Hamas arresting teens with long hair in latest sign of Islamic rule

(JNS.org) Police in Gaza have begun arresting, humiliating and then shaving the heads of teens with long hair in the latest sign of Hamas imposing strict Islamic rule on Gaza.

According to the Associated Press, the crackdown began last week against teens with long hair and tight or low-waist pants. More than two dozen young men have been targeted in sweeps by the police. 

“The only thing I want to do is leave this country,” 19-year-old Ayman al-Sayed told the Associated Press. “I am scared. They just take you from the street without reason. I don’t know what they are going to do next.”

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights has called on Hamas to investigate the “arbitrary detentions and violations of civil rights of civilians,” according to the Associated Press.

Hamas, a terrorist organization that has ruled the Gaza Strip since a bloody coup against its Palestinian rival group Fatah in 2007, has increasingly implemented strict Islamic laws in the coastal enclave, including banning alcohol and placing restrictions on women.

The latest incident comes after Hamas imposed gender segregation in Gaza’s schools last week. The new law bans men from teaching in girls' schools and enforces gender segregation past the age of 9. It will take effect next school year.

Early last month, the Gaza Marathon was canceled by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, an agency in charge of Palestinian refugee affairs in Gaza, after Hamas banned women from competing.   

Posted on April 8, 2013 .