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Mathira wants to adopt a Palestinian child

Mathira wants to adopt a Palestinian child

She expressed her desire to give a child a "safe place called home" but it's not very easy to adopt Palestinian children.
19 May, 2021

Media personality and model Mathira is in the news today for her desire to help a Palestinian child out of their war-stricken country. She has been very vocal in her support for the Palestinian people and made her wish public on her Instagram, asking for help to make it come true.

"I wish we could adopt a baby from Palestine," read her story post.

"I would love to adopt a child and give him/her all the love that he/she has lost, and a safe place called home," Mathira said, requesting people to help her with the adoption process.

Palestinian children, as with children in the midst of any disaster, natural or otherwise, are among the most vulnerable groups in the country, with many made orphans or separated from their families. This coupled with their entire families being killed in Israeli attacks and complicated adoption policies leaves them helpless. It is a common practice among Arab families to adopt children related to them in case of the deaths of or separation from their families till they come of age. To legally adopt a child would be a cumbersome, and quite frankly, a highly unlikely process.

The US State Department has a section on its travel help website dedicated to adoption in the region and a part of the section reads, "The Palestinian Authority opposes adoption by foreign parents, because, according to an unnamed source, Palestinian children must remain in Palestine. Additionally, Islamic Shari'a Law does not allow for adoption as it is recognised in the United States, rather, they allow for 'guardianship'."

The Defence for Children International — Palestine studies and reports on children in war-stricken children in Palestine. It is an independent, local Palestinian child rights organisation dedicated to defending and promoting the rights of children living in the West Bank since 1991 and has compiled and published detailed reports on the plight of the kids Mathira, and several others like her around the world would like to adopt.

It reports that since April 2004, it has has documented 20 cases involving Palestinian children being used as human shields by the Israeli army. "Nineteen of the 20 cases have occurred after the Israeli High Court of Justice ruled the practice to be illegal in October 2005."

It also reported on children in Israeli military detention centres and said each year approximately 500 to 700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12 years old, are detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. "The most common charge is stone throwing." The organisation recorded the number of Palestinian children held in Israeli prisons and detention centres at the end of each month, and according to its reports, an average of 167 children found themselves in detention at the end of each month of 2020. The number stood at 198 in 2019, and 271 in 2018. It is important to remember these numbers are, obviously, under reported.

