PALESTINE: Women, the occupation and Hamas

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    The January 25 Palestinian elections not only delivered a landslide victory to the Islamic resistance group Hamas, it also resulted in a record number of women being elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council.

    Thirteen women — six of those from Hamas — were elected under the new quota system, which was introduced in 2005 to ensure that women make up 20% of the PLC. Five women were elected in the first PLC elections in 1996.

    In the past year, the number of women standing for election in Palestine has increased markedly. In the December 2004 municipal elections, 139 of the 887 candidates vying for 306 seats were women. Under the quota system established for local elections, two seats per council were set aside for women. Of the 52 women elected, five received enough votes to be awarded a seat regardless of the quota. In May 2006, 163 women were elected in the second round of municipal elections, 103 without the assistance of the women's quota.

    Unlike the Taliban in Afghanistan, Hamas does not prohibit women from working or from gaining an education. Many of Hamas's women members and supporters are professional doctors, lawyers, teachers and social workers. Hamas not only provides job training programs for women, but also programs that aid women to gain both a religious and university education.

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    Question about Hamas politicians: When they win an election and are sworn into office what kind of oath,if any,do they take?
     
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    “I swear to God, The Almighty to be faithful to the Homeland and to its sacred places, to the people and its national heritage, to respect the Constitutional system and the law, and to safeguard the interests of the Palestinian people completely, as God is my witness”.

    http://www.usaid.gov/wbg/misc/Amended_Basic_Law.pdf
     
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    Tinmore, you finally answered a question without a bit of doubletalk. You done good.
     
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    You do know that the story is from Wednesday, March 8, 2006?
     
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    Yes, it was a couple of months after Hamas won the majority in the January Palestinian elections for parliament.
     
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    Confirms the answer to my question about elected politicians oath of office. An oath of allegiance to a terror organization that wants to wipe Israel off the map. Says so in their charter.
     
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    Where does it say that?
     
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    In the reading comprehension section of the charter.

    Hamas Charter
     
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    The oath is not to Hamas. It to the people and the rule of law.
     

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