Mother Of Terror Victim Rocks Hijab In French Parliament, Gets Booed

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The mother of a terror victim was booed when she showed up to the French parliament to give a talk on secularism wearing a hijab Tuesday.

Latifa Ibn Ziaten’s son was shot and killed by a terrorist who took seven lives during a killing spree against Jews and soldiers in France in 2012. She was invited to the parliament to speak during a session on secularism, defense and human rights.

She was booed when she was about to take the stage for wearing the Muslim headscarf, reported the Independent. An audience member also wearing a hijab took the floor to defend Ibn Ziaten, but was immediately interrupted and told to “go traveling in fundamentalist countries.”

Ibn Ziaten is known for wearing religious head scarves in public, and says she wears the hijab in memory of her son. But headscarves covering the face are banned in France, and the hijab is outlawed at schools and work environments.

France’s former women’s minister, Yvette Roudy, advised her not to wear the hijab during her appearance in the parliament, because it would come across as provocative in the wake of the Paris terror attack.

“I told Latifa Ibn Ziaten that I thought it wasn’t a good idea to wear her scarf,” Roudy told Buzzfeed. “There are laws in France, we don’t enforce them. If Latifa Ibn Ziaten is working, she wouldn’t have the right to wear it.”

Roudy has been at the forefront of banning religious headscarves in France, such as the hijab and the burqa. She told the student defending Ibn Ziaten the hijab is a symbol of “patriarchal law.”

Two politicians that booed the women left in protest after socialist MP Jean Galvany defended them. “Socialists worthy of the name would never hiss or boo this respected woman, as some have suggested on Twitter,” Galvany wrote in a statement on Facebook.

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