Marrakech- Turkish Andalou news agency quoted Massoud Shadjareh, the chairman of the London-based Human Rights Association saying, "Islamophobia was ever-present in the West, but what happened on September 11 in New York in a way legitimized such sentiments. Hatred on that level still continues."
Marrakech- Turkish Andalou news agency quoted Massoud Shadjareh, the chairman of the London-based Human Rights Association saying, “Islamophobia was ever-present in the West, but what happened on September 11 in New York in a way legitimized such sentiments. Hatred on that level still continues.”
He pointed out that daily street attacks against Muslims and Muslim women wearing the veil were taking place, despite the fact that the terrorist organization ISIL is the enemy of Muslims and Western countries alike. He talks of a culture of Islamophobia spreading across Europe, and that this culture included articles in the media.
In France, Le Figaro withdrew the publication of a survey asking whether the Muslim response against ISIL was sufficient. Some 68% of the respondents said no. When outraged Muslims reacted, Le Figaro suppressed the publication of the survey results. At this stage, it looks quite possible that the National Front, led by Marine Le Pen, could win the next French elections.
France’s complicated relationship with its former colonies in the Maghreb is only harmed by attacks on French citizens of Moroccan and North African descent, like the French Minister of Education, Higher Education, and Research Najat Villaud-Belkacem who has been the victim of racist slurs.
The website Yibladi highlighted the case of a Moroccan, Mohammed Talhaoui, living in La Rochelle, who is on hunger strike because he cannot obtain work or even rent an apartment, despite the fact that both his parents have French nationality and he earned two master’s degrees in France. Despite government statements to the contrary, there is a definite long-term prejudice against Muslims from the Maghreb, even when they have acquired French citizenship. Elsewhere in Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stood up for the rights of the Muslim community, but prejudice is still widespread.
As the GCC countries join in the coalition bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria, Muslims in Europe should be treated the same as other ethnic and religious groups in Western society. ISIS is killing more Muslims than any other religion.
It has always been a long-term aim of Al Qaeda and its offshoots like ISIS to divide the Muslim world and the West from each other. This must be resisted.
Some 15,000 foreign Jihadists, many from Europe, are supporting the rise of ISIS, according to CIA estimates. The website Yabladi highlights the arrest by Kurdish Peshmerga troops of three Moroccan-Europeans from Belgium and. The CIA has identified the ISIS member who has executed two American journalists and a British aid worker as a man of British origin. European countries and their allies are afraid that returning Jihadists will spread violence in European cities in an uncontrollable chain reaction.
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