For several weeks now, Muslims in France and in many other parts of the world have been enraged over cartoons they have perceived as offensive to their prophet, ones that were published by the satirical often controversial magazine Charlie Hebdo.
France is launching a crackdown on Muslims in 2020, but I wrote this about the country’s war on Islam in 2015:https://t.co/VXOqn7lLFU— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) October 25, 2020
The recent clash between the two sides has recently been fueled after a Muslim young student beheaded a teacher who had shown the same cartoons to his class, "as a lesson in freedom of speech."
The horrific beheading of Samuel Bate came as a shock to inaugurate weeks of tensions between French officials and Muslims, especially that it took place after remarks made by the French president Emmanuel Macron about "a crisis that Islam lives in the world."
Thinking about the Macron government's response in France to the horrific beheading of a school teacher, I flashed this morning on the Bush administration instrumentalizing the 9/11 attack to sweep up Muslim immigrants, enact the Homeland Security Act and launch the Iraq war.— Mira Kamdar (@mirakamdar) October 21, 2020
France has unidentified Islamophobia disease that has been going on for So long now but, its time to PUT THEM IN THEIR PLACE— Binte AbdulGhuffar (@BAbdulghuffar) October 24, 2020
Their economy income hugely relies on the Muslim Communities So lets teach them what we are capable of!
#ماكرون_يسيء_للنبي #مقاطعه_المنتجات_الفرنسيه ه pic.twitter.com/SKjjLXeSB2
Now, as the millions of Muslims take to social media protesting the French "insistence" on mocking their symbol, the French discourse stresses the value of "freedom of speech" in their country, which makes no exceptions for anyone, and that responding to offensive drawings should never include violent actions.
However, the voices of Muslims, who are calling for a boycott of goods produced in France, argue that freedom of speech "needs to be both responsible and respectful".
The murder of Samuel Paty shows that teachers must try to instill the basic concepts of critical thinking and free speech at schools, even if they use materials that Muslims might not condone, writes Heba Yosry.#SamuelPaty #France #FreeSpeechhttps://t.co/kWyWC8eW2i— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) October 22, 2020
Two Muslim women were stabbed repeatedly under the Eiffel Tower in the Liberal, Secular and Multicultural France.— Ahmad Suhel Yaseen (@suhel_yaseen) October 21, 2020
The efficient French Police has taken the two "suspects" into custody instead of shooting ten bullets into them. #IslamophobiaInFrance pic.twitter.com/Wms4MnhpoS
While many analysts are linking these recent clashes to the upcoming French elections, where the current President Macron faces a growing right-wing that is calling for tougher measures on immigration, a rising number of Muslims are reporting fear for their lives in France and Europe in general, in light of the most recent violent attacks, including the stabbing of two Muslim women near the Eiffel tower.
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