Zeynab Alshelh Blames The French For Finding The Burkini Unwelcome


Zeynab Alshelh is an Australian Muslim. She’s twenty-three years old and a medical student, who recently travelled over 9,000 miles to “show solidarity with local Muslim women” in the South of France. Clad in a ‘burkini’, she sauntered onto a beach near Nice and was apparently upset by the reaction of French people there.

According to a report by the BBC:

Ms Alshelh said she and her family travelled to France to learn more about the situation and see if there was “anything that we can do to help these girls just live a normal life”.
The video footage aired on the Channel 7 show Sunday Night [in Australia] showed a man threatening to call the police if they did not leave the beach in Villeneuve-Loubet.
Other beachgoers gesture at her or make disapproving comments.

“They weren’t happy with us being there, even though it was on the beach that the burkini ban was overturned,” Ms Alshelh said.
“It starts off at the beach and God knows where it ends.”
Ms Alshelh said the view that Muslim women who choose to cover their hair or face are oppressed was false.
“I just find it ridiculous,” she told Channel 7.
“It is a symbol of my faith, it is a symbol of my religion, it is a symbol of Islam and to go out there and wear the hijab, it helps people focus on what’s inside rather than what’s on the outside.” [1]

It seems that Ms Alshelh is perplexed by the reaction of the French beachgoers. Surely she might have expected it? Or, maybe the truth is that she fully knew what the reaction would be and deliberately provoked it?

France is a secular country and does not countenance blatant ‘symbols of religion’. Perhaps if she had been at the promenade in Nice on July 14th 2016 and witnessed the carnage of over eighty innocent people being slaughtered by a professed member of her ‘religion’, or in Paris on November 13th last year when one hundred and thirty were butchered in cold blood, she might not find the reaction she received so perplexing.

There are very few Muslims in the world who’ve publicly condemned the bloodthirsty antics of those who find the twisted ideology of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appealing, and her religion has been mostly silent when non-Muslim lives have been lost at the hands of these maniacal butchers.

When we who are not of your faith, Ms Alshelh, see you and your fellow Muslims marching united in the condemnation of ISIS; when we hear your voices echoing from the rooftops of your mosques defying the evil that has spawned from your Koran, and standing in solidarity with the victims of that evil; when you are prepared to throw aside your hijabs in comprehension of the dark atrocities they have come to represent to the non-Muslim world, then you will find yourself welcome on the beaches of France, and elsewhere.

Ms Alshelh says the hijab “helps people focus on what’s inside rather than what’s on the outside”. She’s wrong. The hijab has become a symbol of hate, terror, and evil injustice. Don’t blame the French people for that, Ms Alshelh, turn your anger instead on the perpetrators – those who’ve turned your holy garment into a vile, blood-stained, symbol.

Perhaps you should have given France a miss and travelled instead to the home of ISIS, to throw your burkini in the face of al-Baghdadi. But no, to do that would mean a tortuous death, or sexual enslavement.

At least in France you were only asked to leave the beach.

[1] “France burkini ban: Australian woman forced off Riviera beach” BBC, September 19th 2016

2 Replies to “Zeynab Alshelh Blames The French For Finding The Burkini Unwelcome”

  1. Touchy subject, RJ! Maybe if USA and its allies (including UK and France) hadn’t bombed and devastated Muslim countries, sent drones, killed many many civilians, there would not be the push-back we see from ISIS and earlier terror groups. We are doing terrorism too.

    I suppose this lady knew she’d provoke exactly what she did provoke. But then, those cartoonists at…what was the name…Charlie Hebdo knew full well that they would provoke with their cartoons – and look what happened!

    I recall that you and I did not agree on this at the time . I don’t like to disagree with ya, because mostly we see eye to eye – but on this, I do see another side. :-/

  2. Twilight – it would be a dull world if we all agreed on everything (though, possibly a much safer one).

    First, let me say I’m not in favour of the burkini ban because to me it’s a pointless rule. However, I do believe, given the close proximity to the Bastille Day slaughter, many who use these beaches will be overly-sensitive to the sight of Muslims and could over-react with violence. This was the original reason for the ban.
    While the behaviour of the West over many decades has done nothing to endear us to Muslims in the Middle East, that cannot serve as an excuse for the barbarity and cruelty of al Baghdadi and his followers. For Zeynab Alshelh and her family to travel across the world at considerable cost (we don’t know who financed this venture) and hold a protest on a foreign beach, showed considerable lack of sensitivity to those local French people still traumatized from the events of July 14th. Filming the proceedings for display on Australian television is, in my humble opinion, nothing short of distasteful.
    Personally, T, I’m past finding this subject ‘touchy’. Political correctness has metamorphosed into a means to silence many truths. There is more to al Baghdadi’s so-called caliphate than is being told. Middle Eastern governments, supposedly against ISIS, are doing nothing to counter its effects (Saudi Arabia pays lip service while funneling cash to al Baghdadi), leaving it all to the West, knowing full well it will stir further hatred against Western countries, and bring further violence against their people.
    It is human nature for such events as occurred in France to result in animosity towards those linked to the perpetrators: American Japanese interned during WW2; the backlash against Muslims in the U.S. after 9/11; ongoing suspicions of the Germans by the British after World Wars 1 and 2.
    If Western (or Australian) Muslims are horrified by the antics of ISIS they should be banding together to show solidarity with the victims of this evil group. By flaunting their religion in the very places where so many died is hardly an expression of sympathy, or solidarity.

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