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    France Will Oppose But Not Ban Burqas - Deputy

    November 13, 2009

    PARIS (Reuters) - France will issue recommendations against full face veils but not pass a law barring Muslim women from wearing them, a leading backer of a legal ban said on Friday.

    Andre Gerin, chairman of a parliamentary inquiry into use of full face veils in France, reluctantly ruled out a ban one day after President Nicolas Sarkozy repeated his conviction that "France is a country that has no place for the burqa."

    France banned Muslim headscarves in state schools in 2004 following a similar inquiry and looked set to bring in an outright ban on veils coverings the whole face, such as burqas or niqabs, when it launched the panel last June at the request of Gerin, a Communist deputy from Lyon.

    But at its weekly hearings, legal experts, local officials, Muslim leaders and even some militant secularists have told the deputies on the panel that a ban could be anti-constitutional, counterproductive and impossible to enforce.

    Gerin, who denounces the head-to-toe veils as "walking coffins," told Europe 1 radio: "We'll end up with recommendations ... not a law in itself against the burqa, maybe a symbolic law, a law of liberation (of women)."
    Backing off from a complete ban, he said the panel might propose "radical measures" to ban full face veils in municipal hospitals and other public institutions, but gave no details.

    France, whose five million Muslims make up Europe's largest Islamic minority, has been criticised in the Muslim world for considering a burqa ban. French Islamic community leaders have warned against passing a law that would stigmatise Muslims.

    PRE-ELECTION DEBATE

    Scepticism about a ban grew after a police report said only 367 women in France wore such veils, which are common in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia but not in the North African countries where most Muslim immigrants to France came from. Another estimate spoke of about a thousand such veils.
    The veil inquiry coincides with Sarkozy's plan for a public debate about immigration and national identity due to culminate in a conference just before regional elections next March.

    The opposition Socialist Party accuses him of stirring up the issue to poach anti-immigration voters from the far-right. Winning those voters away from the National Front party was a key to Sarkozy's election as president in 2007.

    Gerin said the panel was studying a possible ban on all face coverings in public, an approach experts also cast doubt on.

    "We can't impose a state of permanent control on citizens," legal expert Remi Schwartz told the panel. "That would mean everyone should be identifiable at all times, which would make public space into a vast zone of video surveillance."

    Law professor Denys de Bechillon challenged Gerin's argument that full facial veils broke French law because they violated women's rights and dignity.
    "Isn't the heart of a woman's dignity found in the exercise of her free choice and her freedom, even if that includes wearing a burqa if she wants to?" he asked.


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    Muslim woman 'abused' over dress


    A Muslim woman was asked by a Christian hotelier if she was a terrorist and a murderer because she was wearing Islamic dress, a court has been told.
    8 December 2009


    Ericka Tazi told Liverpool magistrates she faced a tirade of abuse from Benjamin Vogelenzang and his wife Sharon, at their hotel on Merseyside.
    She said it was because she was wearing a hijab head covering and gown.

    Mr and Mrs Vogelenzang deny using threatening, abusive or insulting words which were religiously aggravated.

    Members of campaign group The Christian Institute demonstrated in support of the couple outside the court.

    Mrs Tazi, who converted to Islam 18 months ago, spent a month at The Bounty House Hotel on Church Avenue, Aintree, Liverpool, while attending a course at Aintree Hospital.

    Clothes 'mocked'

    Prosecutor Anya Horwood told the court Mr Vogelenzang, 53, called the prophet Mohammed a "warlord" and likened him to Saddam Hussein and Hitler.

    And his 54-year-old wife told Mrs Tazi her Islamic dress represented "oppression" and was a form of "bondage", the court heard.

    Mrs Tazi had worn European dress during her four-week stay, but the row flared after she came down on her last day in traditional Islamic dress.
    She said Mr Vogelenzang asked her "Why are you wearing those clothes?" and began laughing at her, the prosecutor told the court.

    Ms Horwood said the hotelier then began to discuss his Christian faith but became angry - at which point his wife joined in.

    He asked me if I was a murderer, if I was a terrorist
    Ericka Tazi, hotel guest
    Mrs Tazi walked away but was followed by Mr Vogelenzang, who was acting like "a whirling dervish", repeatedly asking her if she was a "terrorist".

    Giving evidence, Mrs Tazi told the bench that dressing in her hijab seemed to "trigger something" in the hotelier.

    The 60-year-old, who suffers from fibromyalgia and lives with chronic pain, said: "He just couldn't accept the way I was dressed.

    "He asked me if I was a murderer, if I was a terrorist. I'm a 60-year-old disabled woman, I couldn't understand where it was coming from, it was shocking to me."

    Mrs Tazi said Mr Vogelenzang followed her into the dining room "flailing" his arms and "jumping up and down".

    She added: "Sharon came running in, she was shouting 'you started this with your dress' and she was pointing in my face and I was frightened at this stage. I was absolutely traumatised by it all."

    Beatles fan

    Later that night Mrs Tazi contacted Merseyside Police. When detectives questioned the couple they claimed they had been sharing their "faith views".

    Mrs Tazi told Hugh Tomlinson QC, for the defence, that she was not trying to make a statement by wearing the hijab and denied having robust arguments about religion with other guests.

    She told him she tried "many religions" before converting to Islam when she married.

    Mrs Tazi said: "My journey has been a long, long journey, it was a very difficult decision to wear these clothes... I'm a normal Warrington girl who liked the Beatles."

    Guests at the hotel told the court that Mrs Tazi was left distraught by the row.

    Pauline Tait, 52, a committed Christian, described it as "a very upsetting and volatile exchange".

    Another guest, Shirley Tait, said she was in her bedroom when she heard Mr Vogelenzang shouting the words "Nazi" and "warlord".
    The case was adjourned until Wednesday.

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    The prejudice, intolerance, islamophobia and bigotry in Europe is sickening!

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    Yob who yanked off Muslim woman's headscarf ordered to pay her £1,000 compensation

    By Daily Mail Reporter - 16th December 2009

    A thug who ripped off a Muslim woman's headscarf as she passed him in the street says he's 'ashamed' of what he did.


    Stephen Ard was handed a 16-week jail sentence, suspended for a year, after he admitted a charge of religiously aggravated assault.

    Leicester magistrates also ordered him to pay his victim £1,000 compensation after hearing he was drunk at the time of the incident which took place in October in the Highfields area of the city.

    His victim Rehana Sidat told the court she felt 'invaded' by the attack and is still scared to walk the streets alone.

    Ard, 29, walked free after writing a letter of apology to the court. He said he felt 'ashamed and embarrassed' by his behaviour.

    Miss Sidat, 28, was walking to her job at a drop-in centre for people with learning difficulties when her attacker suddenly snatched the veil - also called the niqab - from her face.

    She said Ard's actions had left her 'emotionally and psychologically' hurt.

    Remembering the incident she told the court: 'A white youth was walking towards me. He was looking straight ahead so I didn't think anything of it.

    'It was only when he got a bit nearer and a bit too close that I tried to move away. It was then that he pulled my veil off and said: 'Get that off.'

    'He was angry, so it was really quite shocking. He kept walking, so I said: 'How dare you?' He stopped, turned around and said: 'I do dare.''

