We are not all Hamas

20120306152055I’m a guest on this week’s The Thinking Atheist programme on Women and Islam. You can listen to the programme here.

Seth opens his programme with the news that an annual marathon run through Gaza has been cancelled by the UN Relief and Works Agency staging the event because Hamas has banned women and from taking part. Hamas has said that it would be happy for the event to go ahead but only if ‘local traditions’ were observed.

Since many Palestinian women and girls have run in the event before and given that a record number of women – 379- entered into the race, including 260 Palestinians, it’s obvious that the only tradition Hamas is concerned about is its own disgusting misogyny.

And to think that the good old post-modernist Left feminists have carried banners saying ‘We are all Hamas’ at anti-war rallies…

Good on UNRWA for cancelling the event – finally it’s managed to do something right.

If women and girls can’t participate, then the show must not go on.

What was it that the Gaza Youth Break Out so eloquently said? Fuck Israel. Fuck Hamas. Fuck Fatah. Fuck UN. Fuck UNRWA. Fuck USA!”