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Gaza university introduces dress code for women
Published Sunday 27/01/2013 (updated) 29/01/2013 10:06
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Al-Aqsa University in Gaza City will implement the dress regulations
when the new semester begins. (MaanImages/File)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A university in the Gaza Strip announced this week that female students must abide by an "Islamic" dress code, causing uproar from Palestinian groups and students themselves.

Al-Aqsa University in Gaza City will implement the dress regulations when the new semester begins.

University president Salam al-Agha clarified to Ma'an that the code 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.

Female students at the university expressed outrage at the decision.

One third-year student 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 woman, who declined to be named, said she does wear "Islamic" dress, but would not do so at anyone's order.

Meanwhile, the PLO denounced the decision, and said that it has dangerous social and political implications for Palestinian society.

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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1 ) Sami the bedouin / Palestine
27/01/2013 15:57
In retaliation for France banning Hijab? France is intolerant, we cant blame Gaza !!

2 ) Julie / USA
27/01/2013 16:46
wow, i guess the Quranic verse: "Let there be NO compulsion in religion..." means absolutely nothing to the university president & admins. shame on them.

3 ) Lilith / The World
28/01/2013 06:19
France DID NOT ban the hijab, only the niqab. No not intolerant, in this world face recognition is everything. A woman having to cover her face is demeaning.

4 ) Aziza / Belgium
28/01/2013 11:20
-first if you read the whole article it does not mention HIJAB, it says loose-not tight clothing (which people deam as Islamic attire). It will NOT be forced, but rather persuaded. And students will NOT be expelled if not abiding by the dress code. -second France did ban the Niqab but they also banned the HIJAB in schools and workplace...as is being proposed and practiced in some areas of Belgium.

5 ) mariam / palestine
28/01/2013 22:34
why should one talk of women clothes and not of the ways of male desire? something wrong in the way it is expressed, unleashed, dealt with?? may be the proper thing would be to convince male students to learn the ways of respect or to be banned from university if they cannot deal with their desire in a decent and respectful way? one is born male but has to became a man, and this implies education and experience. Better for all to focus on tha than on hjab, nijab or loose clothes of women

6 ) Reader / from Edmonton
29/01/2013 02:51
One uniform for all students regardless of gender.

7 ) Woman / Palestine
29/01/2013 17:14
#5: Mariam, I agree! Well put. Why is it a woman's problem/fault if a man can not behave? Mothers should teach their sons how to treat and respect a woman. It would be nice if fathers aslo contributed, but I guess it will take time..
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