Lifting the veil on the rise of German Islamophobia

German Chancellor’s call for a ban on full face veils takes away their right to chose

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a ban on the full face veil in a speech at her party’s conference. She said wearing the veil, called niqabs and burkas, was not appropriate in Germany. However, banning the veil does not encourage the cultural assimilation of migrant women. If anything, it gives power to Islamophobic sentiments and sends the message to migrant women that Germany doesn’t care about their choice. For some women, choosing to wear a full face veil is a choice of religious expression and it is unfair of Merkel to decide it doesn’t belong in Germany.

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