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Orthodox Jews Fight Proposed Niqab Ban in Quebec

The Orthodox community in Quebec is fighting for Muslim women’s right to wear the niqab. Convinced that a bill to ban the Islamic face veil, if passed, could ultimately lead to the outlawing of Jewish religious practices and customs, they made an unprecedented appearance in front of the National Assembly committee considering the legislation.

The Jewish Orthodox Council for Community Relations considers the proposed ban on a woman’s the wearing of the niqab when delivering or receiving government services as a bid to put gender rights above religious rights. The group has warned that such a law would create a hierarchy of rights leading not only to curtailed religious freedoms, but also heightened social tensions within Quebec society.

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