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Should we call it the ‘Trump effect?’ Since the success of Brexit and other anti-globalist, nationalistic movements across Europe and particularly Trump’s election in the United States, is it suddenly becoming more acceptable to resist harsh Islamic edicts, even if one is a foreign minister visiting an Islamic country?
One German official has the audacity to speak out and say that women should have the same right as men to choose something as simple as their own clothing, and she’s putting actions to her words.
Just one week after Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the burka to be banned, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen visited Saudi deputy crown prince Salman Al-Saud in Riyadh last week, minus any sort of head covering whatsoever.
Oh, the horror!
Von der Leyen wore a dark blue suit to the Divan Palace.
— Dr. Petra Marquardt-Bigman (@WarpedMirrorPMB) December 14, 2016
Von der Layen spoke to Das Bild about her refusal to wear the full-length robes on her visit, saying, “No woman in my delegation has to wear the Abaya. The right to choose your own clothing is a right shared by men and women alike. It annoys me when women are to be pushed into the Abaya.”
Das Bild reported that there were no major protests at the German official’s audacity, but several servants did look “astonished” at the sight of her.
Although there was pushback, as evidenced by this Tweet, translated “German Defense Minister: Refusing to wear hijab in Saudi Arabia was “deliberate.” This is an insult to Saudi Arabia.”
وزيرة الدفاع الالمانية : عدم ارتداء الحجاب بالسعودية كان " متعمداً" .!
— hussam al-mosawi (@hussamalmosawi) December 12, 2016
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