جوليو موتي/معهد كايتستون: المرأة الإيرانية تتحدى ظلم نظام الملالي، والأطر الغربية في نمط حياتها موجود بقوة/20 كانون الثاني/2020/Giulio Meotti/Gatestone Institute: Iranian Women Defy the Mullahs; Western Feminists Nowhere in Sight
Iranian Women Defy the Mullahs; Western Feminists Nowhere in Sight Giulio Meotti/Gatestone Institute/January 20/2020 جوليو موتي/معهد كايتستون: المرأة الإيرانية تتحدى ظلم نظام الملالي، والأطر الغربية في نمط حياتها موجود بقوة/20 كانون الثاني/2020
Before 1979, Iranian women had freedom. They want it back.
If Iranian feminists who refuse to wear the hijab are brave, their Western counterparts, who wear pink hats, have wretchedly abandoned them.
Why is Iranian barbarism so easily condoned in the West?
Thirty years ago, the Berlin Wall was torn down by ordinary citizens who wanted to reclaim their freedom of movement. Today, the wall of the Iranian regime could be torn down by these ordinary women who want to reclaim the freedom to wear what they like. They are bravely refusing to walk on flags of Israel and the U.S. — and enjoying the wind in their hair again.
Today, courageous Iranian women are leading the uprising against the Iranian regime. They remind one the era before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, when the veil was not mandatory. They know the price: many who have taken part in anti-regime protests have been raped and tortured in prison. Pictured: Veiled women appear in a propaganda show on Iranian state television, on July 12, 2014.
In October 1979, in a rare interview with Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci charged that the veil was symbolic of the segregation into which the Islamic revolution women had cast women. “Our customs,” Khomeini answered, “are none of your business. If you do not like Islamic dress, you’re not obliged to wear it because Islamic dress is for good and proper young women.”
“That’s very kind of you,” Fallaci replied. “And since you said so, I’m going to take off this stupid, medieval rag right now.” Fallaci removed her veil and left the room without saying another word. Iranian women, emulating Fallaci, are now leading protests against the regime.
Soon after Iran’s regime admitted having shot down a Ukrainian passenger aircraft on January 8, Iranian women outside Tehran began tearing down posters of the assassinated terrorist, General Qasem Soleimani. A few hours earlier, the ayatollahs had attacked the Ain al-Assad base in Iraq, which houses U.S. troops. Before that, a picture was circulated on social media of an Iranian referee at the Women’s World Chess Championship, Shohreh Bayat, overseeing a game without wearing a headscarf. “People should have the right to choose the way they want to dress, it should not be forced,” Bayat said, challenging Iran’s rule that mandates a strict Islamic dress code for women.
“Should I start with hello, goodbye or condolences? Hello oppressed people of Iran, goodbye noble people of Iran, my condolences to you people who are always mourning,” Kimia Alizadeh, Iran’s Taekwondo bronze medal champion, at the 2016 Rio Olympics, wrote after moving to Europe. She, too, protested the “obligatory veil.”
On January 13, three Iranian female television presenters resigned from the regime’s broadcaster, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). “Forgive me for the 13 years I told you lies”, Gelare Jabbari apologized in an Instagram post after state officials had denied for days that a Ukrainian passenger jet had been shot down by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, killing 176 passengers and crew.
These self-exiling Iranian women are similar to the dissidents behind the Soviet Iron Curtain, who eventually found refuge in the West. Their role in defeating the Soviet Union was fundamental: they opened the eyes of the Western public opinion to the reality in their country.
The Iranian women now openly challenging the mullahs remind one the era before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, when the veil was not mandatory. Pictures from that time show women wearing no veils. Overnight, clothing then went “from miniskirt to hijab.”
“I’m sorry to say that the chador was forced on women”, said Zahra Eshraghi, a granddaughter of Ayatollah Khomeini. “Forced — in government buildings, in the school my daughter attends. This garment that was traditional Iranian dress was turned into a symbol of revolution.”
The last empress of Iran, Farah Diba, noted that “in our time, women were active in all sorts of different areas. At one point, the number of Iranian women going to university was more than the men.” But they “are now abused and disrespected and have had their rights taken away and yet they’re so incredibly brave.”
You can see in a photograph from 1979, how women took the streets to protest the veil. “This was taken on 8 March 1979, the day after the hijab law was brought in, decreeing that women in Iran would have to wear scarves to leave the house,” said the photographer, Hengameh Golestan. “Many people in Tehran went on strike and took to the streets. It was a huge demonstration with women — and men… We were fighting for freedom”. Since then, women have not gone out uncovered.
At the time, 100,000 women protested Islamist rule. Today, courageous Iranian women are leading the uprising against the Iranian regime. They know the price: many who have taken part in anti-regime protests have been raped and tortured in prison.
The mullahs, too, know that 40 million Iranian women are under their surveillance and that if these women as a group rebel against sharia, the Islamic revolution will implode. This fear may be part of the reason the regime is scapegoating the West.