Official Palestinian Authority TV instructed male viewers who "use beatings and violence to solve their marital problems," to do so in accordance with the Quran.
Palestinian Authority TV, on Saturday, aired an episode of the series Talk of the Land in which a female reporter instructed the audience to obey Quranic rules for beating wives, Palestinian Media Watch reported Thursday.
The timing of the release, April 1st, would lead many to assume the episode was merely a bad April Fool's Day joke, however, this does not appear to be the case.
The Quranic verse the reporter referenced, Sura 4:34, is a verse in the fourth chapter (An-Nisa
) of the Quran, which covers various topics related to women, including how they should be treated by their husbands.
Quranic Sura 4:34 -"Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband's] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance - [first] advise them; [then, if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand," according to the Sahih International translation.
While the reporter does add that "there are solutions before giving beatings," there was no rejection or condemnation of marital abuse given.