In an official statement, the Kurdistan Communities of Women (KJK) condemned the assassination of two women politicians in Al-Hasakah in northeast Syria. Hind Latif Al Khadir and Sa’da Faysal Al Hermas were shot dead on 22 January in Al-Hasakah after being kidnapped by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, or Daesh).
Both women were officials in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), also known as Rojava. Al Khadir was the head of the Economy Committee of Til Shayir whilst Al Hermas was the the Co-President of Til Shayir Peoples Council. “We share our condolences with her family and comrades in the struggle. We state that we will continue and end our struggle in victory following their memories”, the KJK stated.
The KJK emphasized the power of leading women in the freedom struggle in Rojava and in the Middle East and addressed the patriarchal paramilitary forces behind the assassination of Al Khadir and Al Hermas.
“The fascist government in Turkey and ISIS/Daesh have always especially targeted women. ISIS abducted thousands of women in Afrin and Kurdish women’s politican Hevrin Xelef was murdered brutally. Now, two Arab women politicians, the comrades Sa’da and Hinde, were selected as special targets and murdered. A fascist mentality which builds its ideology upon gendercide tries to intimidate women involved in the struggle in the Middle East”, the KJK stated.
The KJK noted that both assassinated women were engaged in the foundation of the democratic nation project in Syria, the project which led to the Rojava women’s revolution that inspires all women engaged in struggle throughout the world.
“The women of the Middle East and the cooperation of Arabs and Kurds are the target of these attacks. We appeal to all women around the world to support all protests and events that are launched to embrace the memory and ideals of our comrades Sa’da and Hinde. Do not abandon them: support our freedom struggle in the Middle East”, the KJK stated.