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    Men to face £13,000 fine and jail for forcing women to wear burkas if new French law is passed

    By Daily Mail Reporter - 2nd May 2010

    Men could be fined £13,000 and jailed for a year for forcing their wives to wear a burka under tough proposed laws in France, leaked documents reveal.

    Ministers hope to vote on a total ban on anyone hiding their face in public in July, it is claimed.

    The move comes after Belgium became the first country in Europe to ban the burka and other full Islamic face veils last week.

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

    The French law would create a new offence of 'incitement to cover the face for reasons of gender', the newspaper Le Figaro reported.

    According to the paper, the legislation would state: 'No-one may wear in public places clothes that are aimed at hiding the face.'

    While men will incur steep fines and prison sentences for forcing their wives to hide their face, women would receive a much smaller fine of around £130 because they are 'often victims who are not given any choice', one of the proposed law's authors said.

    Women would not be 'unveiled' in the street but instead taken to a police station to be formally identified, the draft legislation states.

    The law would also apply to Muslim tourists - including the thousands of wealthy Middle Eastern visitors to Paris every year.

    France's tough stance against face veils comes after a woman was pulled over and fined in April for wearing a burka while driving.

    And last year a Muslim woman was banned from wearing a 'burkini' swimming costume at a public swimming pool in Paris for hygiene reasons.

    President Nicolas Sarkozy has already branded the burka a 'sign of debasement', and immigration minister Eric Besson has called it 'a walking coffin'.

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    Muslim woman fined £430 for wearing burka in Italy

    A Muslim woman in Italy has been fined 500 euros (£430) for wearing a burka in what is believed to be the first case of its kind.
    Nick Squires - 04 May 2010

    The Tunisian immigrant, Amel Marmouri, 26, was fined by police in the city of Novara, in the northern Piedmont region.

    The town council is controlled by the right-wing Northern League, which has pushed for much tougher immigration controls and at a national level forms part of Silvio Berlusconi's coalition government.

    Mrs. Marmouri was in a post office when police officers stopped her and issued her with the fine.

    "As far as I know this is a first in Italy," said police officer Mauro Franzinelli.

    Her husband, Ben Salah Braim, 36, said the family would struggle to pay the penalty.

    He said his wife would continue to wear the full-length item of clothing because he did not want her to be seen by other men, but in future she would be forced to stay at home most of the time.

    Novara introduced an ordinance in January that prohibits the wearing of burkas. The regulation invokes a 1975 anti-terrorism law, which prohibits people from wearing anything that obscures their faces and impedes identification.

    The mayor of the town, Massimo Giordano, a member of the Northern League, said he had hoped that the new ordinance would have deterred Muslim women from wearing burkas and niqabs.

    "But unfortunately it is apparently not yet clear to everyone that clothes preventing the wearer's identification can be tolerated at home but not in public places, in schools, on buses or in post offices," he said.

    He said the new rule was introduced because it is "the only tool at our disposal to stop behaviour that makes the already difficult process of integration even harder".

    Last week Belgium's lower house of parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of a bill banning clothes or veils that do not allow the wearer to be fully identified, including the niqab and burka.

    The ban, which will not enter force for weeks, now has to be approved by the Senate.

    In France, President Nicolas Sarkozy's government is drafting a bill that would make it illegal to wear the burka.


    Are the arab rulers going to fine the western women for not dressing according to arab customs? No, they claim to be wealthy but are beggars begging for money from these tourists.

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    Senator calls for burqa ban after robbery

    By ninemsn staff - May 7 2010

    A Liberal senator has sparked outrage and debate after he called for a ban on wearing the burqa in public, saying it is "un-Australian".

    South Australian senator Cory Bernardi yesterday wrote a post on his personal blog saying the veil was "emerging as the preferred disguise of bandits and n'er do wells".

    It followed reports that a gunman wearing a full black burqa and sunglasses had robbed a Sydney store yesterday.

    Senator Bernardi also said he believed the burqa stopped women from integrating into Australian society "The burqa isolates some Australians from others," he wrote.

    "It is un-Australian — and its symbolic barrier is far greater than the measure of cloth it is created from.

    "For safety and for society, the burqa needs to be banned."

    In reaction to the comments, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said the ban was not Coalition policy despite there being "understandable concern in the community" about the burqa.

    The burqa was recently outlawed in public in Belgium, amid similar movements in France — where President Nicolas Sarkozy wants it banned.

    Islamic Friendship Association's Keysar Trad told the Daily Telegraph he believed Senator Bernardi's call was a political stunt.

    "It's tantamount to denying them the right to drive, the right to enjoy all the services of society as well as equal opportunity," Mr Trad said.

    But counter-terrorism and aviation security consultant Roger Henning said anything which prevented identification posed "a massive risk" to public safety. "People have used burqas to escape prison, for bank robberies and terrorists carrying explosive devices are sometimes disguised as women," Mr Henning said.


    Every failure that can't do anything on his own tries to gain fame by attacking Islam/Muslims.

    These bigots try to use the excuse that these niqabis don't integrate into the society; what integration?! They are saying it as if everyone is friendly and talks to every person they meet on the street as if it were a tiny town where everyone knows you from childhood. In these western societies, people don't even know (or speak to) their neighbors let alone some stranger on the street!

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    Female lawyer rips veil off Muslim woman in French shop

    By Peter Allen - 19th May 2010

    A female lawyer allegedly ripped another woman's burka off in a clothes shop - and told her to 'clear off to your own country'.

    The 26-year-old Muslim convert said the 60-year-old lawyer made 'snide remarks' about her Islamic veil.

    An argument followed during which the older woman is said to have ripped the veil off, before the Muslim woman allegedly punched her.

    Both women were arrested.

    The row happened in Trignac, near Nantes, France, as the country prepares to introduce a ban on the burka.

    A police officer said: ‘The lawyer said she was not happy seeing a fellow shopper wearing a veil and wanted the ban introduced as soon as possible.’

    At one point the lawyer, who was out with her daughter, is said to have likened the Muslim woman to Belphegor - a horror demon character well known to French television viewers.

    The lawyer’s use of the name ‘Belphegor’ was particularly inflammatory, said police, because the demon was portrayed by classical writers as ‘Hell’s ambassador to France’.

    Belphegor, who hates human beings, is usually portrayed as a monstrous demon with horns and pointed nails, but frequently disguises himself.

    During a period in Paris, Belphegor was said to live with a group of vampires in the Louvre.

