‘It’s a business, and I’ve done it’: Bahramaa Al-Tayeb says she would not consider selling her business
Bahrama Al-Tamimi, a Palestinian-born, French-trained businesswoman, says she has no regrets about leaving her job at the French-owned company Bahramia to focus on a venture that would help bring back the Palestinian economy.
Al-Hussein, who left the company after nearly a year, said the decision to quit the business was motivated by a desire to improve the lives of Palestinians, who are facing economic hardships due to the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Al Tamimi, who worked as a financial consultant for the company for five years, said she decided to step down after it failed to improve her life.
“I’m not happy with my life right now, but I’m also not happy in my business,” she said in an interview with AFP.
“The business is dying and the money is not there.”
Al-Fayyad, Bahramiae’s co-founder and president, has denied Al- Tamimi’s claims that she quit because she was dissatisfied with her salary.
“Bahramia was founded on a foundation of the principles of human rights and the protection of human dignity,” the company said in a statement to AFP.
Al Alwani, an Al-Bawaba resident who works as a doctor, said he decided to sell his home to raise funds for the project.
“We are doing the same as others who are in need of help and we need money for it,” he said.
“It’s not a business.
It’s a humanitarian project.”
Al Alwaani, who works at a medical clinic, said his salary was being cut and he was forced to pay taxes on the sale of the home.
“There is no money for us to buy anything from our neighbours,” he told AFP.
His neighbour, Saeed al-Rassam, who also works as an accountant, said it would cost him around 300,000 euros ($332,000) to buy a plot of land.
“This is a humanitarian effort,” he added.
“In this period, the Israeli government has been destroying Palestinian homes and villages, killing people, using bulldozers, using tanks, using gas and shooting people.”
A number of people have told AFP they are reluctant to sell their homes because of the ongoing occupation.
“All my neighbours and friends are scared of my family, afraid of me, afraid to talk to me because of what I am doing,” said Ahmed, who is in his 40s.
“Some people are afraid to sell because they are afraid of the Israeli army.”
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, an armed Palestinian group, has called on Palestinian citizens to remain in their homes and said its members would respond to any calls for attacks on the holy site.
“Israel is taking a big risk to kill Palestinian children and mothers because of their peaceful resistance and their steadfastness in their resistance,” said a statement issued on Saturday.
“Our resistance will continue until the occupation is gone.”
Al Hamda, who lives near the Al-Quds mosque compound in the West Jerusalem neighbourhood of Nablus, said Israel had attacked his home before the recent Israeli-Palestinian violence, but that it had stopped after he sold his home.
He said he would be more than willing to sell if it meant Palestinians would be able to return to their homes.
“But I am afraid to think about that now,” he sighed.
“My wife and children are in Israel, and the Israelis are trying to destroy us.
I’m afraid of what will happen if we leave.”