Massive protests and unrest have erupted in Iran against the oppressive Islamic regime after its “morality police” allegedly severely beat, detained in custody, and ultimately killed a young woman for not properly wearing her hijab head covering.
Yet, while many Americans and others around the world have expressed their support for the protesters, especially the brave women defiantly ditching the mandatory hijabs, two prominent Muslim congresswomen and one Muslim activist have remained noticeably silent on the issue, according to The Algemeiner.
Those three prominent Muslim women who so often speak loudly on a wide variety of other topics are Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour.
Current unrest sparked by Iranian regime’s hijab enforcement
The Algemeiner recounted the Sept. 16 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini at the hands of the Iranian regime’s morality police over the allegedly improper manner in which she had worn her hijab while out in public.
That death was deemed unacceptable by many Iranians, especially other young women, who have since taken to the streets nationwide to defy the regime and its rules, only to be met with more oppression and violence and death as the regime’s enforcers attempt to suppress the uprising.
Yet, despite the just cause of the unrest of the Iranian people, particularly for their young women, they have received little or no real attention or outcry of support from the likes of Omar, Tlaib, or Sarsour, the outlet noted.
Retweets of supportive messages
To be sure, those three have not remained completely silent, as they have retweeted messages of support for the protesters, but given their prominent stature and tendency to speak out loudly and repeatedly on all sorts of other issues — but especially women’s rights — the lack of direct statements from them is deafening in its silence.
Rep. Tlaib retweeted a message from fellow progressive “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), which expressed “solidarity with the courageous women” protesting against the oppression of “patriarchal and autocratic forces” and stated, “The right to choose belongs to us all, from hijabs to reproductive care.”
As for Rep. Omar, who always wears her hijab in public, she shared a tweet from a Muslim woman author that stated, “To be (hijabi) or not be (hijabi) is the business of no state or man. Solidarity with women resisting patriarchal control, the world over.”
Then there is the activist Sarsour, who is also devout with regard to always wearing a hijab, who retweeted a statement from a Muslim woman human rights attorney who said, in part, “Forced hijab & forcing women to remove their hijab are violations of human dignity. Wearing hijab or not is a woman’s decision. Period.”
Mere retweets are not enough from such prominent voices
Again, however, The Algemeiner noted that in light of the history of these three women often speaking out forcibly with their own opinions about numerous other issues, especially including those that pertain to women’s rights, the mere retweets of what others have said is insufficient and their actual silence on this particular issue speaks volumes in its own way.
In the end, the article concluded, “Imagine if they applied their organizational skills to rallying Americans to take to the streets in support of the heroic Iranian women and men who are risking their lives for the freedoms we enjoy in America. It could show the Iranians that we stand with them, and that moral support might help keep them going. Sadly, we are unlikely to find out.”