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Thursday, September 11, 2003

Infidel Barbie a menace to Saudi society

"the Jewish doll" ??

The Associated Press has just picked up a story from our own dear MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute, from May of this year. At that time, MEMRI reported the launching of the new website of the [Saudi] "Authority for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vices." The website's "Exhibit of Violations" section, displaying confiscated items from their "permanent collection of violations," included none other than BARBIE!

Banned in Saudi Arabia for the last decade, Barbie nevertheless remains a threat on the blackmarket, where the contraband doll can cost $27 or more.
The Saudi website shows a photo of several Barbie dolls, along with the text: "The enemies of Islam want to invade us with all possible means, and therefore they have circulated among us this doll, which spreads deterioration of values and moral degeneracy among our girls."

Under the heading "The Jewish Doll," is a story titled "The Strange Request." The story reads: "One girl said to her mother: 'Mother, I want jeans and a shirt open at the top, like Barbie's!!' The dolls of the Jewish Barbie in her naked garb [sic], their disgraceful appearance, and their various accessories are a symbol of the dissolution of values in the West. We must fully comprehend the danger in them."
According to the Jerusalem Post, Barbie owner - Mattel Inc. - declined to comment.

The Saudi religious police must have done their homework: According to the JPost article, "The creator of Barbie was Ruth Handler, who with her husband Elliot, co-founded Mattel. Barbie was named after the Handler's daughter, Barbie. Handler was the daughter of Polish Jewish immigrants to the United States, and was brought up in a Yiddish-speaking household in Denver, Colorado. "

A company in Livonia, Michigan, called NoorArt, offers a pious alternative with long sleeves, Muslim head scarf and modest bustline: Meet Razanne!

"Dressing modestly doesn't keep Razanne from having fun!
On the playground, Razanne wears her scarf."

NoorArt offers a variety of Razanne dolls, including "Playday Razanne," available with black, brown or blonde hair, wearing orange, pink or green shalwar kameez, "a comfortable set of pants and tops that many Muslim girls wear in Asian lands."

WDIV in Michigan reports that NoorArt offers additional toys geared toward Muslim children, including taped songs like "We Love Muhammed" set to the tune of Yankee Doodle Dandy.
It's also preparing to offer figures for boys along the lines of GI Joe. But Razanne's creator insists,
"It's not going to be an Osama bin Laden action figure."
Could it be mere coincidence that Livonia, Michigan has been recognized as the 7th Safest City in the Country and the 2nd Best Place in the Nation to Raise a Family?