POLITICS > EU Minister Bağış slams Belgian politician’s ‘Islamophobic’ photo


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Turkish EU Minister Egemen Bağış has slammed a far-right Belgian politician, Filip Dewinter, after the latter posted a photo to his Twitter account showing a woman and a girl wearing hijabs standing next to garbage bags with a caption reading, “find the 5 differences.”

“Someone stepped up, an insolent person who I don’t feel like calling human, and put together the women wearing hijabs and garbage bags,” Bağış said Feb. 26 in Ankara, describing Dewinter’s move as “Islamaphobic.”

The post has also drawn criticism in Belgium.


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Suhail Shafi

3/7/2013 6:31:45 AM

@ Brit in Turkey - are you sure ? Now the latest news is that some Western politicians are outraged Mr Erdogan referred to Zionism as a ``crime against humanity'' - quite correctly in my view. Could it be some Americans and Europeans believe in freedom of expression only for themselves ?

Brit in Turkey

2/28/2013 7:01:40 AM

Suhail Shafi: "....if a Turkish politician were to make fun of a person in a nun's or priest's costume, Europeans were be squealing with faux outrage and whining about anti Western bigotry." I assure you there would be no such reaction. Haven't you checked the cartoons in the western press? They make fun of all aspects of life.

Rosalind Polat

2/27/2013 10:02:49 PM

What happened to good old "sense of humour". This is not ant Islamic just funny. Stop this over sensitive response. Get a life

Tekion Particle

2/27/2013 9:03:05 PM

I have not read the Quran but reliable sources tell me that there is no such article urging women to cover up. Although, the tweet is demeaning to the woman and the little girl but the word Muslim or Islam wasn’t used, so how did Mr Bagis got Islam or Muslim more to the point Islamophobia from this photo. As far as he is concerned these could be people dressed up to go to fancy dress party.

Suhail Shafi

2/27/2013 6:53:03 PM

Keep things in some perspective....... the politician in question has the right to post whatever images he wants to on his Twitter account. On the other hand, if a Turkish politician were to make fun of a person in a nun's or priest's costume, Europeans were be squealing with faux outrage and whining about anti Western bigotry.

Brit in Turkey

2/27/2013 5:59:59 PM

sam stevens: I've seen them like that in Marmaris, but probably they are overseas visitors. When in Iran in the 70s, we came across a tribe of women who not only wore the full chador but who also had leather face masks covering all but their eyes. And that was in near-desert heat in southern Iran. Disgusting.

alkan alkan

2/27/2013 5:49:46 PM

This is the reality and part of your culture. You can not make it go by denying it...!

Mert Ataturkiye

2/27/2013 5:27:42 PM

No thanks! We don't want western Europe become Islamist and backward like Turkey! They have destroyed turkey now they want destroy Europe to! Here in Sweden we have seen how Turkey become from secular western country to a pro-islamic country, and we don't want to see our country become like Turkey.

Pawel Bury

2/27/2013 5:11:57 PM

Mr Bagis is upset cause probably this picture may reflect Turkey's future.

Richard Wyatt

2/27/2013 5:11:16 PM

It isn't at all islamophobic, it's about ridiculing a custom that forces women to detach themselves from society. If this were the normal accepted attire in the islamic world then it might be argued to be islamophobic. If a Turkish politician posted an image ridiculing a topless woman on a beach would that be considered christianophobic?Unlikely. Most Western (and thus presumably by definition christian) choose not to parade themselves topless.
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