    English-born Ms Sidat, who has worn a niqab for 15 years, said she hoped victims of similar race-hate crimes would come forward.

    She added: 'I was born in this country and love this place. I just want to be treated like everyone else and have the same rights as everyone else.

    'There's nothing to fear - we're human beings, like everybody else. We're participating in our communities, just the same as everybody else out there.'

    Ard, who is from Leicester, was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of community service.


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    UNESCO chief wants to ban the burqa

    By Frank Renout - 15 October 2009



    Irina Bokova will be officially installed as UNESCO's new director today. It's the first time that the UN organisation for education and science and culture has had a woman, or an East European, in the top job. The new UNESCO Chief wants to encourage dialogue but isn't afraid to say what she thinks.

    Bulgaria's Irina Bokova has big ambitions: she wants to encourage dialogue between Muslims, Jews and Christians and increase respect and tolerance between different groups. But in an interview with Radio Netherlands World she immediately tackles a controversial issue and takes a stand against the burqa, the traditional Islamic garment that completely covers a woman's face and body. She says:

    "Personally I'm against the burqa. Some women can't even see properly. It denigrates women, causes problems and gives women the feeling that they are not equal to men."

    Self-confidence

    The brand new UNESCO chief isn't afraid to speak her mind. As far as Ms Bokova is concerned, the all-encompassing garment worn by some Muslim women does no good at all, especially now that more and more burqa-clad women are appearing on the streets of Western Europe. The UNESCO head says that burqa-wearers must become more self-confident and more self-aware:

    "I think UNESCO needs to make a really big effort and focus on education, education, education for Muslim women. I think this should be the number one priority. It's the only way to gradually change the mentality and the praxis for these women. It doesn't serve women's rights to say, I'm in favour of this, I'm against that. We have to do something and I think that through the transformation of society, we can change it.”

    Her outspoken comments are remarkable given UNESCO's calls for tolerance and mutual understanding. But Ms Bokova sees the burqa, especially in Western Europe, as a clash between cultures that has to be solved. And her solution is: the burqa has to go.

    Irina Bokova was chosen to chair the UN cultural organisation over Egypt's Farouq Hosni. Many considered him the favourite for the post, but in the end - perhaps due to his controversial anti-Semitic comments - he was not elected.

    'Nothing to do with Islam'

    The burqa and other types of face-covering veil such as the niqab are also controversial in the Muslim world. Recently, the Egyptian Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar University, Muhammad Tantawi, shocked the entire Muslim world by publicly condemning face-covering veils. When visiting a secondary school he walked up to a girl wearing a niqab, ordered her to take it off and snapped at her: "That niqab has absolutely nothing to do with Islam. I know more about Islam than you and your parents!"

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    The 57-year-old Bulgarian, who has been Sofia's UN envoy to UNESCO since 2005, grew up in an elite family under Bulgaria's repressive Communist regime. Her father was editor-in-chief of the state-run newspaper. As a young woman, Irina studied in Moscow, joined the diplomatic corps and represented the Communist government. And now, as UNESCO's director, she must defend free speech and freedom of the press. She sees no contradiction here, even though she previously served a repressive regime, the last 20 years have proven that she is a democrat.

    "I have distanced myself from the former regime. I also worked very hard to ensure Bulgaria's entry into the European Union and NATO. I lobbied very hard to convince people that it was a good thing for Bulgaria."

    Bureaucratic moloch

    Ms Bokova will face a number of challenges over the next four years, including breathing new life into the UN organisation that has almost 200 members and an annual budget of more than 201 million euros. Critics have frequently accused UNESCO of being a bureaucratic moloch that wastes money. She promises:
    "The first thing I'm going to do is set up an internal commission to reduce bureaucracy."

    Ms Bokova says UNESCO needs to be more flexible. At the moment, coordination between the various departments is poor and it needs improvement. She plans to cut the bureaucracy by about ten percent and a number of office jobs will go. She'd rather the money goes to concrete projects and programmes, to countries and people that really need it.


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    She wants to encourage dialogue with Muslims, so she starts by attacking the burqa; the veiling the women of Prophet's (salallahu alyahi wasalam) household wore. She has never worn a burqa yet she thinks she knows how it feels to wear a burqa?! You will never see a burqa wearing women to be not self confident or self-aware, yet these problems are too common in the women dress to show off; they are constantly seeking others' approval with their dressing for men!

    They are ok with choosing a communist, despite their hate for communism, when it comes attacking Islam. Obviously, their hatred for Islam is greater than their hatred for communism. They know that one clown puppet (Tantawi) has already came out against Islam/niqaab and they didn't want to get another puppet from the same country to attack Islam, so they thought if they picked a woman from (Netherland) a different country then people won't notice this attack on Islam/Niqaab.

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    Women who wear burkas and niqabs on the street in France face fines of £700 (anti-islam/islamophobe)

    By Daily Mail Reporter - 08th January 2010

    Women who wear Islamic veils in public in France face a £700 fine under strict new laws being proposed.

    The amount could be doubled for Muslim men who force female members of their family to cover their faces.

    Jean-Francois Cope, president of Nicolas Sarkozy’s ruling UMP Party, said the legislation was intended to protect the ‘dignity’ and ‘security’ of women.

    He is set to file the draft law in the National Assembly after Mr Sarkozy said veils were ‘not welcome’ because they intimidated non-Muslims.

    ‘We want a ban in public areas,’ said Mr Cope, making it clear the veil would not be allowed in public buildings, or on the streets of France, home to five million Muslims.

    He added: ‘The wearing of the burka will be subject to a fine, probably of 750 euros’.

    The fine would apply to ‘all people on the public street whose face is entirely covered’.

    Mr Sarkozy has called burkas ‘a sign of subservience that imprison women’, while immigration minister Eric Besson described them as ‘an affront to national identity’.



    Allah's Apostle (salla lahu alayhe wa salaam) said: Allah said: 'I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved things with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (praying or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him, so I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My protection (Refuge), I will protect him; (i.e. give him My Refuge) and I do not hesitate to do anything as I hesitate to take the soul of the believer, for he hates death, and I hate to disappoint him." [Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 76, Number 509], Hadith Qudsi 25

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    UKIP vows to ban the burka to win over working class voters

    By Daily Mail Reporter - 16th January 2010

    The UK Independence Party is to launch a controversial bid to woo voters by unveiling a policy to ban the Muslim burka and the niqab.

    The party backs the view that the burka, the cloak that covers Muslim women from head to toe, and the niqab, a veil covering the head, are an affront to British values.

    UKIP hopes the policy, which is already being considered by a string of European countries, will broaden its appeal and connect it with white working class voters.

    The party hopes to make further electoral gains after winning the second largest share of the vote in last June's European elections.

    Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage will announce tomorrow that the fabric of British society is under threat for Sharia law and concealing women's faces in public is not compatible with traditional British freedoms and values.

    Mr Farage, who stood down last year to fight the Buckingham seat of Parliamentary Speaker John Bercow at the general election, told The Times: 'UKIP has always been good at showing what it is against, but we are now trying to demonstrate to voters how an independent Britain would be governed.

