Palestinian security forces 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday night banned a radical Islamic group from
holding a seminar in Bethlehem under the title: “Women’s groups and societies
seek to corrupt women.”
The seminar was sponsored by Hizb ut Tahrir
[Party of Liberation], a radical group whose goal is to create an Islamic state
or caliphate ruled by Islamic law.
The group, which has a few thousand
supporters in the West Bank, recently launched a campaign against women’s
organizations and societies, accusing them of corrupting Palestinian
The campaign is being held under the motto “Women’s honor must be
protected and the infidels and their tools are conspiring against
The campaign by Hizb ut Tahrir drew strong condemnations from
women’s groups in the West Bank. The groups accused the radical Islamic party of
inciting against women and appealed to the Palestinian Authority to take action
to stop the fundamentalists from pursuing their campaign.
Hizb ut Tahrir
accused the PA governor of Bethlehem, Abdel Fattah Hamayel, of succumbing to the
“shameless intervention” of the women’s groups to prevent the seminar from
“The governor ordered the closure of the meeting hall
without any legal or moral basis,” the party said in a statement.
party reiterated the charge that women’s organizations were “puffing Palestinian
women with ideas of decadence and encouraging them to rebel against the rules of
The party’s main attacks have been directed against
Western-funded women’s NGO’s in the West Bank.
Hizb ut Tahrir is
particularly concerned about the fact that the organizations have been educating
Palestinian women about their rights.
The party accused the NGOs of
accepting financial aid from “infidel countries that are hostile to Islam.”