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Gaza schools impose hijab to students' dismay

A decision to impose the veil on secondary school students in Gaza schools was rejected by both students and their parents who view this measure as an encroachment on personal freedom.
Palestinian students congratulate each other after receiving their test results of those accepted into the Bashir El Rayes women's secondary school, Gaza City, Gaza Strip, July 19, 2003.

With the beginning of the new school year in the Gaza Strip, the issue of the hijab and a dress code for secondary school students resurfaced once again.

Gaza schools have opened their doors with new measures, imposing on female students to don the veil according to Sharia, much to the dismay of students and their parents who argue that schools have turned into religious seminars instead of educational centers.

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