    'I am going to be talking about Britishness, about the national identity and the genuine threat that Sharia law poses.

    'Alarm bells should have sounded when the Archbishop of Canterbury said that the adoption of Sharia law in the UK was unavoidable.'

    Mr Williams made his comments in February 2008, when he said Muslims did not necessarily relate to the British legal system and should not have to choose between 'the stark alternatives of cultural loyalty or state loyalty'.

    UKIP, which as yet has no seats in Westminster, says the two items of clothing have no basis in Islam and only act to encourage gender inequality. They are the first national party to call for an outright ban.

    The policy decision comes after French President Nicolas Sarkozy began attempts to outlaw full veils on state premises including public transport.

    Danish Conservatives in the country's coalition government have also demanded a ban on the burka and the niqab in public. And in October 2009 the Muslim Canadian Congress called for similar measures.

    UKIP leader Lord Pearson of Rannoch added: 'We are taking expert advice on how we could do it.

    'It makes sense to ban the burka, or anything which conceals a woman’s face, in public buildings. But we want to make it possible to ban them in private buildings.

    'It isn’t right that you can’t see someone’s face in an airport.

    'We are not Muslim bashing, but this is incompatible with Britain’s values of freedom and democracy.'

    The party plans to build towards an election footing with further announcements over the next two months on transport, healthcare, welfare and tax.

    Specific pledges already include increasing the defence budget by 40 per cent and bringing back grammar schools.

    The Muslim Council of Britain said most women who wear the burka do so out of choice.


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    Verily! As for those whom the angels take (in death) while they are wronging themselves (as they stayed among the disbelievers even though emigration was obligatory for them), they (angels) say (to them): "In what (condition) were you?" They reply: "We were weak and oppressed on earth." They (angels) say: "Was not the earth of Allâh spacious enough for you to emigrate therein?" Such men will find their abode in Hell - What an evil destination! (An-Nisa 4:97)

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    Italy moves towards emulating France on burqa ban

    By Deepa Babington - Jan 29, 2010

    ROME (Reuters) - Italy may soon seek a ban on full-face Muslim veils, drawing on debate in France where President Nicolas Sarkozy has described the burqa as unwelcome and legislators are considering a vote to outlaw or restrict it.

    Equal Opportunities Minister Mara Carfagna has said the Italian government will quickly follow in France's footsteps, breathing new life into four draft bills on burqas already circulating in parliamentary committees.

    "I completely agree with the French initiative, which I think will push other European countries and hence, also Italy, to enact laws on this issue," Carfagna said this week.

    "This is about a sacrosanct battle to defend the dignity and rights of immigrant women. A law is being studied that would ban the use of a burqa and niqab, which are not religious symbols -- that's not us saying it, but the top religious authorities of the Islamic world, like the imams of Cairo and Paris."

    Her comments came after a French parliamentary panel this week urged the National Assembly to pass a resolution denouncing full Muslim face veils and then vote on the strictest law possible to ban women from wearing them.

    Critics see the Burqa, a full veil with a slit for the eyes, as a symbol of the subjugation of women.

    In Italy, the initiative has drawn strong support from the far-right, anti-immigrant Northern League party in Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's conservative government, though some opposition figures have also applauded the move.

    In deeply Catholic Italy -- where a European court ruling against crucifixes in classrooms sparked a national uproar -- a few small northern towns have already tried to ban burqas with local decrees, though some of those were later annulled.

    The ban initiative also looks to have the backing of most Italians. A poll by the SWG polling group showed 71 percent of Italians were in favour of a ban on full face veils.

    "WALKING UNDER WATER"

    Still, like in France, the issue has provoked sharp debate in Italy over whether a new law is needed, with leftist politicians and even some in Berlusconi's coalition questioning whether legislation could end up being counterproductive.

    "I'm convinced the burqa is a prison and a form of male dominance," said leftist senator Vittoria Franco. "Having said that, I think it's wrong to ban it because it would be an abstract intervention that would not help emancipate women."

    Others say wearing a burqa or a niqab -- a face veil with an eye opening -- is already illegal under a 1975 anti-terrorism law that bars appearing in public with a masked face.

    But conservative lawmaker Souad Sbai, who has proposed amending the 1975 law to specifically include the words "niqab" and "burqa", says a clear message needs to be sent to dissuade young immigrant Muslim women from taking up face veils.

    "If we don't ban it now, tomorrow we'll have lots of women walking around in a niqab," Sbai, who is of Moroccan descent, told Reuters. "Each day the number of women wearing it rises. Just go to Brescia, Bergamo or Milan or any market, They are full of women wearing them."

    She says more than 1,000 women in Italy wear full face veils, though Ahmad Gianpiero Vincenzo, head of the Italian Muslim Intellectuals group, says not more than 100 women do.

    Muslim groups in Italy say they advise women against wearing face veils, but that enacting a new law on it is either unnecessary or could constitute an attempt to legislate personal choice.

    Either way, burqa wearers are unlikely to get much done in Italy, says a reporter from La Repubblica newspaper. Going undercover in a niqab, she recounted not being allowed to borrow library books and being asked to leave local government offices.

    "Walking around Milan inside a burqa is like walking under water," she wrote in the left-leaning newspaper.


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    If it’s not one islamphobe oppressive regime it’s another, Europe seems to be full of these bigots.

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    Italian town introduces burka ban


    Sun Jan 31, 2010


    While France moves a step closer to banning the full Islamic veil, in Italy the anti-immigration Northern League is also pushing a bill to outlaw the burka in public places. One Italian town in…


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    One in three Britons wants total ban on wearing a burka

    By Daily Mail Reporter - 01st February 2010

    A third of Britons want to see an outright ban on the burka, according to a poll.

    And two thirds believe it should be illegal to wear a burka in places such as banks and airports.

    France has been considering a ban on the burka and the issue has caused controversy when it has been raised in the UK.

    A ComRes poll of 1,000 people for today’s Independent found that six out of 10 oppose a ban on wearing it in all public places.

    Some 52 per cent disagreed with the proposition that there should be no legal restrictions on wearing a burka, while 43 per cent agreed.

    Asked whether it should be illegal to wear a burka in any public place, 36 per cent agreed and 59 per cent disagreed. Some 64 per cent believe that it should be illegal to wear a burka in places such as banks and airports, while 33 per cent disagree.

    Around 60 per cent said schools should be allowed to prevent teachers wearing burkas.

    The most striking variation of opinion is by age. Only 15 per cent of 18-24 year-olds believe that the burka should be banned in any public place, compared to 57 per cent of over-65s. Women are more opposed to restrictions than men.

    UKIP is the only British party to call for a total ban, after the BNP called for it to be banned in schools.

    Nigel Farage, who leads UKIP’s 13 MEPs in Brussels, claimed that burkas were a symbol of an ‘increasingly divided Britain’.


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    Immigrants wanting to settle in France to sign a 'no burka' contract

    By Ian Sparks - 09th February 2010

    Immigrants should sign a 'no burka' contract before being allowed to live in France, the country's families minister has said.

    It would be added to an 'integration agreement' that all newcomers already have to commit to, which also bans forced marriages and polygamy.

    Nadine Morano said: 'Equality between men and women is a fundamental principle of French society.

    'This applies to polygamy, forced marriages, female mutilation and the full-face veil.'

    Her proposal came at a government conference yesterday following a three-month debate on national identity.

    Last month a government committee said women who wear the garment should be barred from using public transport and outlawed from public buildings like schools and hospitals.

    But the official inquiry by a group of MPs stopped short of recommending a total ban of the garments, saying they should still be allowed in private homes.

    The committee's head Andre Gerin said a full ban could enflame Muslim tensions and drive some to extremism.

    Such a move could also backfire as it was likely to be challenged by the European Court of Human Rights, he said.

    But he added: 'We are recommending that all women must show their faces when entering public institutions or boarding public transport and keep their face uncovered throughout their presence there.

    'Failure to do so should result in a refusal to deliver the service demanded.'

    Ms Morano has the backing of many prominent MPs in her call to have immigrants who wear burkas banned from staying in France.

    French interior minister Brice Hortefeux said in December that both women who wear veils and their husbands should be 'systematically refused' French residents' permits.

    And President Nicolas Sarkozy has branded face veils 'a sign of debasement' and said they were not welcome in France.

    The burka is a full-body covering worn largely in Afghanistan with a mesh screen over the face, and the niqab is a full-body veil with slits for the eyes.

    Only around 5,000 women among France's five million strong population wear the garments.

    France already passed a law in 2004 forbidding students and staff from wearing veils and other religious symbols in schools as part of a drive to defend secularism.

    This month Switzerland voted to ban minarets on mosques across the country. In September a French mother was banned from wearing a 'burkini' swimsuit at her local swimming pool.

    Carole, a 35-year-old Muslim convert, was told by the manager of pool in Emerainville, near Paris, that the garment was 'inappropriate' on hygiene grounds.

    The woman said she bought her burkini for £40 during a holiday in Dubai, adding: 'I was told that it would allow me the pleasure of bathing without showing off my body, which is what Islam recommends.'

    She is now taking her local council to court on the grounds that the ban was not a hygiene issue but a political issue.

    The French parliament will vote on a partial or complete ban within several months and the proposals could come into force by the end of the year.


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    We must respect Muslim rights if we want Islamic countries to respect our rights, warns French Catholic Church as it speaks against burka ban

    By Mail Foreign Service - 01st February 2010

    The French Catholic Church warned Paris today against banning Muslim full-face veils.

    It said France must respect the rights of its Muslims if it wanted Islamic countries to do the same for their Christian minorities.

    Bishop Michel Santier, the top French Catholic official for inter-religious dialogue, said very few women in France wore full veils and Muslim leaders agreed it was not obligatory in Islam.

    A parliamentary commission last week urged the National Assembly to pass a non-binding resolution condemning full veils and then work out a law banning them.

    Deputies say a total ban may not be legal but certain limits could be approved.

    If Paris passed a law, Santier said, 'the result could be the opposite of what is desired and lead to a reaction that increases the number of women wearing this garment.

    'The French, including the Catholics among them, should not let themselves be gripped by fear or a "clash of civilisations" theory,' he said in a statement calling for distinctions between the majority of peaceful Muslims and a minority of radicals.

    'If we want Christian minorities in Muslim majority countries to enjoy all their rights, we should in our country respect the rights of all believers to practice their faith.

    'A dialogue in truth among believers will help us go beyond mutual mistrust. The path will be long and hard,' he said.

    The Vatican has long pointed to the rights of Muslim minorities in Western countries when pressing Muslim countries to allow more religious freedoms for Christian minorities there.

    French Jewish leaders have also expressed concern about a veil ban and Santier regretted that the parliamentary commission did not invite Christian or Jewish leaders to give their views during the six-month-long hearings, which ended in December.

    Claude Gueant, a top aide to President Nicolas Sarkozy, said on Sunday he doubted a total ban would be legally possible.

    French police say about 1,900 women wear the full veils, known as burqas although almost all are Arab-style niqabs showing the eyes.

    Critics say they must be outlawed as an insult to women's rights and a sign of Islamic radicalism.




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    That seems like only reasonable thing to do now, ban all to muslim country without a burka/niqaab and state all living in Muslim lands will have to do niqab or face fines and deportation. Maybe these bigot kuffars will learn than.


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    'Racist' school bus drivers 'refusing to stop for young Muslim girls who are wearing the hijab'

    By Carol Driver - 2/26/2010

    School bus drivers have been accused of racism after failing to stop for pupils wearing Muslim hijabs.

    Young girls have claimed they are being bullied on board for dressing in the traditional veil which covers the head.

    To avoid trouble, ‘cowardly’ drivers are allegedly ignoring pupils who wait at bus stops wearing the headscarf.

    Following a police investigation, officers will now be drafted on to board the buses to protect the students from ‘racist’ taunts of other passengers.

    The problems centre on Merseytravel and pupils attending West Derby's Holly Lodge Girls' College in Merseyside, where 10 per cent of the 11,274 11 to 18-year-old students are from ethnic minorities.

    Members of the Muslim community said the issue was a long-running one.

    Amina Ismail, who works at Liverpool John Moores University, was approached by the victims.

    She said: ‘They said people driving past were being abusive because they were wearing the hijab.’

    Ms Ismail said bus drivers refusing to stop were ‘cowardly’ and that ‘they should not push their own personal prejudices on young people’.

    She urged people to ‘see past the scarf or skin colour and look beyond this’.

    Holly Lodge has previously won praise from Ofsted for its ‘promotion of equality and diversity’.

    Headteacher Julia Tinsley said: ‘There have been a small number of cases where ignorant people have directed racist comments at our pupils while they are on buses.

    ‘It is completely unacceptable and very upsetting for those involved and we have provided support to those affected.

    ‘We welcome the assistance from Merseyside police in tackling the mindless minority who think it is acceptable to make racist comments.’

    Merseyside police has produced an action plan to prevent any further incidents, including looking at how victims can pass on anonymous information.

    A spokesman said the force was committed to tackling racism, adding: ‘We will be putting police community support officers on public buses during the periods these incidents are happening to reassure passengers and deter would-be offenders.

    ‘CCTV will be routinely checked following allegations of any criminal offence.’

    However, Colin Carr, regional adviser for Unite - whose members include bus drivers - said he would be surprised if they were failing to stop.

    ‘The union would condemn this kind of action, and equality and diversity is something we promote across the spectrum,’ he said.

    Merseytravel said it condemned ‘all acts of racism’ and, after probing the claims, has ‘now drawn up an action plan to deal with and prevent any further incidents’.

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    Such ignorant bigots shouldn’t even be allowed public jobs if they are going to impose their narrow minded prejudicial ignorance on little kids.

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    Wilders goes for headscarf ban in the Hague

    A ban on headscarves for city council workers and in all institutions and clubs which get local authority money will be the most important point in the PVV´s negotiations to join governing coalitions in Almere and the Hague, says party leader Geert Wilders.

    Speaking to RTL news, Wilders said the ban would be central to talks to form new local authority executives in the only two cities where the party is contesting the March 3 local elections.

    The ban will apply to 'all council offices and all other institutions and clubs which get even one cent of council money,' he said.

    The PVV is tipped to emerge as the biggest party in Almere and second biggest in the Hague.

    Speech


    Wilders brought up the ban again in a speech to supporters in Almere, where he entered the room to the Rocky theme tune Eye of the Tiger.

    The ban will not apply to other religious items such as Christian crosses and Jewish skull caps because these are symbols of our own Dutch culture, Wilders said in his speech, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd.

    The speech began with a 'lengthy tirade' against the 'arrogant Labour party', according to the Volkskrant report of the meeting. 'If you translate the PvdA's Arabic language election brochures they say 'bring your family here. You get benefits, we pay for everything', the Volkskrant quoted the PVV leader as saying.

    'Almere must become the safest city in the Netherlands,' he said. 'There will be an end to subsidies for Turkish macramé and Arabic finger painting. Not just the Netherlands but all of Europe will look to Almere.'

    Discrimination

    Wilders is currently facing charges of discrimination and inciting hatred against non western immigrants and Muslims. He always maintains he is opposed to Islam, not Muslims themselves.

    Earlier this week, Wilders told the Telegraaf the PVV´s commitment to maintaining the current retirement age of 65 would be crucial in negotiations to form a new national government, following the collapse of the CDA, Labour and ChristenUnie alliance last weekend.

    Most parties have already ruled out forming a coalition with Wilders. Only the Christian Democrats and right wing Liberals VVD have not done so.

    Opinion polls make it likely that four parties will be needed to form a new government after the June 9 vote.

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    France plans bill banning burqa for spring

    A bill banning the full Muslim veil will be introduced this spring, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Thursday.

    "A full veil that hides the whole face runs contrary to our idea of free and open social interaction. In a democracy, we don’t live behind a mask. That is why we have decided, with the president to legislate in the spring, " Fillon said.

    While a law against the full veil was already in discussion, no precise calendar had been put forward until now.

    "All religions deserve respect, but what should not be respected is aggressive proselytizing, and withdrawing into one’s community”, Fillon told an audience of UMP party activists and supporters, at an electoral meeting in the west of France.

    His announcement comes three days ahead of the first round of regional elections which is expected to end in an embarrassing defeat for the ruling party.

    With the far-right Front National in a position to overtake the UMP, the Prime Minister linked the “burqa legislation” to immigration. “There’s nothing shocking in saying that those who settle here should adopt the heritage of the home of Human Rights”.

    According to the media, police research has shown that the full veil is a very limited phenomenon in France, with at most several thousand women, many of them French converts, opting for the attire.

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    See also,

    France Readies Burqa Law, UK Urges Ban'Apprehension' among Muslim women

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    Most Canadians want niqab restricted

    Quebecers 95% behind proposed law. Support for veil strongest in Western Canada

    By MARIAN SCOTT, The GazetteMarch 27, 2010

    Most Quebecers and Canadians agree that women wearing the niqab or burqa should not receive government services, hospital care or university instruction, a new Angus Reid poll shows.

    Ninety-five per cent of Quebecers support a proposed provincial law barring the face veil from government offices, schools and other publicly funded institutions, says the poll, provided exclusively to The Gazette yesterday.

    In the rest of Canada, three out of four people give the thumbs up to Bill 94, tabled Wednesday by the Charest government. The bill would require all public sector employees to have their faces uncovered, as well as any citizen using government services, for example, someone applying for a medicare card or paying her car registration.

    Nationally, four out of five Canadians support the bill.

    Mario Canseco, vice-president of public affairs for the pollster, said the survey shows an unusually high level of support for a government measure. "It's very rare to get 80 per cent of Canadians to agree on something," he said.

    "With numbers like this, there is not going to be much of a controversy over the legislation in Quebec or anywhere else in the country," he added.

    Canseco said one reason support for the niqab ban is higher in Quebec than the rest of Canada is the ongoing debate over reasonable accommodation. The argument over accommodating minorities has heated up in recent weeks in the wake of the barring of an Egyptian woman from government language classes for wearing the niqab.

    Salam Elmenyawi, president of the Muslim Council of Montreal, attributed the poll results to the emotional climate the surrounds the niqab issue.

    "They are giving it based on their emotional response to a woman covering her face, which is understandable," Elmenyawi said.

    "It is associated with all the negative stereotypes that have been on the airwaves," he said. Elmenyawi said the survey could have produced different results if the niqab debate had been conducted in a calmer atmosphere and with more empathy.

    Outside Quebec, the poll showed, Albertans are most likely to support the veil ban, with 82 per cent approving the bill; followed by Ontario, with 77 per cent support; the Atlantic provinces (73 per cent) and British Columbia (70 per cent). Support for withholding government services from those wearing the face veil was lowest in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, at 65 per cent.

    "It's one of the few times when Quebec and Alberta are on the same page," Canseco said, noting that Quebecers and Albertans differ sharply on many issues, like the environment.

    Only a handful of Quebec Muslims wear the niqab, an opaque face veil with a slit for the eyes, or the burqa, a long gown that also covers the face, with a mesh panel through which the wearer peers.

    Eighty-three per cent of Quebecers strongly approve of the niqab law and 12 per cent moderately approve of it. Five per cent of Quebecers oppose it, according to the poll, conducted online among 1,004 adults on Thursday and yesterday.

    The respondents were selected randomly among Angus Reid Forum panellists. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

    Across Canada, men were slightly more likely to approve the niqab bill than women (83 per cent vs. 77 per cent) and people over 55 were more likely to favour it than those under 35 (86 per cent vs. 69 per cent).

    Bloc Québécois supporters favoured the bill most (95 per cent), along with Conservatives (86 per cent) and Liberals (81 per cent). Three-quarters of NDP supporters agreed with the bill.

    A separate poll by Léger Marketing for the Association of Canadian Studies, part of which was also provided exclusively to The Gazette, shows that Quebecers are uncomfortable with the Muslim hijab in schools, but want to keep the crucifix in the National Assembly and allow the cross in classrooms.

    Asked whether Muslim girls should be allowed to wear the hijab (headscarf) in public schools, 75 per cent of respondents said no, while 20 per cent said yes.

    However, 58 per cent of Quebecers want to keep the crucifix above the seat of the president of the National Assembly whereas 33 per cent said it should be relocated.

    As for crucifixes in public school classrooms, 54 per cent said they should be allowed vs. 41 per cent who said they should not.

    "For those who say Quebec wants a société laïque (secular society), this poll shows they do have preferences," said Jack Jedwab, executive director of the Association for Canadian Studies. "Crucifixes are fine but the hijab is not," he added.

    The survey was conducted online among 1,001 respondents March 21-24. Results are accurate within 3.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.



    They wish that you reject Faith, as they have rejected (Faith), and thus that you all become equal (like one another)... (An-Nisa 4:89)

    Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you(O Muhammad) till you follow their religion... (Al-Baqarah 2:120)



    Hijab Types


    Potent symbol

    The word hijab is often used to describe the headscarves worn by Muslim women.

    These scarves, regarded by many Muslims as a symbol of both religion and womanhood, come in a myriad of styles and colours.

    The type most commonly worn in the West is a square scarf that covers the head and neck but leaves the face clear.

    Popular styles

    The al-amira is a two-piece veil. It consists of a close fitting cap, usually made from cotton or polyester, and an accompanying tube-like scarf.

    The shayla is a long, rectangular scarf popular in the Gulf region. It is wrapped around the head and tucked or pinned in place at the shoulders.

    Covering up

    The khimar is a long, cape-like veil that hangs down to just above the waist. It covers the hair, neck and shoulders completely, but leaves the face clear.

    The chador, worn by many Iranian women when outside the house, is a full-body cloak. It is often accompanied by a smaller headscarf underneath.

    Islamic covering

    The niqab is a veil for the face that leaves the area around the eyes clear. However, it may be worn with a separate eye veil. It is worn with an accompanying headscarf.

    The burka is the most concealing of all Islamic veils. It covers the entire face and body, leaving just a mesh screen to see through.

    There have been attempts to ban both the niqab and burka in some European countries.



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    Niqab ban gets unanimous support in Canada

    Mar 28, 2010

    Toronto: Canadians have unanimously supported the niqab ban announced by French-speaking Quebec province this week. After France, the Canadian province is the first in North America to ban the niqab, a top-to-toe dress worn by Muslim women.

    The ban, triggered by an Egyptian immigrant woman's refusal to remove her niqab in her French classes in Montreal, will disallow access to government services, schools and colleges and health care to those who don't remove the face veil.

    A national survey at the weekend showed widespread support for the ban in this highly polarized nation between liberals and conservatives. According to the survey - conducted by Angus Reid for the Montreal Gazette newspaper - 95 percent people in Quebec province supported the law to ban the Muslim dress which they say contradicts the liberal, secular values of their society.

    Across Canada - which has 10 provinces and three national territories - four out of five people supported the ban.

    Expressing his surprise at the near-unanimity among Canadians on the issue, Mario Canseco, vice-president of the pollster, was quoted by the Montreal Gazette as saying, "It's very rare to get 80 per cent of Canadians to agree on something. With numbers like this, there is not going to be much of a controversy over the legislation in Quebec or anywhere else in the country."

    But Salam Elmenyawi of the Muslim Council of Montreal attributed the poll results to the emotional climate surrounding the niqab issue.

    Canada is home to about one million Muslims who are mostly concentrated in major cities such as Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

    As Canada's demographic profile changes with immigration and higher birth rates among immigrants, the Muslim population is estimated to triple in two decades, according to a recent report by Statistics Canada.


    Getting around the Ban

    A (possible) way to wear the niqab without wearing the niqab.

    http://www.youtube.com/v/ZAMx5yomJXg&hl=en&rel=0&autoplay=1

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    Belgium moves towards public ban on burka and niqab

    Home affairs committee of Brussels federal parliament votes unanimously to ban partial or total covering of faces in public places

    Ian Traynor Brussels - 31 March 2010

    Belgium today moved to the forefront of a campaign to restrict the wearing of the Muslim veil by women when a key vote left it on track to become the first European country to ban the burka and niqab in public.

    The home affairs committee of the Brussels federal parliament voted unanimously to ban the partial or total covering of faces in public places.

    "I am proud that Belgium would be the first country in Europe which dares to legislate on this sensitive matter," the centre-right MP Denis Ducarme said.

    Daniel Bacquelaine, the liberal MP who proposed the bill, said: "We cannot allow someone to claim the right to look at others without being seen.

    "It is necessary that the law forbids the wearing of clothes that totally mask and enclose an individual. Wearing the burqa in public is not compatible with an open, liberal, tolerant society."

    The Belgian move came as neighbouring France and the Netherlands continued to grapple with the idea of imposing similar restrictions.

    The Canadian province of Quebec last week introduced parliamentary measures to proscribe facial covering in public service employment – a move that enjoyed overwhelming public support in Canada.

    Support for the ban in Belgium transcended party lines, ranging from the Greens to the far right, and also resulted in a rare show of unity between the linguistically divided halves of the country.

    The full support of the home affairs committee means parliament is likely to vote for the curbs in mid-April, with a ban in force by the summer.

    Under the proposals a fine or punishment of up to seven days in prison would be imposed for wearing the full-body burqa or face-masking niqab. The bill, to be debated next month, states that anyone in a public place "with face covered or disguised in whole or in part to the extent that she cannot be identified" is liable to incur the penalties.

    While today's vote paved the way for the first nationwide ban on the veil in Europe, local authorities in Belgium already have the power to ban the burqa and niqab in public places.

    Of the 500,000 Muslims living in Belgium – with big populations in Brussels and Antwerp – very few women wear the full veil, and there has been little public debate about the need to ban it.

    While Bacquelaine admitted there was little problem with full facial covering among Muslims in Belgium, he argued for a preemptive move, saying: "We have to act as of today to avoid [its] development."

    Rather than being about the burqa and the niqab, the bigger debate in Belgium – as elsewhere in Europe – is about the less severe headscarf, with Muslim parents pressing for schools to allow their daughters to cover their heads and often opting to send them to private schools tolerant of the practice.

    The Belgian move is similar to other campaigns in Europe.

    Following a heavy regional elections trouncing last week, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France called for a burqa ban. "The all-body veil is contrary to the dignity of women," he said. "The answer is to ban it. The government will introduce a bill to ban it that conforms to the principles of our laws."

    The headscarf is banned in schools in France.

    In the Netherlands rightwinger Geert Wilders – riding high in the opinion polls prior to elections in June – is also campaigning for Muslim veil bans and has issued warnings about the "Islamification" of Dutch society.

    Isabelle Praile, the vice-president of the Muslim Executive of Belgium, warned that a Belgian ban could be the thin end of the wedge.

    "Today it's the full-face veil. Tomorrow the veil, the day after it will be Sikh turbans, and then perhaps it will be miniskirts," she told AFP.


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    Egypt court upholds ban on veils in exams

    AlJazeera English - January 03, 2010 - A court in Egypt has ruled in favour of the government's decision to ban students from wearing the face veil (niqab) while taking university examinations.

    But female students who had appealed the ban when it was originally imposed by the government last October have vowed to appeal the verdict.

    The students said the ban on niqab infringed on their religious rights.

    http://www.youtube.com/v/eJqLdw-Su6g&hl=en&rel=0&autoplay=1


    comment:

    European and (especially) Muslim countries claim to be democratic when their actions clearly show they are nothing close to it. They all worship USA and want to be like it yet they can't understand that in the USA there is freedom of religion and people have freedom in how they choose to practice their religion.

    This is the legacy tantawi decided to leave behind from his days at al-azhar and for which he will be remembered above all else...

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    Women’s Hijab Banned: Tunisia Government Crushing Islam

    October 30, 2006

    France ban on wearing hijabs (headscarves) in schools and British MP Jack Straw’s comments against veils drew worldwide Muslim condemnation while being widely publicized by the mainstream media. Now Tunisian Government has enforced a law that states women in Tunisia can no longer cover their heads according to Islamic teachings by wearing the hijab! But unlike France or England majority of the Muslims worldwide haven’t even heard about Tunisian Government’s deadly and preposterous ban let alone condemned it.

