URGENT PRESS RELEASE – 16/01/09
Hamas leaders did not support a strict Islamic code as
Forward Thinking calls on Quillam Foundation to withdraw
its misleading and erroneous press statement issued on 24th
December 2008 claiming that Hamas had passed a bill for an
Islamic Penal Code in Gaza.
It was claimed that the bill included “punishments such as
flogging chopping of the hands, crucifixation and
Majid Nawaz, Director of Quilliam Foundation stated “Hamas
finally show their colours and their true colours of their
colleagues in their parent organisation – the Muslim
The statement was based on a report in the Al Hayat
The New York Times Correspondent in Gaza who was present at
the Legislative Council meeting in which this bill was
mentioned told Forward Thinking that the reporter from Al
Hayat was not present as alleged and had filed a total
misleading account of events. The matter of introducing an
Islamic Penal Code was proposed by a member of the
Legislative Council but was rejected by the majority. We
were informed that any further discussion of the bill was
vetoed by senior Hamas members of the Legislative Council.
We believe that it is important to put this record right as
this erroneous information has been referred to in a number
of newspaper articles.
For further information please contact Oliver McTernan,
Forward Thinking Director on, 07891 914 019.
84-86 Regent St.
London W1B 5DD