A Different Take on Tying the Knot

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10/31/2008 5:00 PM |

The Times‘s Gaza Journal today is a story on a Hamas-organized mass wedding party. The militant Islamist group acted as a matchmaker between war widows and still-single fighters.

Lovey SMS-messaging, as with any couple:

The grooms danced on the stage as a male singer extolled the virtues of
married life. Ehab Adas, 25, one of the grooms, said he missed fighting
but was keeping busy working as a secretary at the Interior Ministry.
He pointed out his bride in the crowd, and proudly displayed the last
text message he had received from her on his mobile phone. "Today is my
real wedding," it read. He had replied simply, "I love you."

But there is also this:

"Marriage is the same as jihad," or holy war, said Muhammad Yousef, one
recently married member of the Qassam Brigades, the Hamas underground.
"With marriage, you are producing another generation that believes in