A few years ago there was a trend in newspapers to write flattering accounts of Hamas and its commitment to good government. It was as if there was a campaign to say that "Hamas is basically good, you can ignore the silly Jew hatred stuff. They're really for making life better for their people."
The real issue, of course, is not whether women can or cannot smoke sheesha in public; it's an increasingly widespread perception among ordinary Gazans - men and women - that Hamas is bullying and silencing them. Hamas is still a moderate Islamic movement. But, due to its increasing international isolation, including the continuing embargo by America and the European Union, radical elements within the movement are gaining momentum.
So are all those news organizations that wrote about now benign and benevolent Hamas was now going to reverse themnselves?
Crossposted on Yourish.Posted by SoccerDad at October 14, 2010 5:43 AM