An article about women’s rights activists that has appeared in the New York Times and The Washington Post has triggered a firestorm of controversy.
It’s a story about a young woman who took part in the march in Washington DC and wrote about the experience.
A woman with whom we corresponded said she was a participant in the March for Women in Washington but had not spoken with her since.
When I asked for comment, her lawyer, Elizabeth B. Zell, wrote to say: ‘We do not have a comment.’
The article, titled ‘Women in the Front Lines: The First Step to Women’s Rights’ , was published on May 1.
It has attracted widespread criticism from the left and right, with many women claiming that the article was biased against them and the march, as well as the marches and protests that followed.
The story opens with a young activist named Dina, who was a member of the march that took place in DC in the early hours of April 22.
She had just left her mother’s home when she and the other activists heard shots fired in the crowd.
They rushed to the scene, only to discover that it was actually a car bomb.
‘The violence of this day is the violence of a day that we have come to know,’ Dina told the Times.
‘The violence was a consequence of the violence that took the lives of hundreds of innocent people.’
Later, the article includes a quote from the Muslim scholar Haji Al-Zawahiri, who said that women are the greatest defenders of their communities, and that their rights are ‘not the property of men’.
‘We will not be passive,’ Dinas mother told the newspaper.
‘We will never be silent, and we will not let anyone use our rights as if they own them.’
But the article also included an image of a young American woman, whose mother is not named, walking on the streets of DC, carrying an American flag, a sign that read ‘A Woman’s Place in History’.
She was quoted as saying: ‘I don’t think it was the first time, but it was certainly the first that I was the target of violence.’
After Dina’s mother’s death, the woman who wrote the article, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Washington Post: ‘It was just a small thing, and it’s not going to change anything in the world.
But it’s an important reminder of how women’s issues are so often ignored, and how important it is to speak up for them.”
I just wanted to tell people that we are all human, and women are just as important as men,’ DINA’s mother added.
Dina and her mother both went on to attend a women’s college in the Washington DC area, where Dina later became a staff writer for the women’s publication the Muslim magazine Sharh Al-Ayyam.
The article also includes a reference to the ‘March for Women and Women’s Liberation’ held in January in New York, which is often cited by white nationalists, who use the event to recruit people and organise demonstrations.
In February, the New Yorker published a profile of the author of the article and her family, which included a letter from the family’s lawyer, who wrote: ‘This article was published with the intention of being published by a leading female journalist and writer in the US.
We are deeply troubled by the characterization of Dina and others involved in the article as ‘white supremacists’.
DINA’s account of her experiences in DC has sparked outrage from right-wing commentators, who claim that it is biased and sensationalist, while others have called for a retraction.
“The violence in Washington was a result of the brutality of a single shooter,” wrote former White House strategist and current MSNBC contributor Ana Navarro.
‘This is the exact type of violence and violence of the far right that Dina was describing, not white supremacy, not Islamophobia, not anti-Semitism, not any of the other ideologies that were cited by Dina in the Times article.’
Dinas mother also said that she was ‘disturbed’ by the article.
“‘Dina’s account is based on one false premise: that white supremacy exists,” she wrote in her letter to the newspaper, ‘and that this ideology has nothing to do with Islamophobia.
She has no idea what Islamophobia is, nor does she know what it has to do, with anything, with the history of racism in America.’
‘Dina was so traumatised by the events of the day that she had to be hospitalized several times, and has not recovered from that trauma,’ her lawyer wrote to the New Times.
Her mother, who is also a former reporter for The New Yorker, also wrote to The Times, calling the article ‘dangerous’.’
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