Palestine

Why a Powerless Female Figurehead Might Still Cure Hamas' Misogyny: Shikha Dalmia in TIME

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Hamas, the militant Palestinian group that rules over Gaza, picked Isra al-Modallal, a woman, as its spokesperson for

Palestinian Women
Michael.Loadenthal

the first time ever to spruce up its image in the Western press. But Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia notes that Isra will mostly be a figure head who will use her British-accented English to recite narrow talking points crafted by Hamas' Islamist patriarchs. Hence, notes Dalmia:

This 23-year-old British-educated, divorced mother of a toddler girl is unlikely to do much for the Palestinian struggle against Israel, as Hamas wants. She will, however, be great for the struggle of Muslim women against Islamic repression.

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