Hamas Sanctions Sharia Law

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CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - The Hamas-ruled Palestinian legislature in the Gaza Strip recently passed a bill sanctioning Islamic sharia (religious) law.

Under the new law to be embedded in the Gaza penal code, standard punishment includes whipping, dismemberment (mainly of the hands if convicted of theft) and execution.

The bill, which includes 214 subsections, passed its second reading, according to an article in the London-based Arabic daily al-Hayat al-Jadida.

"Any Palestinian found guilty of raising a weapon against Palestine in favor of the enemy; countering Palestinian interests in a negotiation with a foreign government; and placing Palestine's existence in danger by committing an act of aggression against a foreign country…will be sentenced to death," Section 59 states.

"[Anyone found guilty of] drinking to [sic] making wine will be subject to 40 lashes…drinking and harassing the public will be punishable by 40 lashes and three months in jail," Section 84 states.

"…engaging in games of chance, offending religious beliefs and defaming others' characters" will be punished by whipping.

Meanwhile, Hamas officials said two of its operatives, killed when a bomb went off prematurely, were on a "holy mission."

According to Hamas, the three Palestinians killed in a firefight with the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) while attempting to plant an explosive device near the border fence with Israel on Tuesday, belonged to the same cell.

Source: YNet news

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