TUNISIA - Face Veils Banned in Public

Arno Froese

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has banned the wearing of the niqab—a full-face veil—in public institutions with immediate effect, citing security reasons.

The decision, which was reported on state media, comes at a time of heightened security in the country following a double suicide bombing in the capital, Tunis, on June 27 that left two people dead and seven wounded.

Witnesses said one of the bombers was disguised in a niqab. The Interior Ministry denied this and said the mastermind of the bombings blew himself up to evade capture.

In February 2014, the interior minister instructed police to step up supervision of the wearing of the niqab as part of “anti-terrorism” measures to prevent its use as a disguise.

Several European, African and Asian countries have issued full or partial bans on the wearing of veils over concerns about security and the garment’s perceived encroachment on the freedoms of the wearer.

Tunisia is one of the few countries in the Middle East where Islamic and secular parties share rule. It is considered the sole democratic success story of the Arab Spring uprisings, but has struggled with an economic slowdown and social unrest.

-www.aljazeera.com, 5 July 2019

Arno's commentary

This is a first for an Islamic nation. The CIA Factbook lists an 11.5 million population, with 99.1% Sunni Muslim. The country’s exports for 2017 were $13.82 billion, and imports $19.09 billion. GDP per capita is $11,900. Life expectancy stands at 75.9 years. Compared with Israel, this is a relatively poor nation, where radical Islamists find fertile ground.

This former French colony attained their independence in 1957. Actually, Tunisia is the only country in North Africa classified as “free” by the Freedom House Organization. What becomes crystal clear is that in the end, this “free” country will and must follow in the footsteps of the European Union and be part of the great global society.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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