The feminist author of a German book addressing the plight of Muslim women in Europe has become the target of countless rape and death threats from German Muslims, been abandoned by her leftist friends, and denied protection by German authorities.
According to Vijeta Uniyal at Legal Insurrection (LI), Zana Ramadani founded the German chapter of the radical feminist group Femen, but then was shunned by her fellow feminists once she began daring to criticize the oppression of women within Islam. Predictably, she was accused of racism and even forced out of the Femen branch she founded.
“I have problem with certain kind of Feminists,” Ramadani said. “Those who talk about women’s solidarity, but don’t practice it in reality. They only regard White Western male as source of all evil and that he needs to be criticise without any inhibitions, but when it comes to criticising those belonging to other cultures…one automatically gets labeled as racist.”
Ramadani’s book The Veiled Threat, LI's Uniyal writes, is "the harshest indictment of Islam to be published in Europe in recent years." According to the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung:
In her book and related interviews the 33 year-old [Ramadani] harshly criticises Muslim mothers. She makes a case — partially in strong words — for a ban on the full-face veil, as well as feminism courses for Muslim women, and less tolerance towards Islam.
The author describes the headscarf as “the shroud of death for a free society” and explains that a Muslim women who wears a headscarf regards herself superior to other [women]. “She says: I am better than you”. The headscarf wearer displays her political conviction that men and women can not be equal.
According to experts, the responsibility for radicalised young Muslims — beside institutions like the mosques and Islamic organisations — rests with the [Muslim] mothers,
“The daughters are brought up as spineless lemmings and the sons as princes,” Author said while criticising Islamic upbringing in an interview given to the German newspaper Die Welt.
“The sons can sell drugs, get violent, that’s not a problem for the mothers — family honour doesn’t diminish doing all that. However, the virginity of the daughter has to be maintained at all costs.” Otherwise the mothers have failed and brought dishonour to the family, says Ramadani in a conversation with the Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung. [Author’s translation]
Ramadani's book has become a national bestseller and makes her a highly visible target, but her former feminist cohorts are nowhere to be seen. As LI's Uniyal concludes, "All the leftist solidarity with ‘women and minorities’ evaporates as soon as one of them starts questioning the anti-Western narrative."
Without police protection, Ramadani has applied for a gun license. That won't be easy in gun-averse Europe.