The Muslim Brotherhood affiliate enforces strict controls on women, but is more lenient when jihad is concerned, allowing women to train and fight.
This summer Hamas ran its first ever women’s paramilitary training camp in the Gaza Strip. It provided girls with the same mixture of indoctrination and military training hitherto provided for boys in the Hamas run Gaza Strip.
“I joined the first al-Quds Army camp, and I am proud to be part of it” participant Wafaa al-Sharbassi, 16, told Al-Monitor. “These camps grow the seeds of love of the nation and teaches us about our Islamic sanctities that are being blatantly violated, such as Al-Aqsa Mosque. They also strengthen our rights to defend our presence and resist the Israeli occupation.”
She added, “This camp revived our hopes to create a female army to liberate Al-Aqsa from the occupation. We learn about weapons and how to handle them, and we are ready to go through intensive military training for this purpose.”
Other groups in the strip have trained women before. The Nasser Eddin Brigades trained 80 women to be jihadi fighters earlier this year, teaching them how to fire rifles and plant explosives.
In Hamas-run Gaza separation between men and women is strict and women are strongly discouraged from doing anything that might take them away from their role as wives and mothers.
Yet women who train to be jihadis have more rights and can spend time away from their families without suspicion.
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