Islam and Human Rights

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Recently, I met a Syrian Salafist while speaking to Leaders of Democracy Fellows about Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Islam and human rights violations in Syria.

The individual who lives in Syria, and who seems to sympathize with Jubhat Al- Nusrah (Al-Nusrah Front) drew several distinctions between Islamic objectives of the global Jihad movement, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and Jubhat Al-Nusrah.

The argument was that these powerful movements in Syria and beyond attempt to create an Islamic state anchored in Shari’a law, the teachings of Islam, Muhammad, and Allah. But the difference between Jubhat Al-Nusrah and ISIL, according to the person, was that the mission of the Jubhat Al-Nusrah aims at only establishing Islamic social order and an Islamic state in Syria. Whether this mission spreads to other countries is not a part of their objectives, though other countries can adopt this political Islamic platform if they desire.

On the other hand, the objectives and mission of ISIL is a return to the Caliphate system and establishment of an Islamic state throughout the region. In other words, creating an Islamic state and Shari’a law-based government in Syria or in Iraq is not sufficient and will not fulfill the desire of God, Muhammad, and Islamic teachings.

Currently, we can contend that Syrian oppositional groups are functionally dominated by Jihadists from around the world, other Islamist groups, and external groups attempting to create an Islamic order and pursue their own ideological goals.

Regarding these Islamic movements, my major question is on where human rights stand for them, regardless of the minor or significant differences between these Islamist oppositional groups?

Recently, a seven-year-old boy died because fighters believed him to be an apostate. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a 15-year-old Syrian boy was also killed in the northern city of Aleppo in front of his parents because the Islamist groups believed what the boy said was heretical.

Some of the proponents of Islam and Islamic laws would point out that the ideology and religion of Islam sit at the heart of human rights standards and are totally compatible with the modern notion of human rights.

But when I delve into the issue, and going into the nuances and details of the question, they seem to dodge answering. How can Islam be compatible with a modern notion of human rights and gender equality, when social and legal laws of Allah’s words in Quran, depict women as inferior to men in every aspect?

Article three of the universal declaration of human rights, states that ” Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”. But in Islamic countries, a person who rejects and abandons Islam has no right to life. According to Islam, unbelievers commit the gravest sin in Islam.

While article four of the universal declaration of human rights says “one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms”, slavery is officially recognized and accepted in Quran.

Article five states that “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” Cases of stoning, lashings, and other violent acts, are rampant in Islamic countries.

How can Islam be compatible with human rights when, according to Muslims and the Quran, Allah specifically states in the Quran that a woman’s testimony in a court of law is considered half the value to that of a man?

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CAIR’s Jihad against Honor Diaries

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Honor Diaries is an important film that explores the brutality and systematic inequality faced by women in Muslim-majority societies. It features both believing Muslim women, like Dr. Qanta Ahmed (whose compelling essay about the film was published here at National Review Online yesterday), and former Muslims like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the renowned author and human-rights activist.

The purpose of Honor Diaries is to empower women by shining a light on the hardships they endure – including “honor” killings (i.e., murders over the perception of having brought shame to the family by violating Islamic norms), beatings, genital mutilation, forced marriage – particularly of young girls - and restrictions on movement, education, and economic opportunity. The film highlights authentic Muslim moderates struggling against the dead-end of Islamic supremacism.

So naturally, the Council on American-Islam Relations (CAIR) does not want you to see it.

At Fox News, Megyn Kelly has been covering the film anyway, despite CAIR’s howling. The segments that aired on Monday and Tuesday are available on Megyn’s website, here and here.

CAIR is a Muslim Brotherhood creation, conceived as the primo American public-relations firm for Islamic supremacists, particularly Hamas – a task CAIR pulls off by masquerading as a “civil rights” organization.

Hamas, as I recounted in The Grand Jihad, is a formally designated terrorist organization under federal law. It is also the Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch. In the early Nineties, the Brotherhood established a “Palestine Committee” to promote Hamas in the United States, an agenda topped by fundraising and efforts to derail the 1993 Oslo accords – the futile, Clinton administration-brokered attempt to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement. CAIR’s founders, Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmed, attended a three-day summit in support of Hamas in Philadelphia in 1993, much of which was wiretapped by the FBI. CAIR was established shortly afterwards. By summer 1994, the Palestine Committee was listing CAIR in internal memoranda as one of its “working organizations.”

We’ve discussed CAIR here many times, including in my 2009 column about the FBI’s long-overdue severing of “outreach” ties with the organization. It is infuriating that the Feebs and the wider government thought it was worth canoodling with CAIR in the first place, but the Bureau officially ended the affair after the 2008 Holy Land Foundation terrorism-financing trial, in which several Hamas operatives were convicted. CAIR, though unindicted, was shown by the Justice Department to be a co-conspirator. In sum, prosecutors established that the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) was the primary Hamas fundraising arm in the United States. Like CAIR, HLF was identified by the Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee as one of its “working organizations.” As terrorism researcher Steve Emerson has shown, CAIR got $5,000 in seed money at its inception from HLF, and thereafter helped raise money for HLF. The federal government shut HLF down in 2001 because of its promotion of terrorism.

Although Honor Diaries has been widely acclaimed and screened internationally, CAIR has been agitating against it. As reliably happens when CAIR plays its tired “Islamophobia” card, universities across the nation cower – especially universities with active Muslim Students Association chapters. (As we’ve observed before, the MSA is the foundation of the Muslim Brotherhood’s infrastructure in the United States.) Starting with the University of Michigan at Dearborn, several schools have now decided not to screen the film after all.

Why it is “Islamophobic” to condemn violence and abuse against Muslim women is not entirely clear to me. It is, however, clear to Linda Sarsour, a “community organizer” and “immigrants’ rights activist” who is celebrated on President Obama’s website, WhiteHouse.gov, as a “Champion of Change.” As reported on The Kelly File, this particular “champion” reacted to Honor Diaries by tweeting:

How many times do we have to tell White women that we do not need to be saved by them? Is there code language I need to use to get thru?

Thoughts like Ms. Sarsour’s make for depressing reading, but clearly she is referring to some of the filmmakers, who happen to be white women (the others include white men and a black woman, Ms. Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born executive producer who was raised as a Muslim). The film has also been promoted by yet another highly accomplished woman, Brooke Goldstein, the human-rights attorney and filmmaker who directsThe Lawfare Project; and by the Clarion Project, a New York-based organization that promotes moderate Islam and publicly challenges “extremist” Islam.

The community organizers at CAIR have obviously read a bit farther along in Rules for Radicals than Ms. Sarsour. Rather than racist tweets, they couch their character assassination of the film’s backers in the poll-tested sensitivities of everyday Americans, pretending to endorse the film’s message while telling you not to watch it. They issued a statement on Monday that Megyn Kelly aired:

American Muslims join people of conscience of all faiths in condemning female genital mutilation, forced marriages, ‘honor killings,’ and any other form of domestic violence or gender inequality as violations of Islamic beliefs. If anyone mistreats women, they should not seek refuge in Islam. The real concern in this case is that the producers of the film, who have a track record of promoting anti-Muslim bigotry, are hijacking a legitimate issue to push their hate-filled agenda.

Right. Women are being brutalized but our “real concern” should be the “track record” of some film producers. Beyond CAIR’s say-so that it is “hate-filled,” this purportedly dark track record is not described. But, after all, who would know more about what counts as “hate-filled” than a PR flack for a terrorist organization whose charter vows to annihilate Israel by violent jihad?

On Tuesday night, CAIR’s Chicago branch dispatched Agnieszka Karoluk, one of its “senior communications coordinators,” to Fox in order to regurgitate CAIR’s statement. Questioned by Megyn Kelly, Ms. Karoluk gave a dizzying explanation: CAIR, we’re told, agrees that Honor Diaries raises vital issues, opposes the abuse of women just like the film does, and is not really happy that colleges are canceling screenings (even though CAIR put out a smiley-face tweet when the first cancellation was announced). But CAIR is “disgusted” by the Clarion Project because it is - all together now - “Islamophobic.” Ms. Karoluk declined to say what makes it so (of course, to get into that would bring attention to episodes of Islamic extremism Clarion has exposed). So because Clarion likes the film, you shouldn’t watch it even though its content is accurate and significant – got it? Confronted by Brooke Goldstein about CAIR’s own record, Ms. Karoluk predictably replied, “I’m not here to talk about CAIR, I’m here to talk about the film” . . . and then continued to avoid talking about the film.

It is no doubt true, as CAIR’s statement asserts, that American Muslims substantially join the rest of us in condemning the abuse of women. CAIR, however, is in no position to speak for American Muslims – and in fact speaks for very few of them. Even if one were inclined to accept CAIR’s statements at face value, Honor Diaries is about the abuse of Muslim women; it is not about the filmmakers. If CAIR truly condemned these misogynistic practices it would be encouraging people to see the film. Instead, as Dr. Ahmed told Megyn, “They claim to be defending the vulnerable whereas they’re actually silencing exposure about the vulnerable.”

But there is no reason to take CAIR’s statements at face value. Under the old adage that actions speak louder than words, the inescapable fact is that CAIR does not condemn the horrific abuse of women in Muslim-majority countries. It is feigning condemnation in hopes of rendering people more receptive to CAIR’s actual message, which is: Avoid Honor Diaries because anyone who exposes atrocities committed by Muslims is unworthy of consideration, no matter how valid the exposition.

And I can prove it.

CAIR has a very close relationship with another Muslim Brotherhood creation, the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) – an Islamic-supremacist think-tank we’ve also discussed in these pages (see, e.g., here). As Steve Emerson points out, disclosure forms IIIT filed with the IRS show thousands of dollars in contributions to CAIR. IIIT was also a major financial backer of Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative Sami al-Arian, whom CAIR continued to champion even after his guilty plea to a terrorism charge.

As I’ve previously recounted, IIIT is one of the influential Islamic academic outfits that have endorsed Reliance of the Traveller, the English translation of the classic sharia manual, `Umdat al-Salik. Indeed, the endorsement, written by IIIT’s then-president, Taha Jabir al-`Alwani, is included in the introduction section of the published manual. Dr. Alwani, a revered figure in Muslim Brotherhood circles, highly recommended Reliance as both a “textbook for teaching Islamic jurisprudence to English-speakers” and a legal reference for sharia scholars.

Here are just some of the things Reliance teaches about the treatment of women under Islamic law (with supporting citations to sections of the manual):

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Watch This Brilliant Parody! CAIR Reacts to Megyn Kelly’s Epic Smackdown!

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This video is a possibly futile attempt to teach the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) a lesson about consistency.

CAIR has been attempting to block a film (The Honor Diaries) that draws attention to the plight of women and girls in Muslim countries.

After being recently steamrolled (twice) by Megyn Kelly and Brooke Goldstein, we can only hope that CAIR is finally ready to listen.

Human Rights Attorney appears on Kelly File for second night in a row, Dismantles CAIR Representative

Goldstein: Dismantled CAIR during Fox appearance.

Goldstein: Dismantled CAIR during Fox appearance.

By Walid Shoebat:

Human rights attorney Brooke Goldstein appeared on the Kelly File for the second night in a row, this time, opposite a representative from CAIR-Chicago. During her appearance, Goldstein spoke more truth about who and what CAIR is than has been vocalized on Fox News in a long time, if at all.

One night after Kelly did a segment on the documentary film, ‘Honor Diaries’, and the controversy surrounding it, which now includes CAIR because of the group’s objection to the film, she did a follow-up segment. In it, Kelly told viewers that CAIR demanded a retraction of the previous night’s segment. She looked into the camera and said, ‘Guess what? You’re not getting it’.

In her second appearance on the show in two nights, Goldstein appeared opposite Agnieszka Karoluk, the senior communications coordinator for CAIR-Chicago.

Bizarrely, the position expressed by Karoluk was that the reason CAIR objected to the film had nothing to do with its content, which she didn’t deny was legitimate. Her objection was with the ‘Islamophobic’ group – the Clarion Project – that made the film.

Goldstein explained that CAIR is an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. Karoluk could say nothing except ‘that’s not true’, which is a lie by itself. Further damning to Karoluk is the CAIR branch she works for in Chicago. Its Executive Director is Ahmed Rehab, who once referred to Imam Jamal Said as a ‘great American faith leader’.

Jamal Said (Far left) and Ahmed Rehab (Far right).

Jamal Said (Far left) and Ahmed Rehab (Far right).

As Shoebat.com has reported in the past, Said, who used to be Walid’s mentor in Chicago, has extensive connections to Hamas and was himself a colleague of Osama bin Laden’s mentor, Abdullah Azzam.

 

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On the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day — What Are Feminists Doing About Honor Killings?

Phyllis Chesler

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Editor’s note: The following is adapted from a speech delivered on March 8 by the author in observance of  Women’s History Month to theGender Fairness Committee of the New York City Supreme Court.

When my Second Wave generation of feminists started out, Gender Fairness committees did not exist nor did as many women lawyers and judges or the number of feminist lawyers, both male and female, whom I see here today. As many of you know, my or should I say, our generation had the privilege of changing all that.

We also named and exposed the hidden epidemic of physical and sexual violence towards women and children.

Second Wave feminists challenged sexism in advertising, (we still do), the pornography industry, (which has grown), and prostitution which now includes human sexual trafficking.

We also challenged corporations for economically discriminating against women; that work continues. We took on drug companies whose medications caused women to die from cancer. We championed women’s reproductive and sexual rights but we also challenged birth control. We waged a war to save women’s lives. The work continues.

Courtesy of Second Wave feminist activism, more women entered previously all-male professions, and some men became feminists.

Before the Second Wave began making waves, mothers received little child support and less alimony—that has improved although custody battles have, in some ways, gotten harder, more terrible. The 25th anniversary edition of “Mothers on Trial” will be published this summer with eight new chapters.

Our generation had a universalist vision of human rights—one standard for all. I still do. While I believe in cultural diversity, I am not a multi-cultural relativist. Therefore, I have taken a strong stand against the persecution of Muslim women and dissidents. Thus, I now submit expert courtroom affidavits on behalf of Muslim girls and women who have fled being honor murdered and are seeking asylum here.

