Tuesday, March 05, 2013

UNRWA cancels Gaza Marathon because Hamas refuses to allow women

In December, UNRWA announced a marathon in Gaza to raise money for children's programs.

Today, UNRWA says the marathon was canceled:
We regret to announce that the UNRWA Gaza Marathon, due to be held on 10 April 2013, has been cancelled following a decision by the authorities in Gaza not to allow women to participate.

Registered Marathon participants who still wish to come to Gaza are welcome; UNRWA is working on an alternative programme of events which will be forwarded to those interested as soon as possible.

UNRWA is disappointed with this decision, and sincerely regrets the inconvenience this may cause to those who planned to participate in the marathon.
It appears that women were allowed to run in previous marathons.

Spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna said, "Unfortunately, the cancellation decision was taken after lengthy negotiations with the government of Gaza, which has rejected the participation of women in the marathon."

Notice that UNRWA stays away from mentioning "Hamas" and does not condemn or criticize the misogynist decision, only saying it is "disappointed."

And Gaza's slide into Islamist Hamastan continues, while the world pretends Hamas is "moderating."

Sort of like Egypt.