    Police said the incident was still being investigated, and that charges could follow.

    A spokesman for Trignac police said that ‘two complaints had been received’, with the Muslim woman accusing the lawyer of racial and religious assault. The latter, in turn, had accused her opponent of common assault.

    The French parliament has adopted a formal motion declaring burkas and other forms of Islamic dress to be ‘an affront to the nation’s values'.

    Some have accused criminals of wearing veils to disguise themselves. This includes everything from terrorists to minor shop lifters.

    A ban, which could be introduced as early as autumn, would make France the second country after Belgium to outlaw the Islamic veil in public places.

    But many have criticised the anti-burka lobby, which includes President Nicolas Sarkozy, for stigmatising Muslim housewives.

    The promise of a ban has prompted warnings of racial tensions in a country which is home to some five million Muslims - one of the religion's largest communities in Europe.

    Mr Sarkozy's cabinet is to examine a draft bill which will impose one-year prison sentences and fines of up to £14,000 on men who force their wives to wear a burqa.

    Women themselves will face a smaller fine of just over £100 because they are ‘often victims with no choice in the matter,’ says the draft.

    The law would create a new offence of 'incitement to cover the face for reasons of gender’.

    And it would state: ‘No-one may wear in public places clothes that are aimed at hiding the face.’

    Women would not be ‘unveiled’ in the street but instead taken to a police station to be formally identified, the draft law states.


    Search for belfagor and this is what will come up...

    "Behold, those whom the angels gather in death while they are still sinning against themselves, [the angels] will ask, "What was wrong with you?'' They will answer: "We were too weak on earth." [The angels] will say: "Was, then, God's earth not wide enough for you to forsake the domain of evil?" For such, then, the goal is hell - and how evil a journey's end! But excepted shall be the truly helpless - be they men or women or children - who cannot bring forth any strength and have not been shown the right way." [al-Nisa' 4:97-98].

    The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "I disown the one who stays among the mushrikeen."

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    Tory MP launches first legal bid to ban burka in Britain

    By Kirsty Walker - 1st July 2010

    A Tory MP has launched a legal bid to ban Muslim women from wearing burkas in public places.

    Philip Hollobone has tabled a private members' bill which would make it illegal for anyone to cover their face in public.

    Mr Hollobone has previously likened full face veils to 'going round with a paper bag over your head'.

    His Face Coverings (Regulation) Bill is the first of its kind in Britain, and is one of only 20 private members' bills drawn in a ballot for the chance to make it into the statute books.

    The bill, which had its first reading yesterday, stands little chance of becoming law due to limited Parliamentary time and a lack of support from the main political parties.

    But it is set to reignite the fierce debate about the banning of the Islamic garments at a time when a number of European countries are trying to outlaw them.

    Mr Hollobone said it was 'not the British way' for Muslim women to cover their faces in public.

    Insisting that his bill has widespread public support, the Kettering MP added: 'People feel that something should be done about burkas, but so many are afraid to speak out for fear of being labelled a racist.

    'Part of the British way of life is walking down the street, smiling at people and saying hello, whether you know them or not.

    You cannot have this everyday human interaction if you cover your face.

    'These people are saying that they don't want to be part of our way of society.'

    But Shaista Gohir, of the Muslim Women's Network UK, said: 'I agree that wearing a face veil has a negative affect on community cohesion and the majority of Muslims do not believe it is a religious obligation.

    'But a ban would be a completely disproportionate response. There are a million Muslim women in the UK and only a few thousand are estimated to wear a veil.

    'Banning the veil will not help those few women to integrate. But it will play into the hands of extremist parties.'

    Heather Harvey, Amnesty International UK Stop Violence Against Women campaign manager, said: 'For those women who are being coerced into wearing full face veils, a ban would only make matters worse. Either they're criminalised if they go out in public or, more likely, they are confined to their homes.'


    Another Islamophobe trying to boost his career by attacking Islam. There is no society where people walk down the street smiling at other people and saying "hello"... Especially in the UK where people have the worst oral hygiene (& most yellow teeth) in the world, and frown wrinkles on their faces to prove they hardly ever smile. Not only that, the so called civilized Britons' manners are getting worse (see link: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSEIC85735520080428). Then you have apologist, worthless so called Muslims, like this Shaista Gohir of the Muslim Women's Network, who don't know about Islam nor have the self confidence to defend Islam, but they have to say something. It goes to show that a stupid person has to say something where as a smart person has something to say.

    These (European Christians) so called believers of one true God need to learn from these (http://ghulammuhammed.blogspot.com/2010/01/secular-cover-up-by-mohammed-wajihuddin.html) idol worshippers on how not to be backwards!

    Don't forget to go to the link (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1290863/Tory-MP-Philip-Hollobone-launches-bid-ban-burka-Britain.html) and vote "NO".

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    French parliament approves ban on face veils

    Paris — The Associated Press - Jul. 13, 2010

    France's lower house of parliament overhwelmingly approved a ban on burka-like Islamic veils Tuesday, a move that is popular among French voters despite serious concerns from Muslim groups and human rights advocates.

    There were 336 votes for the bill and just one against it at the National Assembly. Most members of the main opposition group, the Socialist Party, refused to participate in the vote — though they support a ban, they have differences with President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservatives over some aspects of it.

    The ban on face-covering veils will go in September to the Senate, where it also is likely to pass. Its biggest hurdle will likely come after that, when France's constitutional watchdog scrutinizes it. Some legal scholars say there is a chance it could be deemed unconstitutional.

    The main body representing French Muslims says face-covering veils are not required by Islam and not suitable in France, but it worries that the law will stigmatize Muslims in general.

    France has Europe's largest Muslim population, estimated to be about 5 million of the country's 64 million people. While ordinary headscarves are common, only about 1,900 women in France are believed to wear face-covering veils. Champions of the bill say they oppress women.

    With the proposed ban, the government also is seeking to insist that integration is the only path for immigrant minorities. France has had difficulty integrating generations of immigrants and their children, as witnessed by weeks of rioting by youths, many of them minorities, in troubled neighbourhoods in 2005.

    At the National Assembly, few dissenters have spoken out about civil liberties or fears of fanning anti-Islam sentiment.

    The niqab and burka are generally seen here as a gateway to extremism and an attack on women's rights and secularism, a central value of modern-day France.

    The full veil “is the banner of a sectarian ideology” and threatens “human dignity,” the head of French women's rights group Ni Putes Ni Soumises, Sihem Habchi, wrote in an essay in Tuesday's Liberation daily.

