Hamas, the terrorist group who governs Gaza, has replaced its nearly 80-year old penal law with Islamic sharia law, including amputations of hands for stealing and whippings for offenses ranging from minor to more severe.
Speaking to the Gulf News from the United Arab Emirates-based Gulf News, a senior Hamas official said the new law were being instituted because the old laws, dating from the British Mandate, were "impractical" and said that the new laws would stop the spread of crime.
Under the new “sharia-inspired” law, minor infractions would incur the punishment of 20 lashes, while more severe criminal convictions would garner 80 lashes for the offender.
The changes were not looked upon favorably by all the terrorist groups operating out of Gaza. A rival group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, criticized the changes, saying, "Penalties like lashing are not compatible with Palestinian society, which is a multicultural society."