PostedeVeille The author and journalist Djemila Benhabib, recipient of the 2012 International Award of Secularism and finalist of the 2013 Simone de Beauvoir award, is currently being sued by a private school establishment bearing the name ‘Écoles musulmanes de Montréal’ or EMMS (Muslim Schools of Montreal).
As stated in the lawsuit, EMMS claims Mrs. Benhabib held defamatory and anti-Koranic views on the public radio station 98.5 FM while being interviewed by Benoît Dutrizac on February 8th 2012, following an article posted on her Journal de Montréal blog which mentioned said school.
In view of the significant resources that are made available to this school, which happens to be affiliated with the Mosquée de Montréal, the Muslim Community of Montreal as well as the Muslim Community of Québec (MCQ) and its international ramifications, it seems to us this lawsuit could in effect be a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) since its purpose is to intimidate and frighten Mrs. Benhabib, thus entangling her in litigation destined to silence her as evidenced by their action of not targeting the Journal de Montréal nor the 98.5 FM radio station.
As most of you well know, Mrs. Benhabib is the author of the book ‘Ma vie à contre-Coran’. She is very active in fighting Islamic radicalism and denounces forcefully any and all Islamic strategies not only in the West but also in Muslim lands.
Back in the latter half of the 20th Century, women in Afghanistan didn’t look much different than women in the West. When the Taliban took over in the 1990′s, women lost all of their freedoms and rights. Things improved after the Taliban were deposed by Coalition forces in 2002, but after the U.S, pulls out, it likely will be a lot worse for women again.
UK Daily Mail Women in Afghanistan were brutally repressed under Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001 – but a series of fascinating old photographs show how women there used to live freely.
The Taliban were condemned around the world for their treatment of women.
Under their rule they were forbidden to be educated, publicly beaten for showing disobedience and forced to wear burqas – a garment that covers the whole body, apart from the eyes.
Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, who was born in Kabul in Afghanistan, and went on to become an engineering professor at San Jose State University, wrote a photo-essay book called Once Upon A Time in Afghanistan that documented how life before the Taliban used to be very different for women.
THEN using public transportation
NOW using women’s limo
His photographs from the 1950s, 60s and 70s show how they used to be afforded university-level education, browse record shops in short skirts and study science.
Indeed a State Department report from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 2001 explains how women were given the vote in the 1920s, were granted equality in the Afghan constitution in the 1960s and by the early 1990s formed 70 per cent of school teachers, 50 per cent of government workers and in Kabul, 40 per cent of doctors.
THEN at the cinema
NOW at the stoning
Mr Qayoumi said: ‘Remembering Afghanistan’s hopeful past only makes its present misery seem more tragic. But it is important to know that disorder, terrorism, and violence against schools that educate girls are not inevitable. I want to show Afghanistan’s youth of today how their parents and grandparents really lived.’
Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai recently endorsed a code of conduct that would prohibit many of the scenes shown in these photographs.
THEN women and children at the local playground
NOW women and children sleeping in the street
It states that women are not allowed to travel without a male guardian and must not mingle with strange men in public places such as schools, markets and offices.
Wife-beating is only prohibited if there is no ‘Shariah-compliant reason’, it said. Mr Karzai insisted the document was in keeping with Islam and did not restrict women. ’It is the Shariah law of all Muslims and all Afghans,’ he said.
The accused, Farsha Badakhshan (photo right), a Canadian citizen who emigrated from Iran, trapped her in his basement bedroom and stabbed her in the torso and slit her throat ear to ear, the Crown said. He set her ablaze and in the struggle “also got caught on fire.”
Toronto Sun(h/t Susan K) In her opening to the jury, Crown attorney Jennifer Stanton said Farsha Badakhshan (photo below left) who was dating the victim, trapped Carina Petrache, 23, in his basement bedroom at his Toronto home by lighting a fire on July 2, 2010.
