Sunday, January 29, 2006


Hamas
To Impose
Sharia Law


This is going to be the first thing on their to-do list:


JERUSALEM — The incoming Hamas government will move quickly to make Islamic sharia “a source” of law in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and will overhaul the Palestinian education system to separate boys and girls and introduce a more Islamic curriculum, a senior official in the movement said yesterday.

Spelling out the domestic agenda of Hamas for the first time since the group’s stunning victory in a legislative election this week, Sheik Mohammed Abu Teir also said Hamas would not go to foreign donors on bended knee if they withdrew aid to the Palestinian Authority. The armed struggle against Israel will continue as long as Israel continues its occupation of Palestinian lands, he added.

Mr. Abu Teir, who was No. 2 on the Hamas list of candidates for Wednesday’s election, said introducing sharia — a controversial moral and legal code based on the Koran — would be the first act of the new Hamas-controlled Palestinian Legislative Council.

“The No. 1 thing we will do is take sharia as a source for legislation. Sharia has a soul in it and is good for all occasions,” Mr. Abu Teir said in an interview with The Globe and Mail over a lunch of traditional Palestinian dishes supplemented with Coca-Cola.

The table was set under photographs of Sheik Ahmed Yassin and Abdel Aziz Rantisi, past Hamas leaders who were assassinated in Israeli air strikes.

He made it clear that one way Hamas planned to encourage the next generation to follow sharia was to revamp the Palestinian education system, separating girls’ and boys’ classes and introducing a more Islamic curriculum.

“We will take such measures because we look at examples in the West, like Sweden. They have the highest level of co-education and the highest level of suicides,” he said. “We would like our children to have a protected environment. We don’t want any distractions for our boys or our girls.”


Well, there you go, world. We've got the Taliban all over again. Now, what are we going to do, huh?

I'm hoping that Israel, the first time they are attacked by Hamas, will take it as a declaration of war, and go in and destroy the Palestinian regime. However, I think I am wishing for too much.