Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Minimum Exposure

The following letter appears in both the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian.

As a Jewish woman, I am concerned by the lack of sensitivity the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, has shown by unconditionally empowering the police to remove the burqa from religious Muslim women. At the very least there should be an attempt to ensure a female policewoman is present, in which case there is no problem to remove the burqa.

Where is the balance between religious respect and ensuring law and order? These laws against specific religious expression can be the beginning of far more insidious laws that are more about prejudice than justice.

Donna Jacobs Sife Willoughby

According to her website, Donna Jacobs Sife is:
a singer, storyteller, educator and published writer, who uses her talents to enlighten and enhance tolerance and understanding within the people she touches... has been involved with Judaism as a teacher, performer, writer and contemporary interpreter with regards to creative, spiritual and ritualistic expression for 20 years.
Yes. Well.

How I long for the day, when outspoken Muslims stand up for the rights of Jews. Might make a change for calling for them to be killed, or simply staying silent when others do.

Update: Sensible letters in The Australian:
WHEN women make up only 21 per cent of all police officers in Australia, Donna Jacobs Sife, ensuring the presence of a female officer for the removal of a burka in an identity check is not only impractical and costly, it actually inhibits police officers from doing their job effectively.
One would also imagine that the burqua inhibits women from doing a lot of things effectively. Including driving. The Saudis took care of that problem by banning women from driving. Perhaps we can try a different approach to the problem?



Anonymous Chistery said...

Presumably the request to remove any face covering will only be exercised when a Muslim woman is either breaking the law or refusing to cooperate with a legitimate police enquiry.. or both as was the case with that ratbag woman responsible for the instigation of the law in the first place.

Now I consider myself somewhat of an enlightened tolerance enhancer myself, when it works both ways.

But when faced with blatant intolerance from some loudmouth scumbag who lies and pulls out the racist card to persecute a police officer in an attempt to get out of a speeding fine, well you shouldn’t really tolerate that, should you?

To quote Salman Rushdie, "Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice".

7:37 AM  
Anonymous ar said...

"by unconditionally empowering the police to remove the burqa from religious Muslim women"

It applies to anyone who is wearing something covering their face. It seems "religious Muslim women" are being treated the same as everyone else.

Anyway, they don't have to remove the burqa, just show their face to identify themselves. Let the cop see your face then re-enshroud and away you go. Everyone's happy.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Minicapt said...

Evidence that Muslims understand their faith rather better than some Jews do theirs.


12:14 PM  
Blogger Boy on a bike said...

"A well known peace and social activist, Donna co-founded Jewish Voices for Peace and Justice with her friend Lyndall Katz, and regularly presents workshops on conflict resolution, dialogue, listening circles and other techniques, with Abe Quadan and Samira Ghabar– Palestinian experts in conflict resolution and peace studies."

Samira Ghabar is one of the signatories to the Marrickville BDS:

Along with our old friend, Antony Lieenstien. I can't find out what the AAPSA is though - possibly the Australian Palestinian Support Association.

Abe Quadan is:

"Abe Quadan is Council member of the Centre of Peace and ConflictStudies - University of Sydney and the Secretary of the Australian PalestinianSupport Association.
Evening hosted by Socialist Alliance
6:30pm Wens 11th Feb upstairs at Resistance Centre 472 Hunter St Ncsle, meal available."

Abe is also a GetUp member.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous MichaelL said...

"As a Jew...." cf Howard Jacobson, is code for "self hater" or "disgusting individual, accidentally Jewish".

They don't realise that this is the latest manifestation od "some of my best friends are Jewish".

Lost! Useless! Stupid! Waste of Space!

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Gerry Gee said...

So these mates of Ms. Jacobs are into conflict resolution by creating more conflict and seeking to deligitimise, dehumanise and ultimately destroy one party involved in the conflict. Sounds a bit like the Fuehrer's final solution.

Nice friends!

9:27 PM  

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