Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hamas extends crackdown on fun

Thursday, July 2, 2009, Palestinians greet Lenny Martinez from the Danish hip hop group Outlandish during a concert in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

There is clearly a massive contrast between the two Palestinian territories. There is the West Bank pictured where people are allowed to live. And there is Gaza. Living in rubble and under increasing restriction, pretty much of their leaders' own making. A nice shopping mall doesn't make the news!

Thursday, July 2, 2009, Palestinians and foreigners raise their hands during a concert of the Danish hip hop group Outlandish in the West Bank city of Ramallah

Teens bop to a Danish hip-hop band performing on their high school basketball court. Life in the West Bank _ in sharp contrast to beaten down, Hamas-ruled Gaza _ has taken on a semblance of normalcy.

The Islamist group Hamas, which has already shut down Internet cafes and forced women to stop wearing jeans, continues to clamp down on anything fun as its security forces broke up the Gaza Strip's first major hip-hop concert late last night.

Monday July, 6, 2009, Palestinian women buy tickets for a movie in a new movie house in the West Bank city of Nablus. "Transformers" is playing in a new movie house.

The B Boy Gaza group had just started a lively dance set in a crowded auditorium when Hamas thugs broke it up, deeming it "immoral," reports Reuters.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said police confiscated cameras and tapes at the venue and arrested six of the performers.

Last year, Hamas's "morality police" in Gaza banned Palestinian women from swimming unless they are covered from top to bottom, and forbade women from entering coffee shops, restaurants, and other public places unless they are escorted by male relatives.

Middle-class matrons shop for imported furniture in a marble-and-glass emporium.

National Post

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