A group of Belgian students volunteering for the summer has been targeted by Moroccan Islamists because ”they work in shorts”.
An elementary school teacher urged on social media to behead the girls “so that nobody can challenge Islam’s teachings”.
And a Senator with the conservative pro-Islamist Justice and Development party raised the case in parliament: ”Is construction work in Europe ever carried out in a bathing suit?”, he said.
The teacher was arrested while the lawmaker formally asked the interior ministry to examine the documentation and ascertain the true nature of the initiative.
The young women, who were working to build a street, are part of a Belgian non-profit organisation called the Bouworde which has been promoting humanitarian projects for over 14 years in the North-African country.
Under the scorching sun, they were working in a T-shirt and shorts and posting photos and videos on Facebook.
Their attire prompted criticism. Senator Ali El Asri published a comment, wondering whether construction work in Europe is ever carried out ”in a bathing suit”.
”Everybody knows how the issue of security on the job is important in Europe: tourists can’t get near construction sites without wearing helmets, appropriate clothes and gloves.”
In the village close to Taroudant, the senator also said, there is no change of clothing for the summer because ”it is a rural and conservative area”.