“We have to encourage people to be virtuous and keep them away from sin “
Hamas has launched it’s “virtue campaign” in Gaza .
Lingerie can’t be displayed in shop windows, female lawyers will have to wear headscarves in court and teenagers must stop playing “suggestive” music.
Men and women are also being told to celebrate separately at wedding parties.
At the moment the new moves are voluntary but deputy minister Abu Jarbou predicted Islamic law would eventually be imposed…..despite previous promises not to force it on the strip’s 1.5 million people.
Here’s the story of a Palestinian journalist who officials tried to arrest for being dressed immodestly and laughing in public.
This blogger warns against trying to portray Gaza as a land “teeming with fundamentalism ” and points out coverage in a Lebanese newspaper..:
“Al-Akhbar’s main argument is that in the midst of widespread poverty and unemployment, pushing measures that further “islamicize” the public sphere is much easier than under normal circumstances when, you know, people aren’t starving.”
Do you view this campaign as a backwards – or forward – step in how Gaza is governed ?