Close shaves: The new Gaza/West Bank war

Only the Palestinians could get this ridiculous:

Hamas has resumed its policy of shaving mustaches of political opponents to humiliate them, Fatah officials said Wednesday.

Hamas resorted to this form of punishment in the past after arresting senior Fatah representatives in the Gaza Strip, the officials said.

Hamas, for its part, accused the Palestinian Authority security forces of shaving the beards of detained Hamas officials in the West Bank.

The latest victim of the mustache-shaving policy is Nafez al-Namnam, a top Fatah operative in the Strip.

How important are moustaches?  Take a look at the Jerusalem Post’s reporting on the afterthought in the official complaint:

The Aksa Martyrs Brigades issued a statement strongly condemning the shaving of Namnam’s mustache and threatening retaliation. It said that Namnam and his son were also tortured while in detention [emphasis mine — Ed].

Those scoundrels dared shave his moustache while they had Namnam in custody!  The horror!  Oh, yeah, by the way, they also tortured him, if anyone cares.

It certainly beats suicide bombs and bulldozer attacks, but then again, Hamas and Fatah usually reserve those for Israelis.  Shaving off moustaches is an outrage, but killing women and children is commendable.  Someone remind me why we should support giving either of these groups a state.

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