Palestine: Spoiling it for everyone
The UN has been forced to cancel its annual marathon in the Gaza Strip after the ruling Islamist movement Hamas insisted that women be banned from the race.
Women have previously competed in the marathon, which runs the length of the 42-kilometre coastal strip and is organised by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency – the main UN group that helps Palestinian refugees.
It announced cancellation of the race with release of a short statement on its website and Facebook page.
“UNRWA regrets to announce that it has cancelled the third Gaza marathon which was to be held on April 10. This follows the decision by the authorities in Gaza not to allow women to participate.”Advertisement
Hamas confirmed that it had insisted on banning women from the marathon.
“We regret this decision to cancel the marathon but we don’t want men and women running together,” cabinet secretary Abdessalam Siyyam said.
Because that will…? That might…?
This is where I have trouble, filling in the blanks. Exactly what does he think could happen on a 42k run in public that their God would object to? And how does he know?