CALLING THEM OUT: French PM calls on France’s Muslims to ‘name the enemy’
‘Hate speech, anti-Semitism hiding behind anti-Zionism and hatred of Israel, hideous sermons’ are not Islam, says Manuel Valls, calling to show the world that ‘France and Islam are fully compatible’.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called on France’s Muslims on Monday to “name the enemy”, referring to jihadist and extremist groups.
“It has to be stated that all this is not Islam,” Valls said, citing “hate speech, anti-Semitism hiding behind anti-Zionism and hatred of Israel, hideous sermons, self-proclaimed imams in our neighborhoods, our prisons which promote violence and terrorism, who participate in this criminal enterprise which lures hundreds of young people to jihad.”
The prime minister was speaking to more than 120 Muslim leaders of federations, rectors of mosques, imams, chaplains, theologians, Islamic scholars and personalities from civil society gathered at the French Interior Ministry. The conference aims to improve ties with France’s large Muslim community.
We must “demonstrate to the world that France and Islam are fully compatible,” Valls insisted.
At the same time, he acknowledged that “Islam still provokes misunderstandings, preconceptions, rejection by some” of the French, “conflations of which you are the victims.”
The Muslim community in France numbers around 5 million people. Since a series of jihadist attacks hit Paris in January, claiming the lives of 17 people, there has been a rise in malicious acts against Muslims.
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