There have been stories about Afghan prisons filled with women convicted of Zina or sexual immorality, but with Hamas’ victory, the Taliban came to Gaza.
For many people in Gaza, crimes committed by women are rarely heard of due to the conservative nature of Gazan society. Families of female convicts usually don’t disclose their whereabouts, and even lie about it.
The head of the prison, Jazya Abu Mousa, said that this year has witnessed the largest number of female prisoners since she began working there in 2007.
Criminals in the prison are divided into three categories: thieves, security convicts of crimes often related to cooperating with the Israeli occupation and “moral” convicts, which includes prostitution or sexual relations without marriage. This final category holds the largest number of prisoners.
It’s unknown whether any of the female prisoners are also accused of being witches.
In 2010, the Hamas regime in Gaza conducted a literal witchhunt in which they arrested 150 women. According to news reports, women arrested as witches are forced to sign confessions and statements renouncing witchcraft. In connection with the witchhunt, the regime has placed large anti-witchcraft posters at mosques, universities and at government offices.
There’s a case for Gaza being the world’s largest open air prison. But it’s a prison whose bars, the inmates chose when they voted for Hamas. Its jailers aren’t Israeli border guards keeping terrorists from killing civilians, it’s the Hamas theocracy of the Muslim Brotherhood.