Another mass wedding in Gaza on Monday sparked outrage on social media, after photos showed grooms with 8- to 10-year-old girls wearing white dresses.
No, they aren't child brides. But people were quick to assume they were.
In fact, they're family members of either the groom or bride, dressing up for the special occasion — not too different from the Western tradition of having flower girls.
There have been a lot of Palestinian mass weddings in Gaza, and the rumor that the girls were child brides started in 2009. WeJew.com had uploaded a video titled, "Hamas Shocking Mass Wedding for 450 Little Girls."
Only it left parts out. Some footage showed the young girls being interviewed and saying they had been there for the wedding of their family members. Nonetheless, the video was widely circulated on anti-Islam websites and social media.
The people who were fooled weren't completely blameworthy; it didn't help that the brides weren't shown in the photos. Children wearing white with the grooms was all they had to go off.
While the use of child brides is a serious problem in Islam, you can breathe a little easier knowing Palestinians aren't proudly broadcasting mass ceremonies of abuse. Or maybe that was a bit of a stretch to begin with.
By Hayat Norimine
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