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Hamas' new spokeswoman to break misperceptions

Hamas has appointed its first female English-language spokesperson partly to end the stereotype of the organization as an oppressor of women.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Hamas-run government has appointed a young woman as the first English-speaking spokesperson designated for the Western media. The move was seen as a bid by the Islamist government to correct one of the stereotypes associated with the way it deals with women and an attempt to present more influential and convincing speech to the world media.

Israa al-Mudallal, 23, now occupies a small room at the government’s media department in Gaza City, next door to Ihab al-Ghussein, the government’s spokesman and head of the department. Dressed in a beige headscarf, Mudallal highlighted the message she wanted to relay to the outside world.

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