On Stephen Pollard's JC Blog, he argued that the burka shouldn’t be banned in The UK , since he wanted to retain the right to wave the Israeli flag in public.The latter, he pointed out, can offend some Muslims. Pollard's argument seemed to imply that his "waving" of the Israeli flag was somehow contingent on allowing the burka to be worn. His freedom of expressiom might be restricted if Muslim women were not "allowed" to wear the burka.
However, the attached BBC report seems to suggest that even the Syrian government wants to enforce a ban on the burka and full face veils, at their universities.
In the circumstances, should one now conclude that the UK is a haven for Islamic fundamentalists, whilst Syria is moving to a more secular stance? I suppose, Pollard's retort would be that he believes in freedom of expression, whilst The Syrian regime is a totalitarian outfit which doesn't.
Whatever the logic, one has to conclude that the editor of The Jewish Chronicle, as well as The UK government, is currently more supportive of the burka than the Syrian government.