Badakhshan, 30, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. He contends he’s not criminally responsible because he suffered from a mental disorder at the time. (Ah yes, another product of Muslim inbreeding) Stanton said some of Petrache’s friends didn’t approve of her relationship with Badakhshan, describing him as “jealous and controlling.” She planned on going swimming with an ex-boyfriend and a girlfriend on the day she was attacked, court heard. Petrache lived in the same building — which contained several rooms and self-contained apartments — as Badakhshan.
The pair had started dating after she moved into the building. But their relationship was “tumultuous” as Badakhshan objected to her socializing with others or without him. Petrache’s friends implored her to end the relationship, said Stanton.
The accused disarmed the downstairs smoke detector by removing its batteries and four separate fires were started, court heard. The bleeding and burning victim eluded her attacker and staggered upstairs with the blazing Badakhshan pursuing her. Another tenant heard a moaning sound, before seeing Petrache “covered in blood and on fire” as she walked into the kitchen and collapsed, court heard.
Petrache died of her neck wound and burns, which engulfed 60% to 70% of her body, en route to the hospital, court heard. The badly-disfigured accused lost his left leg, most of his ears and the top of his scalp.
Not to mention that nothing about being forced to cover your hair by the dictates of Muslim fundamentalists is ‘hip,’ no matter what kind of hip Jay-Z uncensored lyrics you put with it.
HUFFPOThey’re “mipsterz,” or Muslim hipsters, according to the Facebook page, which describes them, among other things, as: A Mipster is someone who seeks inspiration from the Islamic tradition of divine scriptures, volumes of knowledge, mystical poets, bold prophets, inspirational politicians, esoteric Imams, and our fellow human beings searching for transcendental states of consciousness. A Mipster is an ironic identity, one that serves more as a perpetual critique of oneself and of society.
Comment from a Muslim:
The process of creating ‘normal’ is also stripping us, especially women, away from central parts of our faith. The Mipsterz video is hard to stomach for so many because it throws the increasing Islamofashionista culture into your face. Catwalk ready, catwalk strut and catwalk ‘tude seem so antithetical to what we know and expect, sometimes zealously, as Islamic modesty. This isn’t about policing what we wear and how or about casting judgment, but about the sort of culture we’re creating for Muslim women’s dress that is no diferrent than the images and lifestyles sans hijab we criticize. -Sana Saeed
Anti-Islamization Sweden Democrats party under fire for mentioning that “rape is a Muslim form of punishment.” The latest controversy stemming from statements by top brass of the right wing nationalist party started with a Facebook post by Michael Hess, vice chair of the Sweden Democrats in Karlskrona in southern Sweden, in which he wrote that “rape is deeply rooted in Islamic culture.”
The LocalWhen asked about Hess’ comments, Linus Bylund, press secretary for party leader Jimme Åkesson, said the statement couldn’t be construed as racist because it was factual. ”It says in the quran that rape can be used against women who have been unfaithful. It’s a Muslim form of punishment,” Bylund told the Blekinge Läns Tidning (BLT) newspaper.
Jan Hjärpe, a professor of Islamic studies at Lund University, rejected the Sweden Democrat’s claim. ”It’s not true, it’s not in the quran,” he told The Local. “But it’s rather common in parlance, you can hear this kind of thing in environments where there are ethnic tensions,” he added, pointing to similar occurences in the Balkans during the nineties.
Be that as it may, whether it is in the quran or not, rape of both Muslim and non-Muslim women is deeply rooted in Islamic culture.
The very first essay I ever wrote under the pen name Fjordman, published at my then brand-new blog on February 20, 2005, was entitled “Muslim Rape Epidemic in Sweden and Norway — Authorities Look the Other Way.”
It’s not entirely coincidental that the first essay I wrote under the pseudonym Fjordman was about rape in Sweden. In no case is there a worse discrepancy between how Sweden likes to present itself to the world and how the country actually is than when it comes to the question of rape. Its carefully cultivated image as a champion of women’s rights runs counter to the real-life fact that Sweden is becoming a hell for many women.
