Professor Bennoune Comments on Terrorist Attacks for Christian Science Monitor
Professor Karima Bennoune commented for the Christian Science Monitor on terrorist attacks that have targeted people participating in popular culture and the arts, such as a the recent attack at an Arianna Grande concert in Manchester, England. Cultural institutions in parts of the Middle East and Asia have long been targets for Islamist extremists, she said, and “what we’re seeing now is that what’s happened in certain countries for years has transposed to the international level.”
Calling the Manchester attack “a crime against humanity, a crime against people, and a crime against culture,” Bennoune said that “it’s absolutely critical to continue cultural life and not to back off on concerts and public enjoyment of cultural life. Just as culture and artists have been among the prime targets of extremists so, too, are culture and artists among the primary vehicles that we can use to defy these extremists.”
Karima Bennoune is an author, lecturer, teacher, and international law scholar as well as the first Arab-American to be honored with the Derrick A. Bell Award from the Section on Minority Groups of the Association of American Law Schools. In 2014, she was awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for her book Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight against Muslim Fundamentalism, now available in paperback from W.W. Norton & Company. In October 2015, she was appointed UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights. She was recently presented with the 2016 Rights and Leadership Award by IANGEL, the International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law.