Hamas's Talibanization of the Gaza Strip

Gatestone Institute - 28 January 2013 - From Khaled Abu Toameh

The PLO's Department for Culture and Information said that the Hamas campaign was aimed at creating a Taliban-style entity. Foreign activists who continue to voice solidarity with Hamas need to know the are complicit in the effort to establish a repressive and brutal entity that has no respect for freedoms.

Those who thought that Hamas would ever establish a modern and liberal regime in the Gaza Strip received another reminder this week of how the radical Islamist movement is pursuing its effort to create a Taliban-style entity in the territory that has been under its control since 2007.

The reminder came in the form of a decision taken by the Al-Aqsa University administration in the Gaza Strip to force female students to dress in accordance with Islamic teachings.

This means that all female students would be required to wear the hijab or niqab which cover their heads and faces. (continue reading...)