Mother, may I run a marathon?
Following are excerpts from a report on the cancellation of the Gaza marathon, which aired on Al-Jadid/New TV on March 13, 2013:
Reporter: After lengthy negotiations between the Gaza government and UNRWA, the latter announced that the annual Gaza marathon, scheduled for next month, would be canceled. The event has already been held twice in the past two years, but the organizers were shocked when this year, the government imposed “regulations to preserve women’s modesty, and to prevent their mixing with men.” The government said that the participation of women runs counter to tradition, and was not relying directly on religious justifications.
UNRWA spokesman ‘Adnan Hasana: The authorities here in Gaza made it clear to us that they would not allow women to participate in the marathon. As a UN organization, we are committed to the laws of equality and non-discrimination on the basis of sex. Therefore, we decided not to comply, and to cancel the marathon.
Deputy Minister for Social Affairs Mustafa Al-Sawwaf: We are a conservative society that does not accept any form of nudity. The marathon brings together a group of men and women, and this, in itself, is forbidden, according to your values and our religion. This is why the government objected to the participation [of women] in this way.
Have you seen the typical build of a male or female marathoner? There’s nothing to see! There’s barely any difference between the two.
However: mother may I put “two in the hat” of Israeli leaders?
Following are excerpts from footage of a Hamas officers’ graduation ceremony, in which female snipers exhibited their skills by shooting at photos of Israeli leaders. The ceremony aired on Al-Aqsa TV on March 19, 2013.
Announcer: Now, brothers and sisters, we shall watch a shooting performance by sisters. The men are not the only ones in the battlefield. The sisters, the Muslim women, participate alongside the men in defending the soil of Palestine and our holy places.
Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh is seen sitting next to Salafi Egyptian cleric Safwat Higazi, watching the show.
Two female snipers aim at a target consisting of a Star of David, with images of Israeli leaders attached to each point.
So-called Palestinians may not believe in nudity, but their disgusting immorality is bare for all to see.
NB: This was an official Hamass event broadcast (if you’ll pardon the pun) on official Hamass TV.