    Critics say the proposed ban is a cynical ploy by conservative French President Nicolas Sarkozy's government to attract far-right voters.

    US Disagrees With France's Ban On Burqa

    by RTT Staff Writer - 7/15/2010

    The United States has voiced its disagreement with a measure approved by the lower house of France's National Assembly banning the use of face-covering Islamic veils in public, in the latest attempt by a European country to force Muslims to integrate into main society.

    "We do not think that you should legislate what people can wear or not wear associated with their religious beliefs," said State Department spokesman Philip Crowley.

    He said that in the United States, the administration would take a different step to balance security and to respect religious freedom and the symbols that go along with religious freedom.

    "I would only say that, as I understand it, this is a first step in what may be a lengthy legislative and perhaps legal process," he added.

    Backed by a strong public support, French lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday, for a bill to ban face-covering veils.

    The National Assembly voted by 335-to-1 to ban Muslim women from covering their faces at all public places, including government and corporate buildings, trains and buses, as well as stores, markets and streets.

    The bill imposes a fine of about $200 for violators, but men who force either wives and/or daughters to cover their faces could receive a maximum one-year jail term and a fine of nearly $40,000.
    The bill is not yet law, as it will now be sent to the Senate[IMG]file:///C:/Users/Vostro/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image001.gif[/IMG] for a vote in September.

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has placed the ban on the hijab and the burqa high on his agenda, won enough political support to approve the measure, while critics argue that it is in danger of being ruled unconstitutional in France and in violation of the European Union's laws on human rights.

    However, polls say the French--and most Europeans, in whose countries similar laws are pending--back the anti-burqa legislation.

    Catholics should oppose ban on Muslim veils

    Irish Central - by Megan Finnegan - July 13, 2010

    While this raises a whole host of issues, the one I'm most concerned about is the fact that so many people think it's okay for their government to dictate what people can and cannot wear. France claims to have a secular government, but they're not banning yarmulkes or crucifixes. True, these religious symbols don't have the same effect on those outsiders who view the wearers, but they're still symbols of a particular religion.

    Islam is not the only religion that, when practiced in its orthodoxy, encourages and sometimes requires extreme modesty of its women. Hello, nun habits? Parents force their children to wear Catholic school uniforms. Conservative Christians wear long skirts and even higher necklines. Orthodox Jewish women don't show any skin aside from the ankles, wrists and neck, no matter the weather. Not all Muslim women wear a full burqa; they wear variations of head coverings dictated by their particular sect of Islam and their regional and cultural heritage. So we can point them out and decry the practice as barbaric, but you know what they say about those who throw stones.

    The slippery slope is real, folks. Civil liberties erode and will eventually crumble if they are not upheld forcefully. It's not overreacting or being paranoid or leftist to believe this. If France does it, so might Spain and Belgium. If the European Union does it, so might the United States. And if the U.S. decides that burqas are oppressive, and that we as a country ought to tell women they can't be worn, we will have crossed the already too-blurry line that separates church and state.

    In a free country like France, women can choose to practice Islam or not. For some, wearing the burqa is an integral part of their religion. I personally don't agree with that philosophy. No one in the French Parliament has to, either. But banning face coverings isn't going to change an oppressive culture, it's only going to engender even more hatred from radicals who see the West as the enemy, and make life harder for Muslim women.

    The Vatican has opposed this kind of ban, for the somewhat self-serving but still valid reason that if majority Christian countries don't respect Muslim minorities' right to practice their religion, Christians in majority Muslim countries could see their own rights taken away. Catholics as individuals are not always so open-minded, but in this case, I'd urge us all - Catholic or not - to side with the Pope on this one. Our right to practice Catholicism - not right now, perhaps not for several generations, but surely some day - will depend on it.

    Amnesty International Condemns French Vote to Ban Full-Face Veils

    by Amnesty International

    Today the lower house of the French parliament voted 336 to 1 in favor of banning full-face veils.

    In response to this overwhelming vote, Amnesty International has issued a statement, condemning the vote.

    Your thoughts: Veil ban

    vote: http://www.globaltvedmonton.com/Your+thoughts+Veil/3272547/story.html

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    Fined for your burka? 'I'll pay', says tycoon as French MPs prepare to vote on veil ban

    By Mail Foreign Service - 13th July 2010

    France could ban burkhas by the end of September after a series of parliamentary votes was scheduled to begin.

    Deputies, or members of the lower house, are tomorrow likely to approve the measure outlawing face-covering veils despite outrage among the country’s 5million Muslims.

    Now a French tycoon is setting up a fund to help Muslim women pay 'burka fines' for hiding their faces in public.

    Muslim businessman Rachid Nekkaz has today pledged to sell off 1million euros (£840,000) worth of property in Paris for the fund.

    In an open letter published in national newspapers, he said a burka ban was unconstitutional and any woman fined for hiding her face could come to him for help.

    The ban could be ratified in September when Senators are almost certain to approve the ban which has received overwhelming support from voters.

    There was little resistance among lawmakers today as they debated the bill that proposes to fine wearers £140 and imprison men who force their wives to put on the outfit.

    But the ban could be shot down by France's constitutional watchdog or the European Court of Human Rights.

    That could dampen efforts under way in other European countries toward banning the veils.

    It would also be a humiliation for President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative government, which has devoted much attention to a bill that would affect only an estimated 1,900 women in France.

    The main body representing French Muslims says face-covering veils are not required by Islam and not suitable in France, but it worries that the law will stigmatize Muslims in general.

    The niqab and burkha are widely seen in France as a gateway to extremism and an attack on women's rights and secularism, a central value of modern-day France. Critics say a ban is a cynical ploy to attract far-right voters.

    The government has struggled - and failed, some legal observers say - to come up with a strong legal basis for a ban.

    In March, France's highest administrative body, the Council of State, warned that it could be found unconstitutional. It rejected possible legal justifications one by one, including the French tradition of secularism, equality for women, human dignity and concerns about public security.

    In the end, the government's central legal argument is that covering one's face doesn't square with French values.

    Life in France is ‘carried out with a bare face,’ Justice Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said last week, opening debate at the National Assembly.

    As legal reasoning, she invoked the notion of public policy doctrine, a country's moral and social rules.

    Face-covering veils ‘call into question the idea of integration, which is founded on the acceptance of the values of our society,’ Alliot-Marie said.

    The legislation would forbid face-covering Muslim veils in all public places in France, even in the street.

    It calls for £140 fines or citizenship classes, or both.

    The bill is also aimed at husbands and fathers who impose such veils on women and girls.

    Anyone convicted of forcing someone else to wear the garb risks a year of prison and a £25,000 fine - with both those penalties doubled if the victim is a minor.

    Officials have taken pains to craft language that does not single out Muslims. While the proposed legislation is colloquially referred to as the ‘anti-burkha law,’ it is officially called ‘the bill to forbid concealing one's face in public.’

    It refers neither to Islam nor to veils - leading to an often surreal disconnect between the text and discussion in parliament about it. While officials insist the law against face-covering would apply to everyone, not just Muslims, they cite a host of exceptions, including masks for health reasons, for fencing, for carnivals and festivals.

    Legislator Berengere Poletti, of Sarkozy's conservative party, argued that women in such garb ‘wear a sign of alienation on their faces’ and ‘must be liberated,’ even if they say the apparel is their own choice.

    Communist Andre Gerin, who also supports a ban, said that ‘talking about liberty to defend the wearing of the full veil is totally cynical - for me, the full veil is a walking coffin, a muzzle.’

    Socialist Jean Glavany, one of the few lawmakers to offer stinging criticism of a ban, said dwelling on questions of French identity and whether burkhas are welcome in France ‘is nothing more than the fear of those who are different, who come from abroad, who aren't like us, who don't share our values.’

    He was also one of several lawmakers to question the bill's ‘judicial fragility.’

    To address that widespread concern, the conservative majority has taken the unusual step of asking the Constitutional Council watchdog to examine the bill once it passes parliament - a move usually made by opponents of legislation.

    Down the road, the law could face another challenge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, where decisions are binding.

    In February, the court shot down a Turkish decision that convicted dozens of people for wearing religious clothing in public.

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    Europeans approve, Americans reject Muslim veil ban: study


    WASHINGTON — Days before French lawmakers are due to vote on a bill that would make it illegal for Muslim women to wear full veils in public, a US poll has found that a majority of Europeans back such a ban while Americans reject it.

    The French overwhelmingly endorse a ban on Muslim face coverings, also known as the burqa or the niqab, as do majorities in Britain, Germany and Spain, a survey conducted by the Washington-based Pew Research Center?s Global Attitudes Project found.

    More than eight in 10 people in France said they would approve of a ban on Muslim women wearing full veils in public, including in schools, hospitals and government offices, the survey, conducted over three weeks in April and May, found.

    Just 17 percent of French people were opposed to a ban on the burqa.

    Majorities in Germany (71 percent), Britain (62 percent) and Spain (59 percent) said they would support a burqa ban in their own countries.

    But in the United States, the opposite was true, with two-thirds of Americans saying they were against a ban on full veils in public.

    Opinions about banning Muslim women from wearing a full veil did not vary along gender lines in any of the five countries where the question was asked.

    Pew asked 1,002 people in the United States, 750 each in Britain, France and Germany and 755 in Spain about how they felt about a burqa ban, as part of its Global Attitudes Survey.

    France's lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, is due to vote on July 13 - the day before France's national holiday -- on whether to ban the burqa in public. The draft law will then go to the French Senate for its vote in September.

    Under the bill, women could be fined 150 euros (190 dollars) if they are caught wearing a full veil in public places like streets, parks, public transport or shops.

    Men who force their wives or daughters to wear the full veil would face stiffer penalties -- a fine of up to 30,000 euros and a year in jail.

    A ban in France would affect a tiny minority of Muslim women, according to the French interior ministry, which estimates that about 1,900 women in France wear the full veil.

    Similar laws are pending in Belgium and Spain, but the ban is particularly sensitive in France, home to Europe's biggest Muslim minority.

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    Syria bans face veils at universities

    19 July 2010

    Female students wearing a full face veil will be barred from Syrian university campuses, the country's minister of higher education has said.

    Ghiyath Barakat was reported to have said that the practice ran counter to the academic values and traditions of Syrian universities.

    His ruling, published on the All4Syria website, was said to be in response to requests from students and parents.

    The issue of full face veils has caused controversy in other countries.

    Kinda al-Shammat, a law professor and women's rights activist in Damascus, welcomed the decision and said it was in line with the Syrian belief in moderation.

    "We have never gone to the extreme left or the extreme right," she told Al-Arabiya TV.

    Secular identity

    However the BBC's Lina Sinjab in Damascus says the ruling could be a sign that Syrian Society is becoming more conservative.

    "In recent years, Syria has witnessed an Islamic revival with more and more women wearing the Hijab," she reports.

    "This decision could be seen as a step by the government to enforce its secular identity."

    In 2009, Egypt's then foremost Muslim cleric, Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, barred female students from wearing the full-face veil at the al-Azhar University, Sunni Islam's centre of learning and scholarship.

    He also upset other Muslim scholars by saying French Muslims should obey any law that France might enact banning the veil.

    Earlier this month, France's lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill that would ban wearing the Islamic full veil in public.

    It must be ratified by the Senate in September to become law.

    Belgium's lower house of parliament has also passed a bill to ban clothing that hides a person's identity in public places, although it does not specifically refer to full-face Islamic veils.


    The reason all these European and "Muslim" countries are banning the veil is because of their fear of Islam. They know the Muslims are coming back to Islam and if more and more Muslims cover themselves properly then it will invite (dawah) other Muslims to come back to Islam as well. They are afraid because they worked so hard to destroy the khilafah and if the khilafah comes back then Muslims again will be in power and not be abused and invaded. The tyrant rulers of the Muslim countries are afraid because they know their tyranny will come to an end when the public stands up for Islam and against their oppression.

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    Muslim women "refused bus ride" over veil

    Jul 23, 2010

    London bus company Metroline said on Friday it was investigating claims by two Muslim women that they were not allowed to get on a bus in the capital because one of them was wearing a face veil.

    The company confirmed an incident involving two 22-year-old students from Slough, Berkshire took place on a No. 7 bus at Russell Square on Tuesday.

    The firm said the women had made a complaint to Transport for London (TfL) and that Metroline was following it up, but stressed it was still merely an allegation at this stage.

    Interviewed by the BBC, Yasmin, who was wearing a hijab, which leaves the face and hands uncovered, and Atoofa, dressed in a niqab which covers the face but leaves the area around the eyes open, said they were stopped from boarding because of their appearance.

    "He (the bus driver) said, 'I am not going to take you on the bus because you two are a threat,'" Yasmin said.

    A Metroline spokesman told Reuters: "We take this very seriously and will make a thorough investigation into the allegations as a matter of urgency.

    "However, Metroline can unequivocally state that such views would not be representative of the company in any way and that we are committed to respecting equality and diversity for all."

    He said the company was still trying to establish the facts and had narrowed the incident down to three drivers who were being interviewed.

    "If it is the case that one of our drivers off his own back refused entry to someone for that reason than that, obviously, is unacceptable," he added.

    The Muslim Council of Britain said it was "deeply concerned," but could not comment on individual cases.

    Metroline operates the service on behalf of Transport for London (TfL.)

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    Muslim women who wear face veils are suffering rise in abuse and hostility

    July 22, 2010

    Muslim women who wear face veils say they are seeing a rising tide of hostility and abuse because of the way they dress.

    Women spoke out as police reported a sharp rise in crimes, ranging from verbal abuse to physical attacks, against Muslims in the past year.

    Two women who wear the niqab, a veil which leaves only the eyes showing, said Leicester had become more "hostile" since the French Government said it planned to ban the garment and the burka, which covers the entire body.

    The women also believe publicity surrounding Conservative MP Philip Hollobone's decision to refuse to meet constituents wearing veils had deepened public hostility.

    Mr Hollobone, an MP in Northamptonshire, also attempted to introduce a private member's bill in the House of Commons to pave the way for a law similar to that being considered in France.

    One of the women, a 29-year-old from Leicester's Clarendon Park, said: "There is a more hostile than usual atmosphere at the moment.

    "I have been called names like ''Taliban'' and ''terrorist'' and one man, who was drunk in the middle of the day, told me to go back to where I came from.

    "I just want to live my life in accordance with my faith, I don't see what harm I am doing by wearing the niqab.

    "People talk about women who wear these garments being outside of society in some way. I was born and brought up in this country and don't want to live anywhere else.

    "I have been to university and I have a well-paid job, I live by the law and I love my family. How am I not taking part in society?"

    Another woman, aged 32, from Evington, Leicester, said: "Women are saying that they feel intimidated by some of the comments they hear in the media or in the street.

    "There seems to be this feeling now that women who choose to dress this way are some kind of threat to the British way of life."

    Police in Leicester have seen the number of cases of Muslims being verbally abused or physically assaulted rise in the past year.

    Between April 2008 and March 2009, officers in the city recorded 25 offences. In the following 12 months, it rose to 42.

    Chief Inspector Bill Knopp, of Leicestershire police's community safety unit, said: "Although the number of offences is relatively low, it's the trend that concerns us.

    "We cannot be sure whether that rise reflects greater public confidence and people are coming to us when these things happen to them or an actual rise in incidents.

    "What I do know is that we are getting better at catching the offenders."

    Suleman Nagdi, spokesman for the Leicestershire Federation of Muslim Organisations, said meetings had taken place with police to discuss the recent incidents.

    He said: "The figures the police have only show the number of women who have come forward to tell them about their experiences.

    "I fear there are others who have been abused in this way but have never told anyone about it.

    "There is a debate going on, but calling people names in the street is never part of any debate."

    Leicestershire police have a new hate crime website.

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    Racist thug jailed after ripping off Muslim woman's hijab as she catches train

    Jul 27 2010 Victoria Weldon

    A RACIST thug who ripped off a Muslim woman's religious veil and threw it on the ground was jailed for two years yesterday.

    Brute William Baikie grabbed the veil - known as a hijab - from 26-year-old Anwar Alqahtani as she was on her way to catch a train from Glasgow's Central Station.

    Miss Alqahtani, who wears the hijab to protect her modesty as part of her religion, had to use another piece of clothing to cover her face after the veil was ripped as Baikie pulled it from her.

    Baikie, 26, ran off but was later arrested by police after being identified on CCTV.

    Miss Alqahtani, who had come to Scotland from Saudi Arabia to study for a masters degree, has quit her studies and is afraid to leave the house as a result of the attack.

    Sentencing Baikie at Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday, Sheriff Lindsay Wood told the racist what he did was an "absolute disgrace".

    Sheriff Wood added: "The offence you committed was a shameful one.

    "You are a man who has a number of racist convictions and you knew full well how offensive the act would have been to the lady."

    The dad-of-two, whose address was given as HMP Barlinnie, admitted racially assaulting Miss Alqahtani by forcibly removing her veil at Hope Street, Glasgow, on April 27.

    Prosecutor Iain Bradley told the court: "The incident was totally without warning.

    "Miss Alqahtani had never seen this man before."

    He added: "This thoughtless, disrespectful act has had a very serious and profound effect on Miss Alqahtani.

    "She now feels that she has lost her independence as she is afraid to go out on her own in case it happens again.

    "She is effectively house bound as a result of what the accused did."

    Def ence lawyer Ken Sinclair told the court that his client was drunk at the time of the attack and can offer no explanation for what he did.

    Mr Sinclair said: "He appreciates that such behaviour is totally unacceptable and he is deeply ashamed of what he did."


    Don't the Muslims in the east know how much hatred these people have towards Islam and Muslims?! Don't they know that there are western online universities also? Why are these women going to the west for higher education when their own countries have universities offering such education. They have top western universities' branches in their country and there is full online programs and degrees as well. Do they plan to be the breadwinner with high western education and their husbands sit at home? These kind of things (ie her attack) can be avoided if people don't break away from the norm and try to be "western".

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    Australia - NSW cabinet votes against burqa ban

    Louise Hall - August 24, 2010

    NSW Premier Kristina Keneally says her government will not support a ban on the burqa, the head and body veil worn by some Muslim women, because "such a ban has no place in multicultural NSW”.

    Christian Democratic Party MP Fred Nile had called on both major parties to allow members a conscience vote on his private member's bill, which was introduced into Parliament in June.

    Mr Nile wants NSW to follow a growing number of European countries trying to ban women from wearing in public the burqa and the niqab, a veil with a narrow opening for the eyes.

    However, at an interfaith dinner with about 300 religious leaders last night, Ms Keneally announced that cabinet had decided to oppose the Full-face Coverings Prohibition Bill, which is modelled on legislation recently passed by the Belgian Parliament.

    “We are fortunate to live in a largely harmonious state where differences in language, culture and faith are rightly seen as things which enliven and strengthen our society,” Ms Keneally said.

