Those of you who follow me on Twitter know I do not support Hamas. My disdain for them is multifaceted and later posts will explain some of those reasons but this post is not one of them. I might not support Hamas but I certainly will not lie about them. When I see dishonesty and fabrications I will call out the people responsible.
This video has made its rounds on the Anti-Islam sites. It shows a mass wedding here in Gaza which is hosted by Hamas. The problem is they have cut the video to portray the wedding as a mass wedding for child brides.
It is easy to see the girls in the video are flower girls. We have the same system as the West-little girls (usually related to the bride or groom) wear white dresses and they dance and have fun at the reception. I have been to a hundred plus weddings here and danced with my nieces dressed as flower girls and I have been to a hundred plus weddings in the US and done the same. I have yet to see a single wedding video in the West that has been accused of using child brides as this video in Gaza has. I guess people sharing this video don’t think of that point. Logical reasoning gets turned off when it comes to this it seems.
Am I saying there is no such thing as child brides? Certainly not! Sadly it is a cultural problem that exists in many corners of the Earth. Girls Not Brides is a great resource to learn about this. Yes some people in Gaza get married at a younger age than in the West. The legal minimum age for marriage in Palestine is 16 accompanied by parental consent- the same as many Western countries such as Scotland and even the US state of Hawaii.
Many sites have debunked the ‘child brides of Gaza’ accusations. A simple Google search yields photos of the actual brides at that wedding posing with the flower girls.
Those who want to know the truth can find it- unfortunately many want to demonize Palestine in any way they can. I pose a question to you regarding this:
IF we are as bad and ‘savage’ as Israel-supporters claim, why do they need to resort to lies and fabrications to ‘support’ their side? Wouldn’t the truth be proof enough?
Here is a look at some of the Tweets that share this video: