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        2/24/2014, Adar 24, 5774

      Senior Hamas Official Campaigns Against 'Honor Killings'


      Dr. Yunis Al-Astal , a member of the Council of Scholars of Palestine and an MP in the Hamas "parliament," sharply criticized Sunday the phenomenon of honor killings in Palestinian Arab society.

      In his statement, Astal argued that honor killings is a more serious crime than the reason behind the honor killings itself, as punishment for premarital sex - which is the most common reason for the murders, according to Astal - is only one hundred lashes, not execution.