    “It is in this spirit that the NSW Government has decided to oppose the bill seeking to create a criminal offence of wearing a burqa in public places."

    Mr Nile said he was disappointed that MPs would not be allowed a conscience vote when the bill returns to Parliament next month.

    "The bill is an exact copy of that passed in Belgium - it's not extreme or radical legislation," he said.

    Mr Nile said the burqa oppressed women and could be used as a disguise by terrorists.

    He claimed his bill had some support with both the government and opposition.

    "I was hoping we would at least get a conscience vote, so individual members of Parliament could at least vote for and against the legislation," he told Macquarie Radio.

    "It seems like the cabinet has decided to clamp down on that freedom of expression ... and gag Labor Party members."

    The cabinet decision follows a recent ruling in a Perth court that a Muslim woman must remove her full covering should she give evidence in a fraud trial.

    The NSW Greens have already said they were opposed to the ban, labelling it racist.

    Without government support, the bill now has little chance of success.

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    Muslim fired for wearing headscarf is reinstated

    By Sam Wood - Oct. 20, 2010

    A Muslim saleswoman from Philadelphia, who was fired from her job for refusing to remove her religious head scarf, was reinstated Tuesday and will be reimbursed for her lost wages.

    Khadijah Campbell, 23, moved to Dover, Del., when her husband was accepted to graduate school. On Oct. 6, she filled out an application at the Dover store of Bare Feet Shoes, the Montgomery County-scriiptd retailer. She interviewed wearing her hijab and was hired on the spot, she said.

    On Oct. 7, her first day of work, a district manager visited the Dover store and ordered her to remove the scarf or work in the store's stockroom. She told the manager that she wore the scarf for religious reasons. He told her the chain did not allow anyone to display their religion and then dismissed her in front of the other workers, said Moein Khawaja, executive director for the Pennsylvania chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

    On Monday, CAIR filed a complaaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. On Tuesday, Campbell was reinstated and the district manager who fired her was suspended, Khawaja said.

    Calls to Bare Feet's corporate offices in Wyncote were not immediately returned.

    Though the store offered her the job back, Campbell said she would not be returning.

    "I normally have tough skin, but I'm very sensitive when it comes to my religion. The whole thing was very embarrassing," Campbell said. "This is America, not a third-world country."

    She said she would continue looking for work.

    "It's back to square 1," she said.

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    Emirati veil-wearer's attacker sentenced

    The women's rights activist had slapped, scratched and bitten the victim in Paris

    By AFP - November 04, 2010

    A French court Thursday slapped a one-month suspended jail sentence on a retired female teacher who attacked an Emirati woman in a shop for wearing a face-covering Islamic veil.

    The Paris court heard that the defendant, who had worked in several Arab countries, set upon a 26-year-old woman in a shop, first trying to tug off her niqab veil and then slapping, scratching and biting her on the hand. Neither women were identified.

    "I knew that I was going to crack one day. This burqa business was beginning to annoy me," the defendant told police, saying she was fighting for women's rights, according to evidence heard in court.

    France last month passed a law to ban the wearing of the niqab and other face-coverings in public places, a controversial move in a country with Europe's biggest Muslim population, estimated at nearly six million.

    The court ruled Thursday the defendant's "violent behaviour reveals an intolerance of others that defies explanation and denies cohabitation and dialogue between people who have different ways of life or opposing beliefs."


    To these hypocrites the women only have rights when they are undressed. If the woman chooses to cover herself then she has no rights and needs to be liberated. This kaffir hates covered niqabis but has no shame in going to work in their countries.

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    Clinton critical of religious freedom in Europe

    Nov 18, 2010

    WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized the state of religious freedom in Europe, as Washington highlighted policies and attitudes toward Muslim veils and Islam as a whole.

    "Several European countries have placed harsh restrictions on religious expression," Clinton said, without elaborating as she unveiled the State Department's report on international religious freedom for the last year.

    Her assistant secretary for human rights, Michael Posner, cited France's ban on wearing the niqab and other face coverings in public places and a Swiss motion passed last year that bans building new minarets.

    Both measures have been criticized as intolerant moves stigmatizing Europe's growing Muslim population.

    Posner acknowledged "growing sensitivity and tension in Europe" over Islam. "What we are urging our European friends to do is to take every measure to try to alleviate that tension," he added.

    The different attitudes toward Muslims in Europe and the United States are the source of frequent tensions and misunderstandings between both sides of the Atlantic.

    "We have gone to court in the United States to enforce the right of Muslim women and girls to wear a burqa, and on the streets, in schools, et cetera," said Posner.

    "That's our position. It's a position we articulate when we talk to our European friends."

    France's law banning veils - passed last month - was considered an especially controversial move in a country with Europe's biggest Muslim population, estimated at nearly six million. The Netherlands is expected to follow suit.

    Clinton defined religious freedom as the ability for people to freely practice their faith, raise their children within those traditions, publish religious texts without censorship and to be able to either change religion or practice none.

    She noted strong US opposition to any legislation condemning religious libel because of freedom of expression concerns.

    The State Department's annual report - covering a period from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 - found that respect for religious freedom deteriorated in Afghanistan and Iran while China and Indonesia earned mixed scorecards.

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    Azeri Hijab ban bars scores from school

    Dec 20, 2010

    Hundreds of Azeri Muslim students have been deprived of education following a new policy which bans Hijab in the schools of the predominantly Muslim country.

    Under the pretext of imposing reintroduced Soviet-era uniforms to secondary school students this year, Azerbaijan has effectively barred hundreds of female students from going to school, sparking outrage in the predominantly Muslim country.

    This is while the country's constitution does not impose any restrictions on wearing Hijab.

    Thousands of Azeri Muslims have held demonstrations to protest the new policy.

    According to the Azeri Turan news agency, demonstrators gathered in front of Azerbaijan's Education Ministry on December 10, 2010, to voice their disapproval of Education Minister Misir Mardanov's comments.

    The Minister had said that girls should comply with official rules on school uniforms, which forbid the wearing of the Hijab.

    "What does it mean when a 16-year-old girl sits in a class with her head covered?” Mardanov questioned. "There is a school uniform and children should come to school in these clothes."

    “Everyone can wear whatever they want outside the school, but there are some rules and laws in the classroom.”

    Police dispersed protesters using tear gas and arrested more than 10 demonstrators. Officials have also stepped up security measures around the Ministry of Education.

