Gaza to female lawyers: Wear headscarf

Supreme Court chief justifies decision by citing Islamic law: "Won't allow people to corrupt morals."

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 2, 2009 14:31
2 minute read.

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

The Gaza Strip's most senior judge said on Sunday that he has ordered all female lawyers to wear headscarves and a long, dark colored cloak under their black robes when they appear in court beginning September.


Supreme Court chief justice Abdul-Raouf Halabi explained his decision as part of an effort to conform to Islamic law.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


"Showing a woman's hair is forbidden," the Hamas-appointed Halabi told The Associated Press. "We will not allow people to corrupt morals. This [dress code] will improve work in the courts."



The Hamas government formally said that it is not imposing Islamic law on the territory's 1.4 million residents. Instead, it said that it is simply ensuring residents behave in line with the territory's own conservative culture.



Subyiya Juma, a female lawyer, said the judge's decision would affect only 10 or so lawyers - since the vast majority of the 150 registered female lawyers already cover their hair.
Juma, who does not wear a headscarf, said the point wasn't the number of women affected, but that freedoms were being eroded.



"This is dangerous - it's a clear violation of the law, it is taking away our personal freedoms - and by whom? The very person who is meant to defend our freedoms," Juma said.



Earlier in July, Palestinian female journalist Asma al-Ghul complained that Hamas policemen attempted to arrest her under the pretext that she came to a Gaza beach dressed immodestly and was seen laughing in public.



JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


Ghul said that many Palestinian women have noticed the presence of the police officers at the beaches and other sites. She said that the talk in the Gaza Strip these days was about Hamas's intention to impose the hijab on all female school children from first to 12th grade.



More about:Gaza Strip, Hamas

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

October 31, 2017
Bitan assures US Jewish leaders that Kotel crisis will be resolved

By TAMARA ZIEVE