Those of us who expose the plight of such women, and this includes Somali-born feminist hero Ayaan Hirsi Ali, as well as myself, have been demonized as “Islamophobes” and racists because we do not, in the same breath, blame America, the West, or Israel for their suffering.

In my view, western academic feminists, including gay liberationists, are so afraid of being condemned as “colonialists” or “racists” that this fear trumps their concern for women’s rights in the Arab and Muslim world.

What is Islamic Gender Apartheid? Islamic gender apartheid is characterized by normalized daughter- and wife-battering, forced veiling, female genital mutilation, polygamy, purdah, (the segregation or sequestration of women), arranged marriage, child marriage, first cousin marriage; girls and women are honor murdered if they resist such practices, if they wish to divorce a dangerously abusive husband, and if they are viewed as too independent, too modern.

Today, at its most extreme, Islamic gender apartheid is characterized by acid attacks, public stonings, hangings, and beheading of women in Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia—countries in which girls and women who are raped are further victimized: jailed, tortured, and executed.

Feminists should be crying out from the rooftops against these practices. Some are. I am. Yet, many Muslim men and women, as well as many intellectually “progressive” western infidels, are not. They are demanding or welcoming the imposition of Islamic religious law, Sharia law, not only in Egypt and Saudi Arabia but also in the West.

I have published two academic studies and nearly 100 articles about honor killings both in the West and in the Islamic world. How is an honor killing defined? An honor killing is a collaborative conspiracy carried out against one victim, usually a young girl, by her family of origin. Both her male and female relatives believe that their “honor” demands her death; that her “impure” behavior has shamed and destroyed her family’s reputation and community status. A battered wife—or one who dares leave her tormentor—may also be “honor murdered” by both her husband, assisted by his relatives, and to an extent, the wife’s relatives as well.

In the West, honor killings are a mainly Muslim-on-Muslim crime. Hindus and Sikhs perpetrate such killings but mainly in India, not in the West.

An honor killing is not the same as western domestic violence or western domestically violent femicide. Many honorable feminists disagree with me. They believe that honor killings are the same as western domestic violence. Understandably, such feminists fear that by singling out one group for behavior which may be common to all groups they will stigmatize the token group and minimize the suffering of all the other groups. They have a legitimate fear—and yet if, for reasons of “political correctness,” we fail to understand a crime, we will never be able to prevent or to prosecute it.

Honor killings are shameful, secretive; they are allowed to flourish and fester precisely because the perpetrators and their collaborators do not want them exposed. Instead, they blame the victim, and they blame those who expose it.

I began writing about honor killings in the United States, Canada, and Europe in 2004. My first study about such honor killings first appeared in 2009 in Middle East Quarterly, the second appeared there as well in 2010. In the most recent publication, I studied 230 victims who were honor—or “horror” murdered on five continents over a twenty year period in 172 separate incidents. (More than one person was murdered in some of the incidents).

A murder is a murder and must be treated as such. However, honor killings are not like western domestic violence or domestically violent femicide.

Read more at Fox News

Phyllis Chesler, Ph.D is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies, a Fellow at the Middle East Forum, the author of thousands of articles and of fifteen books, including “Women and Madness,” and “An American Bride in Kabul.” She archives her articles and may be reached through her website:www.phyllis-chesler.com

Honor Diaries: speaking out against Islamic oppression of women

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Message from Honor Diaries Producer Paula Kweskin:

 

Culture is no excuse

About Honor Diaries:

Women’s Voices Now is proud to be a partner in raising money for Honor Diaries.

HONOR DIARIES is an award-winning documentary featuring the exclusive conversations of nine courageous women’s rights advocates fighting against gender inequality in male-dominated, honor-based societies

These women are profiled for their efforts to affect change, both in their communities and beyond.

The film gives a platform to exclusively female voices and seeks to expose the paralyzing political correctness that prevents many from identifying, understanding and addressing this international human rights disaster.  Freedom of movement, the right to education, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation are some of the systematic abuses explored in depth.

Spurred by the Arab Spring, women who were once silent are starting to speak out about gender inequality and are bringing visibility to a long history of oppression. This project draws together leading women’s rights activists and provides a platform where their voices can be heard and serves as inspiration to motivate others to speak out.

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Honor Diaries isn’t just a film it’s a movement! In Honor Diaries, real women speak out about their experiences at the mercy of an oppressive society where religion and culture are cited as an excuse for horrendous abuse.

We did not intend on creating a film to shock the Western world, but to bring a global awareness of the culture of violence and cruelty in honor based societies.

Screenings of Honor Diaries are not limited to Western countries.

Now we need to take the conversation started in the film around the world.

Learn more about how you can help

 

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International Women’s Day — why America’s politically correct feminists dishonor human rights

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As a young bride, I once lived in a harem in Afghanistan. It was a nearly fatal adventure but I survived, escaped, and learned about gender and religious apartheid long before the Taliban.  My firebrand American feminism was probably forged in purdah in the early 1960s. However, something called me Eastward and I have remained involved with the Islamic world.

Today, decades later, I work with Muslim and ex-Muslim dissidents and feminists. They do not understand why Western feminists do not stand with them as they oppose normalized honor based violence, extreme state violence (think Iran, Saudi Arabia), and utter lawlessness when it comes to the torture and murder of girls and women.

Why would intelligent and educated Western feminists remain blind to such crimes in America?

Most recently, a law has been proposed in Afghanistan that will make it impossible for a woman whose family has beaten, tortured, or tried to kill her, to lodge a complaint of any kind. Such complaints are seen as endangering family unity. Orwell would understand this.

But why would intelligent and educated Western feminists remain blind to such crimes in America?

To their credit, American feminists exposed and opposed violence against women and championed a woman’s right to bodily integrity and  have done heroic humanitarian work in war zones, including Afghanistan. Some have critiqued the Afghan burqa (a sensory deprivation isolation chamber and ambulatory body bag) as a symbol of barbaric misogyny.

But feminists have been taken in by the false campaign against “Islamophobia,” (which does not really exist), and have backed President Obama’s approach to the Muslim world: Appeasement, flattery, a refusal to back the bravest Muslim dissidents who are fighting against barbaric totalitarian regimes, and a wholesale acceptance of Muslim women’s subordinate status in the United States.

Like Islamists, they believe that American tolerance and separation of religion and state mandate acceptance of face veiling and non-interference with close family monitoring, normalized daughter-beating, forced marriage to a first cousin, polygamy, and female genital mutilation (FGM) which exist in America, under the radar.

According to Archi Payati ,Deputy Director of Sanctuary for Families/Immigration Intervention whether they are done here or abroad, “the New York metropolitan area is the capital for (women who have had) illegal FGM procedures.”

Some Western feminists insist that the Islamic veil (niqab and burqa) is sexy, mysterious, and comfortable; others view the veil as a religious or privacy right.

Many Muslims do not.

While it is potentially perilous to involve the state in mandating what a woman cannot wear i.e. banning the burqa — feminists do not realize that women are honor killed for refusing to veil properly and that for nearly a century Muslim women fought for or were granted the right to be naked-faced in Egypt, Turkey, Persia, Jordan, Lebanon, the Maghreb, and Afghanistan.