    Hundreds of Azerbaijanis also held demonstrations in Nardaran, a suburb of the capital Baku, condemning the government's policy which they said was adopted under the influence of Western countries and Israel.

    Protesters set ablaze pictures of Mardanov urging the government to respect religious values and prevent Azerbaijan from falling into a crisis.

    Banning Hijab in high schools also led to protests in the Azeri cities of Lankaran, Jalilabad and Masali.

    Muslim communities in Azerbaijan blame the growing secularism in the country on Tel Aviv and accuse Israel of being behind anti-Islamic programs during the Shia mourning month of Muharram and the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.


    Azeris protest illegal hijab ban

    Dec 10, 2010

    Thousands of people in Azerbaijan have protested restrictions on hijab in the country as a pro-Islamic sentiment continues to grow in the former Soviet state.

    The demonstrators took to streets of Baku on Friday and gathered in front of the education ministry building to protest against illegal restrictions for hijab-wearing students and women in Azerbaijan, a Press TV correspondent reported.

    The peaceful demonstration turned violent when police and security forces used batons and tear gas to disperse slogan-chanting protesters.

    The street protests came on the heels of remarks by Azeri Education Minister Misir Mardanov who, commenting on some schoolgirls wearing headscarves, said all children must wear school uniforms.

    Azerbaijan reintroduced Soviet-era uniforms to secondary school students this year, sparking outrage in the predominantly Muslim country.

    "What does it mean when a 16-year-old girl sits in a class with her head covered?” Mardanov questioned. "There is a school uniform and children should come to school in these clothes."

    “Everyone can wear whatever they want outside the school, but there are some rules and laws in the classroom.”

    The minister's secular comments come while dozens of students wearing scarves have been banned from school in the past two weeks.

    The Friday protests were held amid tightened security in Baku and a heavy police presence on the streets of the capital.

    The Israeli embassy in the Baku, which is not located in the immediate vicinity of the education ministry office, was also heavily guarded by Azeri security forces amid fears of escalating anti-Zionist and anti-Israeli sentiments in the country.

    Muslim communities in Azerbaijan blame the growing secularism in the country on Tel Aviv and accuse Israel of being behind anti-Islamic programs during the Shia mourning month of Muharram and the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

    Azeri police arrested more than 10 people during the Friday demonstrations.



    Hundreds protest hijab ban in Azerbaijan

    Dec 18, 2010

    Hundreds of Azerbaijanis have held a demonstration in a suburb of the capital Baku to protest a ban on wearing headscarves in schools.

    The protesters in Nardaran condemned the government's policy against the Islamic veil or hijab. They say such a policy is adopted under the influence of Western countries and Israel.

    The protesters set ablaze pictures of the education minister, who has described wearing hijab at schools as nonsense and abnormal.

    The demonstrators urged the government to respect religious values and prevent Azerbaijan from falling into a crisis.

    The protest in Baku follows a similar demonstration, which turned violent in front of the education ministry when police used tear gas and batons to disperse the crowd last Friday.

    Azerbaijan reintroduced Soviet-era uniforms to secondary school students this year, sparking outrage in the predominantly Muslim country.

    Muslim communities in Azerbaijan blame the growing secularism in the country on Tel Aviv and accuse Israel of being behind anti-Islamic programs during the Shia mourning month of Muharram and the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.


    These shayateen always start out like their master Iblis (satan) with little steps leading to major steps. First the ban in school, then universities, then public buildings, then everywhere... just like the European countries have done.

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    Spanish court suspends town's burqa ban


    A Spanish court has suspended a town's ban on wearing the Islamic full-face burqa veil following protests from a Muslim rights association, an official said Tuesday.

    Lerida, a Catalan town of 120,000 inhabitants, last month imposed Spain's first ban on wearing the burqa in municipal buildings.

    That decision was "provisionally suspended on Monday pending a definitive judicial decision," a spokesman for the Catalan upper court in Barcelona told AFP.

    Ten thousand Muslims, half of them Moroccan, are registered residents of Lerida.

    Immigration from Muslim countries has grown in Spain since the 1990s, with Catalonia in particular being home to a large community of Pakistani origin.

    There are now about one million Muslims among Spain's population of 47 million.

    An Islamic group, the Watani association for freedom and justice, had lodged a legal complaint against the Lerida ban, saying that it breached fundamental rights.

    The tribunal did not rule on the merits of their case, deciding merely to suspend the burqa ban as it risked preventing some people from gaining access to public places.

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    Muslim women protest on first day of France's face veil ban

    Muslims take to the streets of Paris in protest at new French law banning the wearing of niqabs and burqas in public

    Angelique Chrisafis - 11 April 2011

    Kenza Drider stood defiantly outside Notre Dame, adjusting her niqab to reveal only a glimpse of her eyes. Scores of police with a riot van and several lorries stood by as she and another woman in a niqab staged a peaceful protest for the right "to dress as they please". On the first day of France's ban on full Islamic face-coverings, this was the first test.

    "I'm not here to provoke, but to defend my civil liberties as a French citizen," said Drider, a 32-year-old mother-of-four from Avignon, accompanied by around 10 supporters. Japanese tourists and Spanish schoolchildren fought their way through TV crews to get a picture of the spectacle. Then police swooped.

    Drider had not been stopped on her train journey into Paris. But as she spoke to journalists at Notre Dame, she was led off by plainclothes police and driven away along with two protest organisers. Next a woman in a niqab in her 40s from a Paris suburb was grabbed by a plain clothes officer, who gripped her tightly and frog-marchedher to another police bus. Officers said the women were not detained for their niqabs but because their protest had not been authorised.

    Under the law promoted by Nicolas Sarkozy, any Muslim woman wearing a face veil is now banned from all public places in France, including when walking down the street, taking a train, going to hospital or collecting her children from school. Women in niqabs will be effectively under house arrest, allowed only inside a place of worship or a private car, although they risk being stopped by traffic police if they drive.

    But several French police unions yesterday warned that the law was almost impossible to enforce and that they would not make it a priority to stop women in full veils walking down the street.

    Halima, a 53-year-old mother from Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, who wears a normal headscarf, was detained by police for standing silently with the niqab-wearers at Notre Dame. She said: "This is the first time I've ever protested over anything. I'm not in favour of the niqab, I don't wear it myself. But it's wrong for the government to ban women from dressing how they want. Islamophobia is on the rise in France. First it's the niqab, then they'll ban the jilbab, then it will be plain headscarves outlawed."

