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France: Muslim War Graves Attacked

France: Muslim War Graves Attacked

Thirty war graves of Muslim soldiers who fought in World War I have been attacked and defaced in the southern city of Carcassonne.

Racist insults and swastikas were painted on the graves, which are identified by the Islamic symbols of the star and crescent.

Slogans including “France for the French” and “Arabs out” were painted on some of the gravestones, reported daily newspaper Le Figaro.

The graves of Muslim soldiers in the same graveyard were attacked earlier this year in September.

Abdallah Zekri, president of a body that monitors Islamophobia, condemned the attacks on the graves of soldiers who “died for France.”

He pointed to a “significant and very worrying increase in Islamophobia in France.”

He said such attacks are up by 34 percent in 2011. In November alone, these included six fires at mosques in the country.

The graves were cleaned and a religious ceremony to honour the dead is planned for Tuesday morning.

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  • Garth Eisenstein

    The massive stupidity of hostility to Islam that currently engulfs much of Europe and the USA is manifesting itself from degradation of Islamic establishments to bills that actively discriminate against Muslims, from Richard Dawkins and Nikolas Sarkozy to Cameron and Merkel.

    This wave of anti-Islamic rhetoric must be opposed, and opposed fiercely by Muslims. Passive resentment will not suffice. Boycotts can be organized, civil disobedience can be used, protests established, Islamic reaching out to communities can be put into effect.

    Muslims must not give in. While it is a shame that societies such as France can actively claim that they have freedom while getting away with it, Muslims must take an active role too.

  • Al

    Disgusting!

  • John

    People in Goverment trying to pass law like that are you surprised that stuff like this is going on French and EU need org like CAIR or ADL to call out people like that in the media and in the public maybe then this will stop

  • John

    Someone using the Armenian genocide to gain votes and banning the on niqab and burqa because of women rights issues but him self was divorced 3 times and had a had an affair with a journalist of Le Figaro, Anne Fulda is little bit hypocritical but I understand his hate for arabs / muslims since his second wife left him for French-Moroccan national Richard Attias I think he is trying to get revenge on that guy by attacking All arab / muslim in France

  • mindy1

    How sad-desecrating the grave of a vet is as low as can be :(

  • http://yemeth.blogspot.com Sumbody

    @Skhan:

    The french have always been the laughing stock of their neighbors. I put their bullying of foreign french nationals down to their cowardly behavior in the world wars.

    pathetic people who have no pride or history to their name.

  • JD

    Naama Margolese, Israeli Girl, Bullied spat on and called whore for dressing “immodestly.” By Jewish Ultra-Orthodox Extremists

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/27/naama-margolese_n_1170655.html

    BEIT SHEMESH, Israel — A shy 8-year-old schoolgirl has unwittingly found herself on the front line of Israel’s latest religious war.

    Naama Margolese is a ponytailed, bespectacled second-grader who is afraid of walking to her religious Jewish girls school for fear of ultra-Orthodox extremists who have spat on her and called her a whore for dressing “immodestly.”

    Her plight has drawn new attention to the simmering issue of religious coercion in Israel, and the increasing brazenness of extremists in the insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

    “When I walk to school in the morning I used to get a tummy ache because I was so scared … that they were going to stand and start yelling and spitting,” the pale, blue-eyed girl said softly in an interview with The Associated Press Monday. “They were scary. They don’t want us to go to the school.”

    The girls school that Naama attends in the city of Beit Shemesh, to the west of Jerusalem, is on the border between an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood and a community of modern Orthodox Jewish residents, many of them American immigrants.

  • Skhan

    So when us Muslims don’t assimilate, we are told to assimilate, but when we do assimilate by fighting and dying for our countries we are told to leave??? I’m not Arab, but I find it extremely racist and ignorant that they would smear all Arabs. “France for French”, huh? I guess they are also ignorant of the fact that France invaded, colonized, and occupied Arab/Muslim countries for hundreds of years. French is an official language in some Arab/Muslim countries such as Algeria, Lebanon, Syria, Morocco and Tunisia. Many of Muslim and Arab immigrants to France are from France’s former colonies. To quote an NYtimes article about Islamophobia and Anti-Arab racism in France “St.-Florentin, named for a ninth-century monastery built in honor of a fifth-century Christian martyr, changed little over the centuries until the 1960’s, when an enterprising mayor built a small industrial zone. During the brief labor-hungry economic boom that followed, workers were brought here from the Islamic crescent across the Mediterranean.” So after you colonized Arab countries for hundreds of years and culturally diffused with them, you tell them “Arabs out” and “France for French”?

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