Conservative Hamas appoints first spokeswoman

November 10, 2013 • World News

In this Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 photo, Isra Almodallal, 23, the first woman to be appointed asa spokesperson for Hamas, the conservative Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip, poses for a photograph in her office after an interview at the Hamas information ministry in Gaza City. The appointment of Almodallal as a spokeswoman for the Hamas-dominated Gaza government, which has at times sought to curb women’s freedoms, indicates an attempt by the group to project a new, friendlier face abroad. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Hamas government of the Gaza Strip has for the first time appointed a woman to represent it to the world.

The hiring of Isra Almodallal as a spokeswoman for the territory’s conservative Islamist rulers is part of a long-running push by the group, which has at times sought to curb women’s freedoms, to present a newer friendlier face both to its own citizens and internationally.

Almodallal, a 23-year-old who speaks fluent British-accented English, has assumed a post normally held by tough-talking men who voice Hamas’ bitter opposition to Israel. She will be responsible for the Gaza government’s communications with the international media.

“We are looking forward to having a different and unique language,” said Almodallal in an interview in her Gaza City office, on her first week in the job. “We will make the issues more human.”

The change in policy began six months ago when a new Login to read more

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