    Rachid Nekkaz, aproperty developer and rights campaigner from the Paris suburbs, was detained outside the Elysée palace with a woman in a niqab. Nekkaz, who organised the Notre Dame protest, had offered to pay niqab wearers' fines for breaking the law. He said police had not wanted to formally caution the woman for wearing a niqab.

    Women in face veils risk a €150 (£132) fine or citizenship lessons. Police cannot forcibly remove face coverings in the street but can order women to a police station to check their identity. The government estimates between 350 and 2,000 women cover their faces in France, out of a total Muslim population between four and six million.

    Some niqab-wearers – many of them French converts – vowed to continue going out and to take their cases to the European court of human rights if stopped by police.Others have moved abroad, while just one woman told French papers she had permanently removed her face covering.

    Another niqab wearer said women she knew would wear bird-flu-style medical face masks and say they were ill in order to get round the law against covering your face.

    Shop-owners said luxury fashion boutiques near the Champs Elysées were unlikely to call the police to detain female tourists in niqabs from the Gulf. This would create a two-tier system between rich tourists and poor French people, one trader complained. Emmanuel Roux from the police union, Syndicat des Commissaires de la Police Nationale, said the law would be "infinitely difficult to apply" and "infinitely little applied".

    Sarkozy, whose polls are at record lows with next year's presidential election looming, has been accused of stigmatising Muslims to boost his support among far-right voters. Since he declared in 2009 that the burqa was "not welcome in France", women in all forms of veils and head coverings said verbal abuse against them had increased. Recently the interior minister, Claude Gueant, suggested the growing number of Muslims in France was a problem. Religious groups have likened current Islamophobia in France to anti-Jewish feeling before the second world war.

    France has a strict separation of church and state and banned headscarves and all religious symbols in schools in 2004.

    Samy Debah, head of the French Collective against Islamophobia, said: "The niqab law is a pretext to reduce the visibility of Muslims in public spaces. It exposes an old French colonial reflex, that "Arabs and blacks" only understand force and you can't talk to them."

    Liberté, égalité, fraternité - unless, of course, you would like to wear a burqa

    France's absurd ban on traditional Islamic dress strikes at the very freedoms Europeans should cherish

    Women wearing the burqa and the niqab (the more common facial veil) will not exactly be arrested on sight. But if they wear a veil over their face in a public place, anyone can ask them to uncover their face – or leave. Not quite stop and search. Just stop and unmask. If a woman refuses to co-operate, citizens are advised to call the police. The fine is €150.

    Does this sound a little unfriendly to you? If so, be very worried. Because this trend is spreading. A ban is already in operation in Belgium and under discussion in Canada, Denmark and Spain. It is likely to become law in the Netherlands this year or next. There have been calls in Sweden for the niqab to be prohibited in schools and universities.
    A de facto ban already exists in Italy (where a 1975 antiterrorism law forbids the covering of the face) and Berlusconi's party has drafted a new, more specific ruling. Last year, a Tunisian woman was fined €500 for wearing a burqa in Italy's Piedmont region.

    What a lot of fuss over a piece of cloth. And we haven't seen the last of this debate in the UK. Last year, Conservative MP Philip Hollobone introduced a private members' bill proposing a ban.

    But the women's rights defence is a ridiculous excuse for something very close to racism. As Ed Balls, then schools secretary, put it last year: "I wouldn't want to be part of a religion myself where we said to women and girls, 'You have to wear a veil.' But I also would not want to be in the kind of society where people were told how to dress when they walked down the streets."

    In France, the feminist campaigning group Ni Putes Ni Soumises has argued that some niqab wearers will welcome tomorrow's ban because they wear the facial veil unwillingly, at the instigation of their husbands. Perhaps. But in greater numbers women are speaking out about having made their own decision. As Chrystelle Khedrouche, a 36-year-old French-born Muslim convert, interviewed by the BBC's Gavin Hewitt, puts it: "The French like the idea of everyone being of the same mould and that mould must be ideal. I have made the choice not to be unveiled… so to force me to unveil – that's not freedom."

    Anti-burqa campaigners all over Europe suggest that this is an issue of personal safety and basic trust. In reality, it's just a form of Islamophobia. In France, the ban already feels unworkable, fatally divisive and, frankly, pathetic. Even the law itself is a strange beast, which goes by the catchy name of The Bill Prohibiting Facial Dissimulation in a Public Place. Note, no reference to Islam.

    If the French were not so cowardly – and were being transparent about what they are doing – they would actually outlaw the burqa and the niqab by name, instead of coyly banning "the covering of the face". Presumably, it's now against the law in France to attend a fancy dress party dressed as Zorro or Catwoman. Because if there's one rule for one set of people who cover their face, that same rule should surely apply to anyone whose face is not immediately visible. Non?

    It's when you realise this is the sort of idiocy in play that this law falls apart. It's not a public safety issue or even a misguided attempt to liberate oppressed women. It's a law designed to appeal to anti-immigration sentiment and, in France in particular, to stake a claim on the (resurgent) Front National's territory. Over here, the fact that Ukip shouts the loudest about this subject gives you some idea of the sort of company you would be keeping.

    The fact is that in all these countries the niqab is worn by such a minority that this feels like a witch hunt. In Belgium, where the ban is operational, it is estimated there are 30 women who wear it. Yes, you read that correctly: 30. You might as well just visit their house and just ask them to leave the country. Although, why do that when you can introduce legislation that will make their lives a misery and/or make them prisoners in their own homes?

    Even in France, the number is thought to be fewer than 2,000. But still the authorities have printed 100,000 posters and 400,000 leaflets with the smug slogan: "The republic lives with its face uncovered." This a PR exercise that has nothing to do with the veil and everything to do with rallying nationalistic sentiment.

    Will it work? Not necessarily. On YouTube, the anti-ban "Niqabitch" video ("bitches in niqabs") has gone viral again. This footage first appeared last year. It shows two women wearing the niqab with mini-shorts and high heels, strutting the streets of Paris to the Piaf-like strains of Colette Renard purring Les Nuits d'Une Demoiselle. They pose for mobile phone photos as cabbies toot their horns appreciatively. "We need more of this kind of thing," one shouts. A policewoman says: "I love your outfit. Can I take a picture?" From tomorrow, she'll have to ask them to uncover their faces or take them to the nearest magistrate.


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    Islamirama, Jazakum Allahu khayran for posting info on this. This info needs more coverage (no pun intended).


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