NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with Samia Hathroubi, European director of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, about what conversations in Muslim Parisian communities may sound like in the coming days.
SIMON: And remind us please what happened in Paris and a few spots elsewhere in the country following the – the Charlie Hebdo attacks ’cause there were – there were backlashes, if I might put it that way, against Muslims and Jews.
HATHROUBI: Exactly. So we have fears that after Charlie Hebdo – they sent us the first letter of terror. And we respond by being together, even if we have seen and we have witnessed the rise of anti-Muslim acts, of Islamophobia. We have seen and I have seen in my daily work mistrust between Muslim and Jewish communities. This is my daily work. But I’ve – I have also seen a rise of awareness, a rise of people willing to act on a daily basis, to be the light in their society, to be the light in the community, to lead a better change. And – and we need to continue. They sent us a letter of terror to try to divide us.
IT WAS THE MUSLIM TERRORISTS KILLING THE JEWS YOU IDIOT!