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French Muslims Protest Fascist Attacks

Published: 23/06/2013 12:18:15 PM GMT
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PARIS - Terrified by the increasing attacks, French Muslims have rallied to protest a worrying increase in physical attacks by neo-Nazi groups on Muslim women who wear hijab, criticizing media for ignoring their case.“I am (more)

PARIS - Terrified by the increasing attacks, French Muslims have rallied to protest a worrying increase in physical attacks by neo-Nazi groups on Muslim women who wear hijab, criticizing media for ignoring their case.

“I am French, I am a Muslim, I have the right to my dignity,” Rabia, a victim of Islamophobic attack, told Press TV on Sunday, June 23.

“They must stop Islamophobia.

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“I cannot understand why my hijab is a reason for aggression,” she added.

Four women have recently been physically attacked in Paris.

One of the Muslim women, 21, suffered miscarriage from the incident after being attacked last week by two skinheads while walking in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil.

Though early media reports said the victim donned face-veil of niqab, Press TV confirmed that she only donned regular hijab.

The attack came three weeks after a veiled Muslim woman in Argenteuil was targeted in a similar manner.

Last week, police also invited anger of Muslims in the neighborhood after attempting to arrest a woman for wearing the face-veil.

The repeated attacks were seen as a result of anti-burqa law, calling for repealing it.

France banned the wearing of face-veil, or niqab, in public places in 2011.

Offenders are fined 150 euros ($189) or required to take part in a citizenship class.

People who force women to wear a face-veil risk up to a year in prison and a fine of $41,000.

It came after the European country banned the wearing of hijab, an obligatory code of dress in Islam, in 2004.

Biased Media

Angry Muslims criticized France's biased media which focused on anonymous sources to cast doubt on the victims' stories.

“The government has some complicity in the fact that French society still confuses the burqa with the simple hijab like mine, many Muslims wonder if the government wants this confusion to continue,” said Muslim activist Sumeja Rahmani.

“The [French] interior ministry must protect everyone from insecurity regardless of any distinctions such as gender, color or religion,” Rahmani added.

French Muslims, estimated at nearly six million, have long complained of rising discrimination and hostile sentiments in the European country.

A recent IFOP poll found that almost half of French see Muslims as a threat to their national identity.

French Muslims have complained of restrictions on building mosques to perform their daily prayers.

The French government also outlawed Muslim street prayers, a sight Le Pen likened to the Nazi occupation.

Amnesty International has criticized France and a number of European countries as Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland for discriminating against their Muslim minorities.

The London-based group said several European countries have made policy decisions in recent years that discriminate against their Muslim citizens, citing bans on face-veils and other religious symbols in schools as being among the most damaging measures.

Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net




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