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Novoice May 19, 2021 12:57pm
Plenty of orphans and victims in Pakistan and Afghanistan to adopt. Charity begins at home
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Solomon The King May 19, 2021 12:58pm
opportunist, instead she should be contributing towards the Palistanian cause
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NYS May 19, 2021 01:05pm
Mathira you have positive vibes for Palastinian youngs but adoptation process is not as easier May you fulfil your healthy desire
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Alz May 19, 2021 01:10pm
Funny how a women from a third world country where more than 50% of population is living below the poverty line and many of them are orphan children wants to adopt from some other country. Pakistani celebs coming out in numbers to condemn Israel and being human rights champions is really just everyone jumping on the shameful publicity bandwagon of " I SUPPORT PALESTINE". Please look into your neighborhood also where Kashmiris are suffering something similar but bashing India would come at a cost of possible future contract in some Bollywood project.
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Asad May 19, 2021 01:14pm
All sympathies with Mathira, but pretty sure she can also adopt children from Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan also. Palestinians, despite their condition, wouldn't want to leave Palestine and come and live in an overpopulated wasteland like Pakistan.
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Chrís Dăn May 19, 2021 01:21pm
There is a procedure and many people on this planet have adopted kids. Just follow it. Why an issue?
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Waqar May 19, 2021 01:27pm
No wonder Palestinian Authority doesn't allow for adoption as who would then rip their bodies apart by Israeli munitions to gain 'sympathy' for the Authority.
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ST May 19, 2021 01:27pm
No my dear Mathira. We don't need another Mathira ;(
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M. Saeed May 19, 2021 01:50pm
Inhuman Israeli tactics of war.
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UFO May 19, 2021 02:27pm
No orphan should be handed over to people with no experience of being parents themselves.
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Parvez May 19, 2021 02:34pm
Mathira needs to change her publicist.
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Captain May 19, 2021 02:52pm
Instead of child, she should adapt a husband first and live whole life with him, not a time pass.
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Iqbal Hadi Zaidi May 19, 2021 02:53pm
What adjectives and how many should I use to heartily applaud Mathirs for her such humanitarian approach to adopt a Palestinian child who has lost his / her parents due to untold barbaric atrocities of wicked Israel. Let me go a bit farther, to pronounce that she through her such announcement has shown mirror to our billionaires, business tycoons, industrial magnets and NGOs not excluded either simply because for days Palestine is being brutally and savagely bombarded which the whole world knows including Pakistan but regretfully not even a single Pakistani soul came forward to adopt a Palestinian child. Needless to mention, we as Muslims very firmly believe that in such like situation divine blessings will shower on Mathira for her such noble blue blooded humanitarian gesture. I wish now when Mathira has set an example, at least few, if not my beloved Pakistani compatriots must also announce to foster Palestinian children who have lost their parents. zaidi4merdiplomat@hotmail.com
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Silent Observer May 19, 2021 03:10pm
Dear Mathira, raising a child is the real challenge than adopting one. I believe this nation does not want anymore Mathira's !
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Imran Malik May 19, 2021 03:18pm
Mathira has come up with actionable contribution.
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Captain May 19, 2021 03:20pm
By the way unable to comprehend why people watch such characters on Tv shows, having no vision and personality and thoughts and yet behaves as of the wisest person on planet ...!
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Blood Brother May 19, 2021 03:28pm
Also she can adopt a child from India. After all Pakistanis are blood brothers of Indians, better to help children of home first. Arabs will look after Palestinian children, and Iranians will look after Afghan children since they are blood brothers of each other. I love my Pakistani brothers and sisters. ma'aasalaama.
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khanman May 19, 2021 03:43pm
@Novoice Style bhi to marna hai. by adopting local is no publicity.
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Ibrahim May 19, 2021 03:44pm
That’s a very nice gesture . But there are many orphan children in Iraq and Yemen . If you look at your own back yard , you will find more orphan children playing with dirt and scavenging garbage
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Khurram May 19, 2021 03:53pm
No sane mother even at her death bed will give her children to this lady for upbringing and care.
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Nasir May 19, 2021 04:12pm
Very innocent.
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Rahul May 19, 2021 04:36pm
Adopt a Pakistani orphan first. I am sure there are thousands needing your help at home.
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Tanvir Khan May 19, 2021 05:04pm
Which home can we give a child by depriving it of its millennia-old Palestinian identity?
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Ibrahim May 19, 2021 05:45pm
Is there any sign of intelligent life in the planet, land of pure. There are more demonstrations by non-Muslim in the world than in Pakistan . Why don’t we start collecting charity to help Palestinians, Yemeni , Iraqi, Syrian, and many African countries (Muslim Ummah)
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Parsa May 19, 2021 08:19pm
@Novoice Ditto! Charity begins at home.
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Humza May 19, 2021 09:18pm
Walk the streets of our own country and help the poor of Pakistan first. Only when the troubles and challenges of Pakistan have been settled should anyone in Pakistan worry about helping other countries. This only shows how confused we are as a society when we want to help others or fix the world when we need to fix our own household first!
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SidC May 19, 2021 11:10pm
Drama drama , look around you r neighborhood look at your your country system. You will find countless things that need our consciousness.
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Qaiser May 20, 2021 12:57am
Maybe the child is better off in Palastine then with her.
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Zainab Rose May 20, 2021 08:18am
I have had the same wish since the past few years. Unfortunately, unable to find a way out!
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Shagufta May 20, 2021 11:53am
I wish I could adopt a child from Palestine. I don't want to give details about why because it is so obvious,in fact I wish I could have them all because my heart bleeds at their innocence and helplessness.
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SR May 20, 2021 06:47pm
@Solomon The King if Palestine was not a Muslim state, would there still be a cause! talk about selective empathy in a world of one, all these one eyed cyclops throwing mud and hoping the narrative sticks. Hope the future generations learn from history.
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Aamir May 20, 2021 09:28pm
No kids to adopt in Pakistan?
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Jameela Faraz May 21, 2021 04:51pm
Lol... Adopt children in your poor country first
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