To women in Paris, New York, Brussels, London – or Ottawa on “Hijab day” – who lawfully claim the freedom to wear the burqa or the niqab, I would say: Think very carefully, not only about your individual rights, in … Continue reading
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Tagged Burka, burqa, Burqua, Hidjab, Hidjab day, hijab, Hijab day, human-rights, Islam, Michel Botman, Nikab, niqab, Niquab, Ottawa Hijab day, Religion, Women's Rights
Earlier this year, I was diagnosed with a small cancer. Nothing major at all. Nothing grand. A pesky malignant nodule, the size of a shriveled plum, sitting insidiously over my Thyroid was surgically removed. It took a bit of a … Continue reading
The paradoxical “political correctness” of Israel bashing: new variations on an antediluvian theme.
Posted in Current Events, Israel / Judaism, Society
Tagged anti-semitism, antisemitism, Gerald Scarfe anti-israel cartoon, Holocaust, holocaust memorial day, human-rights, Israel security barrier, israeli airstrike in Syria, israeli security barrier, israeli strike in Syria, israeli wall, middle-east, political correctness, politics, The Sunday TImes anti-Israel cartoon
As French soldiers are in the midst of a fairly large military intervention in Mali against the AQMI terrorists (an Islamic movement linked to Al-Qaida), a controversial poll has been published recently in French newspapers.
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Tagged 74% of french find islam intolerant, abdennour bidar, abdennour bidar comments on french poll on islam, french poll on islam and intolerance, human-rights, Islam, islam and intolerance, middle-east, politics, Religion, samir khalil samir
Last Friday, I sent a letter to the Toronto Start in response to the following article on a recent Ontario Human Rights lawsuit:
Every afternoon, I drive to CHAT, the Hebrew Academy where my son Noah goes to school. It has been part of my hectic schedule for the last few years, and, despite the laborious routine, something I always look forward to … Continue reading
I recently had an interesting conversation with a Muslim woman who vehemently defended the right of women to wear the burqa or niqab freely and without any restriction. This is a highly debated topic in many modern societies, particularly in … Continue reading
Yesterday, I wrote a satirical, letter to Laura Di Battista of CBC radio regarding a piece of RAP Poetry aired on CBC radio on October 18, 2012. My observations are of course “tongue in cheek” commentaries and should be taken … Continue reading
The situation of women in North America and Europe no longer bears much similarity to the situation of women in the rest of the world – particularly in Africa, Asia and Muslim societies by and large.
How can one still take UN decisions seriously?
Canadian nudity laws may be in need of an update A reflection on an article by By: Daniela Syrovy A couple of years ago, I wrote to the National Post a letter regarding the excessively prudish and stuffy attitude of … Continue reading
. . . . . . .Above: “Stop the oppression of women in the Islamic World” International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) A few months ago I wrote a letter to CBC host Matt Galloway regarding his interview of Farzana … Continue reading
. . . . . . Above: Woman in chador overlooking the Bosphorus from the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul. (Michel Botman Photography, June 2009) The contrast between the dark clothing and the luminous landscape inspired a short piece about the Islamic … Continue reading
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Tagged Burka, Islam