In addition, some Western feminist academics and activists are reluctant to take a stand against honor killing in the West lest they be accused of racism or “Islamophobia”—even though the victims are women of color.

Their alleged anti-racism trumps their concerns with women’s rights. They are multi-cultural relativists who have sacrificed universal standards of human rights on the altar of “political correctness.”

As the author of three studies about honor killing, I know that this crime is rarely reported and even more rarely prosecuted. It is pandemic in Muslim countries and in parts of Hindu India. The United Nations continues to use statistics from the year 2000 which cite that “5,000 women are honor murdered each year.”

A Pakistani Human Rights Commission documents that 943 Pakistani women were honor murdered in the year 2011 alone. Statistics are elusive for North America but, in Middle East Quarterly, I have documented an escalation of such crimes based on media reports, public trials, and interviews.

Over the last quarter-century, high profile honor killings have taken place in Missouri, Ohio,  Illinois, New Jersey, Georgia, Florida, New York, Arizona, and Texas, and in Canada, from coast to coast. The majority are Muslim-on-Muslim crimes, a minority are Sikh-on-Sikh crimes.

I have worked with American and Canadian detectives, prosecutors, judges, and juries who have been warned they will be labeled “Islamophobes” if they describe the crime of honor killing as such.

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Phyllis Chesler, Ph.D is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies, a Fellow at the Middle East Forum, the author of thousands of articles and of fifteen books, including “Women and Madness,” and “An American Bride in Kabul.” She archives her articles and may be reached through her website: www.phyllis-chesler.com

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“Honor Diaries” is a Good Recruiting Tool

honor-diariesCitizen Warrior:

Many of us find it difficult to talk to people about Islamic doctrine and Sharia law. Some people resist listening to us or accepting what we say. A new film, first screened last fall at the Chicago International Film Festival — Honor Diaries — can help us reach more people by showing the viewer what’s being done in the Muslim world without creating resistance to the information.

The film doesn’t focus on Islam. Instead, it exposes what the “honor” system does.

The film profiles and interviews nine women who have been victims of an honor culture. The film is deliberately not anti-Muslim. It won’t cause your multicultural friends to turn away from the message. It will reach them where they can be reached: On the topic of the oppression and victimization of women. It’s a brilliant approach, and could help recruit more people into pushing back the spread of Sharia. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the Executive Producer of the film.

 

We urge you to share the movie — have a screening, and when it’s available on DVD, buy it and share it with your friends. Share the trailer on your Facebook page. Help this film become popular. Click here for a video about the film’s Global Screening Campaign. They are officially launching the film in March of this year (2014). March 8th is International Women’s Day and the Honor Diaries promoters are partnering with several organizations at events in New York, Los Angeles, London, etc.

The main website for the film is HonorDiaries.com. Watch a trailer, learn more about the film, and sign up for updates. The website describes the film this way: Honor Diaries is the first film to break the silence on “honor violence” against women and girls. Honor Diaries is more than a movie, it is a movement to save women and girls from human rights abuses — around the world and here in America.

The film features nine courageous women’s rights advocates with connections to Muslim-majority societies who are engaged in a dialogue about gender inequality.

These women, who have witnessed firsthand the hardships women endure, are profiled in their efforts to effect change, both in their communities and beyond.

The film gives a platform to exclusively female voices and seeks to expose the paralyzing political correctness that prevents many from identifying, understanding and addressing this international human rights disaster. Freedom of movement, the right to education, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation are some of the systematic abuses explored in depth.

Spurred by the Arab Spring, women who were once silent are starting to speak out about gender inequality and are bringing visibility to a long history of oppression. This project draws together leading women’s rights activists and provides a platform where their voices can be heard and serves as inspiration to motivate others to speak out.

In the Oregon Independent, Catherine DeRego says this about Honor Diaries:

Executive Producer Ayaan Hirsi Ali, born in Somalia, is an outspoken defender of women’s rights in Islamic societies. She is also the founder of the AHA Foundation created to “help protect and defend the rights of women in the West from oppression justified by religion and culture.”

Here’s what she says about the film:

“In male-dominated cultures, like Saudi Arabia, women and girls are treated like property, forced into marriage, and suffer female genital mutilation. In Honor Diaries, I am proud to join a courageous cast of female human rights activists to speak the truth; that culture is no excuse for abuse.”

The filmmakers are asking everyone in the community to host a screening of Honor Diaries on March 8, 2014, or any time this spring to “Celebrate the stories of 9 amazing women’s rights activists,” and to bring awareness to these crimes against Muslim women. In the United States, all women are entitled to the same liberties and freedoms as men have irrespective of religion. There is no gender inequality under our Constitution, nor should there be in any other nation. Violence hidden behind the veil of one’s religious teachings is a crime against all humanity under God. Let the American people stand for freedom as we always have and join this movement to help end the violence against Muslim women in this country and across the world.

The Hijab has Nothing To Do with Modesty

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Robert Spencer has replied at great length and depth to Robert P. George of First Things and Michael Potemra of the National Review here, but I just want to zero in on one issue.

George writes, “I admire Muslim women and all women who practice the virtue of modesty, whether they choose to cover their hair or not. There are many ways to honor modesty and practices vary culturally in perfectly legitimate ways.”

Unfortunately he is operating under a misapprehension. The Hijab and the Burka and variations of mandatory female coverings have nothing to do with modesty.

The Koranic verse that mandates covering states, “O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks all over their bodies that they may thus be distinguished and not molested” (Koran 33:59)

That’s not modesty. The covering is being worn to avoid rape.

The key words here are “distinguished and not molested”. Whom are these women being distinguished from? Women who don’t cover up and can be molested. One Koranic commentator explicitly makes that very point as I discuss in Muslim Rape Culture.

This isn’t modesty. It’s repression and fear. As Robert Spencer points out, the Hijab is accompanied by repression.

Aqsa Parvez’s Muslim father choked her to death with her hijab after she refused to wear it. Amina Muse Ali was a Christian woman in Somalia whom Muslims murdered because she wasn’t wearing a hijab. Forty women were murdered in Iraq in 2007 for not wearing the hijab.

There’s an endless list of similar cases. Robert P. George might want to examine the religious freedom he is really defending.

A survey conducted in France in May 2003 found that 77 percent of girls wearing the hijab said they did so because of physical threats from Islamist groups.

We can’t dismiss a number that large as the work of a handful of extremists. And this isn’t taking place in some Third World country. It’s happening in France.

More often the girls were under orders from their fathers and uncles and brothers, and even their male classmates. For the boys, transforming a bluejeaned teen-age sister into a docile and observant “Muslim” virgin was a rite de passage into authority, the fast track to becoming a man, and more important, a Muslim man…. it was also a license for violence.

Girls who did not conform were excoriated, or chased, or beaten by fanatical young men meting out “Islamic justice.” Sometimes the girls were gang-raped. In 2002, an unveiled Muslim girl in the cite of Vitry-sur-Seine was burned alive by a boy she turned down.

Jane Kramer, Taking the Veil, New Yorker

This isn’t modesty. It has nothing in common with modesty in the Jewish and Christian traditions which is about individual character.

