While Muslim women all over the world forced to wear the hijab and subjected to violence if they do not, and courageous women in the Islamic Republic of Iran are taking off their hijabs as a sign of their resistance to the oppressive Sharia regime under which they live, women in the U.S. Thursday celebrated “World Hijab Day,” stemming from the false narrative that hijab-wearing women are harassed and persecuted in the West, and that they must stand in solidarity with them.
These are the women with whom Western feminists should be standing in solidarity. But they won’t.
“Iran Arrests 29 Women As Headscarf Protests Intensify,” Agence France-Presse, February 2, 2018:
Tehran, Iran: Tehran police have arrested 29 women for appearing in public without a headscarf as protests against the dress code in force since the Islamic revolution of 1979 intensify, Iranian media reported Friday.
Those arrested were accused of public order offences and referred to the state prosecutor’s office, the Fars, ILNA and Tasnim news agencies reported without elaborating.
Chief prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri had played down the escalating protests on Wednesday, saying they were “trivial” and “childish” moves possibly incited by foreigners.
He had been asked about a woman detained earlier this week for standing on a pillar box in a busy street without the mandatory headscarf.
Unprecedented images of at least 11 women protesting the same way had been widely shared on social media.
A prominent human rights lawyer told AFP on Tuesday that one of the detained women had her bail set at more than $100,000 (80,000 euros).
Montazeri said those flouting “hijab” rules — which require headscarves and modest clothing — must have been encouraged by outsiders.
But even religiously conservative Iranians have voiced support for the protests, with many saying that religious rules should be a personal choice.
At least two photos shared on Twitter on Wednesday showed women in traditional black chador robes, standing on pillar box with signs supporting freedom of choice for women….