Al Jazeera, the Muslim propaganda channel operated by Qatar, for some reason decided to attack Paul Ryan over abortion, running an op-ed which accused him of extremism and victimizing raped women.
For some context, let’s look at how friendly Muslim Qatar is to women. Under Qatari law, abortion is punishable by five years in jail. Meanwhile there’s Prince Hamid bin Abdal Sani who is still wanted in Czechoslovakia for statutory rape.
The State Department’s Human Rights report stated that, “the application of Sharia denied women equal status in certain civil proceedings such as marriage, divorce, and witness testimony. In such instances, a women’s testimony was equal to half of a man’s.”
Women are generally happy in Qatar. “A 2007 Qatar University study found that 63 percent of 2,778 surveyed citizen and noncitizen female students reported they had been victims of physical abuse, with 52 reporting cases of “strong violence,” such as rape, and 120 reporting sexual harassment. Approximately 50 women reported they had considered suicide because they were afraid of the repercussions if they notified authorities.”
Some kinds of rape are acceptable in Qatar. “The law criminalizes domestic violence and rape but does not address spousal rape. ” Beating your wife is also fine. “There is no law criminalizing domestic violence.”
And this is how Al Jazeera treats its female staff. “In May five Arab women presenters resigned from al-Jazeera after complaining that they were harassed by senior managers for not dressing modestly enough. An internal inquiry cleared the al-Jazeera official and asserted that the channel has the right to dictate how its presenters appear and that it held Arab and Qatari women broadcasters to much higher dress-standards.”
If Al Jazeera is going to run attacks on Paul Ryan, they may want to skip the feminist angle.