Hamas bans celebrating New Year in Gaza Strip

GAZA, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) — The Islamic Hamas movement announced on Wednesday that the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are banned from celebrating the New Year, claiming that it contradicts with the Islamic Sharia law.

“Celebrating the New Year in the Gaza Strip contradicts with Islam and its regulations. It is a western tradition in the first place and we never accept to have it in Gaza,” Hams police spokesman in Gaza Ayman Batniji said in a short text message sent to reporters.

He added that owners of hotels, cafes and restaurants were informed that they are not allowed to celebrate the New Year.

  • DMB

    I like to know what keeps these hotels, cafes and restaurants in business anyways in Gaza since they are not allowed to publicly celebrate anything except Islamic terrorism. Do they get a lot of terrorist conventions there! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIlG9aSMCpg

    • Yea, it’s called UNWRA

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Foreign journalists live in luxury in these Gaza hotels while whimpering about the suffering of Gaza’s people.

  • luna

    Celebrating New Year’s un-Islamic.
    Celebrating death & terrorism Islamic.

  • Minicapt

    They could celebrate the eighth day after Mohammed’s birth, when he was circumcised according to Jewish law.