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Saudi Arabia Arrests Woman in Miniskirt, And It's Somehow All About Israel

Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Arrests Woman in Miniskirt, And It's Somehow All About Israel
Eloisa Felix | Julio 19, 2017, 13:25

Saudi authorities are investigating footage of a woman in a miniskirt and crop top walking through a historic site in the ultraconservative kingdom posted to social media over the weekend.

The videos led to a social media firestorm in Saudi Arabia, where most women are forbidden by law from appearing in public without a long abaya and their hair covered by a headscarf.

Of course, events like these always make you think of a State and its police forces' priorities.

On Tuesday, the Saudi state-run television station Al Ekhbariya tweeted that the woman in the video has been arrested by Riyadh police for wearing "suggestive clothing", according to the Post's translation.

Many have jumped to the woman's defense. Saudi writer Waheed al-Ghamdi wrote on Twitter that while the woman violated the Saudi laws, her actions should not be taken this aggressively since they didn't hard anyone.

In many cases, the role passes down from a woman's father to her husband or brother, but the guardian can sometimes be a woman's own son. Two competing hashtags also emerged: one demanding her arrest (#WeDemandATrialForTheModelKhulood) and the other arguing for her right to wear a short skirt, especially given the recent controversy with First Lady Melania Trump.

The government announced last week girls would be allowed for the first time to play sports in public school and have access to physical education classes.

Others have argued that Saudi Arabia needs to accept foreigners who won't follow its strict dress code if the country wants to attract tourists. As the video spread, calls for her arrest started popping up because she was violating the Muslim nation's decency laws for women.

Saudi Arabia adheres to a strict interpretation of Islamic law. She must be punished for this'.

Many of those critics shared images of the video with her bare legs and midriff blurred out or painted over.

"Saudi Arabia's continuing obsession with policing women's clothing choices shows authorities haven't moved on from the paternalistic and discriminatory mind-set that hampers women's lives", said Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa Division.