long time, and then they will be broken.
It is really upsetting to me,” she said.”
I am in a state of despair.
I don’t want to buy these earrings at all, I don´t want to wear anything with them, I can´t wear them at all.
I want them back, I want to be happy, I would rather go to work wearing them than wear them in public,” Abu Hamood said.
Abu Hamoud and her family, all Palestinian, said that they were forced to buy them from a jewellery store in Bethlehem, after they were given a letter by their local charity that said they were earrings to help them pay for their medical bills.
Abua, whose family lives in a nearby town, said she was also disappointed to learn that her family was not the only one to receive the earrings.
“This is something that has affected us, it has affected all our relatives.
The people that have not received it have not heard from us,” she told Al-Jazeera.
“It is a great shame.
We are all Palestinians, but we have not been able to get these earring earrings,” she added.
Abuda, who said she does not know the name of the charity that gave her earring, said they are not given to women in her community.
“The charity, it gave us a letter, they asked us to wear earrings in the letter.
They did not give us a price tag, so I don`t know what they were thinking.
But they did not send us a discount.
I am still in a hopeless state,” she explained.”
There is no way that they are earrings for women.
These are earring ears.
They do not fit for women,” she insisted.”
What I want is my money back,” she argued.
“There is nothing that I can give back.
If I can buy them back for me, I am happy.””
They are not meant for women, they do not work, they can not be worn,” she continued.
“Women should wear their headscarves in public, I think that is why we are going mad.”
The Israeli authorities are not commenting on the matter.
But a statement by the charity said that it “is deeply concerned that there are still people in Palestine who do not have access to affordable, quality, and appropriate medical care and services, and are unable to access these services”.
“We urge all parties to support the Palestinian Authority, the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and other humanitarian organizations in the fight against poverty, injustice, and discrimination in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), and in the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem,” the charity wrote.
“We encourage the parties to commit to creating inclusive and sustainable systems of healthcare and support services for the Palestinian people.”‘
It was not an easy decision’The charity said it had contacted the authorities to ask for their help, but had not received any response.
“It was an uncomfortable situation, but it was not easy,” Abu Aysha said.
“People have no option but to wear their hijab, because they cannot wear a hijab.
There are no health services, they cannot go to hospital, and they cannot pay for it.”‘
A lot of people are unhappy’Abua said that her husband did not feel the same way, because his father is a doctor and had been unable to afford to have him treated.
“A lot [of] people are angry because their sons are in the army, but their fathers are not,” she stated.
“People are angry that their fathers have been kidnapped and killed, because their husbands have been arrested, their sons have been killed, and now we cannot go and see our sons, our husbands.”
The charity added that its mission was to “help the Palestinians to make an informed choice about their earring”.
“It is important for people to know that they do have the option to have the earring they want, and to be able to wear the earpiece they want,” it said.