Teacher quits French Muslim school over ‘insidious Islamism,’ says school is a state-funded ‘Muslim territory’

Students and teacher at the Averroès Lycée in Lille, northern France. Source.

Philosophy teacher Sofiane Zitouni wrote in left-leaning daily Libération on February 5 that the Averroès Lycée (high school) in the northern French city of Lille was a hotbed of “anti-Semitism, sectarianism and insidious Islamism”.

Zitouni, who is of Algerian descent and began teaching philosophy (which is compulsory for all high-school students in France) at Averroès in September, wrote that he could no longer tolerate the school’s alleged contradictions with France’s strictly secular “Republican values”.

“The reality is that Averroès Lycée is a Muslim territory that is being funded by the state,” he wrote. “It promotes a vision of Islam that is nothing other than Islamism. And it is doing it in an underhand and hidden way in order to maintain its [80 percent] state funding”…

…A week after the terror attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Zitouni wrote his first opinion piece in Libération titled “Today, the Prophet (Mohammed) is also Charlie”, a reference to the popular slogan “Je suis Charlie” (I am Charlie)…

Zitouni wrote in his second article that after publication of the first, colleagues whispered to him threateningly that he would be wise to “keep an eye over your shoulder when you walk down the street”…

…Students also voiced their anger, Zitouni wrote, telling him he “licked the shoes of the enemies of Islam” and that his words were “blasphemy”…

His colleagues and pupils’ were even more angered by his statement that in his “20 years as a teacher I have never heard so many anti-Semitic remarks coming from the mouths of students”…

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