A teenage girl who fled her home in Saudi Arabia due to her “abusive”
family has been praised as a “very brave new Canadian”.

18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun was welcomed to Toronto by the
Canadian Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, as she arrived in the
country after being granted asylum. 

 Sky’s Hannah Thomas Peter reports.
 Rahaf al Qunun pledges to use her freedom 
to help others
 In her first interview since arriving in Canada as a refugee, Saudi
refugee Rahaf Mohammed al Qunun talks to the ABC’s Sophie McNeill about
what it’s like being a woman in Saudi Arabia, why she thinks there will
be many more women fleeing 
the regime, and her hopes for the future.
 Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada 
gives public statement 
 Rahaf Mohammed, the Saudi teen who was granted asylum in Canada, made a
statement to the media and the public Tuesday morning.

After a frantic 10 days that saw the Saudi Arabian teen flee her family,
barricade herself in a Thai hotel room, galvanize international support
over social media and ultimately be granted asylum in Canada, Mohammed
held a brief press conference on Tuesday in Toronto to thank Canadians
for welcoming her.

 The Saudi teen remains in real and terrible danger because she has renounced Islam
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Reprinted from Israel National News
Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, a Saudi teenager, has just tried to save her
own life—and in so doing, has risked death for shaming her family and
her country. 

Rahaf fled her family vacation in Kuwait, took a plane to
Bangkok, barricaded herself in her hotel room at the airport and began
posting about her plight on social media.  She demanded political asylum.

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. In this case, the ammunition is digital and governmental.
Via her smartphone, Rahaf claimed that she had renounced Islam and
that her family would surely kill her if she was returned to them. Rahaf
obtained 90,000 followers on Twitter. The media began to cover her plight.

The Thai government had been about to deport her back to the family
which Rahaf claimed had beaten and imprisoned her for up to six months
at a time for minor, alleged offenses. And then, it changed its mind and
allowed Rahaf to meet with an official from the UN’s refugee agency

Rahaf wanted asylum in either Australia or
Canada and both countries considered her request even as she was being
vetted for “refugee” status.

But make no mistake. She
remains in real and terrible danger. She has shut down her Twitter
account due to death threats.  Her family will never, ever stop coming
after her.

She is a disobedient woman and as such deserves
constant humiliation, beatings, broken bones, solitary confinement, and,
if she is lucky, a forced marriage to a man the age of her grandfather,
who already has three wives and twenty children. She is also an
apostate. This is a capital crime.

By now, her father and
brother are probably already in Thailand. They are both her “guardians”
or “minders” and she has absolutely no western-style “agency” over this matter. They are claiming that she needs “medical attention.”

I have conducted four studies about honor killing globally.
I am now working on a fifth study which seeks to identify the variables
associated with successfully escaping from being honor killed. Rahaf
exemplifies a pattern.
For reasons as yet unknown, Rahaf has
decided that her life is worth preserving and that she no longer has to
absorb the normalized brutalization and subordination that Saudi women
are fated to endure. 

 In addition, she has cannily used the power of
social media to attract attention to her plight. Further, she has been
able to liaison with government, international, or law enforcement
authorities who believe she is in danger—or who know that if they return
her and she is “disappeared” or murdered that they would be viewed as
accomplices by a watchful world.
In this instance, the internet has played a crucial role in her potential salvation.
So many other Saudi women and dissidents were not as lucky. According to Ali Alyami,
the founder of the D.C. based Center for Democracy and Human Rights in
Saudi Arabia (CDHR), other Saudis have tried to save their own lives but
have not been successful. He notes Hamza Kashgari (2012) and Dina Ali
Lasloom, (2017) both of whom tried to escape after being labeled,
respectively, a heretic and a disobedient woman. They were both sent
back to the Kingdom and have not been heard from ever since. Alyami also
notes how many men and women are literally rotting in prison in Saudi
Arabia as dissidents and feminists.

I remember the tragic 1977 case of Saudi princess Mishaal bint Fahd al Saud,
who fell in love with a young man of her own choice and was trying to
escape from the Kingdom. Her fiancé (not her lover) was be-headed in a
botched execution and she was, mercifully, merely shot to death. Being
an al Saud did not spare her. Au contraire.
I remember the forty-seven Saudi women who, in the early 1990s, launched the first Drive-In and who were arrested, fired from their jobs, and placed under house arrest for more than a year.
Today, Eman Al-Nafjian languishes in prison where she is being tortured and sexually assaulted as a campaigner for women’s rights.
The feminist revolutions in the West have caught fire in the East
where some of the bravest people on the planet are demanding their
freedom and dignity.
I hope the world’s governments heed
their cries and grant them political asylum. They are Children of the
Enlightenment and it is the midnight hour.
Rahaf has just
been granted asylum in Canada! I wonder how much it will cost them to
provide security for her for the rest of her life?


 Chrystia Freeland silent on Canadian 
sentenced to death in China
 Ezra Levant of The Rebel.media reports on Canadian Foreign Affairs
Minister Chrystia Freeland posing in photo-op with a young Saudi woman
she rescued from a Bangkok hotel – while remaining silent on China
sentencing a Canadian citizen to death. MORE: https://www.therebel.media/freeland-c…