When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that’s AmorÃ©!
There are lots of bad things to say about Hamas. But one can’t deny their romantic side. Last night, Hammas held a mass wedding for some 452 couples in a Nablus stadium. This tops Islamic Jihad’s ceremony, held earlier this month, where merely 222 couples exchanged vows. Tens of thousands showed up to celebrate.
No doubt many of you are thinking that mass weddings aren’t really that romantic; however, as TM now complains about the cost of Jewish education, no doubt in some years we’ll hear him complain about the cost of weddings. They are expensive and the price of the mahr (dowry) can prevent poverty stricken people enjoining in holy matrimony. It gets better too; each couple received a gift of 200-300$, a wedding ring and bedroom furniture.
Why does Hamas bother with weddings while it could be plotting to blow things up? Hammas has maintained its status as a provider of social and economic benefits to needy Palestinians. They run schools and hospitals, none of which has gone unnoticed. As (one of the many) newlywed Hassan Ghanem put it:
Hamas is the only group that is helping the young people here. For many of us, they are the future.
Fellow newlywed Ali Khalil agreed:
This is a great day for all of us and we want to thank Hamas for this gesture. Had it not been for Hamas, I would not have been able to cover the expenses of a wedding.
Muffti can’t help but wondering if Jewish Mother has a counterpart, Palestinian Mother, whose dreams are coming true this week.