Earlier this year Palestinian women were banned from riding or even pillioning on motorcycles by Hamas after a woman died in a motorcycle crash in Gaza. She was riding pillion with her son behind her husband.
The Hamas Interior Ministry said that under the rule women would be banned from riding and being pillion. Riders will be fined if they have a female pillion.
“It is time for Gazan society to put an end to the phenomenon of women using motorcycles,” the ministry says in a statement.
“This does not suit our society socially or morally. Nor does it fit with Muslim rules and regulations, as women’s use of motorcycles can easily disclose their sensitive parts.”
Activist Ebrahim Al Madhoun has supported women’s use of motorcycles and condemned the ban as a violation of freedom of the entire society.
He says it is unnecessary as Gazan women riders dress “appropriately in decent clothes”.
It’s also impractical and unfair as the war-torn region has serious fuel shortages and no cheap alternative transportation is available.