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10.02.13

Palestinian Council OK’s Online Dating

Calls it “unavoidable.”

Counteracting numerous religious fatwas, the Palestinian Authority’s Supreme Fatwa Council ruled on Tuesday that it is acceptable for men and women to date online, but only for the purpose of meeting potential spouses. To justify the decision, the council stated that the online dating scene is “unavoidable and impossible to prohibit completely,” according to The Jerusalem Post. Palestinian women are still prohibited from showing photos of themselves to a male suitor, providing too much detail about themselves online, and meeting men in person without a family member as chaperone.