The problem of rapes in Sweden is worse now than when I first wrote about it almost a decade ago. The 6,320 reported rapes officially registered in that country in 2012 almost certainly do not represent the full number of such crimes that actually took place that year. In 2880 of these registered rapes, the victims were minors and children aged between 0-17 years old. A surprising 10% of these victims of child rape in Sweden in 2012 were boys. The male percentage of rape victims is smaller for adults, but still higher than it used to be some time ago.
We know that many rape victims do not report the crime, perhaps partly due to shame and fear. If we assume that 25% of the rapes that are committed are reported to the police authorities, the total number of rapes in Sweden in 2012 would actually be over 25,000 rather than 63,20, which was already bad enough.
The Swedish massmedia and political elites are very careful not to suggest any connection between these rapes and mass immigration from Third World countries. Yet there is every reason to suspect that such a connection exists. We know from other Western European countries that immigrants from certain regions and cultures, particularly from the Islamic world and Africa, are disproportionately represented as perpetrators in rape cases.
In Britain, especially in English cities, a disturbing number of cases have been revealed in which Muslim men prey on girls, some of them as young as ten years old, drug them and sexually abuse them. Most of their young victims are native white girls, but occasionally they will even prey on non-Muslim girls from other immigrant communities.
In 2005, the ethnologist MariaBäckman in her study “Whiteness and gender” followed a group of ethnic Swedish girls in the suburb of Rinkeby near Stockholm. Natives there are now a minority of the inhabitants due to mass immigration. Several natural blondes stated that they had dyed their hair to avoid unwanted attention and sexual harassment. Being called “whore” is so common for white girls in certain schools that teachers no longer react to this. The problem certainly hasn’t become smaller in the years that have passed since this study.
A report from 2006 detailed how being a Swedish girl or young woman increasingly means feeling unsafe in your own country. They are scared of being raped, a possibility that appears very real to them. Many are planning how to go home at night, how to defend themselves or how to run all the way home if they have to.
“It is not as wrong raping a Swedish girl as raping an Arab girl,” says Hamid, in an interview about a gang rape involving immigrant perps. “The Swedish girl gets a lot of help afterwards, and she had probably f***ed before, anyway. But the Arab girl will get problems with her family. For her, being raped is a source of shame.”
He claims that it is “far too easy to get a Swedish whore…… girl, I mean.” Hamid laughed over his own choice of words. “I don’t have too much respect for Swedish girls. I guess you can say they get f***ed to pieces.”
Suggesting that the ongoing rise in violent crime might have something to do with mass immigration of alien and aggressive cultures is quite literally banned by law. In March 2007 during a rally supported by SSU, the Social Democratic Youth League, a man carried a sign reading, “While Swedish girls are being gang raped by immigrant gangs the SSU is fighting racism.”
He was promptly arrested and later sentenced to a fine. His crime? He had “expressed disrespect for a group of people with reference to their national or ethnic background.” The local court rejected the man’s free speech argument because even free speech has its limits, and he had clearly acted in too provocative a manner.
While the rape numbers are horrific, they make up just one element of the spread of violent crime. Sweden used to be a safe country not so many decades ago. Yet Swedish streets are now plagued by muggings, shootings, robberies, gang rivalries and mafias on a scale previously unknown in modern Scandinavian history.
In lateAugust 2013, after an alleged attack on a veiled Muslim woman, a grassroots movement defending women’s right to wear hijab (veil) was backed by many politicians and celebrities in Sweden. Left-wing politicians were among those who lent their support to the movement, dubbed “The hijab appeal,” by posting pictures of themselves wearing the Islamic headscarf. The attackers were never identified.
The biased and totalitarian Swedish mass media reacted, based on weak evidence from a strange story, with a campaign against an alleged wave of Islamophobic “hate” in Sweden, one of the most politically correct countries on the surface of this planet.