Islamist activists and settlers in the West have learned how to phrase their arguments to tap into the worldviews and moral codes of indigenous cultures, but it would be a mistake to confuse the argument with the reality.

The Hijab and the Burka are not voluntary and they have nothing to do with modesty. The various Islamic coverings are motivated by fear, shame and abuse.

See also:

Rape and the Islamic Doctrine That Allows It

 

Egyptian woman

Historically and juridically, Islam sanctions FGM for Muslim females and rape and sexual slavery of non-Muslim females. Westerners determinedly avoid the topic altogether.

By Clare Lopez:

The first time that many Americans and others in the West became aware of the extent of the mistreatment of  women in Muslim-majority countries was on February 11, 2011, the night that Hosni Mubarak’s government fell in Cairo and CBS News correspondent, Lara Logan, was brutally sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square.

Yet, those already familiar with the Egyptian street know that the brazen sexual harassment of women has been a feature of public life there for a long time. After all, this is an overwhelmingly Muslim country where statistics show more than 90 per cent of women undergo genital mutilation (Female Genital Mutilation-FGM), whose fundamental purpose is to destroy female sexuality—not only so that men may more easily control their own women but in an attempt to remove ostensible “provocation” from men who are raised from infancy in an environment of permissiveness to believe they are superior to women.

And while Western feminist groups determinedly avoid the topic altogether, international organizations charged with studying the treatment of women around the world typically take pains to avoid any insinuation that either FGM or rape of women and girls has anything to do with Islam. Unfortunately, both do. Doctrinally, historically and juridically, Islam sanctions FGM for Muslim females and the rape and sexual slavery of non-Muslim females.

Read more at The Clarion Project

 

The ‘Epidemic’ of Sexual Harassment—and Rape—in Morsi’s Egypt

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Since the “Arab Spring” came to Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood assumed power, sexual harassment, abuse, and rape of women has skyrocketed.  This graph, which shows an enormous jump in sexual harassment beginning around January 2011, when the Tahrir revolts began, certainly demonstrates as much. Its findings are supported by any number of reports appearing in both Arabic and Western media, and from both Egyptian and foreign women.

Hundreds of Egyptian women recently took to the streets of Tahrir Square to protest the nonstop harassment they must endure whenever they emerge from their homes and onto the streets.  They held slogans like “Silence is unacceptable, my anger will be heard,” and “A safe square for all; Down with sexual harassment.” “Marchers also shouted chants against President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood group from which he hails,” wrote Al Ahram Online

The response?  More sexual harassment and rapes.

Read more at Front Page

Raymond Ibrahim, a Shillman Fellow at the DHFC, is a widely published author on Islam, and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum. Join him as he explores the “Intersection”—the pivotal but ignored point where Islam and Christianity meet—including by examining the latest on Christian persecution, translating important Arabic news that never reaches the West, and much more.

Bulletin of the Oppression of Women October 15 – November 19, 2012

October 15, 2012 Mali   A teenaged girl received 60 lashes in Timbuktu after Islamist extremists convicted   her of speaking to men on the street.

October 16, 2012 UK   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)   A British Muslim, who married his second wife in a secret sharia ceremony, has   been sentenced to life in jail for stabbing her to death in a ‘merciless’ attack.   Siraj Arif, 31, knifed Saiba Khatoon – who was 19-weeks pregnant – with such   ferocity that two of the three kitchen knives he used snapped under the force   of the blows in the row over their unborn baby.

October 17, 2012   Egypt   A teacher in southern Egypt punished two 12-year-old schoolgirls for not wearing   the Muslim headscarf by cutting their hair, the father of one girl said Wednesday,   in an incident that stokes concerns over personal rights following the rise   of Islamist political movements.   Afghanistan   Afghan police have arrested four people who allegedly tried to force a woman   into prostitution and beheaded her when she refused.

Britain   An FGM study from the British International Journal of Obstetrics and gynecology   journal BJOG reports that women who were forced to undergo genital cutting as   young girls have a poorer sex life years later.

October 20, 2012 Malaysia      Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek agreed today with a Wanita MCA leader’s view that   PAS condones the raping of non-Muslim women, pointing out that the party’s spiritual   leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat had made the opinion clear in a speech four years   ago. Nik Aziz had said that women who do not “tutup aurat” (protect   their modesty) “deserved to be raped”.

October 22, 2012 Afghanistan   (h/t to JihadWatch)   A man in a western Afghan city has confessed to stabbing his wife to death to   prevent her from taking a job outside the home.

Sudan (h/t   to JihadWatch)   The head of Sudan’s main clerical authority, the Religious Scholars Committee   (RSC), has publicly advocated girl child marriage, drawing the ire of women   activists rights who called for an immediate ban against the practice.

October 23, 2012 Afghanistan   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)   A second teenage girl has been threatened with assassination in Pakistan following   the Taliban’s failed attempt to murder Malala Yousafzai, an outspoken critic   of Islamic extremism, earlier this month.

October 24, 2012 Britain   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)   9 men have been charged in Manchester for sexual abuse of an underage girl.   This case is different from the one early this year which dealt with child trafficking.

Afghanistan   Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Wednesday said   that it recorded 550 cases of violence against women in the last month, including   beating, forced marriages, murder and rape, showing a remarkable increase from   previous months.

November 1, 2012 Kashmir   A mother and father killed their 15-year-old daughter by dousing her with acid   after seeing her talking to a young man, police said Thursday.

November 3, 2012 Muslim   World   Nonie Darwish explains the role of the woman in the Islamic ideology and the   laws that control her.

Pakistan   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)   The Pakistani Taliban’s battle to stop girls and women from getting an education   includes acid thrown in their faces to scar them for life and deter others from   following in their footsteps. They have distributed threatening pamphlets around   the city warning local girls against going to school. “We will never allow   the girls of this area to go and get a Western education,” said Qari Muhavia,   the local Pakistani Taliban leader, when contacted by CNN by telephone.

November 4, 2012 Singapore   The city’s Muslim marriage courses are under fire for teaching that male students   are to beat wives who refuse to submit to sex, while female students are taught   that if they refuse sex with their husbands angels of Allah would curse them.

November 5, 2012 Jordan   Three brothers reportedly murdered their married sister to cleanse their family’s   honor. She was stabbed 17 times.

Yemen   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)   A 10-year old Yemeni child claims her family forced her to marry a 30-year old   man when she was nine. She escaped from her home with the help of an aunt and   went to the courthouse where she waited for the judge to come out and told him   her story. He sympathised with her case and issued a divorce judgment.

November 6, 2012 India   Mumbai’s historic Haji Ali mausoleum inner tomb is banned to women.

November 7, 2012 USA   An Iraqi mother was sentenced to two years’ probation after she was accused   of beating her teenage daughter and burning her on her face and chest with a   hot spoon because the girl refused to go along with an arranged marriage and   was spotted talking a male student at her high school.

November 8, 2012 Saudi   Arabia (h/t to thereligionofpeace)     There have been 5,622 marriages where the bride is under the age of 14 in Saudi   Arabia, said Ali Abdul Rahman Al Roumi, a social services academic at Imam Mohammad   Bin Saud Islamic University, adding that specifying a legal age would not solve   the problem, and may lead to “even bigger problems”.

