Wearing a Hijab to oppose Trump’s machism ?
It was a beautiful March. Especially when the new president was about to cancel Planned parenthood fundings. And it was supposed to be a Feminist March... Except when some tried to convert this beautiful Resistance in a opportunity to legitimate Women’s Oppression in the name of Resisting Machism.
The Amplifier Foundation started by proposing to share the poster of a women in Hijab during the march as a symbol of "We the people" and a need for "Social change"... A regressive one ? Hijab Painted Buses were providing leaflets with the picture.
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Many liberal muslim were very uncomfortable with this action, understanding that their struggle for free bodies were excluded from the march. Mona Eltahawy, an egyptian-american writter published a tweet saying :
"I am an Egyptian-American Muslim woman who fought for 8 yrs to stop wearing hijab & I am not celebrating this Shepard Fairey poster."
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Others were very shocked by the invitation made by the Women march to CAIR. An NGO, considered as terrorist by the UAE, and who monitors a political islamism. Zahra Billoo, the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) spoke at the Women’s March on Washington in the nation’s capital. She explains with no shame that it was the same thing when LGBT are harassed, blacks people killed that when "muslims" are investigated by FBI... Even when they planned to kill Gay, Jew or others Muslims ?
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Zahra Billoo wasn’t the only astonishing speaker. Linda Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY) was also there. *
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For Linda Sarsour, Muslim kids are being “executed” in the United States and CIA is behind an Islamist terrorism : "Underwear bomber was the #CIA all along. Why did I already know that?! Shame on us - scaring the American people."
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Not really surprising as Linda Sarsour’s family is linked to Hamas.
Another proof a terrible "naïve" and depolitised American Left was during the March... When an artistic event consisted on wearing hijab for non muslim women as if it was a game. *
Many Muslim feminist reacted saying this video freaked their heart.
American Left must Awake quick. Exoticism will not help to resist Trump, it just Helps the fanatics... And the Far Right to be in the oval Office for 8 years !
Fiammetta Venner est politologue (PHD SC PO), réalisatrice et spécialisée depuis 1990 dans l’étude des radicalismes politiques et intégristes. Elle publié de nombreux ouvrage, dont "OPA sur l’Islam de France : les ambitions de l’UOIF" (2005).