Women of Hamas

Women of Hamas Tired of years of endemic corruption, Palestinian women are turning their backs on Fatah and supporting Hamas. But having voted for change, the pressure is now on Hamas to deliver.
When Nahida Sleibi's husband was injured, Hamas was the only organisation who came to her help. "Hamas is able to reach out to women through financial assistance", explains politician Intisar Al-Wazir. It runs a network of schools and hospitals which have a reputation for being efficient and corruption free. But while its social policies won it the female vote, rumours Hamas plans to implement Sharia Law have alienated some women. Others are worried about the financial implications of its rigid foreign policy. As Nuha states: "We're concerned the international community will reject us and things like petrol will be refused to us."

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