As the author Bruce Bawer commented at the time in FrontPage Magazine: “There’s no evidence that it did happen — no eyewitnesses, no surveillance video — and it’s been suggested (although not, of course, in the Swedish media) that the woman’s story could be entirely bogus. In any case, it’s a man-bites-dog tale if there ever was one: Sweden is overrun with Muslim men who rape infidel women, not with infidels who pull headscarves off Muslim women.”
In late August 2013, at the exact same time as prominent non-Muslim Swedish women were donning the veil to show “solidarity” with Muslims, seven Afghan Muslim asylum seekers were convicted of brutally gang-raping a Swedish woman in the small town of Mariannelund. Another man who masturbated next to the woman’s head while the other seven were raping her for hours was acquitted, though. He received 130,000 kroner in damages for his ordeal. This was sponsored by Swedish taxpayers, presumably including the family of his victim.
Because of such examples, the writer Eva Agnete Selsing in Denmark has come to the conclusion that “Sweden is the Evil Empire.” She was referring to a new kind of totalitarianism and Utopian ideology of open borders.
Selsing was not arguing that this new form of Multicultural totalitarianism was as militant and violent as some of the earlier totalitarian movements, but that doesn’t mean that it is not harmful or dangerous. In her view, the explosive cocktail of extreme political correctness and rampant mass immigration is creating a “catastrophe” in Swedish society. The ruthless authoritarian suppression of dissent upheld by the ruling elites and the media establishment has transformed Sweden into something approaching a “prison of the mind.”
One of the most horrific examples is the country’s rape statistics, which are the worst in Europe. Parallel to mass immigration from Third World countries, the number of recorded rapes, also of children, has exploded. Eva Agnete Selsing wonders how the “hypocritical” Swedish political and media elites can sleep at night, knowing fully well what kind of nightmare of violence and street crime they are pushing on their own people.
Perhaps Swedish authorities should worry more about the incredibly large number of rapes in their own country, and less about transsexuals in Serbia or gay adoption rights in Russia.
What a surprise! Saudi men believe women are to blame for the rising cases involving molestation of females on the grounds they are seduced by women’s excessive make up.
Definitely time to cover up those filthy eyes!
Emirates The findings were included in a survey conducted by the Riyadh-based King Abdul Aziz Centre for National Dialogue and involved 992 males and females.
The survey, carried by Saudi newspapers, found that 86.5 per cent of the men polled believe that women’s exaggeration in wearing make-up is the main cause of the rise in molestation cases in public places in the conservative Gulf Kingdom.
About 80 per cent of the total persons polled believe lack of deterrent penalties and the absence of specific anti-molestation laws are also to blame for the phenomenon.
The report said 91 per cent of the respondents, all aged above 19, believe another key factor is the “poor religious sentiment” while nearly 75 per cent said the problem is caused by lack of awareness campaigns and warning notices at most public places.
Six-year-old girl robs Saudi jewelry store while women in burqas distract staff. CCTV footage shows the little girl, who was wearing a colorful backpack, sneaking under the counter and into the section where the jewelry is stored.
UK Daily Mail(h/t Gerald P)After a few moments, she reappears carrying what looks to be a bundle of money which reportedly contained more than 500,000 Saudi Ryal (£90,000). While the youngster sneaks around the store, the women continue talking to the sales assistant, who is showing them different items of jewelry. The girl sidles up to her mother and appears to shove the the notes into her mother’s handbag. Moments later, the three suspects leave the store without suspicion, and the shop worker is unaware his store has been robbed.
In a nutshell, so-called feminists give Muslims a pass because to be critical of Islamic behavior toward women – honor killings, wife beating, female genital mutilation, forced child marriage, full face-covering attire, acid attacks, stonings, etc – would be “Islamophobic.”
As a person who writes about women’s issues, I am constantly being told that Islam is the greatest threat to gender equality in this or any other country – mostly by white men, who always know best. This has been an extraordinary year for feminism, but from the Rochdale grooming caseto interminable debates over whether traditional Islamic dress is “empowering” or otherwise, the rhetoric and language of feminism has been co-opted by Islamophobes, who could not care less about women of any creed or colour.