November 11, 2012 Saudi   Arabia (h/t JihadWatch)   An prominent Saudi religious scholar tortured his five year old daughter to   death with whips and electrical shocks.

November 13, 2012 USA   Iraqi man pleaded not guilty to the honor killing of his wife, Shaima Alawadi.

November 15, 2012 Pakistan   A man and his brother were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly setting the former’s   wife and three daughters on fire.

November 16, 2012 Iran   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)   Lawmakers consider legislation that may drastically alter an adult woman’s ability   to obtain a passport and travel outside the country.

November 17, 2012 Indonesia   A Western woman gives her eye-witness account of over 200 young girls having   their genitals cut so they “can control their sexual urges.”

November 19, 2012 Dubai   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)   Three rapists who demanded money from their Vietnamese victim, are sentenced   to three years in jail.
Gates   of Vienna has an informative short video explaining why honor killings   are Islamic doctrine. Please take a few minutes and educate yourself on this   travesty of gender rights.

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Bulletin of the Oppression of Women August 29 – October 14, 2012

August 29, 2012 Zanzibar, Tanzania   Despite ongoing efforts to minimize domestic violence, promote gender equality and empower women, new study in Zanzibar indicates that many women are still beaten and bullied by men including Muslim clerics!

Kurdistan   (Iraq)   The Kurdistan government passed a bill banning Female Genital Mutilation a year ago but has yet to implement the law.

August 30, 2012 Egypt   (h/t to Frontpage Mag)   Some in Egypt’s new government wants to include a new article in its constitution criminalizing sex slavery and the trafficking of women and children but the fundamentalist Islamists are grumbling about it.

Tunisia   (h/t to JihadWatch)   The head of a Tunisian Islamist organization called this week for his country to legalize polygamy as part of a post-revolution initiative to cancel all laws   that contradict Islamic principles. Adel Elmi, head of the Tunisian Moderate Association for Awareness and Reform, formerly known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, said in a Wednesday radio statement   that marriage laws ought to be modified.

Afghanistan   A young girl was found hanging dead from the ceiling of her room in Shiberghan city. The Crime branch police chief said initial investigations showed the girl  had committed suicide because she was not happy with her engagement. Maghfirat  Samimi, human rights director for Jawzjan, Sar-i-Pul and Faryab, said suicide tendency among girls had increased. He said 20 cases of suicides and murder of women took place in the region this year, compared to last year’s 15 cases.

August 31, 2012 Pakistan   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)  Khalid Allah Ditta has been arrested for the honor killings of his mother and   four sisters. He accused them of having illicit relations with some men in the   neighbourhood.

Tunisia   Yesterday, a group of Tunisian women affiliated with the leftist Nidaa Tounes   – the Call of Tunisia party – reported that they were verbally and physically   assaulted during a meeting held in the small town of Menzel Chakeur, located  in the governorate of Sfax.

September 1, 2012 Pakistan   An 18-year old girl was killed by her brother for possessing a cell phone and being in an illicit relationship police said.

September 3, 2012 Egypt   Campaigners in Egypt say the problem of sexual harassment is reaching epidemic   proportions, with a rise in such incidents over the past three months. For many   Egyptian women, sexual harassment – which sometimes turns into violent mob-style   attacks – is a daily fact of life, reports the BBC’s Bethany Bell in Cairo.

September 10, 2012 Saudi   Arabia   Saudi authorities have sentenced Najla Yehya Wafa, a 35-year-old Egyptian woman, to 500 lashes. Her family says she was arrested after a business dispute with   a Saudi Princess. Leila Jamul, a 23-year-old Sudanese woman, was sentenced last July to death by stoning for adultery. She is being held in prison, meanwhile, with her six-month-old baby.

Britain   (h/t to NewEnglishReview)   Muslim cleric at the centre of an illegal marriage scandal has stepped down   after he allegedly offered to marry a 12-year-old girl to a man in his 20s. Imam Mohamed Kassamali is said to have told an undercover reporter posing as   a father that he could carry out a ceremony for his school-aged daughter. He allegedly told the Sunday Times journalist: ‘If it (the marriage) was not possible, I would have told you straight away… I would love the girl to go to her husband’s houses (sic) as soon as possible, the younger the better.

September 15, 2012 Afghanistan   A 16-year old girl was lashed by local mullahs (clerics) in Jaghori district   of Ghazni province on charges of what have been called illicit relations. This was carried out in the absence of legal and humanitarian institutions.

September 16, 2012 Saudi   Arabia   A Saudi scholar has played down an Islamic fatwa (ruling) that forbids women from logging in online without an escort. “The law for internet usage for men and women should be the same, even if the internet has useful and harmful websites,” said Sheikh Mohamed El-Aly, professor of Islamic law. In 2010,   Sheikh Saad El-Ghamdi issued a fatwa banning women from logging in online without a chaperon sitting at her side.

Egypt   A 20-year-old Egyptian woman was murdered earlier this month after being sexually assaulted. According to their statement on the incident in Upper Egypt’s Assuit, the young woman had been walking on a main street with a friend when a man began   grabbing her body.

She then turned around and spit in his face and reportedly verbally lashed   back, saying “I will get my rights back. I will get my rights back against your will.” The ECWR said that after she said the words, the man pushed her to the ground, kicking her before shooting her multiple times.

September 17, 2012 Egypt   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)   Egyptian security in the city of Suez reported that it arrested 22 men for sexually harassing high school students outside of two schools on the first day of classes, the al-Shorouk newspaper reported on Sunday. Earlier this month, the head of the National Council of Women (NCW) Mervat Tallawy said that Egyptian women are harassed, on average, “7 times every 200 meters.”

Indonesia   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)   A sixteen year old girl hanged herself after being arrested by the sharia police for being out in the early hours of the morning and accused of being a prostitute. More HERE.

September 19, 2012 Egypt   An Egyptian women’s group is afraid that the new constitution will sanction the sharia law that allows marriage of sexually mature girls even if they are   at the age of nine.

September 21, 2012 England   (h/t to GatesofVienna)   A teenage rape victim had to take medication after she was attacked amid fears she may have contracted HIV. Mawawe Ibrahim Karam was jailed for ten years yesterday for raping the 17-year-old.

September 22, 2012 Pakistan  The daughter of a cleric was allegedly stripped and paraded naked in a village by young men seeking revenge for her brother’s ‘indiscretions’ on Wednesday in the area of Nawan Lahore police station.

September 24, 2012 Mali   To avoid being whipped, mutilated, and jailed, women in Timbuktu now have to wear black veils and loose-fitting clothing. Radical Islamists, who took control of the city months ago, are laying down their law – Sharia law – and for the first time since they’ve arrived, they’re specifically targeting women.
Over the past few weeks, Islamists from two armed groups – Ansar Dine and Mujao,   who took over northern Mali in April – have increasingly made use of corporal punishment against the local population. This includes whipping, amputations, and even stoning people to death who do not obey Sharia law. More HERE.

September 26, 2012 Egypt     An Egyptian honor killing is caught on video. Viewer discretion advised.

