The Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip have begun arresting young men with
“immodest” haircuts, a Palestinian human rights group complained
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said that Hamas policemen
arrested several young men and cut their hair.
Some of the men were
beaten while in detention, the group said.
The group called for an
investigation into the assaults, saying they harmed personal
According to the group, Hamas policemen over the past few days
stopped several young men as they were walking in the street in various parts of
the Gaza Strip.
The men were taken to Hamas police stations under the
pretext that their haircuts were immodest. “The men had their hair cut in a
humiliating manner and some were beaten,” the human rights group
The men were released only after they signed a document pledging
not to appear in Western-style haircuts or wear low-waist pants.
the victims told the group: “On April 4, I was waiting for a taxi to take me
home from work. A policeman who saw me asked me to get into a police
Inside, their were about 12 young men. No one had an idea why we
were being detained. They took us to the police station in Shajaiyya. On the
way, one of the men was beaten by the policemen.
“When we arrived at the
police station, they made us stand in a line and started mocking our haircuts
and cursing us. When one of the detainees protested, he was beaten. Then they
cut the hair of all of us. Before releasing us, they made us sign a pledge not
to appear in strange haircuts or wear low-waist pants.”
The crackdown is
on hairstyles is the latest in a series of measures taken by the Hamas
government over the past year against the Western lifestyle.
year, Hamas banned tight-fitting or low-riding pants. Hamas has also banned
women from smoking or appearing in public without covering their
Recently, a UN agency canceled a marathon in the Gaza Strip after
Hamas barred women from participating in the event.