Gaza Christians Warned: Accept Islamic Law- Women Must Be Covered
Gaza Christians are being warned that they can remain in Gaza… If they accept strict Islamic Law.
And, of course, this means that all women will be expected to fully cover themselves when out in public.
A woman walks in the burned premises of the Rosary Sisters School and nearby convent, belonging to the Gaza Strip’s tiny Roman Catholic community, in Gaza City, Monday June 18, 2007. The premises were ransacked, partially burned and looted during clashes between Fatah and Hamas around a major security headquarters. Crosses were broken, a statue of Jesus was damaged, and prayer books were burnt at the school and nearby convent, said Father Manuel Musallem, head of Gaza’s Latin church. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Things are about to change for the lone remaining Catholic priest, the five sisters of the Rosary, four Little Sisters of the Père de Foucauld, and six missionaries of Mother Teresa’s Sisters of Charity.
JERUSALEM – Christians can continue living safely in the Gaza Strip only if they accept Islamic law, including a ban on alcohol and on women roaming publicly without proper head coverings, an Islamist militant leader in Gaza told WND in an exclusive interview.
The militant leader said Christians in Gaza who engage in “missionary activity” will be “dealt with harshly.”
The threats come two days after a church and Christian school in Gaza was attacked following the seizure of power in the territory by the Hamas terror group.
“I expect our Christian neighbors to understand the new Hamas rule means real changes. They must be ready for Islamic rule if they want to live in peace in Gaza,” said Sheik Abu Saqer, leader of Jihadia Salafiya, an Islamic outreach movement that recently announced the opening of a “military wing” to enforce Muslim law in Gaza.
Jihadia Salafiya is suspected of attacking a United Nations school in Gaza last month, after the school allowed boys and girls to participate in the same sporting event. One person was killed in that attack.
“The situation has now changed 180 degrees in Gaza,” said Abu Saqer, speaking from Gaza yesterday.
“Jihadia Salafiya and other Islamic movements will ensure Christian schools and institutions show publicly what they are teaching to be sure they are not carrying out missionary activity. No more alcohol on the streets. All women, including non-Muslims, need to understand they must be covered at all times while in public,” Abu Asqer told WND.
“Also the activities of Internet cafes, pool halls and bars must be stopped,” he said. “If it goes on, we’ll attack these things very harshly.”
However, following last week’s unprovoked assault on a Catholic church and school in Gaza City, most Christians are unconvinced that even full submission to Gaza’s new conservative Muslim overlords will bring them peace.