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Friday, December 26, 2008
PMW Bulletin: Hamas lies about its planned Islamic penal code

Bulletin
Dec. 25, 2008 Palestinian Media Watch
Hamas lies about preparing
strict Islamic law for all of Palestinian Authority
by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
Palestinian Media Watch:
p:+972 2 625 4140 e: pmw@pmw.org.il
f: +972 2 624 2803 w: www.pmw.org.il

Hamas has quickly denied this week's disclosure by the London-based Al-Hayat
(reported yesterday by Palestinian Media Watch) that the Palestinian
legislature has voted for an Islamic penal code that would include hand
amputations, crucifixion, lashes and executions.

However, PMW has found that contrary to today's denials, official Hamas
leaders have proudly announced in the Hamas-run media in the last two months
that this Islamic penal code was being prepared, had "14 chapters and 220
clauses" and was nearly ready. Indeed, senior Hamas leaders went as far as
to say that when these laws are implemented, they will have force not only
in Gaza but also in the West Bank. And according to the Hamas Minister of
Justice, the Palestinian laws will be similar to "Islamic states such as
Sudan, Yemen, the [Arab] Emirates and Indonesia."

Examples of Hamas contradictions:

Today Hamas denied: "The [Legislative] Council did not discuss any article
of the Penal Code." [Al Ayyam, Dec. 25, 2008]

A month ago the Hamas Minister of Justice confirmed: "This (Islamic law
Penal) Code is being discussed at the sessions of the [Palestinian]
Legislative Council, for a second reading." [Al-Rissala (Hamas), Nov. 12,
2008]

Today Hamas denied: "The Hamas movement... hastened to deny the reports
about its approval of an Islamic Penal Code." [Al Ayyam, Dec. 25, 2008]

A month ago the Head of the Bureau of Islamic Law confirmed:
"The Bureau of Islamic Law is preparing a Penal Code in order to implement
Sharia - Islamic law ... Muhammad Abed, Head of the Bureau of Islamic Law
and legal advisor to the Prime Minister (Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas), said ...
that the code includes 14 chapters and 220 clauses, and includes in its
chapters the basis of the penal code." [Al-Rissala, (Hamas) Nov. 9, 2008.]

A month ago the Hamas Minister of Justice confirmed:
"Similar (Penal codes to the new Palestinian law) have already been
implemented in a number of Arabic and Islamic states such as Sudan, Yemen,
the [Arab] Emirates and Indonesia... by Allah's will it will be published
soon."
[Al-Rissala (Hamas), Nov. 12, 2008]

The following are the full texts of the contradictory Hamas statements,
starting with the Hamas statements about the coming Islamic law in the
Palestinian Authority and followed by today's Hamas denial.

Muhammad Faraj Al-Ghoul, Justice Minister in Hamas Government of Gaza,
"This (Islamic law Penal) code is being discussed at the sessions of the
[Palestinian] Legislative Council, for a second reading [vote] ... and by
Allah's will, the Council will approve [the code] in accordance with the
general interest and the interest of the Palestinian People. The code is
highly important, and it's not the first of its kind... similar codes have
already been approved , and implemented in a number of Arabic and Islamic
states such as Sudan, Yemen, the [Arab] Emirates and Indonesia... I believe
that this code is highly important, and by Allah's will it will be published
soon."
[Al-Rissala, Nov. 12, 2008]

Headline: The Bureau of Islamic Law is preparing a Penal Code in order to
implement Sharia - Islamic law

In an attempt by the Bureau of the Islamic Law [Fatwa] to unite Palestine
under one Penal Code, according to Islamic law (Sharia), the Bureau of
Islamic Law [Fatwa] has prepared a [penal] code, with the intention to
submit it to the [Palestinian] Legislative Council for its approval, and to
cancel previous legislation that is based on the laws of the British
mandate, and the neighboring countries.
Muhammad Abed, Head of the Bureau of Islamic Law and legal advisor to the
Prime Minister (Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas), said ... that the code includes 14
chapters and 220 clauses, and includes in its chapters the basis of the
penal code...
He said that in implementing this law, the present penal code in the Gaza
Strip and in the West Bank... will be cancelled... he said that the bill was
submitted to the Legislative Council in 2001, but it was not approved in the
second and third reading, and therefore some amendments were entered,
according to the Islamic law, and it will be submitted to the Legislative
Council for approval.
He emphasized that when the law is approved in the Legislative Council, it
will be valid in all the Palestinian territories, and will be implemented in
all of Palestine."
[Al-Rissala, (Hamas newspaper) Nov. 9, 2008.]

Public Relations advisor to the Presidency, Legislative Council
HEADLINE: "Hamas denies its approval of the penal law... The Hamas
movement, which controls the Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza,
hastened to deny the news reports about its approval of an Islamic Penal
Code that includes lashes, hand amputation and crucifixion. The public
relations advisor to the Presidency of the Legislative Council, Iyad
Al-Qarra, said that the council did not discuss any article of the Penal
Code."
[Al Ayyam, Dec. 25, 2008]

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