Muslims in France have been subjected to various threats and attacks since the incident of the teacher beheading on October 16, and investigations have been opened into several of them, some of which are believed to have been carried out by the extreme right.
Since the assassination of teacher Samuel Batey in Conflans Saint-Honorine, and as usually happens after each attack, Muslim places of worship have been attacked and a number of Muslims have been injured, and have been victims of insults or violent gestures on the part of people who claim to be avenging jihadists.
In less than two weeks, the French mediapart says at least 3 mosques were damaged, or those in charge of them received threats.
But the site pointed out that the most famous and symbolic of these operations in this tense climate remains undoubtedly the attack, which affected two veiled women near the Eiffel Tower on the evening of October 18 while they were walking in a group of 5 women, the news of which spread after a tweet on Twitter came In it, “Two veiled women were attacked with a knife,” followed by another tweet explaining, “Two women stabbed them in front of their children for being Muslim and veiled,” after which social networks ignited with details about the news.
And it began when one of the veiled women asked the owner of a dog who approached her, who was not tied, to hold him, so that the owner of the dog and her companion began to curse her and insult her.
According to what one of the veiled women, whose name is Hanan, told Media Bart, among what the attackers told them were: “You are filthy Arabs” “We are in our homeland”, “Go back to your country,” and then attacked her to try to take off her hijab. Kenza, 19, received multiple stab wounds in the face, stomach and wrist when she tried to intervene. "While Kanza was on the ground, our cousin Amal received 6 blows and a hole in the lung," according to Hanan.
While opening the investigation into the "attempted premeditated murder", the Paris prosecutor's office considered that at this stage "there is no evidence to support the thesis of a racist motive or linked to wearing the veil."
Three days later, the investigative judge finally adjusted the motive for the attack, which he considered deliberately “racist or anti-religious,” and that it was carried out while drunk and using a white weapon, a knife.
One of the attackers was arrested pending investigation, while the lawyer for the assaulted woman, Rayy Alimi, demanded that the motive for the assault be readjusted to read: “attempted murder,” which carries a sentence of up to several years in prison.
Attacks on mosques
On October 20, officials at the Al-Rahma Mosque in Beziers also lodged a complaint after they discovered, on Facebook, a message calling for the "burning" of the building to honor "Samuel Patti" and another message saying "enough enough", and a third expressing readiness for the attack saying "Yes When will we convert our words into action? "
The authority reached one of those responsible for this letter, and he confessed during his detention of the charges against him, and his sentence is up to one year in prison and a fine of 45 thousand euros.
During the night of October 21, at approximately 1:45 am, 3 windows of the Noor Muhammadi Mosque, located in the city center of Bordeaux, were shattered, and insulting phrases of the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, and other phrases such as "Long live France" and "Take off your veil," as well as crosses of various shapes, and an investigation has been opened into the case.
After presenting these events, MediaBart asked, "Is it possible that the attack of Conflans and St. Honorine will lead to an explosion of anti-Muslim acts? And who is following this matter?".
The site replied that in addition to the "Anti-Islamophobia Assembly in France" (CCIF), which Interior Minister Gerald Darmanen now wants to dissolve, more "official" bodies are regularly working on this phenomenon, such as the National Council for Human Rights, which presents in its annual reports the available indicators To measure different types of racism.
The role of elections
In this context, the site quotes Abdallah Zakri, who heads the National Observatory for Combating Islamophobia, a body affiliated with the French Council for the Islamic Religion (CFCM), as saying in this initial assessment of the post-Conflan attack that Muslim religious leaders received "insulting messages" "far away The horrific murder of Samuel Patti. "
"The climate is very heavy and the concern is very great within the Muslim community," Zakri added, as Abdullah Zakri believes, who believes that the attacks, as well as tensions with Muslim countries and "hate speech by some politicians" are all matters that affect the situation.
Zakari links this fraught atmosphere with the approaching elections, and says that there are those who blame all the evils of France on Muslims, and those who want to hit these Muslims hard to win the votes of the extreme right, noting that he often told Muslims, with every election approaching, that they should be prepared to receive slaps. Direct.
However, Media Part pointed out that, according to what was recorded by the National Observatory for Combating Islamophobia after the Charlie Hebdo 2015 attacks, the situation is still far from what happened at the time, as within two weeks after the attacks, 128 anti-Muslim actions were recorded in France (with the exception of Paris and the inner suburbs. ), Including about 30 destructions of mosques and 100 incidents of threats and insults, which equates to nearly everything that Muslims have been subjected to throughout 2014.