Pakistan   (h/t to GatesofVienna)   A sixteen year old Christian girl was gang-raped for hours by young Muslim men.

September 28, 2012 Turkey   A 15-year-old girl in the southern province of Adana is believed to have killed herself to escape her husband’s violence. According to neighbors Emrah E., who is eight years older than child bride Kübra Ulas, had kidnapped and raped the girl a year ago. Thereafter, Emrah E. threatened Ulas’s family and demanded they allow him to marry Ulas. Afraid, they agreed to the marriage.

September 29, 2012 Egypt  A controversial Egyptian Islamic preacher warned the media that liberals were   attempting to remove from the constitution restrictions on gender equality established by Islamic jurisprudence. “We do not support violence against women, but God allowed a certain form of beating,” said the preacher Borhamy, arguing that in Islam the husband is permitted to beat his wife as long as no physical damage or scar would result.

He also stated (see HERE) that “girls 14-years-old are permitted to have sexual relations under Islam and has proposed reducing the marriage age limit as a result. It is permissible for the girl at the age of 9 or 10 to marry . . .”

Saudi   Arabia   Female Muslim pilgrims from Nigeria who were not accompanied by male family members [per sharia law] were turned away from the hajji in Mecca, subjected to indignities and deported back to Nigeria.
September 30, 2012 Afghanistan   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)  Muzhgan Masoomi’s attacker stabbed her 14 times with a thick blade used to slaughter   animals, tearing wide gashes in her flesh before leaving the government worker   for dead on the outskirts of the Afghan capital. Women who pursue careers in ultra-conservative Afghanistan often face opposition in a society where often they are ostracised – or worse, brutalised – for mixing with men other than husbands or relatives.

October 1, 2012 Maldives Almost 90 percent of the people found guilty of “Zina” – fornication   – and sentenced to flogging in 2011 were female, according to new statistics published by the Department of Judicial Administration last week. It takes four witnesses or a confession to prove the offence in court based on Islamic Sharia. The Maldives’ legal system consists of elements of both common law and Sharia.
October 2, 2012 Britain   (h/t to thereligionofpeace) Police hunt for Mohammad Islam who is a suspected serial sex attacker in Southhampton. Islam was out on bail and has disappeared.

October 3, 2012 Tunsia (h/t to thereligionofpeace)  Outraged Tunisians took to the streets by the hundreds Tuesday, angrily protesting the treatment of a woman who was allegedly raped by police officers — and then charged with public indecency when she filed a complaint.

Syria   There also appears to be a cultural clash between non-Arab Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Balkans and Chechnya on the one hand, and Arabs from Syria, Libya, Tunisia and Jordan on the other, over the exploitation of sex slaves.
Some Islamists consider these women to be spoils of war, especially the wives  and daughters of regime supporters, but local fighters are more apprehensive   about the issue. Dozens of women have reportedly been sexually assaulted.

October 4, 2012 Egypt (h/t to thereligionofpeace) Two bearded ultra-conservative men in Egypt attacked four elementary schoolgirls   walking down a street eating ice popsicles. The men knocked the popsicles from the girls hands and began yelling at them. They told them to stop eating the popsicles and go home.
October 5, 2012 Pakistan A girl has been abducted while eight persons have been apprehended in connection of two vani [a child marriage, usually to pay off family debts] cases reported from separate localities of Mansehra.

Canada   The mother of six had her throat slashed by her Afghani husband Peer Khairi, slit open to the spine and slowly suffocated in her own blood. She had stood up to her husband and allowed her children to be westernized.

October 7, 2012 Morocco   Moroccan women (one in three) struggle against violence from their husbands.   One woman said that if she didn’t do what he said or refused sex, he beat her   and attacks her. “He then will force himself on me, but there is nothing   I can do because it is isn’t illegal for him to force sex on me.”

October 8, 2012 Pakistan   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)  A woman has accused a man of the ruling party of selling her into marriage.

October 9, 2012 Balochistan   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)  13 girls between the ages of four and sixteen were bartered to settle a blood   tribal feud. More HERE.

October 10, 2012 Pakistan   A Taliban member shot a 14-year-old Pakistani girl named Malala Yousufzai in the head and in the shoulder on a school bus because the teenager had dared to speak out in favor of education for women and against Muslim extremists.   Update HERE.

Kuwait   (h/t to thereligionofpeace)   An unidentified Indonesian housemaid died inside the Jahra Hospital after suffering  for 18 months. According to reliable sources the victim was brutally beaten by the son of her Saudi sponsor and since then had been admitted to the hospital.

October 11, 2012 Mali   (h/t to NewEnglishReview)  Islamists who have taken over northern Mali are “buying child soldiers”   from their families for £375 and compiling a “frightening” list   of unmarried women who are pregnant or had borne children, according to senior  UN official. More HERE.  And HERE.
October   12, 2012   Afghanistan   A vicious Taliban attack in a residential neighborhood of Ghazni city targeted   Muslim women. The attack resulted in the wounding of several innocent Muslim women and sent dozens of people running for their very lives.
October 14, 2012 Israel  (h/t to thereligionofpeace)  Wife beating is being preached in fundamentalist mosques in Israel.

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Muslim Persecution of Christians: March, 2012

by Raymond Ibrahim at Gatestone Institute:

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, one of the Islamic world’s highest religious authorities, declared that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.”

The war on Christianity and its adherents in the Muslim world rages on. In March alone, Saudi Arabia’s highest Islamic legal authority decreed that churches in the region must be destroyed; jihadis [holy warriors] in Nigeria said they “are going to put into action new efforts to strike fear into the Christians of the power of Islam by kidnapping their women”; American teachers in the Middle East were murdered for being Christian or talking about Christianity; churches were banned or bombed, and nuns terrorized by knife-wielding Muslim mobs. Christians continue to be attacked, arrested, imprisoned, and killed for allegedly “blaspheming” Islam’s prophet Muhammad; former Muslims continue to be attacked, arrested, imprisoned, and killed for converting to Christianity.

The extent of this persecution is virtually unknown in the West, due to the mainstream media’s well-documented biases: the mainstream media knows that if they do not ignore or at best whitewash the nonstop persecution of Christians under Islam, their narrative of Islam as the “religion of peace” would be quickly undermined. Last month alone, the New York Times ran an anti-Catholic ad, but refused to publish a nearly identical ad directed at Islam; the BBC admitted it mocks Jesus but will never mock Muhammad; and U.S. sitcoms have been exposed as bashing Christianity, but never Islam.

Categorized by theme, March’s batch of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes, but is not limited to, the following accounts, listed in alphabetical order by country, not severity:

Go here for the listit is tragically long


About this Series

Because the persecution of Christians in the Islamic world is on its way to reaching epidemic proportions, “Muslim Persecution of Christians” was developed to collate some—by no means all—of the instances of persecution that surface each month. It serves two purposes:

  1. To document that which the mainstream media does not: the habitual, if not chronic, Muslim persecution of Christians.
  2. To show that such persecution is not “random,” but systematic and interrelated—that it is rooted in a worldview inspired by Sharia.

