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UN Scraps Gaza Marathon, Hamas Refuses to Allow Female Runners

Posted: March 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, Socially Engineerd | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UN Scraps Gaza Marathon, Hamas Refuses to Allow Female Runners

ISLAMThe United Nations Relief and Works Agency – UNRWA – the United Nations most prevalent agency in Palestine has cancelled its annual marathon, after the territory’s Hamas party banned women from the race.

Hamas says allowing females to participate in the fund-raising event, scheduled for April, goes against Islamic tradition. This year’s marathon had a  record number of female runners registered to take part.

The United Nations Agency had planned the marathon to raise money for the children of Gaza. Hamas apparently liked the idea of the money, but it didn’t like the idea of women stepping out from behind the kitchen-sink.

On the eve of International Women’s Day, this stance taken by Hamas can only be viewed as backward thinking, regrettable :: Read the full article »»»»