Much Ado About Nothing

I was raised in an east European Jewish community in the Bronx, New York in which many Orthodox Jews dressed in a east European style and spoke Yiddish in their daily life since they avoided contact with non-Jews. Life went on, the sky did not fall,and no one felt any fear or concern about actions of a minority. In 2011,France passed a nonsense law which made it a crime for a Muslim female to wear a niqab in public. The past year resulted in 354 cases involving women who wore the niqab in public. All made this decision and were not forced to dress in this manner.The end result of this silly law is to encourage angry non-Muslims to insult and threaten women. In one small town, in one month, the courts heard cases in which angry men shouted:”Dirty Arab Muslims”because women wore a niqab!

This is nonsense. Current estimates indicate that of over 2,000,000 Arab females in France less than 2,000 have an interest in wearing the niqab in public. Let them wear it,and end this violence over a non-issue in daily life!