The 4 Saudi Princesses: Obama Mum on Plight of Muslim Women

 

From New York Post

The four Saudi princesses: Obama mum on plight of Muslim women
President Obama with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Photo: EPA

 

 

President Obama, who chose not to join France’s march for freedom, cut his state visit to democratic, nuclear India short in order to stop in Saudi Arabia Tuesday to pay his respects to the new king, Salman al-Saud, upon the death of King Abdullah.

Is this an urgent state matter or a matter of Realpolitik? Not necessarily. During a 2009 G-20 conference, Obama shocked people when he bowed down quite low to King Abdullah, 5’11”. On that same visit, Obama didn’t bow to Queen Elizabeth, 5’4”.

Perhaps the president’s visit is better seen as part of what he has said, many times, is his mandate to reach out to the Muslim world.

Obama has refused to call ISIS “Islamic,” or to connect Jihad or terrorism with “Islam.” His administration has been obsessively concerned with the false concept of “Islamophobia.”

And, while our president has frequently spoken out on behalf of African-American and Muslim men, he has been all but silent about African-American and Muslim women.

Now it is urgent that he break this silence. There are Muslim and ex-Muslim dissidents and feminists who are desperate to hear supportive words from the leader of the free world.

Four such women are now in harsh captivity in Saudi Arabia.

In 1972, when he was 48, King Abdullah took a 15-year-old Jordanian-born wife, Alanoud Al-Fayez. The marriage was arranged; she was one of 30 wives. In four years, she produced four daughters — infuriating the king, who wanted more sons. (He only has seven sons — and 15 known daughters.)

For this crime, Abdullah divorced Alanoud. But he beat her, too, and prevented her from taking care of her daughters when they were ill. In 2001, she fled the kingdom, hoping that as a father, Abdullah would treat his own daughters with more kindness.

She was wrong. In addition to having a mother who “got away,” these daughters, Sahar, Maha, Hala and Jawaher Al Saud, now in their late 30s and early 40s, dared speak out for women’s rights. Their punishment has been extreme and long-lasting.

The princesses are seen with their father, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. From left: Sahar, Jawaher, Hala (on the king’s shoulders) and Maha.

 

 

For 13 years, the unmarried princesses have been confined in pairs, isolated from outside contact — beaten, drugged, deprived of food and water for periods of time, slowly starved, subjected to heat without air-conditioning in the desert clime.

According to their mother’s account, and to a video that Sahar and Jawaher smuggled out, the princesses claim that their “half-brothers beat them with sticks” and “yell at us and tell us we will die here.”

Sahar also told The Post, “My father said that after his death, our brothers would continue to detain us and abuse us.” (The London-based Alanoud maintains a Twitter account: @Freethe4.)

It’s not just princesses who are at risk in the kingdom. Allegedly disobedient women at every social level are beaten daily, shunned, honor-killed or sometimes sentenced to solitary confinement in padded cells for the rest of their lives. No relative dares visit.

Please recall: In 1977, Princess Misha’al bint Fahd al-Saud tried to flee the kingdom in order to marry a man of her choosing. Such liberty is considered criminal adultery; as a merciful gesture, both the princess and her prospective husband were shot to death in public, rather than beheaded.

In 1990, 47 brave Saudi women drove their cars in Riyadh, to demand the right to drive. They were quickly detained, roundly condemned, their passports confiscated — and, they were fired from their jobs.

When I was held captive in Kabul by my own family long ago, US embassy personnel would not help me. Once my American passport was taken, I instantly became the citizen of no country and the literal property of a wealthy, polygamous, Afghan family.

This experience, which I write about in “An American Bride in Kabul,” turned me into a lifelong advocate for women’s lives.

The battle for women’s rights is central to the battle for Western values. It is a necessary part of true democracy, along with freedom of religion and freedom of dissent. The greatest battle of the 21st century is one against barbaric misogyny and totalitarianism.

Mr. President: As Pete Seeger sings, “Which side are you on?”

There is a new king on the throne. Couldn’t you have asked him to release these women, and given them a ride to freedom on Air Force One? It’s not too late to make the request — and so show that America actually stands for something.

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One has to be delusional to think that Obama gives a rat’s behind about these women or anyone other than himself! He’s got to be tip toeing around this new King of Saud as he doesn’t know exactly where he stands right now with him….I expect a whole bunch of bowing and butt licking will be in order from Barry!

Barry and the old king Abdullah had the business agreement to bring down America, which Barry was paid handsomely to do! This New King will more than likely follow through with that agreement…unless Barry really screws it up! So…no…Barry won’t open his mouth about the Princesses and their treatment and have his neck on the chopping block.

~Blessed B~

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10 Responses to The 4 Saudi Princesses: Obama Mum on Plight of Muslim Women

  1. Kathy says:

    It benefits him to turn a blind eye to it, not to intervene in any way. They’re two hypocrites in a pod.

  2. Grouchy says:

    King Putt could care less about women’s rights – Look who his wife is~!~!
    The world is laughing, not so much at America, but at the donkey’s rear that leads her~! And yes, there will be changes — There has to be. The Earth, itself, will not long endure this kind of bestiality and brutal treatment of her peoples.

    Fantastic article, Blessed B. But who is the author, the lady who wrote it???

  3. Clyde says:

    Good post. Just more proof these camel humpers are stuck in the 7th century. My question is, WHERE the HELL are the american feminazis, screaming at the asshat occupying the Oval Office? CRICKETS from them seaunts.

    • Blessed B. says:

      Thanks Clyde!

      Yep….. crickets! The feminazi’s never scream or even utter a murmur of a word against the many muslim women that are daily being abused…..maybe cuz they are all hoping they’ll be the next wife of some barbarian?

  4. Hardnox says:

    I’m with Clyde. Where are the feminazis? Crickets of course.

  5. I.R. Wayright says:

    Is this why they enforce wearing the burkha (or whatever you call it) to cover up all the bruises and cuts?

    • Blessed B. says:

      That’s what I believe the burka is for. I’ve seen some Islamic women here who try to hide the black eyes they’ve received behind dark sunglasses…haven’t seen any in burkas …yet!

      I’ve witnessed a couple getting hit by their savages while at the supermarket. Other Canadian women stepped in and stopped the brutality, called the police, and told the savage to “bring it” when he threatened them with the same treatment….. I cringe to think of what the beating at home was then for those two Islamic women. I’m sure they probably got it worse than what was witnessed in public.