Islamophobia seems to be ruling the streets of France again. Recently a teacher named Samuel Paty was beheaded for showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his students. Shortly thereafter, he was killed by members of the Muslim Community. While French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the situation, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan criticized his remarks.
Pakistani PM Criticizes President Macron’s Statement
French President Emmanuel Macron responded to this heinous crime. He called Paty’s beheading an act of shame and would not be tolerated. He said Islamists wanted our future like that and further promised to fight “Islamic separatism”.
Responding to the same, Pakistani PM recently criticized Macron’s comments. He said that his words encouraged “Islamophobia” and were an attack on Islam. He said that instead of attacking, he could just put a “healing touch” to the whole incident. And deny the space for extremism to move instead of creating polarization which will eventually lead to “radicalization”. Khan added that Macron chose to provoke Muslims around the world and in his country. This in turn could encourage people to display “blasphemous cartoons” against Islam and the Prophet.
#boycottfrenchproducts Trends Over Social Media
While France is suspected of spreading Islamophobia among its citizens, many West Asian countries have decided to boycott French products. This was in response to Macron’s comments about the whole situation. He is accused of spreading Islamophobia among his citizens. Hashtags like #boycottFrenchproducts and in Arabic [translation] #nevertheProphet. The hashtag #nevertheProphet is trending especially in Islamic countries such as Kuwait, Qatar, Palestine, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Algeria.
Recently, Imran Khan also urged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to ban Islamophobic content on the platform. He said that Islamophobia developing through social media is driving extremism and violence around the world.
Three More Attacks Reported In France
After the recent attack on Paty, three more strikes has been reported. President Emmanuel Macron had previously said that France would not succumb to a terrorist attack. They are further increasing their National Security across the country. An additional 4,000 troops have been deployed to protect people in churches and schools. However, three people have been attacked and died on the spot in Nice.
According to sources, the suspect named Brahim Aioussaoi, a 21-year-old Tunisian who came to France from Italy, was put in quarantine before being released and ordered to leave for Italy. The Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi revealed that the suspect kept saying “Allahu Akbar (Great God) while the authorities detained him.
The three people who died included an elderly woman who was “nearly beheaded” and died on the spot. The other was a man whose throat was cut and died in the church. The third victim was stabbed several times and was able to go to a nearby cafe, but died later.