Thursday, July 21, 2011

Reuters: Hamas "conservative" but caring

Reuters correspondent Nidal al-Mughrabi writes of the plight of battered women in the Gaza Strip and the safe-house which shelters them:
(Reuters) - Most safe-houses in the Gaza Strip are meant to provide protection for armed militants on Israel's target list. Now Gaza is offering protected shelter to battered Palestinian women.
Its lone women's safe-house, opened two months ago, has had eight clients, all guarded by police from the Islamist Hamas movement that runs the enclave and enforces a conservative though not radical Muslim religious code.
So-called 'honor killings' are rare but not unknown among religious Palestinians of Gaza and the West Bank, and like every society it is not immune to wife-beating.
Even in a piece ostensibly written to call attention to social problems in Gaza, al-Mughrabi attempts to sanitize the oppressive nature of Hamas and its brand of Islam.  Hamas enforces a "conservative" not radical Muslim religious code?

We beg to differ.  As, we're certain, does the male hairdresser arrested for cutting a woman's hair.  And the women who have been banned from dancing, riding behind men on motor scooters, or arrested for walking on the beach with a man.  Not to mention the woman who was jailed for committing adultery with her husband when she couldn't produce a marriage certificate for the morality police.  Or the man who has been in prison for more than a year because he is gay.  The list goes on and on: banned books, imposed dress codes, beatings and detention for those who resist.

In Reuters upside down world, a "conservative" code.

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