(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.”
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.
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.
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