Egyptian Islamists Attacking Christian Women for Not Wearing the Hijab
ICC Note: Many women in Egypt fear that the country’s new Islamic- based constitution will strip away their rights. Harassment of Christian women is already occurring in Egypt’s streets under the Islamist-dominated government. In November, the hair of a Christian girl in Cairo was cut off by a veiled woman on the metro before being thrown out of the car for being an “infidel”. In October, a teacher cut the hair of two 12-year-old schoolgirls in Upper Egypt because their heads were not covered. During ICC’s trips to Egypt, we have been noticing that more and more Muslim women are covering themselves—a blatant indication of the rising Islamic influence following the country’s uprising in early- 2011. Prior to 2011, it was normal to see Muslim women unveiled, but that is quickly changing. Consequently, Christian girls are easily pinpointed and targeted by extremists.
By Daniel Greenfield
01/13/2013 Egypt (FPM) -Western Islamists like to claim that wearing the Hijab is a choice. It’s a choice like paying your taxes is a choice. It’s a choice like everything else in the Muslim world… either you do it or bad things happen to you.
“Salafis meet Christian girls in the street and order them to cover their hair,” Father Mina said. “Sometimes they hit them when they refuse.”
The Salafis have boasted of their strength in Alexandria and it’s clear that they already have their own religious police operating on the streets, with or without the sanction of the government, but also without its interference.