Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV APPLAUDS DEPT. OF DEFENSE REVERSAL OF POLICY FOR SERVICEWOMEN STATIONED IN SAUDI ARABIA

Spring 2002

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) has endorsed and applauded the decision of the US Department of Defense (DoD) to allow US servicewomen in Saudi Arabia to go off their military bases while in uniform. Previously, the DoD required female military personnel in Saudi Arabia to put on black, head-to-toe gowns when leaving their base. The JWV endorsement was announced by Ms. Josephine Anton, Chair of the JWV Women in the Military committee. "In view of some current efforts to downgrade the status of women in the military, it is heartening to see that at least one phase has been improved," Ms. Anton said. "It is one thing to avoid deliberately offending an allied nation. It is another to offend our own women in the military, as though they have no rights in the matter." She continued, "Given that the Saudis haven't cooperated with any real enthusiasm in the fight against terrorism, their refusal to let the FBI investigate the Khobar Tower bombing, and their unwillingness to seriously look at the number of Saudis involved in bankrolling the al Qaeda network, I don't see why the US or its military personnel should bend over backwards for them."

 

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