Mabda Report 27/12/11

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem: Christmas Message

His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem delivered his Christmas Message yesterday, in the presence of his Patriarchal Vicars. During his message he speaks about interfaith dialogue, the 'Arab Spring' and Palestine's application to join the UK among other subjects. Below is the full text of the message.

'Hijab rule: what took so long?' Quebec newspaper backs right of women prison staff to wear headscarf

Hijab rule: what took so long?

When the Quebec government announced it will reasonably accommodate female prison guards who choose to wear hijabs – the traditional Muslim head scarf – the Parti Québécois called the decision crazy.

What is crazy about this matter – apart from the fact that it became an issue in the first place – is that it took four years to be resolved after a discrimination complaint was filed with the Quebec human-rights commission by a prison-guard trainee who had been forbidden to wear a hijab.