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Sunday, January 27, 2013
PA official: Female dress code at Gaza university illegal

One third-year student at the university told Ma'an: "If I had known before
that the university would impose Islamic dress, I would not have registered
here in the beginning."

PA official: Female dress code at Gaza university 'illegal'
Published today (updated) 27/01/2013 18:29
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=559696

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority Minister of Higher Education
on Sunday issued an official condemnation over a Gaza university's decision
to implement an "Islamic" dress code for female students.

Al-Aqsa University president Salam al-Agha told Ma'an Sunday that the code,
which is set to be implemented when the new semester begins, does not
require the jilbab (full-length coat) or niqab (face-veil), but rather what
he termed dress befitting of the university.

He said students would not be expelled for violations of the dress code.

Ali Jarbawi, PA Minister of Higher Education, issued an official response to
the university's announcement, labeling the decision "illegal, and therefore
null and unenforceable."

There is no system in place to define what constitutes "modest dress",
Jarbawi said, and Article 11 of the Palestinian Basic Law specifically
guarantees personal and public freedoms, which would overrule the decision
by the Board of Al-Aqsa University.

Although the university enjoys financial, academic and administrative
independence, it cannot implement laws which contradict the Basic Law,
Jarbawi added.

One third-year student at the university told Ma'an: "If I had known before
that the university would impose Islamic dress, I would not have registered
here in the beginning."

The university president said the code would be implemented by persuasion,
and staff would give lectures on appropriate dress, including loose clothes,
long jackets, and wide trousers.

He said 97 percent of female students already dress appropriately, but the
dress code was implemented to ensure all students dress properly to avoid
attracting male desire.

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