Haroon at Al Starzeera: Curb Islamophobia to battle jihadism

The leaders of France and Germany seem to understand, at last, that blaming all Muslims and Islam is the worst way to tackle terrorism by some Muslims.

François Hollande and Angela Merkel have also conceded two other essential points: the civil rights and safety of their Muslim minorities are as essential as those of other citizens; and that fighting Islamophobia is as important as battling anti-Semitism or any other bigotry…

…Merkel told the Bundestag that Germany’s 4 million Muslims are an integral part of society. “Our former president Christian Wulff said (in 2010) that Islam belongs to Germany. This is the case and I too hold the same view.

“We will not allow ourselves to be divided by those who, in the face of Islamist terror, place Muslims in Germany under general suspicion.”

(What’s “Islamist terror”? Was the IRA’s “Catholic terror”? But let that pass, for now)…


Siddiqui I hear an echo: it might well be Turkish President Erdogan speaking. Siddiqui sounds exactly the same. Maybe that is where he gets his talking points from — or more likely, they are just of the same mentality. Can the newspaper not afford anyone better than this? What a load of Islamic supremicist BS.

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