Arab columnists oppose Obama’s support for women wearing black garbage bags

They agree with French President Sarkozy’s call for a total ban on the burqa.

In a recent speech, French President Nicolas Sarkozy stated that the burqa is a sign of subjugation of women, and as such is “not welcome in France.” His statements evoked sympathetic reactions from columnists in the Saudi and Egyptian press. Female Saudi columnists stated that the Islamists had turned women’s traditional coverings into a political symbol, and that terrorists used them in terror attacks, while an Egyptian columnist said that covering women in this way signified subjugation, and thus these garments were not wanted in countries where women are respected.

SAUDI COLUMNIST, Halima Muzaffar: “The Niqab (full veil) is a political symbol.” (Obama thinks burqa is the new ‘black’)

Poetess and liberal columnist Halima Muzaffar wrote that the Islamists exploited women and used the covering as a political symbol to attain their goals, and not as a religious symbol.

“Several Muslims who saw an advantage [worthy of reward by Allah] in religious extremism and excess abandoned the majority view [i.e. that such exposure is permitted] and adhered to the minority view [i.e. that it is forbidden]... Some who held the view [that it is forbidden] saw it as an opportunity to keep the burqa or the niqab as a chauvinistic tribal Bedouin custom, which had became a legitimate social custom… on the pretext that it is a part of the Islamic [concept of] hijab (head scarf).

“Some Muslim women in Europe wear the hijab against their will, due to the piety of their families who identify with or belong to one of the Islamic political movements. Others wear it out of religious conviction… or out of political conviction, aimed at making the burqa or niqab into a political symbol, not a religious symbol. By so doing, [these women’s families] confront European racism and strengthen their affiliation with Islam, or identify with the Islamic movements… Everyone knows that women are the trump card of these movements, which exploit the [women’s] emotions and their weaknesses…  while using the democracy and freedoms in the Western countries to attain their political goals.

“Therefore, the European countries have begun to fear the burqa as a political symbol, not as a religious symbol. They are not willing to lose centuries… of political struggle in which they have shed their blood for equality and stability among the diverse elements of their societies…to build what the Islamic Revolution built in Iran or what the Taliban built in Afghanistan.”

SAUDI COLUMNIST, Layla Ahmad Al-Ahdab;: “Traditional women’s coverings are used by terrorists” (Not terrorists, “human disaster makers,” says Obama)

Saudi columnist Layla Ahmad Al-Ahdab stated that women’s coverings should be banned in Europe, because terrorists conceal themselves in them when they carry out terror attacks. She wrote: “Individual freedom must remain within the bounds of society’s security. We have already seen several terrorists using the ‘abaya [a robe worn by Muslim women] and coverings in their preparations for terror operations in several Arab countries: In the [Saudi] kingdom, [authorities have] stopped vehicles carrying workers… hiding behind the niqab, going from one place to another and undermining society’s security. Thus, Europe must ban anything that covers the woman’s face…

“Not hiding your faces from each other is part of respecting your fellow man – thus, the woman won’t view the man as if he were a wild animal, who is likely to gobble her up the minute he looks at her…

EGYPTIAN COLUMNIST, Mustapha Sami: “The Niqab is not welcome in France – Just as it is not welcome in any country that respects women.” (According to Obama, it IS welcome in the USA)

Egyptian columnist Mustapha Sami wrote in the Egyptian government daily Al-Ahram in support of Sarkozy’s stance against the burqa, stating that women who wear the burqa or the niqab in France should return to their native land.

“But we must [also] acknowledge that the Muslim Arabs brought with them to France their [own] fears and emotional complexes, which dictated their patterns of behavior and their  despicable treatment of women.


“Since the 1990s, the niqab has been infiltrating the Arab countries, because of the jihadists who use Allah to torment us. From there [the custom of wearing the niqab] moved also to the Muslims in Europe, and the sight of these ‘walking sacks’ in the streets and on public transportation began to arouse apprehension and strange feelings.

“To this fashion was added also women’s refusal to shake hands with men, and vice versa. This behavior is not accepted in our Arab and Islamic society, but nevertheless some Western governments have been forced to accept it for fear of extortion by [Muslim] extremists and hypocrites. “[But] the West, with all its customs, traditions, and respect for women, is not obliged to accept those who wear the niqab.

“French President Nicolas Sarkozy is absolutely right to refuse to accept the niqab… It is better for those ghosts that hide inside those sacks out of obedience to the precepts of Islam and rejection of the infidel Western culture to go back to their native lands and live their lives in accordance with the instructions of their father or husband – who defend girls’ and women’s honor, even at the cost of killing them. MEMRI

On the other hand, Great Britain reveals its growing dhimmitude by having its female officers spend a day dressed up in black garbage bags to ‘see how it feels.’

Three British policewomen spend full day dressed in Muslim burkhas in controversial ‘In Your Shoes’ exercise. Two covered their faces with hijab headscarves and niqab veils, leaving only narrow slits to see through, and another wore Muslim dress and a headscarf showing her face.

Critics yesterday lined up to denounce the scheme as ‘political correctness gone mad,’ and accused South Yorkshire Police of losing sight of its main objective. Douglas Murray, of the Centre for Social Cohesion think-tank, said: ‘You just couldn’t make it up.

The victims of crime must be amazed that the police have so much time on their hands that they can spend a day playing dress-up.

‘This is a complete waste of police time and taxpayers’ money. It’s not the duty of police to empathise with particular sections of the community. It is the duty of the police to prevent crime and catch criminals. ‘After this are they planning to dress as members of other communities such as Hindus and Buddhists?’ UK DAILY MAIL