Hamas in Gaza says it's learning from Arab Spring

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    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Bans on women smoking water pipes in public and male coiffeurs styling women's hair are no longer being strictly enforced in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, apparent signs of greater tolerance as the Islamic militant group acknowledges mistakes in seeking to impose a religious lifestyle.

    In explaining the change, several senior members said Hamas has matured in five years in power and learned lessons from the Arab Spring. Islamic groups that have scored election victories in the wake of pro-democracy uprisings in the region now find themselves trying to allay fears they seek Islamic rule.

    In recent months, there's been a change in atmosphere, say rights activists and even political rivals of Hamas.

    "Things are freer than before," said Nasser Radwan, whose family restaurant is one of the places where women again come to smoke water pipes.

    Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said "some mistakes were made" under Hamas rule, though he blamed individual security commanders and overzealous activists, not the government, for heavy-handed tactics.

    "They don't represent the ideology and policy of the Hamas movement," Barhoum said. "Our policy is that we are not going to dictate anything to anyone."

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    The Economist Magazine: Arab World Self-Doomed To Failure :lol: :clap2:
     
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    Since hamas is in such a spirit of change why not go whole hog and hunt down and kill or capture all those (overzealous activists) terrorists, inact a real eqaul rights policy for women,
    and out law child abuse(teaching islamic hate and murder to children)and punish those responsible for it. Show the world hamas is truely interestted in change denounce any enactment of sharia law. Do this and one day hamas might even be considered legitament.
    Oh and heres the big one actualy work with Israel to find a workable compromise.
     
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    Issam Younis of Gaza's human rights group Mezan said that in recent months he's seen a drop in complaints about harassment by Hamas security forces and that restrictive rules are no longer being enforced.

    At the beginning of the school year, when some high school girls complained about being ordered by principals to put on headscarves, the Education Ministry told schools that the girls are free to choose, he said.

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    Hamas Bans Gaza Students Studying Abroad :lol: :clap2:
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8VWza6lnKM]HAMAS BANS STUDENTS ON SCHOLARSHIP FROM TRAVELING TO USA - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Women can smoke hookahs in public. They've come a long way baby! :rolleyes:
     
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    I am sure they are- S mines or commonly known now as Spring loaded mines make great anti- personnel weapons.....
     
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    Arab Author Anwar Malek :lol: :clap2:
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYgrziadQIo]Algerian author Anwar Malek talks about the arab world. - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Washington Post: Arab nations lag behind rest of world economically, despite oil and natural gas :lol: :clap2:
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    That's hysterically funny bull, of course, considering hamas losing it to jihaders there.
     

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