The recent blanket coverage of the “gender segregation on campus” story was a textbook case. This month Student Rights, a pressure group not run by students, released a report about Universities UK making a rule that male and female students might be asked to sit separately in some lectures led by Islamic guest speakers. Many Muslim women’s groups and individual Muslim feminists joined the subsequent protests, sometimes taking personal risks to do so. Unfortunately, rightwing commentators and tabloids seized upon the issue to imply that Islamic extremists are taking over the British academy.
I have spent weary weeks being asked to condemn this “policy of gender segregation” by “Islamic extremists”, despite the fact that no such policy exists. (If it doesn’t exist, why are you so obsessed with it?) Of course, I condemn all sexism within the academy. I condemn segregated drinking societies and the under-representation of women at the top levels of academia. I condemn rape culture on campus, traditions like “seal clubbing” and “slut dropping” where male students are encouraged to sexually humiliate their female classmates. If I’ve enough breath left, I’ll condemn the suggestion that guest lecturers be allowed a segregated audience for religious reasons.
Structural sexism does take place every day in our universities, as it does in our offices, shops and homes – and we should oppose it everywhere. But demanding that feminists of every race and faith drop all our campaigns and stand against “radical Islam” sounds more and more like white patriarchy trying to make excuses for itself: “If you think we’re bad, just look at these guys.”
It’s the dishonesty that angers me most. It’s the hypocrisy of men claiming to stand for women’s rights while appropriating our language of liberation to serve their own small-minded agenda. Far-right groups like the English Defence League and the British National party rush to condemn crimes against women committed by Muslim men.
Some of their members tell me that since they are standing against the sexism of Muslim barbarians, as a feminist I should be on their side. When I disagree, I am invariably informed I deserve be shipped to Afghanistan and stoned to death.
Horror stories about Muslim misogyny have long been used by western patriarchs to justify imperialism abroad and sexism at home. The Guardian’s Katharine Viner reminds us about Lord Cromer, the British consul general in Egypt from 1883. Cromer believed the Egyptians were morally and culturally inferior in their treatment of women and that they should be “persuaded or forced” to become “civilised” by disposing of the veil.
Colonial patriarchs like Cromer … wanted merely to replace eastern misogyny with western misogyny.” More than a century later, the same logic is used to imply that misogyny only matters when it isn’t being done by white men.
I am not writing here on behalf of Muslim women, who can and do speak for themselves, and not all in one voice. I am writing this as a white feminist infuriated by white men using dog-whistle Islamophobia to derail any discussion of structural sexism; as someone who has heard too many reactionaries tell me to shut up about rape culture and the pay gap and just be grateful I’m not in Saudi Arabia; as someone angered that so many Muslim feminists fighting for gender justice are forced to watch their truth, to paraphrase that fusty old racist Rudyard Kipling, “twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools”.
We are the fools, if we believe that accepting aggressive distinctions between nice, safe western sexism and scary, heathen Muslim sexism is going to serve the interests of women. The people making these arguments don’t care about women. They care about stoking controversy, attacking Muslims and shouting down feminists of all stripes.
For decades, western men have hijacked the language of women’s liberation to justify their Islamophobia. If we care about the future of feminism, we cannot let them set the agenda.
How many times have we heard this before? American woman converts to Islam for her Muslim husband. Husband flees America, taking the kids back to Saudi Arabia. “My children are my life. I am reaching out for help. If there is anything you can do, advice you can offer, assistance you can give me, I would be eternally grateful.” –Jessica Socling
Sungazette(h/t Jennifer L) That is the plea of city resident Jessica Socling, whose husband, Majed Sayed, allegedly kidnapped their three young sons – Muhammad Sayed, 8; Ibrahim Sayed, 6; and Elyas Sayed, 4 – on Nov. 24 and took them to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in violation of a Lycoming County Court custody order prohibiting them from being removed from Pennsylvania.
