Students at an elite university in France are so concerned about alleged Islamophobia in the wake of Islamic terror attacks and migrant crimes that they decided to participate in “Hijab Day.”
Terrorists with the Islamic State group killed 130 people in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015. Students at Sciences Po in the city responded to the post-terror pall over the nation on Wednesday by urging others to don the Islamic grab.
“France got 99 problems but Hijab ain’t one,” some of the embroidered hijabs read, the Telegraph reported Wednesday. The line is a reference to a hit song by rapper Jay Z.
“It is to raise awareness, open the debate and give the floor to women who are often debated on in public but rarely heard,” a woman named Laetitia, one of the organizers, told the newspaper. The paper did not note that one of the reasons why Shariah-practicing women are “rarely heard” is because Islamic law restricts their freedom of speech.
Author Bernard-Henri Levy did not miss the irony, tweeting “Hijab Day at Sc Po. When will there be a Shariah Day? Stoning? Slavery?”
Full-face veils have been banned from public places in France since 2011.
“Whatever they wear, whether a miniskirt or a veil, (women) are criticized,” the feminist group Politique’elles said in a statement, the Telegraph reported. “Feminism must remain universal to defend all women, independent of their religion, origin or social class.”
Sciences Po officials said on Twitter that “Hijab Day” on campus “should not be interpreted as support,” the newspaper reported.
In addition to the November 2015 ISIS attack in Paris, the city also suffered the Jan. 7, 2015, massacre at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Islamic terrorists killed 17 people over the course of three days.
France also has hundreds of Zones Urbaines Sensibles, or Sensitive Urban Zones, which the state does not fully control. The areas were first identified in 1996.
“These are not full-fledged no-go zones, but, as the French nomenclature accurately indicates, ‘sensitive urban zones,'” Middle East foreign policy expert Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum, told WND Jan. 20, 2015. “In normal times, they are unthreatening, routine places. But they do unpredictably erupt, with car burnings, attacks on representatives of the state (including police), and riots.”