    The Tunisian government has succeeded in keeping the news away from the Muslim masses outside of its borders. As expectable Western Governments or the international media downplayed the Tunisian governments preposterous law that grossly violates basic human rights, fearing of uproar amongst the already frustrated Arab Muslims would fuel the emergence of Islamic governments in place of west dependent despotic Arab regimes. More pathetic was the indifference from few non-Tunisian Muslims privy to the illusive news item.

    Owing to its French colonial legacy Tunisia is the most western Arab-Muslim country. This is reflected by Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ali enforcing the ban and describing the hijab as “a sectarian form of dress, which had come into Tunisia uninvited!” Observers say recent years have seen an increase in Islamic sentiments among Tunisians and the increasing number of women starting to wear the hijab despite government efforts to stem the revival of Islam had caused them to move towards banning the hijab.

    However justifying the hijab ban on “sectarian” grounds is absurd in a society where 98% of the population is Muslim. This ban also violates basic personal freedom guaranteed by the Tunisian constitution which also states Tunisia is an “Islamic country”. Added to this the law brazenly violates the basics rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that everyone has the right to freedom of religion and choose the clothes which suit him/her. Most of all the hijab is a religious requirement in Islam and every woman should have the right to practice her religious beliefs.

    In fact the Government is crushing Islam in Tunisia while at the same time trying to avoid charges of being un-Islamic. In the 1990s President Ben Ali crushed Tunisia’s Islamic opposition party when fighting erupted in neighbouring Algeria between Islamic movements and the military Government. He has forbidden Dawah activities in Tunisia and stipulated only personnel appointed by the Government may lead activities in mosques and that mosques must remain closed except during prayer times and other authorized religious ceremonies, such as marriages or funerals.

    The current hijab debate, which started earlier this year and dating back to a 1981 government circular has ended in a dangerous crackdown on any woman, girl or child wearing a Hijab. It has even included the Hijab-clad ‘Fulla’ dolls, which inspired millions of Muslim girls worldwide. Last month Tunisia security forces raided soft-toy shops across the country to withdraw the ‘Fulla’ dolls.

    “Sign here, take this piece of rubbish off your head and go home! Never ever think of going back to school with it. Right now, I am going to attach it to this sheet of paper in which you declared your full compliance with circular 108. Don’t you understand! There is no place in our schools for fundamentalists. We are a modern country!” Fatima the 18-year-old school girl stood as if pinned to the ground in a state of bewilderment, listening carefully to a zealot policeman whose sole mission has been to frighten and punish women, university students and schoolgirls who challenge the hijab ban and force to sign a form, which says they will never ever wear the hijab again.

    Many Tunisians are upset by the ban but they fear to protest, as the Tunisian Government does not tolerate dissent.


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    Turkey, Tunisia, and now Egypt are some of the so called Muslim countries where the hijab/niqab is banned. Non-Muslim countries have kuffar and the Muslim countries have Hypocrites (kuffar pretending to be Muslim). The oppressed person is one of the people whose dua is not rejected. The oppressed Muslims in these countries should be at least making dua against these people.

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    Is Europe turning intolerant to Islam?

    April 5, 2010


    Europe is shutting the door tight on its minorities and doing all it can to 'perhaps' feel protected. The failure to integrate Muslim minorities in Europe is worrying. The community is falling pray to what is being termed as (in German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble words) 'non-compliance with European values'.

    Off late, trends pointing towards a radical change in Europe's liberal outlook have come to the fore. Several countries have control measures for immigration, such as language tests and tougher visa and border rules.

    In Denmark, immigrants who arrive to the country for marriage have to be 24-years-old. The Netherlands has entry laws that require potential immigrants to take not only language but also 'culture' exams in order to live in the country.

    A look at the measure taken by some European countries to isolate its minorities (especially Muslims).


    SWITZERLAND





    The ban on minarets came as a major blow to the 40,00 odd Muslims who reside the country.

    A November 2009 referendum on a ban on minarets, which was opposed by the government, was passed with a 57.5 per cent vote. The result paves the way for a constitutional amendment to ban the construction of minarets.

    The Swiss constitution guarantees freedom of religion, but the rightist Swiss People's Party had proposed inserting a single sentence banning the construction of minarets, leading to the referendum.

    Supporters of the ban said minarets represented the growth of an alien ideology and legal system that have no place in Swiss democracy.

    The Geneva-based Human Rights Council denounced the vote while passing a resolution, proposed by the Organisation of Islamic Conference that termed the ban as a manifestation of Islamophobia, which clearly contravened international human rights obligations concerning freedom of religion, belief, conscience and expression.

    The Swiss government, meanwhile, is drafting a supporting law on the ban -- a process that could take at least a year and could put the country in breach of international conventions on human rights.


    BELGIUM





    This is a very strong signal being sent to Islamists, said a Belgian MP when he was asked about the rationale behind the country's moves to ban the wearing of the burqa and over the face coverings in public spaces.

    A Belgian parliamentary committee has unanimously backed the bill banning the burqa, which if passed by the Belgian parliament in April end would come as a body blow to nearly 600,000 Muslims who reside in the country.

    The ban would apply to areas accessible to the public, which would include people walking in the street or using public transport, and would be enforced by fines and even jail terms.

    According to The New York Times, the unanimity with which the measure was approved by the home affairs committee suggests strong cross-party support when the measure is discussed by the full Parliament of Belgium, a predominantly Roman Catholic country.


    FRANCE

    France now proposes to ban the veil.

    France has over five million Muslims and Islam is the second religion of country after Christianity. Over decades, many Muslims have migrated to France from sub-Sahara Africa and North Africa for better financial options and these migrants in particular are resisting government's move to ban burqa.

    President Nicolas Sarkozy has declared the burqa "not welcome" in secular France and is in favour of legislation to outlaw it, although he has also warned against stigmatising Muslims.

    Talking tough on the issue and making an apparent reference to migrants French envoy Bonnafont said: "Why choose a country where you are not comfortable, why migrate to a country where you don't respect the law."

    On March 14, 2004, the French legislative council voted the ban on "religious symbols" in public schools. This uncommon law, which mainly targets Muslim young girls, was widely supported in France.


    GERMANY


    Germany has been witnessing protests over the past few days with right-wing populist pro-NRW (short for the German state North Rhine-Westphalia) party demanding a ban on minarets, like the one passed in a Swiss referendum last year.

    What sparked off the protests was the desire of the Muslim community in the western German town of Volklingen to build a small minaret.

    In a town meeting held on the subject in late January, a number of locals came out against the minaret plan.

    Some have even described the proposed small minaret, stretching a mere eight meters (26 feet) above the roof, as an infiltration of their community. Muslims reportedly make up 5 percent of Volklingen's 40,000-strong population.

    Germany is believed to be home to nearly 4 million Muslims, including 220,000 in Berlin alone.

    A survey by Der Speigel magazine last December found that, were a minaret referendum held in Germany, 44 percent would vote in favour of a ban while 45 percent would not.

    The majority of Germany's 4-million strong Muslim population has Turkish roots.


    POLAND and AUSTRIA


    A lot is being written, in the backdrop of the developments in Europe with regard to the 'Islamophobia', about protests have broken out in Poland and Austria over Muslim immigration from around the world.

