Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Thinly Veiled Attack

The right wing media and BBC have reached new heights in the hysteria over the veil. Apparently there is a 'theory' that the murderer of PC Beshenivsky may (or then again may not) have fled the country wearing the niqab. Police are refusing to comment and there is no source for the 'theory'.

The Daily Express has printed the claims as if they are fact and have even handily reproduced a front page special on 'how the suspect would have looked if wearing the niqab'. The usual suspects have lined up in protest at how the veil is a threat to security including rabid Tory bigot David Davis, who also put his oar in over the teaching assistant.

Veil fetishism now seems commonplace and it seems as though the veil is now to be equated to murdering people. This reactionary nonsense is something which must be opposed. The 'theory' seems to have no substance and is a further attack on Muslims in this country. There were also inferences that the Suffolk murders may have been perpetrated by an 'illegal immigrant' although these 'theories amounted to nothing.

Let us be clear about this. This is Islamophobia. Nothing more, nothing less. Let us unite and stand together against the oppression and racism that is driving these comments. Say no to Islamphobia.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_yorkshire/6195581.stm

3 Comments:

Blogger korova said...

I can't believe the way the media have latched onto this. It was only a theory after all, and there has been no hard evidence that this is actually based in fact. But then, I guess the Mail et al have never been too bothered by hard evidence.

9:44 PM  
Blogger working class hero said...

No, they don't let lack of evidence get in the way of a chance to attack Muslims. The frightening thing is that it is being reported as fact, although the police have even said that it is only a theory.

The chances of it being true seem so unlikely that most deent journo's wouldn't have touched it with a bargepole.

It says a lot about the current agenda of papers like the Express and the Mail - who incidently openly supported Hitler, the Blackshirts and complained about Jewish immigrants in WW2

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it not double standards you are postuling about? When on another medium you write about the struggle of Iranian women to free themselves of the veil

1:15 AM  

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