Obama boasted in his submission speech in Cairo in 2009 about protecting
women who want to wear hijab in the U.S. Who is bothering them? The
real problem is the women around the world, including non-Muslims, who
have been threatened and even killed for not covering their heads. Obama
say, "Respect it!"
Qaeda tells Syria schoolgirls to wear Islamic clothes: NGO AFP, September 28, 2013
Syrian children attend a class at a school in the Kadi Askar area in the Syria's northern city of Aleppo on February 9, 2013. (AFP/File)
Beirut (AFP) – An Al-Qaeda front
group in Syria says girls in a village it controls will not be allowed
to attend school unless they wear Islamic clothing, a monitoring group
In Tweihineh, "the Islamic State of Iraq and the
Levant… has forbidden girls in primary education and above from
attending school unless they wear fully Islamic clothing including an
abaya (gown), gloves and a veil," the Syrian Observatory for Human
Citing activists in the ISIL-controlled northern
village, the Britain-based Observatory also said boys were told to dress
in what the extremist group considers Islamic clothing.
wear "traditional Pakistani clothing and a cap", said the Observatory,
which relies on activists, doctors and lawyers across Syria for its
The news comes just two days after ISIL fighters torched statues and crosses inside churches in northern Syria.
The main opposition National Coalition condemned ISIL's "aggression" against the churches in the city of Raqa.
It said the jihadist group "is outside the Syrian revolution and does not at all represent the Syrian people's aspirations".
in opposition-controlled areas have reported escalating abuses by ISIL
against local rebels and civilians, including kidnappings and public
Despite fears of retaliation, there have been anti-ISIL protests.
Saturday, amateur video distributed online showed activists in Raqa
staging an anti-ISIL demonstration and carrying a large cross that the
jihadists had torn down.
"The Syrian people rose against
(President) Bashar al-Assad because they aspired for freedom and to rid
themselves from dictatorship, not to replace one form of oppression with
another," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.
committing abuses "and war crimes" in rebel-controlled parts of Syria,
"ISIL is doing Assad's regime a great service", he added.
"For hundreds of years, people in Syria have lived side by side with each other, and we believe in freedom of religion."
Extremism is not the only obstacle to education in Syria.
The UN agency for children said this month that nearly half of Syrian children are not in school.
than 3,000 schools have been damaged or destroyed in the 30-month
conflict, and nearly 900 are being used to house displaced families,
Of more than two million Syrians forced to flee their
country, some half are children, and only a minority are in school this