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Is Gaza The New Fire Island?

This photo kind of says it all, but I would read the AP article anyway.  "About 70 men with big muscles and small shorts posed and flexed on stage before a panel of judges and a few thousand fans, all … Read More

By / April 29, 2010

GAZAN BODYBUILDERS

This photo kind of says it all, but I would read the AP article anyway. 

"About 70 men with big muscles and small shorts posed and flexed on stage before a panel of judges and a few thousand fans, all seeking prizes in the Gaza bodybuilding championship.

But the sight of men lathered in oil and wearing little more than underwear was unusual for the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, where the Islamist militant group has imposed a so-called virtue campaign that mandates head scarves and form-concealing gowns for women and girls in government offices and schools.

As part of its campaign, Hamas strongly encourages such dress elsewhere, and its policemen have recently forced men to wear shirts on the beach and asked mixed couples seen together to prove they are married or related.

But Hamas doesn’t reject bodybuilding – as long as only men are around to see it."

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