A 14-year-old Palestinian girl from the West Bank village of Nablus has died from cancer after being subjected to the hijab she wore to school, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.
A Palestinian Authority spokesman said on Monday that the girl was hospitalized on Monday night and was in good condition.
The girl had been wearing a hijab in the classroom since her fifth grade, the spokesman said.
The head of the Palestinian Authority’s health ministry said the girl had a rare and fatal genetic disorder.
She was among thousands of Palestinians who are denied citizenship due to their religion.
The girl was subjected to a health check after the school’s principal refused to allow her to wear the hijab, which the PA said was forbidden for women.
She had not been wearing the hijab since her sixth grade, when she was forced by her father to wear it in the village, according to the Health Ministry.
The ministry said that the school principal told the girl’s parents that she was “unfit” for the hijab and that they should have her removed.
After her father refused to remove the hijab on Monday, the girl wore the hijab during her lunch break at the school, according the Palestinian health ministry.
The mother of the girl said that she received phone calls from her daughter’s classmates on Tuesday morning.
She said the girls family was “deeply shocked” by the news.
(AFP, Associated Press)