    The recent protests in Poland's capital Warsaw were widely covered by the media. The bone of contention was a multi-million dollar Centre for Islamic Culture, believed to have been funded by a Saudi royal.

    Chants of "Down with jihad" and "Freedom for women" by the anti-mosque protestors mingled with "Stop Islamophobia" from the pro-mosque group led by members of Poland's extra-parliamentary Left-wing.

    The anti-mosque demonstration was organised by the Future of Europe foundation, who fear the Islamisation of the continent.

    In Austria, two girls from the city of Graz have been expelled for setting one of their classmates’ Hijab (headscarf) on fire. The Austria News website reports that this is one incident in a growing trend of attacks on Muslims and Muslim women in particular.

    Incidents such as these prove that the climate of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment is not abating, instead it verifies the findings of the Pew Global Studies Survey that Islamophobia is on the rise in Europe. A worrying trend given the recent successes of far right and fascist parties in different European nations. How long until we see discriminatory and anti-Democratic laws being passed in most of the European parliaments?

    The reactions of the anti-Muslim blogosphere to a story such as this has been one of support and happiness, with the crazy wing-nut Shekyermami proclaiming it as an instance of “Hijab Resistance,” while the curiously named Infidels United blamed the victim for her plight saying it was a reaction to the “Muslim Invasion of Austria.”


    NETHERLANDS


    Reports of racial discriminations are common these days in a country that was till recently considered among the most moderate in Europe. Political parties and activists groups have been springing up all over the Netherlands to protest the continued immigration to their country.

    Geert Wilders, the leader of the Freedom Party and a member of Dutch parliament, feels that the Muslim way of life is in direct contradiction to Dutch principles.

    Wilders sees them as a 'Trojan horse, and fears that European civilization will be lost if the trend of blind, post-modern, multicultural, suicidal tolerance is allowed to continue unchecked.'

    Wilder's policies and actions are too extreme, yet they still find support in Amsterdam (the capital of the Netherlands).

    In a recent interview to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, he was quoted as saying: 'Because of a high birthrate and swelling immigration, Europe is becoming more and more Muslim every day. Islamic culture, dress and religion are so starkly different that Europeans have begun feeling like strangers in their own homes.'

    Wilder's party recently won local elections in a few Dutch cities.


    BRITAIN


    Britain has been in the line of fire since it joined the United States in its war against terror.

    A major study conducted by Britain's National Centre for Social Research has found that only a quarter of the locals feel positive towards Muslims.

    The findings show that the British public is concerned at the rise of Islam in the UK and fear that the country is deeply divided along religious lines. The study also found that more than half of the population would be strongly opposed to a mosque being built in their neighbourhood.

    David Voas, professor of population studies at Manchester University, who analysed the data, said that people were becoming intolerant towards all religions due to "the degree to which Islam is perceived as a threat to social cohesion".

    "Muslims deserve to be the focus of policy on social cohesion, because no other group elicits so much disquiet. The size and visibility of Islamic communities has led to serious concerns about their impact on British society," The Telegraph newspaper quoted Voas, as saying.

    Police in Britain are set to share personal information concerning the private lives of almost 1,000 British Muslim university students with America's Central Intelligence Agency.

    The decision has sparked off outrage among British Muslims, who feel that they are being targeted. They are also concerned that their names will appear on international terrorist watch lists.



    comment:

    This is written by a non-Muslim so you see some rationalization for the bigots in these countries instead of the plain truth.

    What's even worse is the Muslims who go to these countries where they are oppressed. If they focused on building their own countries or other Muslim countries then they too would have "1st world" countries. How will these Muslims answer this question?!!!

    Verily! As for those whom the angels take (in death) while they are wronging themselves (as they stayed among the disbelievers even though emigration was obligatory for them), they (angels) say (to them): "In what (condition) were you?" They reply: "We were weak and oppressed on earth." They (angels) say: "Was not the earth of Allâh spacious enough for you to emigrate therein?" Such men will find their abode in Hell - What an evil destination! (An-Nisa 4:97)


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    Belgium vote to ban burka is scuppered at last minute as government collapses

    23rd April 2010

    A law making Belgium Europe’s first country to ban the burka was scuppered at the last moment yesterday after the collapse of the coalition government.

    MPs were hours from voting on proposals to outlaw full face veils when parliament was thrown into disarray with the resignation of prime minister Yves Leterme after only five months in office.

    He pulled his Open VLD party out of the five-party coalition in a dispute over electoral boundaries.

    Leterme, 49, called an emergency meeting of his cabinet early today afternoon to inform ministers that his second term in office was at an end, and left for the royal palace to tender his government's resignation to King Albert.

    The collapse prevented MPs from voting on a proposed law would mean women could be jailed for up to seven days for hiding their faces.

    The legislation - which has widespread support among MPs - would have meant burkas, niqabs and other Islamic full face veils would be outlawed from public places.

    The vote had been set to come a day after French president Nicolas Sarkozy said France would also vote on a ban.

    His spokesman Luc Chatel said MPs would debate the proposal in mid-May, and if passed the garb could be outlawed in France by June.

    In Belgium, the draft law had the backing of all five parties in the nation's coalition government - until it fell apart today.

    Without the backing of the centre-right Open VLD, the remaining four parties in government still have 76 of the 150 seats in the lower house of parliament but it would be hard to govern with such a slim majority.

    Open VLD said it had lost confidence in the government because of its failure to resolve a dispute between French- and Dutch-speaking parties over electoral boundaries around the capital, Brussels.

    Economists have expressed concern that political paralysis would harm the prospects of reducing Belgium's budget deficit, which the government has forecast will be 4.8 per cent of gross domestic product in 2010.

    Leterme became prime minister for a second time last November when Herman Van Rompuy left the post to become president of the European Union.

    Even at the start of his second term political and economic analysts had warned that it could prove as unstable as his first nine months in power in 2008, when Belgium lurched from one crisis to another.

    Belgium, home to European Union institutions and the NATO military alliance, can ill afford to let domestic problems drag on as in July it takes over the six-month EU presidency, an organisational role held by each member state in turn.

    The future of the controversial burkha ban is now in doubt - but support for it among MPs remained widespread.

    Centre-right MP Daniel Bacquelaine said: 'The notion of recognising people in the street is essential to maintain public order. 'It's also a question of human dignity. The full face veil turns a woman into a walking prison, and we have widespread cross-party support to have this item outlawed.'

    Leen Dierick, of the Belgian parliament's interior affairs committee, said: 'There is all-party public support for this. 'The point is not outlawing religious freedom, but public security and the need to show one's face in public.'

    Belgain daily Le Soir said under the proposed law, women would be fined £110 for the first offence of wearing a burqa. But if they refused to pay or were caught a second time, they would be jailed for a week.

    There is also widespread support for a ban on burquas and niqabs in the Netherlands.

    In Switzerland, the construction of minarets was recently banned.

    In France, immigration minister Eric Besson has branded the garment a 'walking coffin'. President Sarkozy said last year described burkas as a 'sign of debasement, adding: 'They make women prisoners and deprive them of their identity.'


    And they (disbelievers) plotted/planned, and Allâh planned too. And Allâh is the Best of the planners. (Aali Imran 3:54)


 

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