“Majed left the country with the children during one of his regularly scheduled, unsupervised visits with them, using passports he obtained without anyone’s knowledge. He is now claiming he will keep them there,” Socling said in an emailed statement.
The youngest child has severe developmental delays due to a congenital brain defect, according to Socling. “He needs constant therapy,” she said.
Sayed likely forged passports for himself and the children, according to Meghan Engelman Young, Socling’s attorney. Majed and the children’s official passports had been seized as part of the June 4, 2012, custody order, according to court documents.
“It’s my understanding the Saudi Embassy would have required Jessica’s signature on the documents. Jessica didn’t sign on the passports, so he would have had to have taken someone to impersonate her or forge the documents,” Young said. (But in Saudi Arabia, custody of children is automatically given to the father)
The couple separated in November 2012 and shared custody of the children, with Socling having primary physical custody, according to court documents. Although the children were dual citizens, Sayed was not permitted to remove them from the United States “until and unless an Islamic custody contract/parenting plan mirroring (the American custody order) is signed and registered with the court and minister of the interior of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” according to the custody order.
Sayed claimed he was in the process of obtaining such a plan, according to Young. “He did his best to do just enough to convince everybody – his own attorney, the courts and Jessica – that he was cooperating and fully intended to comply with U.S. law,” Young said.
Socling’s options for reuniting with her children are relatively limited, as there are no bilateral agreements in force between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia concerning international parental child abduction, according to the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not recognize divorce or custody determinations made in the American courts. There is no power here in the U.S. that would sway Saudi courts to return the children to me, as custody laws there state the father has full rights to do whatever he wants with his children,” Socling said.
Islamic law does not recognize American divorce or separation, making Sayed Socling’s legal guardian, according to Socling. If Socling were to travel Saudi Arabia to attempt to see her children, Sayed “(would have) full legal control over me (and) could even choose to never let me leave the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” Socling stated.
Although Sayed claimed to have obtained an irrevocable divorce under Islamic law, effective March 20, “we highly doubt he ever actually filed that irrevocable divorce and it’s really hard to get proof,” Young said. “At this point, we can’t really trust anything.”
Young received unconfirmed communication “that (Sayed) has informed the Saudi Embassy that Jessica and him have worked things out and that Jessica would be returning to the country as his wife. If that’s true, that would make us believe that he intends to keep her there,” Young said.
Socling cannot get an attorney in Saudi Arabia until she’s in Saudi Arabia, according to Young. “I thought we were working together to come to a satisfactory custody agreement that would keep both of us in our children’s lives and allow the children the freedom to move between their two countries without fear of detainment,” Socling said. (That’s the problem, you took a Muslim at his word. Silly girl)
Sayed, a Saudi national who had been studying at Shippensburg University on a green card, “has stated that he doesn’t want (the children) being raised in the United States (because) he did not believe that they would get a proper Muslim education here.”
County Judge Marc F. Lovecchio entered a Dec. 2 order directing Sayed to immediately return the children to the United States and granting Socling sole and full physical custody of the children. Lovecchio also approved a Dec. 2 request by Sayed’s lawyer, Heather Willis Lewis, to be withdrawn as his counsel.
According to Young, Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent Kyle Moore is handling the case but could not be reached for comment at press time. “The FBI is involved and would be the ones prosecuting (Sayed). The likelihood that charges will be filed is pretty high. If the children are returned, most or all of the prosecution would be stopped,” Young said.
Sayed’s only potentially illegal act under Islamic law is passport forgery, according to Young. “I’m not an expert in Islamic law by any means but it’s my understanding that, under Islamic law, the father gets the custody of the children, especially if they’re male, once they turn 7. All the children are male. Muhammad is under complete custody of dad, no questions asked, and Jessica’s chances of getting the younger two are probably slim to none,” Young said.
