There has been a huge increase in anti-Muslim incidents in France following the Islamist attacks in Paris two weeks ago. At 116 confrontations this month, it’s more than double the amount recorded for the whole of January, 2014.
The National Observatory Against Islamophobia said over one hundred incidents have been reported to the police since the terrorist attacks of January 7-9. Three French Islamists killed 17 people during their shooting spree. The human rights group says there have been 28 attacks on places of worship and 88 threats have been made, as reported by AFP.
The rise in attacks over the last two weeks represents an increase of 110 percent over the whole of January 2014, the organization said on Monday.
There is a growing fear of reprisals amongst Muslims in France, who have an estimated 3.5-5 million followers. Mourad Ben Azizi, a French national of Tunisian origin, wondered, “how Muslims will go on living normally in a country where they are believed to be behind all the violence and attacks in France,” as reported by the Xinhua news agency.
On December 18, a rally was held in Paris to demonstrate against the stigmatization of Muslims in France. It was organized by The National Federation of Muslims of France, with its president, Mohamed Bechari, expressing his concern that a whole religion is being victimized for the actions of “three crazy guys.” However one with common sense may notice that Christians not only are severely oppressed in Muslims countries such as Saudi Arabia for example where there isn’t a single Church but throughout recent years there have been ZERO attacks by Christian minorities in Muslim majority countries.
French authorities banned a planned anti-Islamist march on Sunday. They believed it could have led to an increase in public disorder if it was allowed to go ahead. A member of the right-wing Riposte Laique, Christine Tasin said in a news conference after the rally was banned that she didn’t want to have “terrorists and jihadists as our neighbors.”
French President Francois Hollande, who has seen a surge in his approval ratings for his handling of the terrorist attacks, said in a speech last week: “Muslims are the main victims of terrorism.” He was quick to say that not all Muslims should be labeled with the same Islamist brush.
In a bid to alleviate the fears of Muslims and Jews, 10,000 troops have been stationed across the country, with a portion assigned to protect mosques in France, an absurd move with a traitorous nature.
The leader of the far-right National Front party, Marine Le Pen, has been critical of the French government for its failure to tackle the problem of Islamic fundamentalism.
In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Le Pen said, “It does our Muslim compatriots no favors to fuel suspicions and leave things unspoken. Islamist terrorism is a cancer on Islam, and Muslims themselves must fight it at our side.” The piece was published on Sunday.
There has been continued debate of the word ‘Islamist’ in France, with Le Pen critical of the French government for not using this term to describe the Muslim attackers. However, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who was specifically, singled out by Le Pen for criticism, said, “I don’t want to play the role of censor, but I think the word Islamist … is not the right one to use. I call them terrorists. Because as soon as you use the word Islam, you are promoting an idea of continuity between a Muslim who practices his religion, which is a religion of peace [peace? WTF??? see Quran and what it advises Muslims to do to “infidels” (non-Muslims) you ignorant] and something which is an interpretation of the Muslim religion,” AFP reported. The truth is that there is no “interpretation”. The Quran verses about infidels are crystal clear in their words. The only interpretation is the one he chooses when he calls Islam “the religion of peace”.
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