Hamas force male hairdressers out of hair salons

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Male hairdressers in the Gaza Strip say they have been ordered by the enclave’s Hamas rulers to stop working in women’s salons or face prosecution and a large fine.

“We received an official notice from the government to go and sign a declaration according to which we agree not to continue operating on the premises,” salon owner Mohammed al-Baltagi told AFP.

Baltagi said he and four other colleagues who also own women’s salons had signed the declaration, which states that anyone who is caught on the premises in defiance of the order would face prosecution and a fine of 20,000 shekels (4,000 euros or $5,000).

“Hamas police ordered us to sign it or face prison, even though there is no law preventing men from working in hairdressing salons,” said Hatem al-Ghoul, another salon owner.

Questioned by AFP, Hamas officials refused to confirm that the new rule, which was first mooted March 2010, was now being enforced.

Although the order prohibits male owners from entering their salons, it does not impose an outright ban on them owning such businesses, as long as those working there are female.

It is not the first time the Islamist movement has sought to clamp down businesses seen to be encouraging excessive proximity between men and women, or showcasing items or activities deemed to be ‘unsuitable.’

Last summer, Hamas published new regulations for shops selling women’s clothing, barring them from having dressing rooms or tinted windows, and insisting that the mannequins in the front window be dressed modestly.

Around the same time, Hamas also banned women from smoking water pipes in public places in an attempt to crack down on the mingling of the sexes.

Hamas denies seeking to impose Islamic law in Gaza, which has always been conservative, and has only taken a limited steps to enforce modesty since it seized power in June 2007.

In 2009, it ordered women lawyers to wear the hijab, or head scarf, in court and banned women from riding on motorcycles. It has also banned men from working in women’s beauty salons.

AFP

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13 responses to “Hamas force male hairdressers out of hair salons”

  1. FadiAbboud Avatar

    Such a barbaric and backwards culture.. This is what Hezbollah will soon bring to Lebanon..

    1. No one can say it better bro,we all know Hezbollah and Hammas are terrorists oraganizations and they go together hand in hand.hey…the writtings are all over the walls,actions speaks by itself and it makes us wonder all the time what goodness these terrorists have brought to their societies!

      1. Guys Islamic Cleric should step in to stop the Islam shops opening and making jurisdiction right and left.It is becoming a religion of Kil MIn Ido Ilou, I mean crap Hamas go make sour first before banning the hairdresser, the Sour in Gaza pass between house, so at least allow the ladies to look nice and smell mice between the crap smell all over. A documentary on TV showed hotel owners and shops cursing the hour Israel left, as one honor mentioned he had the hotel on the beach near Egyptian border all full when Israel went and when Hamas took over it is deserted , it is all deja vu for us the Lebanese ,what good could possibly come from the the PLO, Hamas, Habash and abou ayyad and the peeled Rat Ararfat, and on top now they are claiming to be righteous Moslems when I bet anyone of them know 3 lines of the Koran ,blind leading the blinds that how is the moslem leadership in the Arab world is

    2. No one can say it better bro,we all know Hezbollah and Hammas are terrorists oraganizations and they go together hand in hand.hey…the writtings are all over the walls,actions speaks by itself and it makes us wonder all the time what goodness these terrorists have brought to their societies!

  2.  Avatar

    Such a barbaric and backwards culture.. This is what Hezbollah will soon bring to Lebanon..

    1.  Avatar

      No one can say it better bro,we all know Hezbollah and Hammas are terrorists oraganizations and they go together hand in hand.hey…the writtings are all over the walls,actions speaks by itself and it makes us wonder all the time what goodness these terrorists have brought to their societies!

      1. Guys Islamic Cleric should step in to stop the Islam shops opening and making jurisdiction right and left.It is becoming a religion of Kil MIn Ido Ilou, I mean crap Hamas go make sour first before banning the hairdresser, the Sour in Gaza pass between house, so at least allow the ladies to look nice and smell mice between the crap smell all over. A documentary on TV showed hotel owners and shops cursing the hour Israel left, as one honor mentioned he had the hotel on the beach near Egyptian border all full when Israel went and when Hamas took over it is deserted , it is all deja vu for us the Lebanese ,what good could possibly come from the the PLO, Hamas, Habash and abou ayyad and the peeled Rat Ararfat, and on top now they are claiming to be righteous Moslems when I bet anyone of them know 3 lines of the Koran ,blind leading the blinds that how is the moslem leadership in the Arab world is

  3. Religion and Politcs dont mix, those cleric belong i n the mosques ,even the prayers should be banned on loud speakers at all !!Unless the Islam is out of politics ,medieval time will remain or dark ages will always engulf the middle east, Since the Islamic Cultured empire disappeared at the hand of the Mongols , the Islam only achievement so far is inventing ways to control the women , some require cover toe to head , Shiite only veil , some none , leave the women alone and go the way turkey went. Now Hamas want to go the Islamic way, there is no way you are going to control the Palestinian women , they are in Canada and USA all over ,very educated , more likely Hamas all together will vanish as the PLO

  4. Religion and Politcs dont mix, those cleric belong i n the mosques ,even the prayers should be banned on loud speakers at all !!Unless the Islam is out of politics ,medieval time will remain or dark ages will always engulf the middle east, Since the Islamic Cultured empire disappeared at the hand of the Mongols , the Islam only achievement so far is inventing ways to control the women , some require cover toe to head , Shiite only veil , some none , leave the women alone and go the way turkey went. Now Hamas want to go the Islamic way, there is no way you are going to control the Palestinian women , they are in Canada and USA all over ,very educated , more likely Hamas all together will vanish as the PLO

  5. Religion and Politcs dont mix, those cleric belong i n the mosques ,even the prayers should be banned on loud speakers at all !!Unless the Islam is out of politics ,medieval time will remain or dark ages will always engulf the middle east, Since the Islamic Cultured empire disappeared at the hand of the Mongols , the Islam only achievement so far is inventing ways to control the women , some require cover toe to head , Shiite only veil , some none , leave the women alone and go the way turkey went. Now Hamas want to go the Islamic way, there is no way you are going to control the Palestinian women , they are in Canada and USA all over ,very educated , more likely Hamas all together will vanish as the PLO

  6. well if you are stupid enought to vote for hamas you shouldn;t complaines about what the are imoposing on people becouse you do know what those idiot are about and thats whay we don;t want hizballah to get all the power in lebanon as we know what they are about just killer no resistance to bull just the killer of the lebanese

  7. well if you are stupid enought to vote for hamas you shouldn;t complaines about what the are imoposing on people becouse you do know what those idiot are about and thats whay we don;t want hizballah to get all the power in lebanon as we know what they are about just killer no resistance to bull just the killer of the lebanese

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    well if you are stupid enought to vote for hamas you shouldn;t complaines about what the are imoposing on people becouse you do know what those idiot are about and thats whay we don;t want hizballah to get all the power in lebanon as we know what they are about just killer no resistance to bull just the killer of the lebanese

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