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Posted in: Judaism, Hijab & Burqa, Islam, Gender

Published on Jan 24, 2017 by Phyllis Chesler

Written for Phyllis Chesler

A very busy day…


I returned from vacation and threw myself into work. Yesterday, I posted a number of pieces at FB. I want you to see them. And here they are.

The day began in triumph for our struggle for women’s religious rights in Jerusalem. I linked to two of at least five articles about our quiet, respectful, legal prayer service for a Torah—in the woman’s section at the Kotel (Western Wall). http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/for-torah-and-kotel/ http://www.timesofisrael.com/testing-high-court-ruling-women-read-torah-at-the-western-wall/

The day rapidly became one in which I defended Asra Nomani’s excellent article which criticized the failure of the Women’s March to understand the needs of Muslim women and of others living under Islamic rule. She also exposed the extent to which the organizers of the March were funded by Soros. The grassroots may have come to support women’s rights in all innocence; the organizers had other agendas; and the celebrities came to be seen and to signal “virtue.” I also posted two You Tubes of Islamist and faux-feminist Linda Sarsour. One at the Million Man March and the other in D.C. at the Women’s March. http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2017/01/20/billionaire-george-soros-has-ties-to-more-than-50-partners-of-the-womens-march-on-washington/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igwtMJ_rqOw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnaT8JxUTY0

The comments were hot and heavy. I was accused of “selling out my country” and of supporting “men who rape little girls.” Look: I’ve made death lists. This is merely a mild killer bee swarm. If anyone is on FB—do have a look if you wish. As you may see, I was also attacked for linking to Drudge, which had only reposted Nomani's piece that had originally appeared at a subsidiary website of The New York Times.

I also posted material about the “hijabbing” of non-Muslim women—an incredibly dangerous and foolish thing to do. Here’s why. As long as women are beaten or killed for refusing to wear hijab it is dangerous and foolish to view it as a revolutionary--as opposed to a reactionary--act. While I do not oppose an individual woman's choice to cover her hair, I also do not view it as an act of feminist political resistance. Too often, it signifies and symbolizes Jihad and the subordination of women. It does not symbolize modesty or religiosity since most of the Women’s March wearers who are so adorned are not religious Muslims. Donning religious insignia is supposed to signify virtue or anti-racism—but if so: such wearers should wear Jewish stars, Christian crosses, as well as Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Ba’hai, and Native-American religious insignia as well, to indicate that America welcomes all religions, not just one.

As for reciprocity, always a good idea: There is none. Christian, Jewish, and Hindu symbols—and living beings—are not allowed in Mecca or Medina and are endangered throughout the Muslim world.

BTW: I did not like the “pussy hats” either. A bikini or a burqa, pussy flaunting or face masking—I reject such dualities. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5Erby6U_d4


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