I wrote below about the feeling among the leaders of the MU that governments in general and the UN in particular are not taking women's rights and gender equality seriously enough. A big mistake and women like Wafa Sultan and Ayaan Hirsi Ali are the reason why. A lot had been written recently about Dr Sultan and her appearance on Al Jazeera. This article from The Sunday Times gives more background about her life and journey.
What seems to have most infuriated many Muslims were Sultan’s comparisons between how Jews and Muslims have coped with the tragedies that have befallen them.
“The Jews have come from tragedy and forced the world to respect them,” she said, “with their knowledge, not with their terror; with their work, not with their crying and yelling.
“We have not seen a single Jew blow himself up in a German restaurant. We have not seen a single Jew destroy a church. We have not seen a single Jew protest by killing people. Only the Muslims defend their beliefs by burning down churches, killing people and destroying embassies. The Muslims must ask themselves what they can do for humankind, before they demand that humankind respect them.”
Sitting in the airy living room of the spacious modern home where Sultan and her husband live, it is hard to believe this small, neatly dressed woman could be at the centre of an international firestorm. Just as improbable is that the most important and controversial critics of Islamic fundamentalism, violence and intolerance are, like Sultan, women, mostly from Islamic countries.
Which takes us straight back to the UN and their disappointing attitude.