Billed as an international Islamic organization dedicated to teaching wives the joy of submitting to their husbands, ‘The Obedient Wives Club,’ founded by the Global Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan), which claims polygamy will lead to a harmonious society, has published a manual entitled: “ISLAMIC SEX – Fighting against Jews to return Islamic sex to the world.”
(Uh, oh! hide your goats and donkeys)
The BlazeYes, even in the bedroom, the Islamic sex-manual mentions a fight against the Jewish people. The group, which has branches in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Jordan is now said to be running its U.K. operation out of a Greenwich neighborhood restaurant/ The Submissive Wives Club, London, is slated to host a debate on polygamy Wednesday evening.
London’s Evening Standard adds: Ikhwan vice-president Rohaya Mohamad has claimed women could “curb social ills” by serving their husbands “better than a first-class prostitute”.
Members of the group, which is run from a Greenwich restaurant, will appear at a debate about polygamy in London tonight. They say they want to show Muslims in Britain that the practice can work.
But Sara Khan, director of Muslim women’s charity Inspire, said: “Polygamy is illegal under British law and such a club would reduce a woman to a mere prop in a man’s life. Not only does it demean women, it is demeaning to men too and the institution of marriage.”
[...] Founder Mohd Ali said there were “misconceptions” about polygamy: “We want to share our experience to show it can work. One of the problems in Malaysia [was] there are men who might keep a mistress or go with someone else because they don’t have a satisfactory married life.”
With the Islamization of Europe forever a concern among Western societies, an Obedient Wives Club branch operating in London takes Islamization to a whole new level.
The absurdity of this charge is clear. In 2011, Italy was hailed as the country most likely to become the next European Union member to introduce a burqa ban, after parliament announced it would debate legislation after the summer recess.
Europe Online Daniela Santanche, a well-known Italian right-wing politician was fined Monday for staging a protest against the wearing of burqas and other Islamic veils for women.
Santanche, a leading member of the conservative Forza Italia party of former premier Silvio Berlusconi, organized the action in Milan four years ago, outside a building where Muslims were holding end-of-Ramadan prayers. She was handed a four-day jail sentence and a 100-euro (135-dollar) fine for not warning police about her protest. The punishment was converted into a 1,100-euro fine.
The politician criticized the ruling and said she would appeal. Courts also slapped a 2,500-euro fine on an Egyptian man who punched Santanche during her protest.
Santanche’ was running a campaign in Italy to expose the burqua and veil as oppressive to women. She took the fight to the front line , entering a muslim ‘prayer meeting’ and asking to speak to some women to tell them they were being oppressed by a male-dominated regime masquerading as a religion, and was subsequently attacked.
In 2006, when she was given a police escort after being threatened by an imam, Santanche said that “the veil is a symbol of women‘s submission.” She also wrote a critical book on the condition of Muslim women.
Fearless leader of ’Forza Italia (Movement for Italy), hot tempered Daniela Santanchè rails about the Prophet Muhammad’s sexual perversions which enraged a Muslim in the audience, who had to be restrained.
Santanche is the outspoken Italian political leader has long engaged in a battle for integration and against Islamic fundamentalism. She was recently assaulted for protesting against the burka.
“I wanted to run and they hit me on the back; I wanted to think and they hit me on the head; they burned my face in the name of Islam, cut my nose for revenge; poured acid on my hands and body; sold me because I am only a woman,” singsParadise Sorouri, the first female Afghan rapper.
Observers.france24Paradise and her fiancé are both Afghans born in Iran, but moved back to Herat in Afghanistan in their late teenage years. After singing about love and other rather tame subjects, they moved to Tajikistan in 2010, where they started writing songs about violence against women. Today, they tour in Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
“During the three years that Dairos and I were working in Herat, I realized that there was a lot of violence and discrimination against women. In Afghanistan’s highly patriarchal society, if a woman has a job, she is looked down upon and will definitely be subjected to vulgar language. So just imagine what it is like for artists. Most people consider female artists as nothing more than prostitutes. All female artists who work in Afghanistan today are risking their lives.”