Accordingly, whatever the anecdote of persecution, it typically fits under a specific theme, including hatred for churches and other Christian symbols; sexual abuse of Christian women; forced conversions to Islam; apostasy and blasphemy laws that criminalize and punish with death to those who “offend” Islam; theft and plunder in lieu of jizya (financial tribute expected from non-Muslims); overall expectations for Christians to behave like cowed dhimmis, or second-class, “tolerated” citizens; and simple violence and murder. Sometimes it is a combination.

Because these accounts of persecution span different ethnicities, languages, and locales—from Morocco in the West, to India in the East, and throughout the West wherever there are Muslims—it should be clear that one thing alone binds them: Islam—whether the strict application of Islamic Sharia law, or the supremacist culture born of it.

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Bulletin of the Oppression of Women Feb. 22 – March 29, 2012

The Bulletin of the Oppression of Women web site’s in-depth articles are HERE.

February 22, 2012 – March 29, 2012

February 22, 2012
Australia (h/t to AtlasShrugs)
Zialloh Abrahimzadeh allegedly murdered his wife in front of 300 people at a Persian community celebration at the Convention Centre in March 2010 by repeatedly stabbing her in the back.

The couple’s eldest daughter, 25-year-old Atena, has testified against her father. She told the court he was an abusive and aggressive man. Ms Abrahimzadeh said her father regularly punished his wife and children by slapping and whipping them. She said he once beat her for an hour after catching her talking to a boy on the phone and tried to suffocate her with a pillow.

Pakistan
Naseeban Mahar, 22, was set on fire allegedly by her husband. He apparently doused her in petrol, in Daurahi Maher village in Shaheed Benazirabad district on Tuesday.

February 29, 201
India
For the last few days, the Shahjahanpur district administration has been trying to convince villagers of Katiya Kammu to let their women vote on March 3. The village’s Muslim women have not voted for an estimated three decades, the prime reason being that the villagers strictly follow a custom of purdah.

March 1, 2012
Ireland (Hat tip to AtlasShrugs and David)
More than 2,500 women and girls living in Ireland are estimated to have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), according to new research by AkiDwA, a national network of African women living in Ireland. The number was described as a ‘conservative estimate’ by Sudha Patel of Duke University, North Carolina, who conducted the research. It is feared that the figure is in fact much higher.

Egypt/USA
Coptic Christian woman tells about the persecution in Egypt and how great it is to now live in the U.S..

March 3, 2012
UK (h/t to the religionofpeace)
Two sex beasts who laughed as they gang-raped a woman in a city flat are starting indeterminate sentences given by Preston’s top judge. Rezgar Nouri, 27, of no fixed abode, and Mohammed Ibrahim, 23, of Aeroville, London, will both have to face a parole board before they are deemed safe to be released. A third man, who was involved in the attack, is still being hunted by police.

March 4, 2012
Pakistan (h/t to the religionofpeace)
As part of a ‘revenge’ plot, a mob disrobed a woman and paraded her naked around a village in Muzaffargarh district, after accusing her son-in-law of kidnapping a married girl.

March 6, 2012
Afghanistan
Afghanistan’s government appears to be scaling back its support for women’s rights to advance peace talks with the Taliban ahead of the withdrawal of foreign troops, Afghan lawmakers and human-rights activists warned Tuesday.

A government-appointed council of 150 leading Muslim clerics last week urged the strict application of a conservative and literalist interpretation of Islamic law regarding women. The council said Afghan law should require women to wear the veil and forbid them from mixing with men in the work place or traveling without a male chaperone. “Men are fundamental and women are secondary,” the Ulama Council said in a statement on Friday, according to a translation by the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

Spain (h/t to the religionofpeace)
A Spanish imam near Barcelona is under investigation after allegedly calling on the faithful to “discipline” errant wives using physical and psychological violence, police said on Tuesday.

“He provided concrete examples of the manner in which wives should be beaten, how to isolate them inside the family home and how to deny them sexual relations,” said the police, saying they had received testimony to the effect from numerous witnesses.

March 8, 2012
Belgium (translation by IslaminEurope)
Adel B.A. (42) from Deinze was sentenced to two years in jail for terrorizing his kids. His two minor daughter were regularly beaten for not adhering to his strict brand of Islam.

March 11, 2012
India (ht/ to the religionofpeace)
The imam of a mosque at Namazgarh in under Hooghly Mogra police station went absconding after a van rickshaw owner complained to police that the cleric had allegedly raped his 10-year-old daughter.
In the complaint, the father Qurban Mollah said his daughter had broken down on Friday evening after suffering Sheikh Sarfuddin’s brutality for days.

March 12, 2012
Pakistan
Four people were arrested by Mochiwala police on Sunday on a girl’s complaint about her forced marriage to an elderly man to settle a loan her step-father had owed him. The complainant, who said she was 12 years old, told police that her marriage with Sher Muhammad took place two months ago to settle a Rs110,000 loan her step-father had taken from him.

March 14, 2012
Morocco (h/t to InfidelsAreCool)
Angry Moroccans are demanding a change to the country’s strict Islamic penal code after a 16-year-old girl killed herself after being forced to marry her rapist.

An online petition, a Facebook page and countless tweets expressed horror over the suicide of Amina Filali, 16, who swallowed rat poison on Saturday in protest at her marriage to the man who raped her a year earlier. Article 475 of the Moroccan penal code allows for the ‘kidnapper’ of a minor to marry his victim to escape prosecution, and it has been used to justify a traditional practice of making a rapist marry his victim to preserve the honour of the woman’s family.

Iran (h/t to JihadWatch )
At least 716 girls under the age of ten have been married off in Iran since 2009.

March 19, 2012
Britain
A large number of young British Asians support violence against women who ‘dishonour’ their families, a Panorama investigation will claim today. The hard-hitting BBC documentary reveals more than two thirds of Asians between the ages of 16 and 34 say communities should live according to ‘honour’ or ‘izzat’.

Research carried out for the show found nearly one in five – 18 per cent – said certain acts thought to shame families were justification for violence.

Egypt
An Egyptian lawmaker has proposed a controversial draft law to limit the legal provisions for women to divorce or separate from their husbands.

March 22, 2012
Pakistan
At least 943 Pakistani women and girls were murdered last year for allegedly defaming their family’s honor, the country’s leading human rights group said Thursday.

The statistics highlight the growing scale of violence suffered by many women in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where they are frequently treated as second-class citizens and there is no law against domestic violence.

March 23, 2012
Denmark (h/t to IslamInEuorpe)
he Copenhagen Police arrested three members of an Afghan-origin family on the charges of forcing their 19-year-old daughter to marry her cousin in Afghanistan against her will.

Mauritania
A woman kept as a slave tells her story.

March 26, 2012
Britain
Many British Asian women say are being persecuted for the work they do in promoting female rights. They say they frequently receive hate mail, harassment and even death threats for dealing with issues such as forced marriage and honour-based violence.

Algeria (h/t to the religion of peace)
An Algerian man used a kitchen knife to slaughter his 16-year-old daughter after discovering pictures of American and Turkish actors in her mobile phone.

March 28, 2012
Afghanistan
Human Rights Watch reports on the imprisonment of women and girls for “Moral Crimes” like running away from domestic violence and forced marriages.

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