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Protest over beheading threat

Discussion in '2007 Archive' started by Ps104_33, Jun 3, 2007.

  1. Ps104_33

    Ps104_33 New Member

    Sep 3, 2001
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    I say its about time! The key to fighting this extreme form of Islam are the women of the world. The conspicuous silence of the feminist movement in this country is deafening. Women, take a stand against this cruel treatment of 50% of the Islamic people by males.

    A group of female TV news readers have marched through Gaza City to protest against a fundamentalist group's threat to behead them if they did not don modest Islamic dress.

    Around 50 anchors and employees from government-run Palestine TV, mostly women wearing Muslim headscarves, marched from the station's offices in Gaza City toward the office of President Mahmoud Abbas to protest against the threat from a group calling itself the Swords of Truth, known for firebombing internet cafes and record stores.

    "We will cut throats, and from vein to vein, if needed to protect the spirit and morals of this nation," the group said in a statement emailed to news agencies on Friday. The statement accused the female news readers of being "without any ... shame or morals".

    Most of the 15 female news readers on Palestine TV wear headscarves, in accordance with Islamic tradition. But they also wear makeup and Western clothing, which extremists consider immodest.

    "Shame on you," said Sally Abed, a Palestinian news anchor, addressing the Islamist group. "The people working in this institution are your people - if it's not your sister, it's your mother."

    In many parts of the Muslim world, conservative policies keep women out of the news anchor's seat or require them to wear headscarves on air. But headscarves are uncommon on television in the more secular states of Lebanon and Jordan, and Egypt's non-religious regime keeps newscasters who wear them off its TV stations.

    Hard-line Islam has been on the rise in the Gaza Strip in recent years, especially with the increase in poverty since the outbreak of fighting with Israel in 2000. Today it is more common to see women with their entire face covered with a veil - once an extremely rare practice in the Palestinian territories - than it is to see women with their hair uncovered.

    The Swords of Truth faction has claimed responsibility for bombing some three dozen internet cafes, music shops and pool halls, which it considers dens of vice. Assailants detonated small bombs outside the businesses at night, causing damage but no injuries.

    Few details are known about the group. According to a Palestinian security official, the organisation has less than 100 members and was formed last year to impose a hard-line version of Islam in Gaza.

    Other new fundamentalist groups have become prominent in Gaza in recent months. An organisation calling itself the Army of Islam claimed responsibility for kidnapping BBC reporter Alan Johnston in March. Johnston remains in captivity.
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  2. Bro. James Reed

    Bro. James Reed New Member

    Sep 18, 2002
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    I'm glad to hear of this.

    No country on earth can change for the positive without its people standing up and demanding it, even in the face of terrorism.