World champions of victimhood and grievance theater:
“Muslims were “generally” moderate and had never made anti-Semitic remarks” sez Islamic top dogÂ Â Ahmed Jaballah. Ah yes, and of course the UOIFÂ claims to be Islamist but democratic, like Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Marine Le PenÂ has demanded that the UOIF be banned, because “our country’s leaders consider [it] to be close to the Islamists, if not to terrorists”.
Meanwhile, French Jews live in fear and wonder whether they have a future in France:
- Devout French Muslims Vow to Avenge JIhadi Merah’s death,
- Muslim Cleric Calls Sarkozy ‘Despicable’ Over Toulouse Shooter Merah’s Burial In France, ‘Pig’ and ‘Jew,’ Calls Jews ‘Enemies of Allah,’ and Justifies Merah’s ActionsÂ (Geller)
Don’t stigmatize this: Â (MEMRI)
French politicians are stigmatising Muslims, the leader of one of France’s major Islamic organisations said at the opening of its annual conference near Paris on Saturday. The government banned six foreign imams scheduled to address the meeting from entering the country.
Muslims are hurt by some political leaders remarks that have “stigmatised” them, the president of theÂ Union of Islamic Organisations of FranceÂ (UOIF) declared when he opened the conference at Le Bourget, north of Paris.
The day before Interior MinisterÂ Claude GuÃ©antÂ declared that the government was watching the meeting “very attentively” in case “republican law” is infringed.
Police would intervene if women wearing cover appeared in the public place in front of the meeting, GuÃ©ant said, invoking France’sÂ burka law, one of the bones of contention between President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government and the UOIF.
And he said he regretted the fact that Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss academic of Egyptian origin, was due to speak on Saturday because of the “ambiguous” statements he has made in the past.
In the aftermath ofÂ Mohamed Merah’s killing spreeÂ in Toulouse and Montauban and with a presidential election campaign in full swing, the French state’s relations with its Muslim citizens are once again subject of intense debate.
Far-right presidential candidateÂ Marine Le PenÂ has demanded that the UOIF be banned, because “our country’s leaders consider [it] to be close to the Islamists, if not to terrorists”.
The day after her statement the government banned Youssef Qaradaoui, a Qatari imam of Egyptian origin who had been invited to speak the conference, from entering the country.
Five other imams were also prevented from attending, accused of extremist and/or anti-Semitic tendencies.
Jaballah declared himself “surprised” by the accusations, saying that they were “generally” moderate and had never made anti-Semitic remarks although they had defended the right of Palestinians to have a homeland.
Events leading up to the 2012 conference mark a final rupture betweenÂ President Nicolas SarkozyÂ and theÂ UOIF.
In 2002 he encouraged the organisation to join the Muslim umbrella group, CFCM, established under his auspices as interior minister, and he addressed its annual conference in 2003.
The UOIF said Friday that it had received about 10 threats or Islamophobic caricatures in the run-up to the conference.
It claims to be Islamist but democratic, like Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).