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Driving instructor Mohammad al Hattab, 33, remembers very well when police pulled him over last fall. « I remember two guys on two motorcycles. They were in civilian clothes. One stopped in front of my car. He started shouting, ‘Stop, stop, we are police.’ »

Hattab had just one student driving with him: a young woman. The cops, from Gaza’s internal intelligence, he said, told him the two of them could not be alone in a car. They took his ID, saying he could claim it at the station. canada goose outlet jackets Hattab went the next day. But before he could get his documents back, police made him sign a declaration that he’d never again teach a female student alone.

buy canada goose jacket This was the first time in more than a decade as a driving instructor Hattab had heard of such a thing. buy canada goose jacket

« I’m like, ‘Why?’ » Hattab recalls. « ‘Have you caught me in some bad situation?’ They said, ‘We have already arrested a number of instructors with moral failures.’ For me, with all canada goose outlet online store due respect, how many, two or three? »

Hattab has heard that canada goose outlet mississauga a couple of driving instructors were caught canada goose outlet store montreal fooling canada goose outlet england around with female friends not students in cars belonging to the schools where they work. But punishing him and others, he says, is unfair.

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Canada Goose sale It seems Hamas, the militant Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip, can. Gaza is nowhere near as strict on « morality » laws as Saudi Arabia or Iran. But Hamas police have in the past hauled young men in for questioning or worse because they sport certain hairstyles or wear low rider jeans. Canada Goose sale

cheap Canada Goose Hattab was briefly suspended from instruction, a decision made by the police, not his boss, he says. He complains it’s a burden to force female students or the company to make sure a canada goose outlet edmonton third person can canada goose outlet website legit ride along on a lesson. cheap Canada Goose

Canada Goose Jackets « It’s more complicated, » he said. Canada Goose Jackets

There are no firm statistics on how many other driving instructors have canada goose sale uk been stopped or suspended from work. But all of Gaza’s driving schools have been aware since last fall of this apparently new government policy.

canadian goose jacket Abdel Nasser el Bobbo, 40, an instructor with a different driving school, canada goose outlet washington dc was also stopped by police. He now schedules multiple students for the same time slot, so they can act as chaperones for each other. canadian goose jacket

canada goose store The closest Arabic word for « chaperone » is the very specific « mahram, » which means either a woman’s husband or a man she cannot marry because they are closely related. According to the head of Gaza’s council of religious judges, Hassan al Juju, canada goose outlet online uk a mahram’s traditional role is to accompany a woman on the hajj, the canada goose outlet orlando Muslim religious pilgrimage to Mecca. canada goose store

canada goose deals Driving schools in Gaza will settle for any third person as chaperone a friend, a child, even a boyfriend. Instructors say they don’t ask any questions. canada goose deals

But while Hattab sees the enforcement of this morality canada goose outlet online store review rule as a burden, Adham Mushtaha, owner of the al Awael driving canada goose uk site school, sees it as an opportunity.

Canada Goose Parka He recently hired a young woman to be always available, should one of his female students not bring her own mahram. Canada Goose Parka

« It’s good for business, in a way, » Mushtaha said. « If a female student feels more comfortable she might ask for another lesson. That’s much better for us. With this I believe a father would encourage a daughter to learn to drive. »

Canada Goose Outlet His new employee, Rawan al Nateel, says the job is pretty simple. « I sit, » she says. If she’s not out on a lesson, she helps around the office, earning about $125 a month at a job she wouldn’t have without the mahram rule. Canada Goose Outlet

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Still, the association of driving schools in Gaza has lobbied the government to quit enforcing this policy. The two sides agreed to let religious leaders issue a decree, or fatwa, to canada goose outlet store uk resolve their dispute.

Hassan al Juju, the religious judge, isn’t among those who will weigh in. But he doesn’t like the rule.

canada goose coats First, he says, it’s not necessary. canada goose coats

canada goose black friday sale « I don’t think driving schools will put their reputations at risk and hire men who will harass women, » he said. canada goose black friday sale

canada goose clearance sale And he really doesn’t like the use of the term mahram for « driving school chaperone. » He says this obscures the true, religious meaning of a companion for a woman making the hajj. canada goose clearance sale

« We understand as religious people that having the man with the woman is to serve her, » he explains, sitting behind a broad desk in his spacious office. « On the hajj, canada goose outlet black friday sale there are millions of people. She might not be able to push them away. He is there to help and serve, not canada goose outlet in uk create canada goose outlet in montreal obstacles. ».

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