Janet Samuel, Abuja
With deep sorrow and sadness, the Embassy of the State of Palestine to the Federal Republic of Nigeria mourns the great national freedom fighter, Fatima Mohamed Bernawi, who passed away this morning, Thursday, November 3, 2022, at the age of 83.
The freedom fighter Fatima Mohamed Bernawi was born in Jerusalem in 1939 to a father of origins from Borno State in northern Nigeria, and a Palestinian mother. Her father participated in the 1936 revolution.
Fatima studied nursing and then joined as a fighter in the ranks of the Palestinian revolution since the early stages. She was the first Palestinian detainee affiliated to the Fatah movement in the Israeli occupation prisons, as she was arrested on 10/19/1967, along with her mother who was also arrested for a month, and her sister for a year. She was sentenced to life in prison, and remained there until 11/11/1977, when she was released and deported outside Palestine.
In exile, Bernawi joined again in the ranks of the Palestinian revolution. After the establishment of the National Authority in 1994, she returned to the homeland and assumed the leadership of the Palestinian Women Police.