The Hamas-dominated Palestinian parliament has voted in favor of a bill allowing Palestinian courts to use Islamic Sharia Law when meting out punishments to criminals, the London-based pan-Arab daily Al Hayat reported on Wednesday.
In line with Sharia, the bill calls for such punishments as whipping for those who drink alcohol and severing the hands of thieves. Crucifixion and handing are reserved for offenders who aid enemy entities "against the Palestinian interest" or engage in any other activity deemed harmful to Palestinian morale.
While the Palestinian Authority today operates under a set of largely secular laws, it does regularly mete out the death penalty to those who aid Israel in its war on terror. Under an old Jordanian law still in effect, selling land to Jews is also currently punishable by death.
The new Sharia-based bill still require the signature of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas before being passed into law.
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