“When we decided to do a song about women, and the violence against them, called ‘Nalestan,’ we started receiving many threatening messages ordering us to stop our work. Despite Afghan women’s efforts to participate in public life, female artists are often threatened by religious radicals. Female politicians face increasing threats, too – and areregularly murdered. According to the UN, more than87 percent of Afghan women have experienced some form of violence.
A new sharia-compliant uniform could open doors for Muslim women looking to begin a career in law enforcement in Edmonton. At an Edmonton Police Commission meeting, it was revealed that EPS is working on introducing a hijab option to the uniform.
Edmonton Sun Natasha Goudar with the Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Unit said the conversation started when a recruiter was asked if EPS would “ever even consider allowing someone to wear a hijab.” Goudar says officers have been working closely with various Muslim communities, talking to Imams about cultural implications and requirements.
Hijabi police in the UK
“One of the big concerns for them was an educational element to the introduction of the hijab. They didn’t want to just bring it in and have it sit on a shelf,” she told the commission. Goudar added that so far news of the new uniform piece is having a positive impact on young women in Muslim communities. (What about the negative impact it is having on the Edmonton community?)
Those wearing a hijab, who thought a career in policing was out of reach because of their cultural practices are not seeing it as a tangible goal, she said. ”One young lady told me that she couldn’t wait to pass this along to her sister, who didn’t think it was possible because she wore a hijab. Now it’s an option,” she said.
“We started that conversation, and we’re hopeful we’re going to have a recruit wearing one soon.” The headbag would be black in colour, and sit underneath the standard issued Edmonton police hat. It’s projected that the hijab could be ready to go in spring or summer 2014, Goudar said.
Newly appointed city councillor Scott McKeen was also sworn in as a member of the Edmonton Police Commission Thursday, and said he was impressed and proud of the work Goudar and her team have done. He added that given the lengths that Quebec has gone to ban the cultural headpieces, the progress seen Thursday was even more impressive. (Given the lengths that Quebec has gone to ban Muslim headwear, they can expect an influx of new residents fleeing Edmonton )
“This is coming at a time when another province is going in another direction,” he told the commission. ”For that reason, I’m most certainly impressed.” The proposed Quebec Charter of Values threatens to forbid Quebec’s public employees from wearing visible religious symbols – including hijabs, turbans, yarmulkes and larger-than-average crucifixes.
It wasn’t that long ago that RCMP officers were prohibited from wearing turbans, a ban was lifted by the Canadian government in 1990 allowing members to don the cultural headpieces.
Pretty soon Edmunton police women will look like this:
Could it be? Are we seeing ‘progressives’ in one of the most leftist universities in the country finally waking up to what Islam is really all about?
NY Post A New Jersey Muslim woman slapped The New School with a lawsuit on Friday alleging she had to quit her job there in March after being routinely bombarded with racist (what ‘race’ is Islam?)slurs by co-workers — and was even ordered not to wear her Muslim hijab (headbag) to work.
Jamilah Moudiab filed a civil-rights lawsuit in Manhattan federal court that also alleges her supervisor, Monique Ngozi Nri, told her shortly after she was hired in 2011 that the Manhattan university is a “religious free zone” and that “if [she] wants to stay at The New School, [she] must not wear a headdress.”
Moudiab, who quit her job as an international student advisor in March, claims mischievous co-workers even anonymously placed a Christian cross and Rosary beads on her desk to “further castigate” her Muslim beliefs. Among the other complaints in the suit is that the Clifton, NJ-resident was harassed by co-workers for putting up photos of Trayvon Martin after he was shot to death by cops.
She claims she was scolded by Nri for expressing her belief to co-workers that Martin was “murdered for walking,” adding Nri felt the Florida teen was the “aggressor” with authorities in the high-profile shooting. Both The New School and Moudiab’s lawyer, Laurie Morrison, declined comment.