Last Thursday the full results of the Israel Project Poll were released. One issue that strikes me immediately is the worryingly high support for the continued harsh treatment that Hamas have meted out to homosexuals since gaining power in 2007.
Israel Project: Poll results of Palestinian public opinion | Just Journalism
It has always bemused me why there is such silence on this site about the treatment of people based on their sexual orientation by Hamas. Just after coming to power in 2007 Hamas introduced a 10 year gaol sentence for male Homosexuality:On the topic of gay rights, 81 per cent agreed that ‘Homosexuality is a way of life that should be discouraged by society,’ whilst only 15 per cent said that it should be considered ‘acceptable.’ Furthermore, 82 per cent felt that homosexuality should be punishable by law.
LGBT rights by country or territory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Advocating For Israel: Tel Aviv Gay Pride Week 2011Penalty: up to 10 year prison sentence
This now has led to many gays fleeing to Israel the only country in the Middle East that will afford them legal protection:
in Gaza the area controlled by Hamas, homosexuality was made illegal just after Hamas came to power in 2007. Gay Palestinians frequently seek refuge in Israel fearing for their lives, especially fearing death from members of their own families.
Israel isn’t a perfect place and isn’t free of homophobia, but it is the only country in the Middle East where homosexuals are protected by anti-discrimination laws.
The Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar seems to be quite proud of the treatment they give out to homosexuals:
Hamas: Homosexuality Worse Than Terrorism | FrumForum
Don’t preach to us, Hamas tells secular West | FaithWorldFrom Gaza, Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar fulminates to Reuters against Western condemnation of the Islamic terrorist movement:
You in the West do not live like human beings. You do not even live like animals. You accept homosexuality. And now you criticize us?
So the major question that now needs to be asked is given their extreme discriminatory treatment of homosexuals how on earth are people in the west who claim to be liberal able to continue to give support to Hamas.The West is floundering in immorality and has no right to criticise the Islamist movement Hamas over the way it governs the Palestinian territory of Gaza, a veteran leader of the militant group said. Hamas strategist Mahmoud Al-Zahar told Reuters in an interview that Islamic traditions deserved respect and he accused Europe of promoting promiscuity and political hypocrisy.
Perhaps groups claiming to be furthering Palestinian rights by attacking the secular country of Israel might have to start looking closer at the Palestinian political representatives trampling on the rights of their own people.